(Feb. 25, 2014) -- The International Trade Center at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Institute for Economic Development concluded its four-module Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Counselor and Director Certificate Training in Costa Rica. It was the second certificate training program that UTSA has led in Costa Rica. More than 70 participants graduated representing the public, private and higher education sectors.
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 strategies, 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 South-West Texas Border SBDC Network Director Al Salgado and UTSA International Trade Center International Business Consultant Julio Garcia de las Mestas conducted the final module of the Counselor and Director Certificate Training and presided over the graduation ceremony.
"Costa Rica's vision to create a network of sustainable and successful small-business assistance centers will soon be reality and will join the many SME networks throughout the Western Hemisphere based on the proven U.S. Small Business Development Center Model," said Salgado. "Costa Rica will become part of President Obama's Small Business Networks of the Americas initiative to increase available resources for small businesses, expand SME assistance and provide the framework to link all entrepreneurs in the Western Hemisphere. We are very proud of their efforts and look forward to link U.S. small business clients with Costa Rica's small businesses."
The Costa Rican National Institute Learning (INA) and the Costa Rican Ministry of Economy Industry and Commerce (MEIC) funded the training. Both organizations had representatives present in support of the training including Luis Alverez Soto, vice minister of the economy industry and commerce.
The first round of SBDC Counselor and Director Certificate Training was in early 2012 with more than 56 program graduates. As a result, six of the more than 25 Costa Rican business assistance centers are using the U.S. SBDC model that UTSA presented, and the others are expected to use it as well.
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.com/texastrade.
For more information on the project, visit the SBDC Global website.
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The UTSA community welcomes students to their on-campus home! Laurel Village, Chaparral Village and Alvarez Hall are home for 2,300 students during the academic year, and Move-In event kicks off the start of Roadrunner Days.
Laurel Village, Chaparral Village, Alvarez Hall, Main Campus
After a day full of moving and getting settled into their new UTSA home, students and their families can have some refreshments and snacks at the Welcome Back Reception. The event tops off with the premiere performance of the Spirit of San Antonio, UTSA's Marching Band.
University Center Paseo, Main Campus
Can you survive the library wilderness? As a part of Roadrunner Days, UTSA Libraries is hosting a mobile adventure for you to play and find out more about the library!
John Peace Library, 2nd floor, Main Campus
Come meet your UTSA Volleyball Team as they gear up for the 2017 season! The game begins at 5 p.m. then the team will hold an autograph and photo session after the game.
Convocation Center, Main Campus
This engaging discussion pulls back the covers on hooking up, clarifying when it’s actually sexual violence and how bystanders can protect potential victims from predators.
University Center, Retama Auditorium (UC 2.02.02), Main Campus
Late Night at the Rec is an awesome UTSA tradition that transforms a standard information session into an exciting night of fun. At this annual event, you’ll be able to learn about our facilities, recreation programs, and wellness services offered at Main and Downtown Campuses.
Recreation and Wellness Center, Main Campus
The UTSA community is invited to the Community Networking events hosted by the Student Center for Community Engagement and Inclusion during Roadrunner Days. Various opportunities will be available that will focus on our diverse population.
H-E-B University Center Ballrooms (HUC 1.104 and HUC 1.106), Main Campus
Start in the Paseo then branch out around campus so you know where to go on the first day of classes.
University Center Paseo, Main Campus
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