(May 23, 2014) -- The UTSA Small Business Development Center (SBDC) International Trade Center and SBDC senior business adviser Curtis Mohler are among the district honorees that will be recognized at an upcoming awards ceremony hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) San Antonio district office and the South-West Texas Border Small Business Development Center Network. The UTSA SBDC Center will receive the Small Business Center Excellence and Innovation award and Mohler will receive the Veteran Small Business Champion award.
The 2014 Small Business Week Award Winners ceremony is 11:30 a.m., Friday, May 30 at the Omni Hotel, 9821 Colonnade Blvd.
Since 1963, the president of the United States has annually declared National Small Business Week as a way to formally recognize the important role and contributions of America's small businesses. National and local events recognize top entrepreneurs for their achievements to include those individuals and organizations that champion small business.
Founded in 1992, the center has helped small- and medium-sized companies become globally competitive by providing trade consulting, market research and cutting-edge training. Last week, the UTSA SBDC International Trade Center also was recognized as the national SBDC of the Year in Washington, D.C. Nationwide, there are approximately 1,100 SBDCs covering rural, urban and suburban communities. The center also was named the 2014 Small Business Development Center (SBDC) of the Year by the SBA.
Senior business adviser Curtis Mohler is a 20-year service-disabled veteran and has worked with the Chase Veteran Business Development program since 2011. He has provided more than 100 training workshops to veteran and non-veteran clients in addition to assisting more than 40 veterans in completing the Vetbiz Certification packets. Last year, he advised 184 clients, which resulted in creating more than 70 jobs and retaining 43 jobs.
"Curtis is an enthusiastic and vibrant asset for veteran business owners. I highly recommend the San Antonio Small Business Development Center/PTAC to any veteran starting their own business," said Tim Porter of Appdiction and a longtime Mohler client.
"UTSA is proud to be honored locally and nationally for our hard work and contributions to the small business community. By working one-on-one with veterans, encouraging exports to foreign markets and our efforts to grow SBDCs globally, the SBDC is on the cutting edge of meaningful and impactful engagements with entrepreneurs," said Albert Salgado, executive director of the South-West Texas Border SBDC Network.
>> Tickets can be purchased on the Texas Small Business Development Center website.
About the UTSA Institute for Economic Development
The University of Texas at San Antonio Institute for Economic Development is dedicated to creating jobs, growing businesses and fostering economic development. Its 12 centers and programs provide professional business advising, technical training, research and strategic planning for entrepreneurs, business owners and community leaders. The programs serve San Antonio and the Texas-Mexico border area as well as regional, national and international stakeholders. Together with federal, state and local governments, and private businesses, the IED fosters economic and community development in support of UTSA's community engagement mission.
Members of the UTSA community have published “Adapt and Overcome: Essays of the Student Veteran Experience,” an important book to help active duty military and veterans successfully transition to college life. The event includes a panel discussion with UTSA alumni student veterans who contributed chapters to the book. Guests can also purchase the book. All proceeds benefit the UTSA Student Veteran Association.
Business Building, University Room (BB 2.06.04), Main Campus
The Graduate School is hosting a panel discussion for all of our current students, alumni and members of the San Antonio community who are interested in learning more about graduate education.
Graduate School and Research Building (GSR 1.204), Main Campus
The annual UTSA Graduate fair gives students an opportunity to meet representatives who can provide the information on admission requirements, fellowship opportunities, and other key information.
University Center, Main Campus
A recruiter will speak to potential candidates for the Archer program. The Archer program has helped students land successful careers in public service.
Durango Building (DB 2.208), Downtown Campus
Canadian scholar Jasmin Hristov will present a lecture on paramilitarism, complex type of politically-motivated violence in different parts of Latin America. This presentation will explain paramilitary violence as a tool of economic globalization.
Buena Vista St. Bldg., Aula Canaria Lecture Hall (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus
The UTSA College of Engineering Technology Symposium showcases innovative student projects and research performed across multiple disciplines including engineering, science and business. The public is invited.
H-E-B UC Ballroom (HUC 1.104), Main Campus
The University of Texas at San Antonio is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through research and discovery, teaching and learning, community engagement and public service. As an institution of access and excellence, UTSA 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.
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