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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 (

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