(July 13, 2012) -- Last week, in Belize City, Belize, International Trade Center senior international business consultant Monica Alcoz and international business consultant Barbara Mooney conducted a hands-on training on how to provide successful assistance services to Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) based on the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) model. The July 4-5 module focused on providing high-value consulting, market research and training assistance.
Providing one-on-one, long-term consulting services to SMEs and relevant market research and training is critical when trying to maximize the creation and capture of economic impact. More than 10 economic development agencies, bankers, trade agencies and chambers participated including Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (Beltraide), the local private, government and civil sector partnership supporting investment and trade activities. The event was hosted at the Belize City House of Culture.
"The attendees were very engaged through the two-full day training," said Alcoz. "We are excited to help expand the Small Business Network of the Americas in Belize. We see a great opportunity for great impact in this community and for increasing trade among our SMEs."
The event was organized by the International Trade Center in partnership with Beltraide with the support of the U.S. State Department Mission to the Organization of American States, the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Caribbean Export.
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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