(Nov. 4, 2010)--Al Salgado, director of the South-West Texas Border Small Business Development Center Network, was elected the 2011 board chair of the Association of Small Business Development Center Network. The election was part of the organization's annual conference in September in San Antonio. Salgado will serve as chair for one year.
The ASBDC Network consists of approximately 1,000 service centers that provide free or low-cost assistance to experienced and aspiring entrepreneurs. The centers are funded and supported by government, private and higher education partners.
The South-West Texas Border SBDC Network is one of four regional SBDC networks in Texas, covering a 79-county service area that spans most of the southern half of the state.
In 2009, SBDC staff in this area assisted more than 26,000 entrepreneurs, helping to start 420 businesses and create 2,800 jobs. The network is hosted by the UTSA Institute for Economic Development.
"Over the past 30 years, the ASBDC has served 12 million entrepreneurs and small-business owners contributing to America's economy by creating jobs, accessing capital, reaching new markets, generating state and federal taxes, and helping to sustain business operations," Salgado said. "I am proud to serve this group at the national level, as I'm proud of our own South-West Texas Border SBDC for the 25 years of assisting small business grow the Texas economy."
Salgado's professional experience includes small-business management and ownership, strategic planning, organizational leadership and entrepreneurial management. He holds an M.B.A. from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio and a B.B.A. from Eastern New Mexico University.
"UTSA is moving rapidly toward Tier One, and our small business development programs are a key component of our growing reputation and engagement in the community," said Robert McKinley, UTSA associate vice president for economic development.
Learn more about the South-West Texas Border SBDC Network, which consists of 10 service centers and two specialty centers and programs focused on the needs of rural and veteran-owned businesses.
The UTSA Institute for Economic Development is dedicated to creating jobs, growing businesses and fostering economic development. Its 11 centers and programs provide professional business advising, technical training, research, and strategic planning for entrepreneurs, business owners and community leaders. Programs serve San Antonio and the Texas-Mexico border area as well as regional, national and international stakeholders. 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.
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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