UTSA launches certificate training for SBDC counselors and directors in Mexico

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Palacio do Gobierno, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico (Photo: Wikipedia)

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(Feb. 18, 2013) -- The International Trade Center in the UTSA Institute of Economic Development announced that it will begin four-module Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Counselor and Director Certificate Training in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. The program will help establish SBDCs throughout the country as well as continue strengthening existing centers to better support the development of business owners and entrepreneurs.

SBDCs, established throughout the United States by the federal government in partnership with state governments and universities and colleges, assist entrepreneurs and business owners in establishing and growing their businesses through a free and confidential suite of advising services. Services include, but are not limited to, feasibility studies, business strategy, financial planning, marketing, production and professional networking. The centers support new and existing businesses.

The goal of the SBDC Counselor and Director Certificate Training is to transfer the SBDC model methodology and train professionals on how to manage and operate an economic impact-producing SBDC. This training is part of the International Trade Center and Institute for Economic Development International SBDC Expansion Initiative that, with the support of the U.S. Department of State, has been helping countries develop U.S.-modeled SBDC networks in the Americas since 2003.

UTSA International Trade Center Director Cliff Paredes and Senior International Business Consultant Julio Garcia de las Mestas will conduct the UTSA Counselor and Director Certificate Training, which will be offered in four parts. The first module begins March 6-8.

"This is the twelfth SBDC Counselor and Director Certificate training program that we have done in Mexico since 2003. We are very proud to have been involved in the rapid growth and adoption of the SBDC model of economic development throughout Mexico," said Paredes.

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. Follow the International Trade Center on Twitter (@TexasTrade) and like it at Facebook.com/texastrade.

For more information on the project, visit the SBDC Global website.