(Aug. 29, 2013) -- The UTSA Small Business Development Center (SBDC) recently hosted a small-business roundtable discussion featuring U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro of the 20th Congressional District. The participants included 22 business owners representing 17 companies from industries such as manufacturing, health care, retail, restaurants and professional services.
The participants' companies are in the 20th Congressional District. The group also included UTSA President Ricardo Romo, Jude Valdez (UTSA vice president for community services), Robert McKinley (UTSA associate vice president for economic development) and Albert Salgado (director of the South-West Texas Border SBDC Network). Morrison Woods, director of the San Antonio SBDC, moderated the session.
The event was conducted during the congressional break in order for Castro to hear feedback from small-business owners. Their comments concerning the greatest opportunities for growth and the biggest obstacles to growth for their companies.
Among the many opportunities for growth mentioned by the participants were a guest worker program, the Eagle Ford Shale Play and the upward trends in sustainable development. Some of the obstacles to growth identified were the Affordable Care Act, the current federal budgeting process and sequestration, identifying appropriate market niches and cash flow.
Castro said he was appreciative of the business owners' willingness to share their concerns and indicated he would use his resources to resolve as many of their issues as possible in the near future.
UTSA prides itself on giving students a well-rounded education. Combining a top-tier academic program with opportunities for personal growth prepares students to compete in a global economy. And that's not all. They learn to be informed and engaged citizens as well. At the heart of that academic program is an award-winning core curriculum.
For four consecutive years, UTSA has received an A-rating from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni for the caliber of its core curriculum. According to ACTA, UTSA requires its students to take six of the seven courses deemed "crucial" to a well-rounded education: composition, literature, U.S. government or history, economics, mathematics and science. Only a handful of other institutions in the U.S. are giving students these tools, which are needed to succeed in careers and the community.
Did you know? UTSA is one of only three Texas institutions and 23 in the United States to receive the highest rating for its core curriculum in the 2014-2015 edition of the ACTA's "What Will They Learn?" report.
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