(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 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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