(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.---------
North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce Small Business Leaders Awards
UTSA prides itself on giving students a well-rounded education. Combining a top-tier academic program with opportunities for personal growth prepares students to compete in a global economy. And that's not all. They learn to be informed and engaged citizens as well. At the heart of that academic program is an award-winning core curriculum.
For four consecutive years, UTSA has received an A-rating from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni for the caliber of its core curriculum. According to ACTA, UTSA requires its students to take six of the seven courses deemed "crucial" to a well-rounded education: composition, literature, U.S. government or history, economics, mathematics and science. Only a handful of other institutions in the U.S. are giving students these tools, which are needed to succeed in careers and the community.
Did you know? UTSA is one of only three Texas institutions and 23 in the United States to receive the highest rating for its core curriculum in the 2014-2015 edition of the ACTA's "What Will They Learn?" report.
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