(May 20, 2011)--Terri Williams has been appointed director of the Contracting Resource Center at UTSA's Small Business Development Center. The center is hosted by the Institute for Economic Development located at the UTSA Downtown Campus.
Williams comes to the Contracting Resourcing Center with many years of experience in business and economic development including stints at Brooks Development Authority, Port San Antonio and the City of San Antonio.
Throughout her career, Williams has achieved a number of milestones including creating a HUB Zone satellite office, creating the South Central Texas Regional Certification Agency, and reaching or exceeding small business contracting goals for various city contracts.
In her new role, Williams will continue to focus on increasing opportunities for small businesses. Her center manages targeted programs for veterans, women, emergency preparedness and sustainable business.
"These programs are vitally important to the economic success of our region. I look forward to continuing the focus in these areas, to increase the visibility of the center and to have a stronger outreach in the community," Williams said.
"The San Antonio and South Texas small businesses that are contracting with federal, state and local governments seem to be doing better during these difficult economic times," said Albert Salgado, director of the South-West Texas Border SBDC Network, headquartered at UTSA. "Terri is well poised to assist clients by seeking contract opportunities, managing clients after they have received an award, and continuing to help them learn about accessing federal agencies as well as when opportunities become available."
The Contracting Resource Center is an integral part of the Institute for Economic Development with the mission of building the economy, one business at a time. In 2010, the Contracting Resource Center had two business starts, 12 business expansions, 349 jobs created, 118 jobs retained, 466 clients advised, 91 training sessions and 3,153 training attendees.
The UTSA Institute for Economic Development is dedicated to creating jobs, growing businesses and fostering economic development. Its 13 centers and programs provide professional business advising, technical training, research, and strategic planning for entrepreneurs, business owners and community leaders. Its 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 conference is dedicated to sharing recent knowledge and experiences gained in the area of Big Data by researchers in academia, industry and the government sectors within the areas of business, national security, infrastructure, healthcare and visualization.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom (HUC 1.104), Main Campus
Former National Security Advisor Susan Rice, via webcast, will examine America’s economic, political and security relations with China during CHINA Town Hall, an 80-city live discussion and Q&A on China and Sino-American relations.
Building Building, Richard Liu Auditorium (BB 2.01.02), Main Campus
The African American Studies program proudly presents William "Cruz" Shaw, San Antonio City Councilman and UTSA Alumnus. Event is free and open to the public.
University Center, Retama Auditorium (UC 2.02.02), Main Campus
The graduate fair is an opportunity for the UTSA student body and local San Antonio community to learn about graduate education opportunities. The event is free and open to the public.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom (1.104), Main Campus
President Taylor Eighmy is inviting all UTSA students to "Pizza With The Prez." Come grab a slice of pizza and take the opportunity to introduce yourself to the President. Pizza while supplies last.
Frio Street Building, Food Court Commons Area, Downtown Campus
President Taylor Eighmy is inviting all UTSA faculty and staff to "Tacos With Taylor." Take the opportunity to introduce yourself to the President at any one of these casual meet and greets.
Biotechnology, Science and Engineering Building atrium, Main Campus
The College of Engineering Student Council and the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce host this fun and education event. Erika Camacho is the keynote speaker. Children and families are welcome.
East Campus Parking Lot, Valero Way, Main Campus
UTSA Arbor Day event where volunteers will plant trees and give away 100 sapling trees to neighbors in the surrounding communities.
Brackenridge Ave. Lot 5, Main Campus
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