(Nov. 26, 2012) -- The UTSA International Trade Center announced that its clients created 688 new jobs and retained 1,366 jobs as a result of the center's consulting and market research activities during fiscal year 2012 (Sept. 1, 2011-Aug. 31, 2012). The results come from the nationally recognized Chrisman Survey, which tracks economic impact of all small business development centers (SBDCs) in the United States by measuring client success and growth.
The results are a significant increase from FY 2011, when the International Trade Center created 322 jobs and helped its clients retain 1,106 jobs that would otherwise have been reduced. Additionally, the center reported $117 million in export sales, an increase from $83 million in FY 2011. The most dramatic increase was in new financing, which is an indicator of business infrastructure growth and investment. In 2012, International Trade Center clients reported $45 million in new financing, while in 2011 clients reported $9 million.
Economic impact data is a crucial measurement for the overall performance and effectiveness of the International Trade Center. The results from companies in the SBDC South-West Texas region are indicative of the health and direction of the economy of the entire state.
"2012 is our 20th anniversary, and we are pleased to celebrate it by also celebrating the impact our assistance to local companies is making in the regional economy. Each year, we aim to be more productive and more effective than the last; the numbers indicate we have been able to achieve that goal consistently," said Cliff Paredes, director of the International Trade Center.
The International Trade Center at UTSA is one of the largest and most successful trade assistance organizations in Texas. It helps companies become globally competitive through technical trade consulting, customized market research and innovative training programs. The center is a specialty SBDC program in the South-West Texas Border SBDC Network. Additional economic impact data will be released in the International Trade Center's forthcoming 2012 annual report, scheduled for release in the first quarter of 2013.
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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