(June 13, 2012) -- Robert McKinley, UTSA associate vice president for economic development at the Institute for Economic Development, and Barbara Mooney, international business consultant at the International Trade Center, conducted a Small Business Development Center (SBDC) stakeholder consultation May 30 in Roseau, Dominica, as the first step in developing an SBDC network in Dominica.
The preliminary consultation is part of the SBDC Caribbean Project that will develop SBDC networks in five Caribbean countries including Dominica, Belize, Jamaica, Barbados and St. Lucia.
"We had the opportunity to present to key stakeholders the benefits of implementing the SBDC model in Dominica," said McKinley. "We are working toward securing the participation of key players. The next step to prepare future SBDC professionals to operate and manage a center will be scheduled to start this summer or fall."
The SBDC consultation meeting attracted representatives from the private, public and academic sectors with the goal of learning in greater detail about the SBDC model promoted by UTSA, determining the feasibility of its implementation in Dominica, and assessing the stakeholders' interest in participating in the adaptation and implementation of the program.
For more information on SBDC development abroad, visit the International SBDC website.
The International Trade Center at UTSA is the largest and most successful trade assistance organization in Texas. It helps companies become globally competitive through technical trade consulting, customized market research and innovative training programs. The center is a specialty program of the South-West Texas Border SBDC Network. Follow us on Twitter @TexasTrade. For more information, contact Doug CohenMiller at 210-458-2473.
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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