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UTSA begins SBDC Counselors and Directors Certificate training in Barbados

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(July 11, 2013) -- The International Trade Center in The University of Texas at San Antonio Institute of Economic Development will begin a four-module Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Counselor and Director Certificate Training in Barbados in August. The program will help establish SBDCs throughout the country to support business owners and entrepreneurs in Barbados.

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 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's International SBDC Expansion Initiative that, with the support of the U.S. government, has been helping countries develop U.S.-modeled SBDC networks in the Americas since 2003.

Cliff Paredes, director of the UTSA International Trade Center, and Barbara Mooney, international business consultant, will conduct the UTSA Counselor and Director Certificate training, which will be offered in four parts. The first module begins August 21-23.

"We are very excited to move into more countries in the Caribbean," said Paredes. "Barbados will benefit greatly from the SBDC model in creating an environment to foster micro, small and medium businesses that will boost the overall economy of the area."

In order to create the most effective program that caters to the needs of the attendees in Barbados, the International Trade Center has partnered with local stakeholders for this training. Partner stakeholders include the Ministry of Industry, International Business, Commerce and Small Business Development of Barbados.

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

 

 

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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.

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