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Al Salgado re-elected board chair of small business development network

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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.

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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.

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