(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.
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