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(Oct. 23, 2012) -- The UTSA Institute for Economic Development announces it will operate a Department of Defense (DoD) Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) within its Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network. The SBDC PTAC provides advising and training to small business owners who want to expand their business within federal, state and local government markets.

The new federal funding will enable the SBDC PTAC to expand federal contracting opportunity assistance in the 12 counties surrounding the city of San Antonio.

The national Procurement Technical Assistance program was authorized by Congress in 1985. Currently, there are 93 PTACs with more than 300 local offices that form a nationwide network of procurement professionals working to help local businesses compete successfully in the government.

PTACs are the bridge between public buyers and suppliers, bringing knowledge of both government contracting and the capabilities of contractors to maximize fast, reliable service to our government. They support the efforts of small-business owners who want to learn which agencies buy their specific products and services, assist with developing proposals, and provide information about issues such as bonding, financial capacity and receiving prompt payment.

The UTSA PTAC will continue offering monthly supplier-vendor networking breakfasts, which feature large prime contractors and opportunities. Eagle Ford Shale gas and oil play prospects are currently being featured. Veterans, minority certification and assistance with employer requirements will continue to be available. Previous customers of the City of San Antonio's procurement assistance program can contact the SBDC PTAC to continue growing their markets.

"This award complements the services already provided by the Institute for Economic Development SBDC Network and creates a one-stop shop for services for the business community," said Terri Williams, SBDC PTAC director.

 

 

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UTSA writes the book on all-digital libraries

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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