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UTSA Institute for Economic Development honored as small business advocate

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UTSA honorees at North Chamber small business awards event

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(July 24, 2012) -- The UTSA Institute for Economic Development received the inaugural Small Business Advocate of the Year award at the North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce Small Business Leaders Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, July 18.

The awards recognize outstanding achievements in business endeavors and share their stories with the community. Eight awards were presented, seven to local businesses and one to the UTSA IED for continuing partnerships and exemplary service to local small businesses. Five of the award recipients are current clients of the IED or have utilized its services during their business ventures.

According to event chair Marilyn Hartman, "Small business is where the innovations take place. They are swifter, more flexible and often more daring than big businesses. They keep intact the heritage of ingenuity and enterprise, and they help keep the American Dream within reach for millions of Americans."

Robert McKinley, UTSA associate vice president for economic development, accepted the award on behalf of the university and institute. "Just as a UTSA education helps students realize their full potential as leaders and professionals, the services of our institute help businesses realize their full potential, too," he said.

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North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce Small Business Leaders Awards

  • New Business Award: Confidential Search Solutions (IED client since 2009)
  • Employee Relations Award: Love to Swim and Tumble School (IED client since 2005)
  • Business Innovation Award: Access Quality Therapy Services (IED client since 2004)
  • Business Achievement Award: Williams Supply Company Ltd.
  • Career Achievement Award: M2 Global Technology (IED client in 1999, 2010)
  • Community Service Award: Eye-Deal Vision
  • Small Business Advocate of the Year Award: UTSA Institute for Economic Development
  • Small Business Leader of the Year Award: Gladwin Paint Company

 

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For acclaimed UTSA writer, poetry rhymes with life

Robert Penn Warren said: “How do poems grow? They grow out of your life.” That is certainly true for Carmen Tafolla. An associate professor of practice with the UTSA College of Education and Human Development, Tafolla has authored more than 20 acclaimed books of poetry and prose, including "The Holy Tortilla and a Pot of Beans." It won the Tom´s Rivera Children’s Book Award in 2009.

Tafolla is a San Antonio native who grew up on the West Side. Attending a private high school, she realized that the literature did not positively portray her community or the people who lived there. She determined to change that in her writing. In published works for both adults and children — more than 200 anthologies, magazines, journals, textbooks and readers in four languages — Tafolla reflects on the rich Mexican-American culture of San Antonio in which she grew up.

Did you know? Tafolla was San Antonio's first Poet Laureate, from 2012 to 2014, and currently serves as the Poet Laureate of Texas.

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