(April 13, 2010)--The UTSA Institute for Economic Development (IED) will host a delegation from the El Salvador Ministry of the Economy on April 19-20. The delegation will include Vice Minister Mario Antonio Cerna and Ileana Rogel, executive director of the Salvadoran small business assistance program CONAMYPE, along with 20 representatives of business, community and academic institutions.
The goal of the visiting delegation will be a first-hand understanding of how the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) program, as exemplified by the UTSA Institute for Economic Development, assists small businesses via counseling and training services.
"We selected the SBDC model because it is results-oriented and really reaches all segments of small business," said Cerna.
The Salvaldoran delegation's agenda includes tours of UTSA's international trade, government contracting and rural business specialty centers. In the United States, a network of more than 1,000 SBDCs help entrepreneurs start, grow and remain competitive in the global economy.
"The El Salvador micro and small business assistance organizations will be able to develop the export assistance capacity that will enable thousands of micro and small businesses to access international trade opportunities," said Al Salgado, director of the South-West Texas Border Small Business Development Center Network, which spans a 79-county region of Texas.
Following its UTSA visit, the delegation will travel to Washington, D.C., to meet with representatives from the Small Business Administration, the House and Senate Small Business Committees, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Organization of American States.
The Institute for Economic Development is leading an expansion of the Small Business Development Center model into Latin America; the institute already has helped establish more than 80 SBDCs in Mexico and Columbia.
In February, Robert McKinley, UTSA associate vice president for economic development, led a delegation of staff to El Salvador to meet with stakeholders interested in evaluating the SBDC model for El Salvador.
"Surveys done by USAID after the February meetings revealed that 99 percent of attendees thought the SBDC model would work in their country," McKinley said.
El Salvador's Ministry of Economy and CONAMYPE are committed to starting an SBDC network in El Salvador to help its small-business sector create jobs, increase competitiveness and to link with U.S. small businesses for international trade opportunities via a new online trade platform called SBDCGlobal.com.
The UTSA Institute for Economic Development provides professional business consultation, technical training, research, and strategic planning services to help establish and grow small businesses. The institute comprises 10 programs that serve the Texas-Mexico border area as well as regional, national and international outreach efforts. Together with federal, state and local governments, and private businesses, the institute fosters economic and community development in support of UTSA's community engagement mission.
For more information, contact Lynn Gosnell at 210-458-2978.
The UTSA community welcomes students to their on-campus home! Laurel Village, Chaparral Village and Alvarez Hall are home for 2,300 students during the academic year, and Move-In event kicks off the start of Roadrunner Days.
Laurel Village, Chaparral Village, Alvarez Hall, Main Campus
The College of Engineering hosts this seminar featuring Jeff Adams, Southwest Zone Quality Manager, Siemens Building Technologies Division. The event is free and open to the public.
Engineering Building (EB 3.04.30), Main Campus
This is a terrific opportunity for incoming transfer students to network with staff that serve our veteran, non-traditional, and transferring students, as well as meet transfer peer mentors who can help answer questions about UTSA.
Main Building ground floor lobby, Main Campus
After a day full of moving and getting settled into their new UTSA home, students and their families can have some refreshments and snacks at the Welcome Back Reception. The event tops off with the premiere performance of the Spirit of San Antonio, UTSA's Marching Band.
University Center Paseo, Main Campus
Can you survive the library wilderness? As a part of Roadrunner Days, UTSA Libraries is hosting a mobile adventure for you to play and find out more about the library!
John Peace Library, 2nd floor, Main Campus
Come meet your UTSA Volleyball Team as they gear up for the 2017 season! The game begins at 5 p.m. then the team will hold an autograph and photo session after the game.
Convocation Center, Main Campus
This engaging discussion pulls back the covers on hooking up, clarifying when it’s actually sexual violence and how bystanders can protect potential victims from predators.
University Center, Retama Auditorium (UC 2.02.02), Main Campus
Late Night at the Rec is an awesome UTSA tradition that transforms a standard information session into an exciting night of fun. At this annual event, you’ll be able to learn about our facilities, recreation programs, and wellness services offered at Main and Downtown Campuses.
Recreation and Wellness Center, Main Campus
The University of Texas at San Antonio is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through research and discovery, teaching and learning, community engagement and public service. As an institution of access and excellence, UTSA embraces multicultural traditions and serves as a center for intellectual and creative resources as well as a catalyst for socioeconomic development and the commercialization of intellectual property - for Texas, the nation and the world.
To be a premier public research university, providing access to educational excellence and preparing citizen leaders for the global environment.
We encourage an environment of dialogue and discovery, where integrity, excellence, inclusiveness, respect, collaboration and innovation are fostered.