UTSA trains future small-business counselors, directors in Mexico City June 2-6

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(June 5, 2014) -- The International Trade Center, a Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in the UTSA Institute for Economic Development, has begun conducting three-module Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Counselor and Director Certificate Trainings in Mexico City. This is the 14th SBDC training for the International Trade Center in Mexico and will bring the total number of trainees to more than 1,368.

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 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 been helping 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 118 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 consultants Julio Garcia de las Mestas and Berenice Carmona will conduct the UTSA Counselor and Director Certificate training.

"In early 2013, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto's Instituto Nacional del Emprendedor (INADEM), which is roughly analogous to the U.S. Small Business Administration, was created to support micro, small and medium businesses in Mexico," said Paredes. "The formation of this national organization will help increase the number of SBDCs in the country and marks a major milestone in Mexico's investment in small and medium enterprises. This is the perfect time to be in the national capital working with stakeholders to continue to transfer the tried-and-true U.S. SBDC model."

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.

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For more information on the project, visit the SBDC Global website.

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