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UTSA launches certificate training for SBDC counselors, directors in St. Lucia

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(Feb. 19, 2013 -- The International Trade Center in the UTSA Institute of Economic Development began this month the four-module Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Counselor and Director Certificate Training in St. Lucia. The program will help establish SBDCs throughout the country to support business owners and entrepreneurs in St. Lucia.

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 International Business Consultant Barbara Mooney will conduct the Counselor and Director Certificate Training.

"The work we are doing with the International SBDC Expansion Initiative dovetails perfectly with President Obama's Small Business Network of the Americas (SBNA) initiative and is helping to make the initiative a reality," said Paredes. "St. Lucia is a country that is poised to take advantage of this high-level training and to create economic impact domestically and internationally."

In order to create the most effective program that caters to the needs of the attendees in St. Lucia, the International Trade Center has partnered with local stakeholders for the training. Partner stakeholders include the St. Lucia Ministry of Commerce and Business Development, Investment and Consumer Affairs of St. Lucia.

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 us on Twitter (@TexasTrade) and like us on Facebook.

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

 

 

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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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