By Lynn Gosnell
Marketing and Communications Coordinator, Institute for Economic Development
(Sept. 20, 2011) -- Al Salgado, director of the South-West Texas Border Small Business Development Center Network, has been re-elected the 2012 board chair of the Association of Small Business Development Centers (ASBDC).
The election took place during the organization's annual conference in San Diego, Calif., Sept. 6-9. This is Salgado's second year to help lead America's premier small business development organization.
Over the last 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, and generating state and federal taxes.
"Today, America's SBDCs are working harder than ever on behalf of America's small business owners. Our national network is helping generate jobs by helping startups and existing businesses survive the lingering economic crises," Salgado said. "I am proud to serve this group at the national level and proud to be a part the UTSA Institute for Economic Development and the South-West Texas Border SBDC for the 30 years of helping small business grow the Texas economy."
The ASBDC is a partnership of government, higher education and the private sector that provides comprehensive small business assistance. Founded in 1979, the network currently serves more than one million businesses each year -- both startups and businesses pursuing strategic growth.
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.
"Tier One aspirations for UTSA are being realized through national-scale leadership in many fields," said Robert McKinley, UTSA associate vice president for economic development. "Al Salgado continues to lead not only a top-tier economic development program here, but also has again been entrusted by his peers nationwide to lead and represent the 1,100 SBDCs across the country."
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. The network consists of 10 service centers and two specialty centers in international trade and government contracting, as well as programs focused on the needs of Texas' rural communities and veteran-owned businesses.
Learn more on the South-West Texas Border SBDC Network website.
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 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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