(July 22, 2010)--The San Antonio Minority Business Enterprise (MBEC) received the National Outstanding Performance Award for its 2009 economic development results. MBEC is one of 11 centers and programs that comprise the UTSA Institute for Economic Development.
The U.S. Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency recognized the local center for its outstanding overall performance in numbers of new clients, jobs created, financial transactions, contracts awarded and increase in sales, among other factors.
The local MBEC, one of 46 similar centers around the country, uses a one-on-one intensive consulting approach to assist with the expansion and development of minority-owned firms. In San Antonio, the center has been active since 1982, serving well over 3,000 clients throughout its history.
In 2009, San Antonio MBEC clients secured more than $23 million in contracts and procurements, $22 million in financial transactions, posted an increase in sales of almost $2 million and created 252 jobs. The center's staff added nearly 200 new clients to the MBEC roster and recorded more than 3,500 consulting hours.
"I want to thank all our stakeholders for making us reach to the top spot nationwide, especially UTSA and the Institute for Economic Development for facilitating resources and support, as well as my staff for all their hard work," said Orestes Hubbard, director of the San Antonio Minority Business Enterprise Center. "We look forward to helping our clients achieve even more success in 2010 and beyond."
Client Willie Ng of Blue Armor Security Services Inc. is one example of an MBEC success story. With the financial and marketing advising of MBEC staff, Ng's small business went from two to 88 employees over four years.
"The UTSA Minority Business Enterprise Center helped me write my initial business plan, research the competition, arrange financing and grow my company," Ng said.
MBEC's national ranking is emblematic of the Institute for Economic Development's record of success, according to Robert McKinley, UTSA associate vice president for economic development. "Our formula for excellence is to achieve top-tier performance versus our peers across the nation for each program, then sustain that competitive level year-after-year," said McKinley. "Similar comparisons would place six of our 11 programs in their respective top-performance tiers nationally, making the Institute for Economic Development a Center of Excellence at UTSA."
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
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
Graduate student uses storytelling to highlight important issues facing children
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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