(May 31, 2013) -- The San Antonio Small Business Development Center (SBDC) has received a pair of 2013 U.S. Small Business Administration Region VI SBDC Excellence and Innovation Awards. The awards were presented to the SBDC at the district and regional levels.
The San Antonio SBDC is a part of the South-West Texas Border SBDC Network and the UTSA Institute for Economic Development. It is one of the largest and most established centers within the network. It serves 10 counties surrounding San Antonio including Atascosa, Bandera, Comal, Frio, Gillespie, Guadalupe, Kendall, Kerr, Medina and Wilson.
As a leader in small-business development, the San Antonio SBDC offers advising, training and research to help small-business owners and entrepreneurs start, develop and grow their businesses. In 2012, the SBDC served more than 5,300 businesses and provided training to more than 3,900 participants while assisting clients in obtaining more than $54 million in capital. This capital infusion resulted in the creation of 1,081 new jobs and the retention of 991 existing jobs in San Antonio and the surrounding communities.
For 50 years, National Small Business Week has recognized the special impact made by entrepreneurs, small-business owners and organizations that champion small businesses.
Morrison Woods, director of the San Antonio SBDC, said, "It is an honor for me to accept this award on behalf of the entire SBDC staff. This award would not have been possible without their dedication to fostering the success of small businesses."
"Your success is a testament to the enduring drive of America's entrepreneurs and to the power of small business to change lives and transform communities," said Yolanda Garcia Olivarez, U.S. Small Business Administration Region VI regional administrator.
For more information, visit the San Antonio SBDC website or contact Morrison Woods at 2104582462.
About the IED
The University of Texas at San Antonio's Institute for Economic Development is dedicated to creating jobs, growing businesses and fostering economic development. Our 12 centers and programs provide professional business advising, technical training, research, and strategic planning for entrepreneurs, business owners and community leaders. Our programs serve San Antonio, the Texas-Mexico border area as well as regional, national and international stakeholders. Together with federal, state and local governments, and private businesses, the UTSA Institute for Economic Development fosters economic and community development in support of UTSA's community engagement mission.
The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) is an emerging Tier One research institution specializing in health, energy, security, sustainability, and human and social development. With nearly 31,000 students, it is the largest university in the San Antonio metropolitan region. UTSA advances knowledge through research and discovery, teaching and learning, community engagement and public service. The university embraces multicultural traditions and serves as a center for intellectual and creative resources as well as a catalyst for socioeconomic development and the commercialization of intellectual property – for Texas, the nation and the world.
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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