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UTSA to Participate in Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im) of the US Annual Conference

San Antonio, April 10, 2015 – The International Trade Center, a Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Institute for Economic Development, announced today that they will participate in the Ex-Im Bank 2015 Annual Conference April 22–24 in Washington DC.

The Ex-Im Bank is a government agency which provides a variety of loan, guarantee, and insurance products intended to aid the export of American goods and services. The mission of the Bank is to create and sustain US jobs by financing sales US exports to international buyers. The International Trade Center works with Ex-Im to help expand export opportunities to area businesses as a City/State Partner.

At the conference, the International Trade Center will be working with other Ex-Im City/State Partners on a new marketing campaign that will be released in the near future in support of Ex-Im services. Our staff will attend various informational sessions at the event to learn in depth about the Ex-Im products and services in order to better assist businesses in the South-West Texas border region with export finance.

UTSA International Trade Center Senior International Business Advisors Berenice Carmona and Jaime Martinez will represent UTSA at the event.

“Being an Ex-Im City/State Partner helps us at the International Trade Center to best position ourselves to assist our clients with export readiness,” said Cliff Paredes, Director of the International Trade Center. “I have great expectations that our staff will bring back crtical information that will help our clients expand into new markets and build the regional economy through international trade.”

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. Follow them on Twitter (@TexasTrade) and like them on Facebook (Facebook.com/texastrade).

For more information on the Ex-Im Bank 2015 Annual Conference, visit: http://www.exim.gov/newsandevents/events/annualconference/2015/

UTSA to Present at the NASBITE International Conference

San Antonio, April 08, 2015 – The International Trade Center, a Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Institute for Economic Development, announced today that they will participate in the 2015 NASBITE International Conference on April 15-17 in St. Louis, MO.

NASBITE International is an organization that promotes international business practices, education and training through its annual conferences, newsletters and the Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP) exam. The International Trade Center was the first SBDC to train business professionals in test preparation for the CGBP exam. The conference is attended by professionals involved in international trade in the US and abroad.

UTSA will hold two presentations at the event. Senior International Business Advisor Alberto Rodriguez-Baez will present “Keeping and Growing your International Distributors: Lightning Bug or Lightning?” SBDCGlobal.com Site Specialist Carla Cardenas will present on the SBDCGlobal.com online trade platform and how it can be a valuable tool to international businesses. International Trade Center Assistant Director Doug Smith will also be in attendance at the event.

“We are honored to have two staff members presenting at this prestigious international business event,” said Cliff Paredes, Director of the International Trade Center. “We have been involved with NASBITE through the CGBP credential and the annual conferences for a number of years, and are pleased to be keeping our connection alive in 2015.”

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. Follow them on Twitter (@TexasTrade) and like them on Facebook (Facebook.com/texastrade).

For more information on the NASBITE International Conference, visit: http://www.nasbite.org/?2015_Conference

UTSA Supporting US Companies Seeking to Export Products and Services to Mexican Oil and Gas Sector

San Antonio, April 03, 2015 – The International Trade Center, a specialty Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Institute for Economic Development, announced today that it is partnering with the US Commercial Service to hold the US–Mexico Oil and Gas Business Exporting Conference on May 8, 2015. This is a one-day seminar for US exporters -who want to take advantage of the energy reform in Mexico’s oil and gas industry.

The Conference will bring together experts from government, business, and academic sectors to discuss the opening markets in Mexico. Experts will show companies in Texas what they can do to position themselves to get in on the ground level of new market opportunities.

Topics for this landmark event include:

  • Products and services needed in Mexico’s oil and gas industry
  • How to conduct business with potential clients and partners in Mexico
  • US and Mexico’s trade and regulatory requirements
  • How to position your company to profit from this new market
  • Special insights from trade and industry experts for US and Mexico

“With energy reform in Mexico progressing steadily, activity in South and West Texas is expected to migrate there in the coming years,” said Dr. Thomas Tunstall, Research Director for the UTSA Institute for Economic Development who has been a leading expert on the economic impact of the Eagle Ford Shale. “This reform will enable private companies to bid on blocks and operate in Mexico in 2015. Not only is this an opportunity for companies in Mexico, but this prospect for shale oil and gas exploration and production represents an export opportunity for US companies that have pioneered the unconventional techniques in use now.”

The early registration rate of $95 is available through April 24. The regular registration rate of $135 will be available April 25 – May 8. For registration and information on the event visit https://texastrade.org/oil-and-gas.

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. Follow them on Twitter (@TexasTrade) and like them on Facebook (Facebook.com/texastrade).

UTSA participates in the launch of the pilot Small Business Development Center program in Dominica

San Antonio, March 31, 2015 – The International Trade Center, an SBDC at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Institute for Economic Development, participated in the launch of the pilot Small Business Development Center (SBDC) program in Dominica on March 27th, 2015.

SBDCs, established throughout the US 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 not limited to, feasibility studies, business strategy, financial planning, marketing, production and professional networking. The Centers support new and existing businesses.

The new SBDC pilot program seeks to help the business community to be more efficient, effective and export ready, and to establish trade linkages with other MSMEs through SBDCGlobal. Minister of Commerce, Enterprise and Small Business Development, Roselyn Paul said that the government of Dominica recognizes the importance of small and micro-enterprises to the social and economic development of the country. “The micro and small business sector has proven itself in terms of its continued contribution to national development but indeed ha further potential to create and expand employment opportunities to development of entrepreneurial skills, enhance market opportunities and encourage export promotion and import substitution”, Paul stated.

Albert Salgado, Director of the South-West Texas Border SBDC Network and UTSA’s representative at the event, discussed the potential impact of the pilot SBDC program in the country and stated, “The end results is what we are chasing: tax revenue for our economy, create jobs, start new businesses, and quite frankly, let’s export our products to the rest of the western hemisphere.”

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. Follow them on Twitter (@TexasTrade) and like them on Facebook (Facebook.com/texastrade).

For more information on the project, visit http://www.sbdcglobal.com/index.php/us/pending-approval-user/pending-approval-avatars/aboutus/international-sbdc.html.

UTSA to provide Technical Training, and SBDC Certificate Training Follow-up in Guatemala

San Antonio, March 02, 2015 – The International Trade Center, a Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Institute of Economic Development, announced today that it will travel to Guatemala to provide technical training and guidance follow-up on previous SBDC Counselor and Director Certificate Training.

SBDCs, established throughout the US 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 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 on how to manage and operate an economic impact-producing SBDC. This training is part of the International Trade Center and Institute for Economic Development’s International SBDC Expansion Initiative that, with the support of the US Department of State, has been helping countries to develop US modeled SBDC networks in the Americas since 2003.

UTSA International Trade Center Senior International Business Advisor Julio Garcia de las Mestas, and Global SBDC Instructional Coordinator Minerva Garcia will conduct the visit March 11 and 12, 2015.

“Currently, Guatemala has five pilot SBDCs set up and actively providing business-advising to clients,” said Cliff Paredes, Director of the International Trade Center. “There are two centers in Guatemala City, one in Chiquimula, one in San Marcos, and one in Sololá. In the coming months they have plans to open five more centers and in 2016 they have plans for five more — for a total of 15 SBDCs by the end of 2016. Guatemala is making great strides in adapting and implementing the US SBDC model and they are starting to see the benefits in economic development and added strength in their local economies.”

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. Follow them on Twitter (@TexasTrade) and like them on Facebook (Facebook.com/texastrade).

For more information on the project, visit http://www.sbdcglobal.com/index.php/us/pending-approval-user/pending-approval-avatars/aboutus/international-sbdc.html.

UTSA to begin Certificate Training for Future SBDC Counselors and Directors in Argentina

San Antonio, February 25, 2015 – The International Trade Center, an SBDC at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Institute of Economic Development, announced today that it will begin a three-module Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Counselor and Director Certificate Training in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

SBDCs, established throughout the US 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 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 on how to manage and operate an economic impact-producing SBDC. This training is part of the International Trade Center and Institute for Economic Development’s International SBDC Expansion Initiative that, with the support of the US Department of State, has been helping countries to develop US modeled SBDC networks in the Americas since 2003.

UTSA International Trade Center Director Cliff Paredes, and International Business Advisor Barbara Mooney will conduct UTSA’s Counselor and Director Certificate Training. The first module begins March 11 and 12, 2015.

“We are looking forward to starting the Certificate Training in Buenos Aires,” said Paredes. “In Buenos Aires, and Argentina as a whole, there is a burgeoning entrepreneurship ecosystem and abundant potential to adapt and implement a US modeled SBDC network. We look forward to building relationships with key partners and stakeholder groups that will allow us to expand the initiative to the rest of the country and to further develop the small business sector of Argentina”.

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. Follow them on Twitter (@TexasTrade) and like them on Facebook (Facebook.com/texastrade).

For more information on the project, visit http://www.sbdcglobal.com/index.php/us/pending-approval-user/pending-approval-avatars/aboutus/international-sbdc.html

UTSA Completes 2 Day Training in Dominican Republic and Attends Launch of Countries First SBDC

San Antonio, February 16, 2015 – The International Trade Center, a Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Institute of Economic Development, announced today that two UTSA staff members travelled to the Dominican Republic February 9-13 to perform SBDC training and attend a public ceremony for the launch of the first SBDC in the country.

SBDCs, established throughout the U.S. 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 free and confidential 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 launch of the SBDC is the result of training that UTSA has provided to transfer the SBDC model methodology and teach professionals how to manage and operate economic impact-producing SBDCs. The ultimate goal of this work is to connect and promote trade between small businesses with the rest of the Americas and the Caribbean. This training is part of the International Trade Center and Institute for Economic Development’s SBDCGlobal program that since 2003, with the support of the U.S. government has been helping countries develop U.S.-modeled SBDC networks in the Americas.

February 9-10, UTSA International Trade Center Director Cliff Paredes and Global SBDC Instructional Coordinator Minerva Garcia completed a two-day SBDC model training for the staff of the six SBDC pilot centers that will open during February and March. The team visited three of the pilot centers on February 11 to tour the facilities and discuss with staff their operational plans.

UTSA staff attended the launch of Centro PYMES Instituto Superior de Agricultura (ISA),– a new center in Santiago de los Caballeros on February 12. The ceremony was attended by Dominican officials including Ignacio Mendez Fernández, Viceminister for Small and Medium Enterprise Development; Aura Toribio, Governor of Santiago; and Benito A. Ferreiras, President of ISA.

“These business development professionals in the Dominican Republic are doing what it takes to launch SBDCs that will produce economic impact and improve the local economies,” said Paredes. “Between now and March 10, they are launching 6 centers at different Universities across the country that will be in a great position to help businesses.”

Next step for the Dominican Republic will be to set up a formal national network of SBDCs that successfully operate, assist clients and produce results.

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. Follow them on Twitter (@TexasTrade) and like them on Facebook (Facebook.com/texastrade).

For more information on the project, visit http://www.sbdcglobal.com/index.php/us/international-sbdc.html.

UTSA Supporting New and Future Exporters through Upcoming International Trade Finance Seminar

San Antonio, February 13, 2014 – The International Trade Center, an SBDC at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Institute of Economic Development, announced today it will partner with the U.S. Department of Commerce (ITA & MBDA) and the U.S. Export-Import Bank, the Finance, Credit & International Business Association (FCIB), and a coalition of business, trade, and educational organizations will host The Global Connect: Texas Trade Finance Seminar on Friday, February 20, 2015.

The seminar brings together experts from both the public and private sectors to discuss the resources available to U.S. exporters, especially small and medium-sized companies, for their financing needs. This seminar is also offered in support of the advancement of U.S. Hispanic- and other minority-owned business enterprises in global markets.

Keynote speakers include: U.S. Export-Import Bank Vice Chair Wanda Felton, the second highest ranking official of the United States’ official export credit agency; U.S. Commerce Deputy Assistant Secretary for Services Ted Dean, who leads the Department’s efforts to enhance the competitiveness of the U.S. services industries; and MBDA National Deputy Director Albert Shen, one of the highest ranking Asian American officials in the Obama Administration.

In partnership with the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. Export-Import Bank, the seminar is sponsored by the UTSA International Trade Center, FCIB, NACM, the Texas Camino Real District Export Council, NASBITE International, and the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

The event will be from 7:30 am – 6:00pm on the UTSA Downtown Campus, Durango Building, Southwest Room #1.124. Registration is $50.00, payable in advance at the event website below.

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 advising, customized market research and innovative training programs. The center is a specialty SBDC program in the South-West Texas Border SBDC Network, and is an @TexasTrade) and like them on Facebook (Facebook.com/texastrade).

For more information on this event, visit: https://fcibglobal.com/component/eventlist/details/236-global-connect-texas-trade-finance-seminar.html.

UTSA to Complete SBDC Advisor and Director Certificate Training in Tegucigalpa, Honduras

San Antonio, December 12, 2014 – The International Trade Center, an SBDC at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Institute of Economic Development, announced today that it will complete its four-module Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Advisor and Director Certificate Training in Tegucigalpa, Honduras December 16-17, 2014.

SBDCs, established throughout the U.S. 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 free and confidential 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 Advisor and Director Certificate Training is to transfer the SBDC model methodology and train professionals on how to manage and operate an economic impact-producing SBDC and to connect and promote trade between small businesses in both countries and with the rest of the Americas and the Caribbean. This training is part of the International Trade Center and Institute for Economic Development’s International SBDC Global Initiative that since 2003, with the support of the U.S. government, has been helping countries develop U.S.-modeled SBDC networks in the Americas.

UTSA International Trade Center Director Cliff Paredes and Global SBDC Instructional Coordinator Minerva Garcia will conduct UTSA’s Advisor and Director Certificate training.

“Honduras has made great progress in implementing the US SBDC model,” said Cliff Paredes, Director of the UTSA International Trade Center who leads UTSA’s program that has developed and administers this training. “Right now there are 6 operational SBDCs in Honduras working with local entrepreneurs and established businesses using the methodology and training that we provided to them, with four more slated to open their doors to the public in early 2015.”

Since May of 2012, UTSA has conducted three rounds of Certificate Training in Honduras with more than 320 participants having completed the certification, most of whom will go on to be SBDC Directors or Advisors.

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. Follow them on Twitter (@TexasTrade) and like them on Facebook (Facebook.com/texastrade).

For more information on the project, visit http://www.sbdcglobal.com/index.php/us/international-sbdc.html.

UTSA International Trade Center to Visit Argentina in Preparation for Upcoming SBDC Training

San Antonio, December 10, 2014 – The International Trade Center, a Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Institute for Economic Development, announced today that it is sending a delegation to consult with Argentina business development agencies December 9-10, 2014 to set the stage for an upcoming pilot round of SBDC Director and Advisor Training in Buenos Aires that will begin in early 2015.

SBDCs, established throughout the U.S. 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 free and confidential 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 Advisor and Director Certificate Training is to transfer the SBDC model methodology and train professionals on how to manage and operate an economic impact-producing SBDC and to connect and promote trade between small businesses in both countries and with the rest of the Americas and the Caribbean. This training is part of the International Trade Center and Institute for Economic Development’s International SBDC Global Initiative that since 2003, with the support of the U.S. government, has been helping countries develop U.S.-modeled SBDC networks in the Americas.

Representing UTSA in the consultations is UTSA Associate Vice President for Economic Development, Robert McKinley and International Trade Center International Business Advisor Barbara Mooney.

During the first day of meetings UTSA will meet with the U.S. Embassy, the Government of the City of Buenos Aires, the Inter-American Development Bank, the Argentinian Institute of Oil and Gas (IAPG), and the Center for Entrepreneurship of Instituto de Altos Estudios Empresariales (IAE). Day two of the consultation will have business development professionals and government officials from Buenos Aires presenting on existing business assistance programs, followed by UTSA presentations on the effectiveness of the US SBDC model and discussions about the process UTSA uses to train countries on implementing US SBDC model.

“We are pleased to begin our pilot SBDC project in Buenos Aires, Argentina,” said Barbara Mooney. “Based on the success of this pilot, Argentina will look to expand the model to the rest of the countries where there are also great opportunities to succeed.”

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. Follow them on Twitter (@TexasTrade) and like them on Facebook (Facebook.com/texastrade).

For more about the International Trade Center, visit https://texastrade.org.

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