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UTSA to begin Certificate Training for Future SBDC Counselors and Directors in Tegucigalpa, Honduras

San Antonio, October 03, 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 begin a four-module Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Counselor and Director Certificate Training in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. This is the 3rd SBDC training for the Honduran SBDC network.

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.

As a result of the previous two very successful rounds of Certificate Trainings that UTSA has performed in Honduras, more than 280 professionals have been trained on the US SBDC model of business development, and Honduras has set up a country-wide SBDC network that currently consists of 7 centers, which the Honduras Secretary of Economic Development (UTSA’s partner in the country) expects to grow by 3 additional centers before the end of 2014.

UTSA International Trade Center Director Cliff Paredes, and Global SBDC Instructional Coordinator Minerva Garcia will conduct UTSA’s Counselor and Director Certificate Training. The first module begins October 15-17, 2014.

“Honduras has been doing a great job translating the training and assistance that we have provided them into a successful and growing SBDC network,” said Cliff Paredes, Director of the International Trade Center. “We look forward to continuing to work with them, and to strengthening our relationships with key stakeholder groups that will further secure the future of small business development in their country and increased economic ties with the US.”

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 to Begin Certificate Training for Future SBDC Counselors and Directors in Santiago, Chile

San Antonio, October 01, 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 begin a three-module Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Counselor and Director Certificate Training in Santiago, Chile.

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.

Over the course of three live training modules, the International Trade Center will provide the SBDC Counselor and Director Certificate Training to 150 professionals from public, private and academic sectors, as well as non-governmental organizations. Due to great interest, the training will also be broadcasted simultaneously on the web to business development professionals throughout Chile.

Among those in attendance at the live training will be Luis Céspedes, Minister of Economy, Chile; Katia Trusic, Sub-Secretary Ministry of Economy, Chile; Bernardo Troncoso, General Manager, SERCOTEC, Chile; Ricardo Bosnic, National Assistant Director, PROCHILE, Chile; and Marianne Scott, Counselor for Public Affairs, US Embassy Santiago de Chile.

Beyond the Certificate training, the International Trade Center will assist SERCOTEC (Servicio de Cooperacion Tecnica of the Chilean Ministry of Economy) to develop a manual of operations for the future Chilean SBDC network, create tools to assess economic impact, and design a plan to launch the first 33 pilot centers across Chile in 2015.

UTSA International Trade Center Director Cliff Paredes, and Sr. International Business Consultant Monica Alcoz will conduct UTSA’s Counselor and Director Certificate Training. The first module begins October 8-10, 2014.

“Chile is a believer in the success of the US SBDC model that we have been training countries to adapt to their local market,” said Cliff Paredes, Director of the International Trade Center. “We are confident that they will maximize the creation of economic impact for SME’s in Chile, and rapidly develop their pilot network of SBDCs once they have complete the Certificate coursework and follow-up.”

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 to Participate in the 15th Annual AMCDPE Conference in Mérida, Yucatan

San Antonio, August 19, 2014 – The International Trade Center, an SBDC at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Institute for Economic Development announced that it will participate in the 15th Annual Mexican Association of Small Business Development Centers (AMCDPE) Conference in Mérida, Yucatán, México taking place August 27-29. The AMCDPE is the Mexican equivalent of the US Association of Small Business Development Centers (ASBDC).

Since 2003, the International Trade Center has been a key partner for the AMCDPE, and other Mexican governmental organizations, in helping to develop the now extensive network of SBDCs throughout the country. The International Trade Center will lend its support at the conference, and will be presenting on several topics to attendees.

UTSA presentations at the conference will include: Carla Gonzalez, SBDCGlobal Site Specialist, who will be discussing the on-going international SBDC Expansion work that is building US modelled SBDC networks internationally as well as SBDCGlobal.com services for SBDC clients and business advisors; and Deborah Schueneman, SBDCNet Director, will be discussing research information about small businesses for small businesses as well as SBDCNet services. Julio Garcia de las Mestas, International Business Consultant, and Al Salgado, Director of the South-West Texas Border SBDC Network, will also be in attendance for the conference.

“The work that the AMCDPE has done to build a strong and cohesive SBDC network is commendable,” said Cliff Paredes, Director of the International Trade Center. “We are proud to have been able to assist them with training and professional development and to learn from our relationship with them.”

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 International Trade Center, visit www.texastrade.org.

Opinion: Reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank of the United States

San Antonio (July 21, 2014) – The International Trade Center, an SBDC at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Institute of Economic Development, would like to announce our support of the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im).

Ex-Im is a critical resource for small and medium sized US businesses that are making deals in international markets. We have been an Ex-Im City/State Partner since 2009, and in 2013 were honored as the City/State Partner of the Year. We value the services and mission of this 80-year old institution and have great expectations for the opportunities that they bring to our clients.

Every 2 years congress has to reauthorize the banks’ charter for it to continue to exist, and help American businesses compete in the global market. For 80 years congress has done this with bipartisan support.

We encourage our clients, stakeholders, and partners to support the Ex-Im Bank reauthorization in congress. Please take a moment now to contact your representatives to ask that they support this important tool for small business in the US. http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/.

Ex-Im supports American exporters by helping to level the field for business, in particular those that would not otherwise benefit from private-sector loans and banking services. Moreover, the fees and interest that the bank charges have created a profit generating mechanism for the American taxpayers.

By the numbers it is also clear to us that Ex-Im is creating economic impact that matters. Over the last 5 years, Ex-Im Bank has supported 1.2 million American jobs, generated $2 billion for U.S. taxpayers at zero net cost, and financed exports with a value of more than $188 billion.

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).

Learn more about the Export-Import Bank of the United States at http://www.exim.gov.

SBCD Delegation from Central and South America to Visit UTSA and Washington, DC

INTERNATIONAL TRADE CENTER TO LEAD STAKEHOLDER VISITS TO THE U.S.

San Antonio (June 27, 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 lead a delegation of high-level government officials and business development professionals from several Central and South American countries on a visit to San Antonio to observe first-hand SBDC operations, and then accompany them to Washington D.C. to learn about SBDC network administration, MSME policy creation and program oversight July 7-11, 2014.

SBDCs, established throughout the US by the federal government in partnership with 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.

From July 7-8 delegations from Chile, Colombia, and Peru will be in San Antonio to observe the operations of SBDCs and other centers at the UTSA Institute for Economic Development. They will learn first-hand how the US SBDC model works with presentations on the business advising services, training programs, client presentations, and will participate in other stakeholder meetings. From June 10-11 the delegations will join up with other delegates from Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Panama in Washington D.C. where they will meet the Small Business Administration (SBA), U.S. State Department, U.S. Senate and Congress Small Business Committee leaders and will learn about SBDC network administration, MSME policy creation and program oversight.

This visit is part of the International Trade Center and Institute for Economic Development’s SBDCGlobal program 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.

“This visit is bringing together countries in which we are already working with help transfer the US SBDC model of business development, and those which are in the beginning phases of signing on to our training program to dig into the day-to-day activities of SBDC business development,” said Cliff Paredes, Director of the International Trade Center. “We expect the delegates to get a lot out of the various presentations in San Antonio and D.C., and get an opportunity to share experience and resources with each other.”

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

SBCD Delegation from the Caribbean to Visit UTSA and Washington, DC

International Trade Center to Lead Stakeholder Visits To the US

San Antonio (June 10, 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 lead a delegation of high-level government officials and business development professionals from several Caribbean countries on a visit to San Antonio to observe first-hand SBDC operations, and then accompany them to Washington D.C. to learn about network administration, MSME policy creation and program oversight June 16-20, 2014.

SBDCs, established throughout the US by the federal government in partnership with 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.

From June 16-17 delegations from Barbados, Dominica, Jamaica, and Saint Lucia will be in San Antonio to observe the operations of SBDCs and other centers at the UTSA Institute for Economic Development. They will learn first-hand how the US SBDC model works with presentations on the business advising services, training programs, client presentations, and will participate in other stakeholder meetings. From June 19-20 the delegations will join up with other delegates from Jamaica and Belize — countries which have already participated in a San Antonio visit — in Washington D.C., where they will meet the Small Business Administration (SBA), U.S. State Department, U.S. Senate and Congress Small Business Committee leaders and will learn about SBDC network administration, MSME policy creation and program oversight.

This training is part of the International Trade Center and Institute for Economic Development’s SBDCGlobal program 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.

“When countries visit UTSA, and our SBDCs, they get an in-action view of how we create economic impact in our communities on a daily basis,” said Cliff Paredes, Director of the International Trade Center. “We expect the delegates to get a lot of this opportunity. Traveling on to Washington D.C. provides a critical vantage of how our larger funding stakeholders operate, and how we work with them to advance our common goals. It’s always an eye opening experience!”

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 to begin Certificate Training for Future SBDC Counselors and Directors in Mexico City

San Antonio, May 28, 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 begin a three-module Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Counselor and Director Certificate Training in Mexico City. This is the 14th SBDC training for the International Trade Center in Mexico, and will bring the total trainees to more than 1,368 people to date.

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 develop US 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 US. 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 country-wide network of centers.

UTSA International Trade Center Sr. International Business Consultants Julio Garcia de las Mestas and Berenice Carmona will conduct UTSA’s Counselor and Director Certificate Training. The first module begins June 2-6, 2014.

“In early 2013 Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto’s Instituto Nacional del Emprendedor (INADEM), which is roughly analogous to the US Small Business Administration, was created to support micro, small and medium businesses in Mexico,” said Cliff Paredes, Director of the International Trade Center. “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 SMEs. This is the perfect time to be in the national capital working with stakeholders to continue to transfer the tried-and-true US 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. 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 Host Business Development Delegation from Guatemala

San Antonio (May 08, 2014) – The International Trade Center at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Institute of Economic Development announced today that it will host a delegation of business development professionals from Guatemala, including the Vice Minister for MSME Development from the Ministry of Economy, Sigfrido Lee, to observe the operations of the Institute and SBDCs, May 13-16, 2014.

SBDCs, established throughout the US by the federal government in partnership with 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 Guatemalan delegates are from: Ministry of Economy of Guatemala, Red Nacional de Grupos Gestores; Promipyme Universidad Galileo; Promipyme AFF; Promipyme Grupo Gestores San Marcos; Promipyme Universidad del Valle Sololá; and Promipyme Centro Universitario de Oriente.

During the four-day visit the delegates will meet with directors and staff of the various centers and specialty centers with the Institute for Economic Development and Southwest Texas Border SBDC Network. On the agenda will be best practices and practical direction to give Guatemala the best chance to succeed in creating economic impact for their stakeholders.

This training is part of the International Trade Center and Institute for Economic Development’s SBDCGlobal program 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.

“Guatemala is in the implementation phase of the process of establishing a network of SBDCs,” said Cliff Paredes, Director of the International Trade Center. “They have already launched pilot SBDCs, and now they will meet with various SBDC and economic development professionals here in San Antonio to learn best practices, and prepare them for the next steps in the implementation plan. We will guide them through the next steps and finally culminate in the Internationalization phase, where they will connect their clients to global business opportunities through our SBDCGlobal.com platform.”

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 to Complete Certificate Training for Future SBDC Counselors and Directors in Peru

San Antonio, (May 06, 2014) – The International Trade Center at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Institute of Economic Development announced today that it will conclude a four-module Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Counselor and Director Certificate Training in Lima, Peru. Approximately 120 participants are expected to graduate from this round of training. Attendees come from the public, private and higher education sectors. Peru is the second country in South America to receive 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 Associate Vice President for Economic Development Robert McKinley, and Sr. International Business Consultant Mónica Alcoz will conduct the final module of UTSA’s Counselor and Director Certificate Training and preside over the graduation ceremony at the close of the event. The final module runs May 8-9, 2014.

“The rigorous training program that we have developed to present to these future SBDC professionals contains best practice for setting up and running U.S. modeled SBDCs,” said Cliff Paredes, Director of the International Trade Center. “It is based on the experience and success of the more than 1000 centers operating in the U.S. today.”

For this Certificate training UTSA has partnered with Peru’s Ministerio de la Producción, the event will be conducted in Lima at the Universidad del Pacífico. In attendance will be Sandra Doig Díaz, Vice Minister for Small Business and Industry, who will be launching the Pilot Program for SBDCs in Peru, as well as a representative from the US Embassy in Lima, Peru.

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

International Trade Center to Hold 2-Day Export Regulation Conference

San Antonio (May 01, 2014) – The International Trade Center at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Institute of Economic Development announced today that it will partner with the US Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) to hold a 2-day export control training in San Antonio May 21-22, 2014.

The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) works to advance US national security, foreign policy, and economic objectives by ensuring an effective export control and treaty compliance system and promoting continued US strategic technology leadership.

The first day of training is called “Essentials of Exporting” and will cover the key information needed to comply with the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). Counselors and other professionals from the Bureau of Industry and Security will cover the major elements of the US export control system for commercial exports. Day two is “Export Control Reform Regulations” and will be in-depth look revisions to the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) by the President’s Export Control Reform (ECR) Initiative, the Departments of Commerce and State.

“We are honored to collaborate with the Bureau of Industry and Security in the organization of this training. Complying with the Export Administration Regulations is critical for companies involved in international trade, and failing to comply can carry heavy fines and penalties. We believe exporters in San Antonio and South Texas will find this training tremendously beneficial. Also, attendees will have the opportunity to network with other business owners conducting international business in the region,” said International Trade Center, Sr. International Business Consultant Alberto Rodriguez-Baez.

The two-day event will be held at the Tropicana Hotel at 110 Lexington Ave, San Antonio, TX, 78205. Participants can choose to attend one day for $225, or both for a discounted rate of $429. For more information on the event, or to register, visit: http://texastrade.org/bis-export-controls-seminars.

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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