(Nov. 3, 2009)--The UTSA Institute for Economic Development (IED) is celebrating its 30th year of "building the economy -- one business at a time." In 2008 alone, the institute's centers provided services to more than 30,000 businesses, extending far beyond the local economy to national and international audiences.
Beginning as a single economic development center in 1979 devoted to harnessing the university's business knowledge, the UTSA Institute for Economic Development now boasts a multi-center network of economic development expertise. Since 1979, UTSA's economic development centers have helped to create more than 2,500 businesses and more than 40,000 jobs. Additionally, IED activities have supported more than $10.2 billion in new sales, contracts and exports, as well as helped clients to access more than $1.6 billion in capital.
"Through every stage of our development, we have remained committed to the small-business person and the entrepreneurial dream," said Robert McKinley, UTSA associate vice president for economic development.
Services include helping entrepreneurs plan and start a business, finding financing for new ventures, helping established businesses grow and expand, and helping communities research and plan for responsible growth. In addition to one-on-one counseling for individual clients, the IED provides research services for small-business development centers around the country.
Some of IED's successful clients from a variety of industries include Veronica Edwards (InGenesis Inc.), Alfonso Tomita, (Sushi Zushi), Rene Benavides and Josie Benavides (Mariachi Connection), Kimberly Jordan (UEMC Inc.), Valerie Gonzalez (Delicious Tamales), Darren Patrick (Rainbow Play Systems) and Alejandro Maya (Sprocket Video).
The institute's program structure includes the South-West Texas Border Small Business Development Center Network, San Antonio Small Business Development Center (SBDC), International Trade Center, Contracting Resource Center, SBDC National Information Clearinghouse, Southwest Trade Adjustment Assistance Center, Minority Business Enterprise Center, Rural Business Program, Center for Community and Business Research, and San Antonio Technology Accelerator Initiative (SATAI).
For more information about the Institute for Economic Development's programs, partners and successes, contact Lynn Gosnell at (210) 458-2958.
About the Institute for Economic Development
Comprising 10 centers and programs, the Institute for Economic Development at the UTSA Downtown Campus provides consultation, technical training, business research and planning services to assist small businesses and entrepreneurs in establishing and growing their businesses. In 2008, more than 30,000 businesses were served with outreach to regional, national and international entrepreneurs. Learn more at the UTSA Institute for Economic Development Web site.
The Provost's Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council hosts this forum to share and further explain the results of the survey and to offer the opportunity for faculty and staff to provide feedback.
Durango Building La Villita Room (DB 1.116), Downtown Campus
For more than 20 years, Josie Méndez-Negrete, a UTSA associate professor in Mexican American Studies, has endured the emotional journey of watching her son, Tito, struggle with schizophrenia. Her powerful account is the first memoir by a Mexican American author to share the devastation and hope a family experiences in dealing with this mental illness.
H-E-B Student Union Travis Room (HSU 2.212), Main Campus
Graduate and undergraduate student researchers pursuing majors in the College of Liberal and Fine Arts will present their original work.
Student Union Retama Auditorium (SU 2.02.02), Main Campus
March Into Your Major is a major exploration fair intended to provide students with information on selecting their major.
H-E-B Student Union Ballroom (HSU 1.104/1.106), Main Campus
The UTSA community is invited to this town hall meeting to learn more about progress of the Student Success Presidential initiative.
Frio Street Building (FS 1.512), Downtown Campus
Author Annette Angela Portillo will read her book, which examines Native American women’s autobiographical discourses and multiple-voiced life stories that resist generic conventional notions of first-person narrative.
McKinney Humanities Building (MH 3.02.24), Main Campus
Chelsea Wentworth, anthropology professor at High Point University, will discuss women’s roles in changing customary feasting patterns so that feasts can serve as a coping mechanism for children’s food insecurity in urban areas the South Pacific Island nation, Vanuatu.
H-E-B Student Union Travis Room (HSU 2.202), Main Campus
The UTSA community is invited to come together and volunteer at various San Antonio nonprofits.
Bill Miller Plaza, Downtown Campus
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