(May 24, 2010)--UTSA staff member Richard Sifuentes was honored as the 2010 State Star during the annual Small Business Week awards ceremony May 20 at the Buena Vista Theater on the Downtown Campus.
Sifuentes is one of nine individuals, small businesses and organizations recognized for excellence by the San Antonio district office of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the South-West Texas Border SBDC Network at the UTSA Institute for Economic Development.
Sifuentes is a senior certified business adviser at the San Antonio Small Business Development Center (SBDC), a one-stop assistance center for prospective and current entrepreneurs that is hosted at UTSA. He also is active in the business community, serving on the board of directors of the South San Antonio Chamber of Commerce.
In fiscal year 2009 at the San Antonio SBDC, Sifuentes helped clients start or expand 39 businesses, create or retain almost 400 jobs, and access nearly $5 million in capital formation
"Richard does his job in a quiet and efficient manner without promoting the fact that he is accomplishing great things, but his productivity and engagement with clients, peers and community organizations tells the story," said Morrison Woods, director of the San Antonio SBDC.
The UTSA award ceremony 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 wellbeing of America.
The UTSA Institute for Economic Development provides professional business consultation, technical training, and 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 IED fosters economic and community development in support of UTSA's community engagement mission.
UTSA prides itself on giving students a well-rounded education. Combining a top-tier academic program with opportunities for personal growth prepares students to compete in a global economy. And that's not all. They learn to be informed and engaged citizens as well. At the heart of that academic program is an award-winning core curriculum.
For four consecutive years, UTSA has received an A-rating from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni for the caliber of its core curriculum. According to ACTA, UTSA requires its students to take six of the seven courses deemed "crucial" to a well-rounded education: composition, literature, U.S. government or history, economics, mathematics and science. Only a handful of other institutions in the U.S. are giving students these tools, which are needed to succeed in careers and the community.
Did you know? UTSA is one of only three Texas institutions and 23 in the United States to receive the highest rating for its core curriculum in the 2014-2015 edition of the ACTA's "What Will They Learn?" report.
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