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Institute for Economic Development celebrates 30 years of growing businesses

Institute for Economic Development

Institute for Economic Development, UTSA Downtown Campus

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(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.

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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.

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For acclaimed UTSA writer, poetry rhymes with life

Robert Penn Warren said: “How do poems grow? They grow out of your life.” That is certainly true for Carmen Tafolla. An associate professor of practice with the UTSA College of Education and Human Development, Tafolla has authored more than 20 acclaimed books of poetry and prose, including "The Holy Tortilla and a Pot of Beans." It won the Tom´s Rivera Children’s Book Award in 2009.

Tafolla is a San Antonio native who grew up on the West Side. Attending a private high school, she realized that the literature did not positively portray her community or the people who lived there. She determined to change that in her writing. In published works for both adults and children — more than 200 anthologies, magazines, journals, textbooks and readers in four languages — Tafolla reflects on the rich Mexican-American culture of San Antonio in which she grew up.

Did you know? Tafolla was San Antonio's first Poet Laureate, from 2012 to 2014, and currently serves as the Poet Laureate of Texas.

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Free Teacher Tuesday: Los Tejanos Workshop

Discover resources and strategies for teaching Tejano history and culture and get a special educator's tour of the new long-term exhibit, Los Tejanos.
Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.

Aug. 6, 5 - 7 p.m.; 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

6th Annual Texas Higher Education Symposium

This annual symposium is an opportunity to discuss Texas higher education issues and trends with Texas higher education scholars, state and local government officials, students, and campus and local community members.
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Aug. 9, 12 - 5 p.m.

Vaquerocation 2015

This cowboy-themed programming, offered in conjunction with Our Kids Magazine's Kidcation Week, gives families the opportunity to visit with cowboy docents, enjoy readings and visit activity tables.
Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.

Aug. 17, 11:30 p.m.

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Join President Ricardo Romo, The Spirit of San Antonio Marching Band, students, faculty and staff to light the monument at the Main Campus entrance at the stroke of midnight.
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Aug. 18, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

President's BBQ on the Plaza

Join university President Ricardo Romo on the Bill Miller Plaza for his annual free BBQ lunch.
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Aug. 18, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

President's BBQ on the Lawn

Join university President Ricardo Romo on the Convocation Center lawn for his annual free BBQ lunch.
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Aug. 22, 6 p.m.

UTSA Alumni Gala

The UTSA Alumni Association hosts this annual gala honoring the Alumna of the Year, Alumnus of the Year and the Alumnus of the Year Lifetime Achievement award winners.
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