(Oct. 16, 2012) -- The UTSA Institute for Economic Development and the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) will celebrate the 30th anniversary of Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week, Oct. 15-18, at the Marriott Northwest in San Antonio. MED Week recognizes minority businesses throughout the Central and South Texas region.
The 30th anniversary celebration, themed "Job Creation in America: Build it Here, Sell it Everywhere," began with a kick-off mixer Oct. 15. A luncheon will be 11 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 18 and includes an 11-11:30 a.m. networking session. Awards will be presented by MED Week emcee Eileen Teves from KENS-TV's "Great Day SA," and Orestes Hubbard, director of the UTSA MBDA Business Center. The luncheon is open to the public with $50 registration.
MED Week will honor winners past and present for their contributions to the business community. This year, 14 honorees were selected including two 30th Anniversary Special Awards that will be presented to an individual and a company that have significantly contributed to small business growth and job creation.
For more information, visit the MED Week website.
MBDA MED Week Award Winners
The MBDA Business Centers are staffed by business specialists who help high-growth minority businesses access markets and capital. The centers are funded by the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA), an agency in the U.S. Department of Commerce. MBCs promote minority business communities' growth and global competitiveness, making them better equipped to create and retain jobs, impact local economies and compete successfully in domestic and global marketplaces.
With a nationwide network of more than 40 MBCs and strategic partners, the centers assist minority entrepreneurs and business owners with consulting services, contract and financing opportunities, bonding and certification services, building business-to-business alliances, global/teaming/joint venture opportunities and executive training.
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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