(March 21, 2014) -- The International Trade Center at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Institute for Economic Development completes its two-module Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Counselor and Director Certificate Trainings in Merida, Mexico March 18-21. Approximately 35 participants are expected to graduate 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 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 International SBDC Expansion Initiative that, with the support of the Department of State, has helped countries develop U.S.-modeled SBDC networks in the Americas since 2003.
Mexico was the first country that the International Trade Center assisted with creating and developing a national SBDC network. Today, there are more than 100 associated centers throughout the country -- the most of any country outside the United States. More centers are in development. In Mexico, SBDCs are part of the Asociación Mexicana de Centros para el Desarrollo de la Pequeña Empresa (AMCDPE), which oversees the countrywide network of centers.
UTSA International Trade Center Senior International Business Consultant Julio Garcia de las Mestas and Client Management Specialist Anabel Guerra will conduct the trainings. UTSA Associate Vice President for Economic Development Robert McKinley will preside over the closing ceremony.
UTSA will work with the network of Institutos Tecnologicos, part of the Direccion General de Educacion Superior Tecnologica (DGEST)on this training to continue strengthening the capacity of the Mexican SBDCs for business assistance that is expected to create a big boost to the regional economy and add to the overall strength of the SME sector of the country.
"This is the 13th round of training that we have provided with our partners in Mexico to help build a robust small-business development network," said International Trade Center Director Cliff Paredes. "From 2012 to 2013 our partners in Mexico created 37,820 jobs that helped to keep Mexico as a stable and thriving trade partner for Texas and the U.S."
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 (Facebook.com/texastrade).
For more information on the project, visit the SBDC Global website.
The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus
This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus
Graduate student uses storytelling to highlight important issues facing children
As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.
At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.
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.
Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.
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