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UTSA’s International Trade Center Conducted Third SBDC Model Training Module in Mexico

San Antonio, TX (July 03, 2012) – International Trade Center staff conducted the third training module on how to successfully develop operational plans for a Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in Toluca, Mexico, June 27-June 29, 2012.

104 attendees from more than 20 higher education institutions received the training, which was hosted by the Universidad Autonoma del Estado de México (UAEMEX) and the Mexican Association of SBDCs (AMCDPE). Participants learned how to create and implement an operational plan, how to use SBDCGlobal.com, an online platform for international trade for SBDC clients, and how to manage client databases.

“By the end of the next training module each of the attendees will have produced their own operational plan and will present it to the group for input and evaluation. At the International Trade Center, we have found that our operational plan is a very important part of our daily work, guiding the many decisions each staff member makes and helping us move toward common goals,” said Cliff Paredes, Director of the International Trade Center.

Mexico continues to lead the SBDC expansion in the Americas, with 108 SBDC centers operating through the country and with more than a 1,200 staff trained through this customized training sessions.

For more information on the development of SBDCs abroad, visit http://sbdcglobal.com/internationalsbdcs.html.

UTSA, IED and International Trade Center to Host Central American Delegation

San Antonio, TX (June 20, 2012) – Government representatives from Central American countries will be hosted by UTSA’s Institute of Economic Development and the International Trade Center from June 25-26, 2012. The objective of their visit is to receive additional training for the development of the Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) in their countries.

The International Trade Center staff has been providing training to the governments of the visiting delegations’ countries (Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Dominican Republic and Panama).

“We are very excited to host this Central America delegation. The goal of training and collaborating with these governments is to give them the tools to help their small and medium businesses expand their trade capabilities and develop stronger commercial ties with the U.S. We are proud to be part of extending the SBDC Network throughout the Western Hemisphere as a trade facilitation infrastructure”, said Cliff Paredes, Director of the International Trade Center.

For more information about Pathways to Prosperity in the Americas initiative, visit http://www.state.gov/p/wha/rls/fs/2012/187784.htm. To read more about the International Trade Center SBDC expansion efforts, visit http://sbdcglobal.com/internationalsbdcs.html.

UTSA’S International Trade Center Conducts Second SBDC Model Training Module In Honduras

San Antonio, TX (June 15, 2012) – International Trade Center Director Cliff Paredes and Senior International Business Consultant Monica Alcoz have just finished conducting the second training module on how to successfully run a Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in Tegucigalpa, Honduras on June 14 – 15, 2012.

This module focused on developing SBDC training programs. Training is important to Centers as both promotional tools and avenues to assist a greater audience of small business owners than business consulting services alone. More than 130 people attended including Carlos Avila Molina, Rector and Mario Lanza Vice Rector of Universidad Jose Cecilio del Valle in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, where the event was hosted, as did high-ranking officials in the Honduran government.

“The attendees were very enthusiastic about the presentations. Training is core to an SBDC’s function, and good training is able to make lasting connections in the community” said Cliff Paredes, Director of the International Trade Center.

This event was organized by the International Trade Center in partnership with the Universidad Jose Cecilio del Valle and the Secretariat of Industry and Commerce of Honduras.

For more information on the development of SBDCs abroad, visit http://sbdcglobal.com/internationalsbdcs.html.

UTSA’S International Trade Center Conducts Second SBDC Model Training Module In Mexico

San Antonio, TX (June 12, 2012) – Senior International Business Consultants Monica Alcoz and Julio Garcia de las Mestas conducted the second training module on how to successfully run a Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in Toluca, Mexico on May 30-June 1, 2012.

Directors and Consultants of the Mexican SBDC Network received this training, which included various group-working sessions focused on real consulting cases and on how to manage them to create and capture economic impact. The training also included a half-day group session concentrating on developing strategic plans for the participants’ centers. This training was hosted by the Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México (UAEMEX) and by the Mexican Association of SBDCs (AMCDPE).

“We were pleased to have a group of 108 attendees from over 20 higher education institutions. Our presentations allowed us to share our experience helping small businesses through consulting and training programs that create economic impact,” said Cliff Paredes, Director of the International Trade Center.

Mexico continues to lead the SBDC expansion in the Americas, with 108 SBDC centers operating through the country and with more than a 1,200 staff trained through this customized training sessions.

For more information on the development of SBDCs abroad, visit http://sbdcglobal.com/internationalsbdcs.html.

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About the International Trade Center

The International Trade Center at UTSA is the largest and most successful trade assistance organization in the state of Texas. It helps companies become globally competitive through technical trade consulting, customized market research and innovative training programs. The center is a specialty program of the South-West Texas Border SBDC Network. Follow us on Twitter @TexasTrade.

Note: To receive pictures, more information or request interviews, please contact Doug CohenMiller at douglas.cohenmiller@utsa.edu or call to (210

Economic opportunities for American companies is focus of U.S.-Colombia Free Trade mini-conference

UTSA SPONSORS HALF-DAY INTERNATIONAL TRADE CONFERENCE
The University of Texas at San Antonio’s International Trade Center is holding a U.S.–Colombia Free Trade conference, which will provide information and advice for businesses who are interested in exporting goods and doing business with Colombia, is Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the DoubleTree Hotel Airport; The cost to attend is $65 ($50 before Feb. 6).

To register, call 210.458.2470 or email anabel.guerra@utsa.edu. Online registration is available: https://emenuapps.ita.doc.gov/ePublic/newWebinarRegistration.jsp?SmartCode=2Q4F

Last fall, the U.S. Congress passed and President Barack Obama signed into law legislation implementing the U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement, which is designed to support American jobs, increase U.S. exports and enhance U.S. competitiveness.

“The U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement represents a tremendous business opportunity for all kind of companies in Texas,” said Cliff Paredes, director of the International Trade Center. “Attendees will receive real-world trade information from American and Colombian trade experts that will help them identify potential new markets for their products in Colombia.”

Attendees include Cameron Werker, senior commercial officer in the U.S. Embassy in Bogota, Colombia; international business consultants from UTSA; Sean Mulvaney and Patrick Crilley, from the Export-Import Bank of the United States, and other trade officials.

The International Trade Center is a specialized center of the South-West Texas Border Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network, and provides training and advice for small businesses who desire to expand their reach to global markets. In 2011, the center provided technical advice and online or classroom training to more than 1,600 people. By working directly with small business owners, staff helped clients generate more than $210 million in business and create more than 1,400 jobs.

For more information about the US-Colombia Free Trade Conference’s speakers, topics, and registration, please visit http://texastrade.org/training/us-colombia. Follow this event on twitter #USColombiaFTA.

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About the SBDC International Trade Center

The International Trade Center at UTSA is the largest and most successful trade assistance organization in the state of Texas. It helps companies become globally competitive through technical trade consulting, customized market research and innovative training programs. The center is a specialty program of the South-West Texas Border SBDC Network. Follow us on Twitter @TexasTrade.

Note: To receive more information or request interviews, please contact Alberto Rodriguez-Baez at alberto.rodriguezbaez@utsa.edu or call to (210) 458-2473.

UTSA’S International Trade Center Launched The Texas International Business Accelerator (TIBA)

UTSA’S INTERNATIONAL TRADE CENTER LAUNCHED THE TEXAS INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS ACCELERATOR

San Antonio, TX (October 19, 2011) – The University of Texas at San Antonio’s International Trade Center launched last week the Texas International Business Accelerator (TIBA). The TIBA offers two programs: Programa Exporta (for foreign companies that want to introduce their products in the US) and Programa Invierte (for foreign investors who want to open a business in Texas).

“We have been fine-tuning this program for months and it’s tremendously exciting to officially launch it. We have an expert in-house team of experienced consultants that have helped hundreds of companies to invest in Texas and/or introduce their products in the US. We are looking forward to keep doing this through the Texas International Business Accelerator,” said Jaime Martinez, Sr. International Business Consultant.

For more information about the Texas International Business Accelerator and its Programa Exporta and Programa Invierte, please visit www.texastrade.org/tiba.

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Alberto Rodriguez-Baez Joins International Trade Center

Alberto Rodriguez-Baez recently joined the SBDC International Trade Center, a specialty center of the South-West Texas Border Small Business Development Center Network as a senior business development specialist.

Alberto came to UTSA from Rainbow Play Systems International, where he led the expansion of the company’s worldwide distributor network and the company’s global marketing initiatives. During his tenure at Rainbow, Alberto tripled the company’s international presence; expanded the distributors’ network in the Middle East, Europe and Mexico; and introduced the brand to Africa, Asia, Central America and the Caribbean.

Alberto holds an M.B.A. from the University of Nebraska and Bachelor of Science in International Marketing from Universidad Regiomontana (Monterrey, Mexico). He is a Certified Global Business Professional. Follow Alberto on Twitter at @AlbertoRBaez

International Trade Center announces partnership with the GSACCC

San Antonio, TX – The International Trade Center and the Greater San Antonio Chinese Chamber of Commerce (GSACCC) have agreed to jointly increase and promote US-China trade. This will be accomplished by linking the International Trade Center’s consulting, training and market research services with the experience and connections of the GSACCC and its membership.
“We are very pleased to sign a partnership agreement with the Greater San Antonio Chinese Chamber of Commerce and are looking forward to working with them in helping San Antonio area firms successfully do business in China” said Cliff Paredes, Director of the International Trade Center.

Under this agreement, the International Trade Center and the GSACC will collaborate in providing technical trade consulting, market research and training services for San Antonio area businesses interested in entering the rapidly developing Chinese market. The goal of the agreement is to increase the internal capacity of San Antonio area firms to successfully do business in China and to improve their overall global competitiveness.

The International Trade Center recently hosted the first-ever Business China Executive Training Program to assist local small businesses and entrepreneurs in conducting trade in Asia. It has also recently hired a China-focused International Business Consultant, to help its clients navigate the complex Chinese market and to increase their sales.

“There is a historic opportunity for San Antonio area firms to enter the Chinese marketplace and this partnership is focused on preparing them for success by providing hands-on consulting, market research and training assistance. The GSACCC will provide their considerable in-country expertise and connections in China while the International Trade Center will provide its 16-plus years of consulting excellence and extensive market research capabilities to help San Antonio area businesses succeed in China.” said Paredes.

Future co-programming efforts between the International Trade Center and the Chinese Chamber include “China: Threats or Opportunities?” on October 7th, and “Using Letters of Credit in China” on November 13th.

The International Trade Center is one of the largest and the most successful trade assistance organizations in the state of Texas. Established in 1992, it provides business with technical trade consulting assistance, cutting edge market research and innovative training programs that deliver results. In 2007, the International Trade Center helped 873 clients create and retain 912 jobs and generate $95.2 million in global sales.

The International Trade Center is part of the UTSA Institute for Economic Development and is funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration, the State of Texas and the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Mexican Congress and its Committee on the Economy Visit Downtown UTSA

Today is historical for the Institute for Economic Development (IED) at The University of Texas at San Antonio, as we are hosting a delegation of the Mexican Congress and its Committee on the Economy, who will be learning thoroughly about our SBDC and other programs as a potential model to incorporate into federal law and their economic development infrastructure in Mexico.
After visiting San Antonio, the Mexican Congressional delegation will subsequently visit Washington, D.C. to meet with the U.S. House Small Business Committee and the U.S. Small business Administration to learn of legislative and administrative implementation of this program.

This visit tremendous potential impact for benefits among both their small businesses and our Texas & US economy which is linked in so many ways through trade, labor markets, and global competitiveness as a region. President Ricardo Romo has also embraced this effort as a key part of UTSA global

Mexican Delegation visits the South West Texas Border SBDC Network office.
Mexican Delegation visits the South West Texas Border SBDC Network office.
presence strategy, and built on our Mexican university partnerships to expand other exchange programs. Bottom line, an economically thriving neighbor and a collaborative relationship is beneficial for us all.
The Congressional delegation will be touring the Institute for Economic Development in a group over the middle of the day, from noon to 1:30 pm. The Institute will present a compelling story about how effective the IED and our programs are to the benefit of our regional economy, and that similar efforts in Mexico are worthy of pursuit.

Guests of Honor
The Economy Committee, Mexican Congress

Dip. Adriana Rodríguez Vizcarra, PAN, Guanajuato, Presidente de la Comisión
Dip. Arnulfo Cordero Alonso, PRI, Chiapas
Dip. Jorge Godoy Cárdenas, Convergencia, Estado de México
Dip. Fluvio Mendoza Maldonado, PRD, Michoacán
Dip. Jorge Salum del Palacio, PRI, Chihuahua
Dip. Javier Zambrano Elizondo, PAN, Nuevo León

The IED is also hosting a client showcase in the Durango Building – Southwest Room from 3:30 to 5:00 pm, and will offer dessert and coffee, and a chance to interact informally with our visitors and discuss our work. The media is invited to attend. Parking is available on the top level of the Downtown UTSA parking garage.

San Antonio to Host The Embassy of the Peoples Republic of China

San Antonio to Host The Embassy of the People’s Republic of China at
Business China 2007 Conference

San Antonio, Texas – Zheng Zeguang, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of the People’s Republic of China Washington, D.C., is welcoming San Antonio companies to do business with his country at the Business China 2007 conference on October 11th in San Antonio, Texas. Included among the conference’s headliners are Aaron Demerson, Office of the Governor, Economic Development & Tourism, Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff, and Jorge Canavati, Port San Antonio. The conference, organized by The International Trade Center at UTSA, Free Trade Alliance, and US Chamber of Commerce, is focused on unlocking Chinese trade opportunities for San Antonio.

“This conference comes at a time when San Antonio community leaders are actively positioning our City at the forefront of international trade with China,” states presenter Jorge Canavati, VP Business Development, Port San Antonio. “There is a new horizon and emerging opportunities in doing business with China. This conference prepares companies to take advantage of them and will have far-reaching benefits for the region.” Canavati will provide an update on the China-Larazo Cardenas-San Antonio trade corridor during the afternoon logistics panel and discuss its cost-savings benefits for small-and-medium sized businesses who are moving goods to and from China.

Business China 2006 was a tremendous success and laid the foundation for this year’s expanded program with the US Chamber of Commerce. Leslie Schweitzer, Senior Trade Advisor at the US Chamber of Commerce, will open the conference with a discussion on US-China trade policy to kick-off a day of exclusive insight and high-level contacts for San Antonio.

The conference is expected to have over 150 attendees and guest speakers ranging from logistics experts, export specialists, and government officials from around the United States and China. It is particularly timely as City officials and business leaders will share their experiences and insight from a recent trade mission promoting San Antonio business opportunities in China and Hong Kong on October 1st.

Companies attending will receive key information, project management insight, contacts, and resources to develop supplier and export opportunities with China. Included in the topics are recent headlines such as quality assurance, supplier relationships, foreign exchange, and logistics.

The conference will also host a VIP reception the night prior with the Embassy of the PRC, US Chamber of Commerce, Bexar County, City of San Antonio, Port San Antonio, UT San Antonio and key community business executives to strengthen the region’s ties to China.

Business China 2007 is on October 11, 2007 in the Sky Room Conference Center at the University of Incarnate Word campus. Early registration is $80, discount registration is $65, and faculty/students can register for $35.

Marketing partners include Bexar County, City of San Antonio, Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, San Antonio Manufacturers Association, and the US Department of Commerce.

For more information on the event, or on U.S.-China trade, please contact The International Trade Center at (210) 458-2470 or visit www.businesschinaconference.org.

Source: www.businesschinaconference.org

Release Date: 9/24/07
San Antonio to Host The Embassy of the People’s Republic of China at
Business China 2007 Conference

Press Release
Monday, September 24, 2007
Contact: Jen T. Martinez , Sr. International Business Consultant
International Trade Center, 210.458.2470, jennifer.martinez@utsa.edu

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