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