SBA honors UTSA with award for service, excellence and innovation

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(May 17, 2010)--The UTSA Contracting Resource Center will receive the Small Business Development Center Service, Excellence and Innovation Center Award May 20 during a local celebration of National Small Business Week. The recognition comes from the San Antonio District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the South-West Border SBDC Network at The University of Texas at San Antonio Institute for Economic Development.

The Contracting Resource Center (CRC) is one of nine organizations, small businesses and individuals that will be recognized for excellence. In the last year, the CRC has reorganized and expanded its focus to include contractor services, human resources and strategic management, veterans assistance and sustainable development.

Despite managing a great deal of organizational change during FY 2009, the center worked with nearly 500 businesses, helping clients gain government contract awards worth more than $306 million. More than 500 jobs were created by clients of the program during this period as well.

"It takes a good team to consistently achieve excellence in performance; however, when a team can achieve excellence while undergoing major changes like the CRC went through last year, you know you have a great team," said Director Linda Ramirez.

The annual breakfast awards ceremony is 9 a.m., Thursday, May 20 in the Buena Vista Theater (1.326) at the UTSA Downtown Campus, 501 W. Durango Blvd.

The recognition is part of National Small Business Week, which has been proclaimed by the president of the United States every year since 1963 to recognize the contributions of small businesses to the economic well-being of America.

The event is free, but registration is required; contact Frances Riojas at 210-458-2453.