The U.S. Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) made the announcement June 24 at the MBDA national training conference in Washington, D.C.
"We are thrilled to be the best in class, for the second year in a row," said Orestes Hubbard, director of the MBDA Business Center in San Antonio. "The credit goes to our hard-working staff and to the talent here at the UTSA Institute for Economic Development."
In 2010, clients of the San Antonio office of the MBDA Business Center (formerly known as the Minority Business Enterprise Center) secured more than $25 million in contracts and procurements and accessed more than $36 million in capital. The center served 117 new clients and helped create 238 jobs.
The majority of the MBDC Business Center clients are minority-owned businesses that are experiencing growth, especially through local federal contracting and sub-contracting opportunities, Hubbard said.
"Achievements like this help position UTSA as a Tier One university," said Robert McKinley, UTSA associate vice president for economic development. "Our goal is top-tier performance, versus our peers on a national level. This is a wonderful example of how we help UTSA create economic opportunity for our community."
One company that has become an advocate for San Antonio's MBDA Business Center is Dependable Health Services.
President/CEO Joe Urby credits the UTSA center with transforming his company from a six-figure revenue business to a multi-million dollar one. Urby said that from 1996 to 2007, Dependable Health Services had 20 employees providing medical staffing for local and state agencies. Revenue was about $400,000.
In 2008, the company began working with what was then called the Minority Business Enterprise Center on an application for the SBA 8(a) certification. The certification enabled the company to compete for various federal contracts. The process took about nine months.
Today, Dependable Health Services provides a variety of medical support staff to Department of Defense facilities around the country, including the Wounded Warrior Transition Brigade at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. With nearly 100 employees and revenues between $4 and $5 million, the company has a bright future.
"That kind of growth would never have happened without going through the 8(a) certification program," Urby said.
The MBDA Business Center is one of 13 programs and centers comprising the UTSA Institute for Economic Development.
"Being a part of an economic development institute that promotes collaboration has contributed to our ongoing success," Hubbard said. "We've been able to leverage opportunities with Startech and the Small Business Development Center programs located here as well."
The University of Texas at San Antonio Institute for Economic Development is dedicated to creating jobs, growing businesses and fostering economic development. Its 12 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 UTSA Institute for Economic Development 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.
The University of Texas at San Antonio is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through research and discovery, teaching and learning, community engagement and public service. As an institution of access and excellence, UTSA embraces multicultural traditions and serves as a center for intellectual and creative resources as well as a catalyst for socioeconomic development and the commercialization of intellectual property - for Texas, the nation and the world.
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