(Feb. 1, 2012) -- The UTSA Small Business Development Center's quarterly calendar (January-March 2012) features more than 40 classes and workshops to help small businesses start, grow and succeed.
The classes meet at the UTSA Institute for Economic Development on the UTSA Downtown Campus or at Washington Place, 215 S. San Saba. Off-campus classes are at United SA Federal Credit Union and Helotes City Hall. See the online calendar for information on location, fees and registration. Register online today to take advantage of the online registration discount.
"Our business plan classes are helpful to both existing and start up businesses," said Patrice McElfresh, senior business adviser with the UTSA Small Business Development Center. "Participants begin their plan in class and take home a jump drive with the information they've created to continue working at home."
Workshop participants can take the next step and meet with UTSA's experienced business advisers to complete their plan with free, individualized, one-on-one assistance.
>> Among this quarter's workshop offerings are several new series and classes, among the regular workshops that will appeal to entrepreneurs starting a business and experienced business owners. As always, aspiring entrepreneurs may learn startup basics, how to write a business plan, and how to find financing in the business startup series. Each two-hour class costs $30-$40 (online registration). Maximize efficiency and savings by taking all three startup workshops in one day (9 a.m.-4 p.m., Feb. 17) for an online fee of $100.
>> Take your business to the Web and join the e-commerce rush with a course on how to sell on eBay (9 a.m.-1 p.m., Feb. 23) or find out how to manage your accounts better with the QuickBook Pro I, II, and III ($100 per class or $250 per series).
>> Is your business a candidate for local, state or federal contracts? Check out more than a dozen classes offered by the Contracting Resource Center -- from grasping the basics of government terminology to preparing a GSA schedule.
>> Is international trade your business mission? Learn about Asian markets in the monthly breakfast series (7:30-9:30 a.m., Feb. 15 and March 21) or explore detailed trade topics through webinars such as "Your Global Edge: High-Tech Green Energy Procedures in China" (10-11:30 a.m., Feb. 21).
>> Want to learn about making your business greener and more sustainable, while saving money? Check out "How Going Green Saves Thousand$ (various times, Feb. 9 or March 8) and sustainable building techniques (various times, Feb. 23 or March 27), sustainable manufacturing concepts (various times, Feb. 15; March 20). All this and "green gag" lunches (noon, Feb. 1, March 7) are free.
New this quarter
"How To Do Business With…" Each meeting focuses on contracting with either VIA, UTSA or the UT Health Science Center San Antonio (noon-2 p.m., Feb. 24, March 30). This lunch-and-learn event is free at the UTSA Institute for Economic Development, Washington Place, 215 S. San Saba, 78207.
"10 Things You Should Know Before Starting a Restaurant" (2-5 p.m., Feb. 22, March 27) includes how to plan for and market your culinary vision. Join this free series in progress at the UTSA Downtown Campus.
"Customer Service Lunch and Learn" (11:30 a.m., Feb. 16) will address ways to cherish your customers. This workshop will assist both owners and front-line employees in discovering ways to create successful interactions with customers and clients. The one-time event is at the UTSA Downtown Campus.
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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