(April 10, 2013) -- The UTSA International Trade Center received the City-State Partner of the Year Award from the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank). The award was presented at the bank's 38th annual conference in Washington, D.C.
"The San Antonio International Trade Center has been a leading champion for Texas small- and medium-sized businesses owners, and they are a model for the rest of the country," said Ex-Im Bank Chairman Fred P. Hochberg. "By working together, it is our hope that more 'Made in Texas' labels will be found in stores around the world."
"We are proud of our work in helping Texas boost its economy through export growth," said Jaime A. Martinez, UTSA International Trade Center senior international business development specialist. "Our work with Ex-Im Bank has been beneficial to small- and medium-sized businesses throughout the state, and we look forward to maintaining a strong partnership in the years ahead."
Established in 1992, the mission of the International Trade Center is to provide businesses with trade consulting services, market research, and training programs that deliver results. The center provides assistance to foreign-based businesses in successfully establishing operations in Texas, advises governments throughout Latin America and the Caribbean on how to adapt and start up their own SBDC networks via the Small Business Network of the Americas (SBNA), and helps connect millions of small business clients via its SBDCGlobal.com online platform.
In fiscal year 2012, the center increased its export finance loan volume to $45 million, a 400-percent increase from FY 2011. In FY 2012, the center assisted its clients in generating $118 million in export sales, entering 151 new markets, and introducing 148 new products to various markets. The center also delivered industry-leading training to more than 850 business professionals at 32 events.
The Ex-Im Bank City-State Partners bring state and local nonprofit economic development entities together to expand awareness of export opportunities and financing. They advise local small businesses on exporting and enable them to work with trade-finance specialists. More than 70 Ex-Im City-State Partners are across the country.
The Ex-Im Bank 2013 annual conference will feature prominent members of the business and government community including Vice President Joe Biden, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers, former National Security Advisor General James Jones, Xerox Corp. CEO Ursula Burns and Citibank Chairman Michael O'Neill. See the full list of speakers, panelists and moderators at the Ex-Im Bank website.
Robert Penn Warren said: “How do poems grow? They grow out of your life.” That is certainly true for Carmen Tafolla. An associate professor of practice with the UTSA College of Education and Human Development, Tafolla has authored more than 20 acclaimed books of poetry and prose, including "The Holy Tortilla and a Pot of Beans." It won the Tom´s Rivera Children’s Book Award in 2009.
Tafolla is a San Antonio native who grew up on the West Side. Attending a private high school, she realized that the literature did not positively portray her community or the people who lived there. She determined to change that in her writing. In published works for both adults and children — more than 200 anthologies, magazines, journals, textbooks and readers in four languages — Tafolla reflects on the rich Mexican-American culture of San Antonio in which she grew up.
Did you know? Tafolla was San Antonio's first Poet Laureate, from 2012 to 2014, and currently serves as the Poet Laureate of Texas.
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