(April 10, 2013) -- The UTSA International Trade Center received the City-State Partner of the Year Award from the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank). The award was presented at the bank's 38th annual conference in Washington, D.C.
"The San Antonio International Trade Center has been a leading champion for Texas small- and medium-sized businesses owners, and they are a model for the rest of the country," said Ex-Im Bank Chairman Fred P. Hochberg. "By working together, it is our hope that more 'Made in Texas' labels will be found in stores around the world."
"We are proud of our work in helping Texas boost its economy through export growth," said Jaime A. Martinez, UTSA International Trade Center senior international business development specialist. "Our work with Ex-Im Bank has been beneficial to small- and medium-sized businesses throughout the state, and we look forward to maintaining a strong partnership in the years ahead."
Established in 1992, the mission of the International Trade Center is to provide businesses with trade consulting services, market research, and training programs that deliver results. The center provides assistance to foreign-based businesses in successfully establishing operations in Texas, advises governments throughout Latin America and the Caribbean on how to adapt and start up their own SBDC networks via the Small Business Network of the Americas (SBNA), and helps connect millions of small business clients via its SBDCGlobal.com online platform.
In fiscal year 2012, the center increased its export finance loan volume to $45 million, a 400-percent increase from FY 2011. In FY 2012, the center assisted its clients in generating $118 million in export sales, entering 151 new markets, and introducing 148 new products to various markets. The center also delivered industry-leading training to more than 850 business professionals at 32 events.
The Ex-Im Bank City-State Partners bring state and local nonprofit economic development entities together to expand awareness of export opportunities and financing. They advise local small businesses on exporting and enable them to work with trade-finance specialists. More than 70 Ex-Im City-State Partners are across the country.
The Ex-Im Bank 2013 annual conference will feature prominent members of the business and government community including Vice President Joe Biden, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers, former National Security Advisor General James Jones, Xerox Corp. CEO Ursula Burns and Citibank Chairman Michael O'Neill. See the full list of speakers, panelists and moderators at the Ex-Im Bank 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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