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UTSA's Richard Sifuentes is star small-business adviser in 79-county region

Richard Sifuentes

Richard Sifuentes

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(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.



Dec. 1, 9 a.m.

CITE Venture Competition & Exposition

The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus

Dec. 3, 5:30 p.m.

UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert

This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus

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As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.

At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.

Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.

With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.

Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.

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