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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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For Ashaad Mabry and Triston Wade, football is not just a passing fancy. Both players were part of the UTSA football program almost from the beginning. When UTSA opens the 2015 season Thursday at Arizona, it will be the first time the Roadrunners take the field without them. But Mabry and Wade will still be playing football; their uniforms will just be a different color.

Mabry, a defensive tackle from San Antonio's MacArthur High School, was an honorable mention All-Conference USA selection his final two seasons as a Roadrunner and second among the team's defensive linemen with 49 tackles last year. Wade, a defensive back from Tyler, was the most decorated player in school history. He was a semifinalist for the 2014 Jim Thorpe Award – for the nation's top defensive back – a three-time all-conference honoree and two-year team captain who set a school record of 293 tackles in his career. Both men had outstanding college careers that allowed them to make UTSA history.

Did you know? Mabry and Wade both agreed to terms as undrafted free agents with the New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks, respectively, becoming the first UTSA players to move to the professional ranks.

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