(April 9, 2013) – UTSA began in 2012 to assist five countries in the Caribbean -- Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Jamaica and Saint Lucia -- in adapting the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) model. The goal of the expansion initiative is to create a network of sustainable and successful small business assistance networks based on the proven U.S. Small Business Development Center model.
The expansion initiative is a partnership with the U.S. government through the U.S. Mission to the Organization of American States (OAS); the OAS Department of Economic Development, Trade and Tourism; and the Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export).
UTSA is providing expert guidance for each country on:
The most recent training was completed in Kingston, Jamaica. Jamaica is the second country in the region to complete the training following Belize, where the first SBDC was opened Oct. 31, 2012.
Organization of American States (OAS) Ambassador Albert Ramdin, who was in attendance, said, "OAS member states have long recognized the importance of SMEs as major contributors to employment, growth and innovation."
He noted that small businesses account for 90 percent of jobs and more than 70 percent of gross domestic product in the CARICOM region and that the project was developed in response to the capacity constraints the states face, limiting their productivity, competitiveness and full development.
"By helping further develop and strengthen the capacity of MSME support institutions, they will be capable of providing the specialized counseling, training and mentorship programs that will guide businesses in growing and becoming more competitive," added Ramdin.
The Caribbean SBDC expansion builds on the 35 years of experience afforded by U.S. SBDCs.
The SBDC model centers on providing advising, training and research to assist clients in creating long-term economic impact via job creation and retention, access to capital, increasing sales and establishing international relationships by using trade platforms like SBDCGlobal.com.
The UTSA 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. Its programs serve San Antonio, the Texas-Mexico border area and regional, national and international stakeholders. Together with federal, state and local governments, and private businesses, the institute fosters economic and community development in support of UTSA's community engagement mission.
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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