Texas Capital Bank promotes San Antonio leadership: Johnson, Kennedy

TexasCapitalBank_LOGOTexas Capital Bank announced today that Mark Johnson has been promoted from San Antonio Regional Chairman to Vice Chairman of the bank and Shaun Kennedy is being promoted to San Antonio Regional Chairman.

Business Headshot Texas Capital BankJohnson will continue to reside in San Antonio and will remain actively involved in the bank’s efforts in that community. In his new role, he will be responsible for several bank-wide initiatives as well as oversight of its Builder Finance Group, which serves the top home builders across the nation under the leadership of Melissa Abel.

Shaun_Kennedy_5Y5A6593_R2 (683x1024)Kennedy will assume day-to-day responsibility for the San Antonio Bank in partnership with Regional President David Pope.

“Mark has built a great legacy in the San Antonio market and we’re looking forward to expanding his impact, which is possible because of the outstanding leadership that Shaun and David have brought to the bank,” said CEO Keith Cargill.

Johnson, Kennedy and Pope will report to Texas President and Chief Lending Officer Vince Ackerson.

Johnson joined Texas Capital Bank in 2001, and Kennedy and Pope were hired in 2013.

About Texas Capital Bank
Texas Capital Bank is a commercial bank that delivers highly personalized financial services to businesses and individual clients. Headquartered in Dallas, the Bank has full-service locations in Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio. It is the primary subsidiary of Texas Capital Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ: TCBI), which is included in the Russell 2000® Index and the S&P SmallCap 600®. For more information, visit www.texascapitalbank.com

BKD announces the addition of Tax, Audit Associates: Romero, Olivares, Thompson, Strickland, Arredondo

BKD logo colorJon M. McDowell, managing partner of BKD, LLP’s San Antonio office, is pleased to announce the addition of David Romero (Senior Associate – tax), Adriana Olivares and William Thompson (Associates-tax), and Aissa Strickland and Amanda Arredondo (Associates – audit) in BKD’s San Antonio office.

David Romero_Jan 2014Before joining BKD, Romero spent over seven years with Carranco & Lawson, P.C., most recently as a tax accountant. Romero is a graduate of Texas A&M University – International University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting. David passed the CPA exam and is awaiting his Texas license.

Adriana Olivares_Jan 2104Before joining BKD, Olivares spent over two years with Alamanza Business Group, LLC, as a tax accountant. Olivares is a 2011 graduate of The University of Texas at San Antonio with a Bachelors of Business Administration in Accounting.

William Thompson_Jan 2014Thompson is a 2013 graduate of The University of Texas at San Antonio with a Master of Business Administration.

Aissa Strickland_Jan 2014Strickland is a 2013 graduate of St. Mary’s University with a Master of Business Administration in Accounting and a 2010 graduate of St. Mary’s University School of Law with a Juris Doctor.

Amanda Arredendo_compressedArredondo is a 2010 graduate of The University of Texas at San Antonio with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting. She obtained a Master of Accountancy from The University of Texas at San Antonio in 2012. Arredondo previously worked with BKD San Antonio as an audit intern (2011 and 2012) and associate (2013).

About BKD
BKD is the top-tier U.S. CPA and advisory firm that delivers its experience and service with a deep understanding of your business, your needs and what it takes to improve your business performance. BKD’s approximately 2,000 personnel, including approximately 250 partners, are based in 32 offices serving clients in 50 states. To learn more, visit www.bkd.com.

Praxity, AISBL, a global alliance of independent firms, enhances BKD’s ability to serve the dynamic needs of multinational clients. Praxity™ provides the gateway to tax, assurance and consulting services delivered by alliance firms committed to the highest standards required in international business.

Broadway Bank announces promotions, new market managers

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W_ScrogginsWade Scroggins joins Broadway Bank as vice president, market manager of Broadway Bank’s Wilderness Oak Banking Center, which is slated for completion in June. He will serve as market manager at the Encino Banking Center in the interim. Scroggins brings 13 years of experience in the Stone Oak/Vineyard market area. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Texas at Arlington and holds Series 7, 63 and Group I licenses. He is active in the North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and Stone Oak Business Association.

SONY DSCMike Rowland has been promoted to market manager, military liaison officer at the Broadway Bank Fort Sam Houston Banking Center and will interact with all military units on Joint Base San Antonio. He joined Broadway in 2010 as a military business development officer. Rowland, a retired chief master sergeant, served 30 years in the U.S. Air Force. He serves on the board of the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and is chairman of its Military Affairs Committee. Rowland recently earned his Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of Phoenix.

SONY DSCAngela Portwood has been named vice president. Portwood began her career with Broadway Bank in January 2007 as a credit analyst in the credit department. She has received several promotions and presently serves Broadway Bank as a credit risk analyst in the enterprise risk management department. Portwood earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in finance from Texas Tech University.

K_Bell-2013Karen Bell, learning and development facilitator, has been named banking officer. She began her career at Broadway Bank in April 1994 and has served as a Wealth Management Division assistant, trust associate and senior training officer. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in psychology of organizations and development from the University of the Incarnate Word.

A_Garza-2013Anna Garza has been named banking officer. Garza began her career at Broadway Bank in December 2010 as a learning and development facilitator. She received a Bachelor of English and a secondary teaching certification from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She also has Microsoft Office specialist certifications.

About Broadway Bank
Headquartered in San Antonio, Broadway Bank was founded in 1941. It has evolved from a small neighborhood bank into one of the largest independently owned banks in Texas. Today, Broadway Bank continues to function as a family-owned and operated financial institution. Broadway Bank offers a full range of sophisticated financial services, including personal banking, private banking, military banking, business banking and wealth management. With more than $2.9 billion in total assets, the highly-rated Bank operates 39 locations in San Antonio, Austin and the surrounding areas. Visit the Broadway Bank website at broadwaybank.com for more information.

Raba Kistner, Inc. appoints Preston Parker as Vice President, Construction Materials Engineering/Testing

Parker_PrestonRaba Kistner’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce the promotion of Preston Parker, PE, PMP to the position of Vice President effective January 1, 2014. Preston Parker has been with Raba Kistner Consultants, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Raba Kistner, Inc., since 2008. He has 17 years of experience and is responsible for overseeing Construction Materials Engineering and Testing (CoMET) projects in the San Antonio area.  He has earned this promotion in recognition of his important contributions to the firm over the last five years, but also for his role already supporting the firm’s growth into the future.

“Preston has been a great leader for CoMET since he joined us six years ago,” said Paul Lampe, Executive Vice President of Raba Kistner Consultants.  “He is recognized for his technical skills and shares his knowledge with others within the company.  He has a nice leadership style, his employees respect him, and he has a great level of urgency needed for this job.  Clients like and respect him because they know he takes care of their needs.  I know that I can rely on him to continue to manage and grow Raba Kistner Consultants in San Antonio.”

Mr. Parker manages and performs engineering investigations and studies dealing with construction related issues including analyzing and providing solutions to engineering problems and preparing forensic, engineering and testing/inspection reports. While responsible for total project management, he assists his team members by analyzing field data and laboratory test results, performing engineering calculations, and providing opinions and recommendations for the completion of engineering reports. Mr. Parker is also responsible for the training and mentoring of staff engineers and construction materials technicians.

Emmons Promoted to Chief Operating Officer of Spawglass

Emmons_MichaelSpawGlass announced that Michael Emmons has been promoted to chief operating officer, responsible for daily operations, safety, leadership and strategic direction for the construction company’s approximately 500 employees as it continues to grow. Emmons has spent his entire 29-year career with SpawGlass, most recently serving as president of the company’s Houston Region.

“Michael has distinguished himself as an outstanding executive, leader and role model,” said SpawGlass CEO Joel Stone. “He has a proven ability to execute change and a focused discipline in quality business practices.”

He holds a bachelor’s of science degree in building construction from Texas A&M University and completed the advanced management program at Harvard Business School. Emmons serves on the board of directors for both SpawGlass and the Association of General Contractors (AGC) Houston as well as on the Texas A&M University Construction Industry Advisory Council.

About SpawGlass
SpawGlass is a Texas-based general contractor, construction manager, design/builder and civil contractor with offices in Austin, the Golden Triangle, Houston, North Texas, San Antonio and South Texas. Utilizing its expertise in Building Information Modeling (BIM) and green building, the company enjoys providing its clients with the absolute best construction experience in a variety of markets, including corporate, higher education, healthcare, government/public, senior/campus living, civil and more. With approximately 500 employees statewide, SpawGlass is 100 percent employee-owned with ownership open to all employees. For more information on the company and opportunities to join the SpawGlass team, visit www.spawglass.com

Kassler joins Security Service Federal Credit Union

Kassler_AmandaAmanda Kassler, SPHR, PMP, joins Security Service Federal Credit Union (SSFCU) as compensation and benefits manager. She carries leadership and supervisory responsibility for employee benefits and services, including corporate level oversight and reporting and coordination of the organization’s workers’ compensation program.

Prior to joining the credit union, Kassler served as a senior human resources administrator for the City of San Antonio. In addition, she teaches as a corporate training instructor for the Alamo Community College District. She is a certified senior professional in human resources, certified project management professional and certified corporate trainer.

She is a member of a wide variety of local and national organizations, including the National Project Management Association, San Antonio Human Resources Management Association, San Antonio Compensation Association, World at Work and the International Society for Performance Improvement.

About Security Service Federal Credit Union
Security Service Federal Credit Union offers competitive, affordable financial products and services designed to meet the needs of its members. Headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, Security Service is an industry-leading financial institution with $7.5 billion in assets and 70 locations in Texas, Colorado and Utah. The credit union is among the top 10 credit unions in the nation. Security Service strives to be America’s best credit union and provides the true benefits of credit union membership with financial services of the highest quality and value. Learn more at www.ssfcu.org or call 1-888-415-7878.

Help Build a New Future for Eastpoint “The Choice Neighborhood Initiative”

SAHA_LOGO_CMYK_HorizontalJoin the San Antonio Housing Authority, along with developer McCormack Baron Salazar, at another Contractor Forum to learn about opportunities for demolition and site preparation for the Wheatley Courts Housing Development on Thursday, January 23, 2014 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Wheatley Middle School Auditorium located at 415 Gabriel Street in San Antonio, TX 78202.

Meet potential Prime Contractors and Subcontractors. Bring your ‘Capability Statement’ and plenty of business cards.

For more information, contact Tomas Larralde at (210) 477-6550 or Tomas_larralde@saha.org

Small Business Development Center offers training for employers and small business owners

UTSA_EconomicDevelopmentThe UTSA Small Business Development Center offers integrated, low-cost training and free counseling services to meet the needs of small business owners in San Antonio and surrounding counties. All classes can be found on our website at www.sasbdc.org. The following training opportunities are being offered January through March:

January: 

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 – YouTube 101: How to Leverage YouTube Marketing

Did you know YouTube is the second largest search engine after Google? It’s a great social media platform that can help you build your business brand, generate targeted leads and grow your business. Come join Digital Marketing Consultant Yusuf Chowdhury and learn YouTube strategies, what equipment to use, where to start and much more at this workshop. You don’t want to miss this! More information to come soon!

Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Location: UTSA Downtown, 501 W. Cesar E. Chavez, Durango Bldg., Rm. 2.316

Online Fee:  Free

Registration Link: http://utsa.ecenterdirect.com/ConferenceDetail.action?ID=21384

 

Thursday, January 23, 2014 – Business Start-Up Essentials

Are you ready to turn your business idea into reality? Come to this workshop and have all your questions answered! The SBDC business advisors will present the basics of starting a new business and help answer your start-up questions. If you are considering opening a small business, this class is your starting point. You will receive a Small Business Resource Guide and many other resources to help you start your business. Topics discussed in this workshop include: evaluating your business idea, business legal structure and name, local, state and federal resources & requirements and business start-up costs.

Time: 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Location: UTSA Downtown, 501 W. Cesar E. Chavez, Durango Bldg., Rm. 2.316

Online Fee:  $30.00

Door Fee:  $50.00

Registration Link: http://utsa.ecenterdirect.com/ConferenceDetail.action?ID=21375

 

Wednesday, January 29, 2014 – What You Need to Know Before Buying a Franchise

Franchise ownership is one of the fastest growing segments of business ownership, and with good reason. It is affordable, offers a proven method of success, allows for easy entry and provides options for a variety of backgrounds and skill levels. But before you take the plunge attend this interactive session with Stephen Maeker, Senior Franchise Consultant, and walk away with a better understanding of how franchising works and if it’s the right option for you. An important feature of this workshop includes a hands-on look at an actual franchise disclosure document. The document discloses extensive information about the franchisor and is intended to give you enough information to make an educated decision regarding your investment. Key areas include initial franchise fees and expenses, obligations of the franchisor and franchisee, territory restrictions, renewal and termination, franchisor financial statements, plus much more.

Time: 9:00 am – 11:30 am

Location: UTSA Downtown, 501 W. Cesar E. Chavez, Durango Bldg., Rm. 2.316

Online Fee:  $25.00

Door Fee:  $45.00

Registration Link: http://utsa.ecenterdirect.com/ConferenceDetail.action?ID=21377

 

Thursday, January 30, 2014 – The Business Plan

Whether you need a business plan to map out your plan for your business or are writing a plan because you want to expand, this is the class for you. At this workshop, our experienced instructors will teach you the components of a business plan using an interactive format in a computer lab setting. Walk away from this workshop with the start of a business plan written specifically for your business, an electronic template and resources to guide you through the process! Topics discussed in this workshop include: business plan basics, feasibility process, business plan structure, and financial analysis.

Time: 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Location: UTSA Downtown 501 W. César E. Chávez, Durango Bldg., Rm. 1.402

Online Fee: $40.00

Door Fee: $60.00

Registration Link: http://utsa.ecenterdirect.com/ConferenceDetail.action?ID=21378


February

Tuesdays, February 4-18, 2014 – QuickBooks Pro Series

Pay for all three QuickBooks Pro workshops as a series and save money!

-QuickBooks Pro I (Set-Up): Topics discussed in this workshop include: setting up QuickBooks, working with lists and working with bank accounts.

-QuickBooks Pro II (Intermediate): Topics discussed in this workshop include: using other accounts in QuickBooks (credit card, asset, liability & equity), entering sales and invoices, receiving payments and making deposits, entering and paying bills, setting up inventory and tracking and paying sales tax.

-QuickBooks Pro III (Advanced): Topics include: analyzing financial data, doing payroll with QuickBooks, estimating and progress invoicing

Time: 4:00 pm – 8:00pm

Location: UTSA Downtown, 501 W. Cesar E. Chavez, Durango Bldg., Rm. 1.402

Online Fee: $250 for the 3-part series (QuickBooks Pro I, II & III)

Registration link: http://utsa.ecenterdirect.com/ConferenceDetail.action?ID=21379

 

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 – How to Decide What Technology I REALLY Need

Are you just starting out and trying to figure out how to set your company up with technology? Or have you been in business and just not sure if you have all the technology you need? Come join Michael Espinoza owner of Technology Coaching as he walks you through your decision making process. Use his plan to develop your ideal technology platform and setup. Walk away with a good understanding regarding what technology will be most effective for your business. He will cover:

• Questions to ask before you consider any technology

• Options that are available to you and whether you REALLY need them

• Picking the options that are best for you based on your needs

• General questions about technology that you are currently considering

Time: 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Location: UTSA Downtown, 501 W. Cesar E. Chavez, Durango Bldg., Rm. 2.316

Fee:  Free

Registration Link: http://utsa.ecenterdirect.com/ConferenceDetail.action?ID=21391

 

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 – QuickBooks Pro I (Set-Up)

Are you in the beginning stages of using QuickBooks and want to expand your knowledge? Come to this workshop to learn the basic features of QuickBooks and have the opportunity for hands-on practice. We will discuss the information you should be tracking and how to enter it in QuickBooks. You will walk away from this workshop with familiarity with the most common tasks and where to find information about more advanced features of QuickBooks. Topics discussed in this workshop include: setting up QuickBooks, working with lists and working with bank accounts.

Time: 4:00 pm – 8:00pm

Location: UTSA Downtown, 501 W. Cesar E. Chavez, Durango Bldg., Rm. 1.402

Online Fee: $100.00

Door Fee: $120.00

Registration Link: http://utsa.ecenterdirect.com/ConferenceDetail.action?ID=21511

 

Wednesday, February 5, 2014 – Lunch n’ Learn: How to Get Started with Text Message Marketing

Text Message Marketing is a low-cost and highly-effective tool to communicate to your customers…in REAL TIME. 97% of Text Messages are read and most of them are read just a few minutes after it’s sent. Wouldn’t it be great to alert your customers about today’s specials and know they see it today…or to invite them to come back to your business EXACTLY at the time you want them to come back? Duffy Hobbs is a Text Message Marketing Professional who will guide you step-by-step to help you put your message into the hands of your customers.

Time: 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Location: 800 W. San Antonio, Suite A., New Braunfels, TX 78130

Fee:  Free

Registration Link: http://utsa.ecenterdirect.com/ConferenceDetail.action?ID=21381

 

Wednesday, February 5, 2014 – How to Outsource Effectively for Your Business

Come learn how to effectively outsource some of your tasks to sustain and grow your business. Outsourcing can sometimes be challenging and frustrating if you do not know how to hire the right team. Digital Marketing Consultant Yusuf Chowdhury will talk about some of the successful strategies to find the right people to take your business to the next level.

Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Location: UTSA Downtown, 501 W. Cesar E. Chavez, Durango Bldg., Rm. 2.316

Fee:  Free

Registration Link: http://utsa.ecenterdirect.com/ConferenceDetail.action?ID=21382

 

Thursday, February 6, 2014 – Affordable Care Act Update

Are you a small business owner that is going to be affected by the Affordable Care Act? If you are, compliance with the law goes into effect on October 1st. Are you ready? This workshop is an analysis of the healthcare reform laws and other regulatory activities with a focus on the importance of recordkeeping. Come listen to Alicia Haff, attorney and owner of Haff Consulting Services, LLC as she presents the latest information.

Time: 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Location: UTSA Downtown 501 W. César E. Chávez, Durango Bldg., Rm. 2.316

Fee: Free

Registration Link: http://utsa.ecenterdirect.com/ConferenceDetail.action?ID=21385

 

Friday, February 7, 2014 – Business Start-Up Essentials

Are you ready to turn your business idea into reality? Come to this workshop and have all your questions answered! The SBDC business advisors will present the basics of starting a new business and help answer your start-up questions. If you are considering opening a small business, this class is your starting point. You will receive a Small Business Resource Guide and many other resources to help you start your business. Topics discussed in this workshop include: evaluating your business idea, business legal structure and name, local, state and federal resources & requirements and business start-up costs.

Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Location: UTSA Downtown, 501 W. Cesar E. Chavez, Durango Bldg., Rm. 2.316

Online Fee:  $30.00

Door Fee:  $50.00

Registration Link: http://utsa.ecenterdirect.com/ConferenceDetail.action?ID=21386

 

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 – QuickBooks Pro II (Intermediate)

Would you like to expand your knowledge of QuickBooks? This workshop completes the introduction to the basic features of QuickBooks and provides further hands-on practice. Topics discussed in this workshop include: using other accounts in QuickBooks (credit card, asset, liability & equity), entering sales and invoices, receiving payments and making deposits, entering and paying bills, setting up inventory and tracking and paying sales tax.

Time: 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Location: UTSA Downtown, 501 W. Cesar E. Chavez, Durango Bldg., Rm. 1.402

Online Fee: $100.00

Door Fee: $120.00

Registration Link: http://utsa.ecenterdirect.com/ConferenceDetail.action?ID=21387

 

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 – The Business Plan

Whether you need a business plan to map out your plan for your business or are writing a plan because you want to expand, this is the class for you. At this workshop, our experienced instructors will teach you the components of a business plan using an interactive format in a computer lab setting. Walk away from this workshop with the start of a business plan written specifically for your business, an electronic template and resources to guide you through the process! Topics discussed in this workshop include: business plan basics, feasibility process, business plan structure, and financial analysis.

Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Location: UTSA Downtown 501 W. César E. Chávez, Durango Bldg., Rm. 1.402

Online Fee: $40.00

Door Fee: $60.00

Registration Link: http://utsa.ecenterdirect.com/ConferenceDetail.action?ID=21388

 

Thursday, February 13, 2014 – Getting Started with Constant Contact Email Marketing

New to constant contact email marketing? In this time-efficient, highly practical workshop, Debi Pfitzenmaier, Authorized Local Expert for Constant Contact will give you an instructive overview of Constant Contact’s tools and features and how to put them to work for you! You’ll learn the basics so you can create successful email marketing campaigns. Topics discussed in this workshop include: setting up your constant contact account, getting new subscribers, creating an email campaign, editing newsletter templates, branding your emails, creating desirable content, importing your email list into your database, tracking and interpreting your results and much more.

Time: 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Location: UTSA Downtown, 501 W. Cesar E. Chavez, Durango Bldg., Rm. 2.316

Online Fee: $25.00

Door Fee: $45.00

Registration Link: http://utsa.ecenterdirect.com/ConferenceDetail.action?ID=21389

 

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 – How to Tackle Password Management

The number of passwords we must remember isn’t getting any smaller. From online banking to social media, we must have passwords for everything we do. Are you guilty of keeping your passwords on sticky notes or always forgetting them? Join Michael Espinoza, owner of Technology Coaching us for a session on password management to learn:

• How to manage and organize your passwords

• Share your passwords on other devices (phone, tablet, etc.)

• Create stronger, more reliable passwords • different tools that can make your daily computing a breeze Time: 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Location: UTSA Downtown, 501 W. Cesar E. Chavez, Durango Bldg., Rm. 2.316

Fee:  Free

Registration Link: http://utsa.ecenterdirect.com/ConferenceDetail.action?ID=21390

 

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 – QuickBooks Pro III (Advanced)

This unique workshop provides advanced concepts and offers an introduction to customizing QuickBooks. Receive instruction from Certified QuickBooks Pro Advisors and one-on-one assistance from UTSA Senior Level Accounting Students to customize QuickBooks and meet your business needs. Topics discussed in this workshop include: analyzing financial data, doing payroll with QuickBooks, estimating and progress invoicing, tracking time, customizing form and writing letters.

Time: 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Location: UTSA Downtown, 501 W. Cesar E. Chavez, Durango Bldg., Rm. 1.402

Online Fee: $100.00

Door Fee: $120.00

Registration Link: http://utsa.ecenterdirect.com/ConferenceDetail.action?ID=21392

 

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 – Business Start-Up Essentials

Are you ready to turn your business idea into reality? Come to this workshop and have all your questions answered! The SBDC business advisors will present the basics of starting a new business and help answer your start-up questions. If you are considering opening a small business, this class is your starting point. You will receive a Small Business Resource Guide and many other resources to help you start your business. Topics discussed in this workshop include: evaluating your business idea, business legal structure and name, local, state and federal resources & requirements and business start-up costs.

Time: 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Location: UTSA Downtown, 501 W. Cesar E. Chavez, Durango Bldg., Rm. 2.316

Online Fee:  $30.00

Door Fee:  $50.00

Registration Link: http://utsa.ecenterdirect.com/ConferenceDetail.action?ID=21393

 

Wednesday, February 19, 2013 – Lunch n’ Learn: Designing Your Marketing Strategy

Strong and successful branding and marketing strategy extend far beyond a logo and a business card. Proper, purposeful marketing is an integral part of a business’s success. It is also one of the most volatile, subjective and misunderstood areas of business operations. Although largely considered the fun part of business- with logos, tag lines, advertising, promotional items, letterhead and so on- marketing done well is much more than meets the eye. Join Beverly Ingle, owner of Resilient by Design and author of Design Thinking for Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses, and walk away with the seven parts of a brand’s identity as well as how to develop a marketing strategy that not only supports the brand, but also resonates with their customers. Key take-away points include: the seven aspects of a brand, how to define a brand’s DNA, purposeful marketing is powerful marketing, and best practices for using design thinking to improve marketing strategy

Time: 11:30am – 1:00pm

Location: UTSA Downtown 501 W. César E. Chávez, Durango Bldg., Rm. 2.316

Fee: Free

Registration Link: http://utsa.ecenterdirect.com/ConferenceDetail.action?ID=21394

 

Thursday, February 20, 2014 – Are You Ready for Commercial Space?

Looking to purchase, rent or lease commercial property? Visit us before you do. This new and exciting workshop is tailored specifically for small business owners looking for the right commercial property to complete their business dream. Discuss basic considerations in commercial real estate such as factors in negotiating a lease or sales price, and how to assess property lease vs. purchase decision. At the end of this workshop you will understand the lease or buying process from beginning to end and know how to develop a letter of intent (LOI).

Time: 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Location: UTSA Downtown, 501 W. Cesar E. Chavez, Durango Bldg., Rm. 1.402

Online Fee: $25.00

Door Fee: $45.00

Registration Link: http://utsa.ecenterdirect.com/ConferenceDetail.action?ID=21395

 

Thursday, February 27, 2014 – The Business Plan

Whether you need a business plan to map out your plan for your business or are writing a plan because you want to expand, this is the class for you. At this workshop, our experienced instructors will teach you the components of a business plan using an interactive format in a computer lab setting. Walk away from this workshop with the start of a business plan written specifically for your business, an electronic template and resources to guide you through the process! Topics discussed in this workshop include: business plan basics, feasibility process, business plan structure, and financial analysis.

Time: 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Location: UTSA Downtown 501 W. César E. Chávez, Durango Bldg., Rm. 1.402

Online Fee: $40.00

Door Fee: $60.00

Registration Link: http://utsa.ecenterdirect.com/ConferenceDetail.action?ID=21396

 

Friday, February 28, 2014 – Social Media Roundtable

Is your business social? From blogging to Facebook, LinkedIn to Twitter, and Yelp to YouTube, learn what social media can and cannot do for your business. At this roundtable, we will discuss which social media channels work for your particular business and what to consider in developing a social media strategy. Topics discussed in this roundtable include: how to increase traffic to your website, how to market your business, how to measure the effectiveness of your social media strategy and monitor your online presence. *This roundtable is highly interactive; participants should come prepared to share their ideas and learn from others’ strategies.

Time: 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Location: UTSA Downtown, 501 W. Cesar E. Chavez, Durango Bldg., Rm. 2.316

Fee: Free

Registration Link: http://utsa.ecenterdirect.com/ConferenceDetail.action?ID=21397

March

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 – How to Put the Right Technology Backup Plan Into Place

If you don’t have a good plan to backup your data and devices, you’re planning to fail. It’s not a matter of IF your devices will fail, it’s WHEN. Every small business needs a backup plan. Join Michael Espinoza of Technology Coaching where he will cover:

• Why you need a Backup plan

• How to set up a Backup plan

• The Equipment and services for a good backup plan

• Why imaging is important to your backup plan.

Time: 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Location: UTSA Downtown, 501 W. Cesar E. Chavez, Durango Bldg., Rm. 2.316

Online Fee:  Free

Registration Link: http://utsa.ecenterdirect.com/ConferenceDetail.action?ID=21398

 

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 – Social Media Marketing Made Simple

How social is your business? In this information-packed seminar you will learn the essential strategies and best practices a business or organization should understand in order to successfully get started with social media marketing. You’ll learn everything you need to know to create your own social media marketing strategy and why it’s so important. Join Debi Pfitzenmaier, Authorized Local Expert for Constant Contact as she shares the latest best practices and proven strategies on: social media basics, building a quality community, creating valuable content, implementing time savers and learning through monitoring. You will leave with a greater understanding of social media, how it fits into your marketing plan, and how to easily implement different tools to engage your audience and grow your business. Social media for business is here to stay, so come learn how to best utilize it to help your business grow!

Time: 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Location: UTSA Downtown, 501 W. Cesar E. Chavez, Durango Bldg., Rm. 2.316

Online Fee:  $25.00

Door Fee:  $45.00

Registration Link: http://utsa.ecenterdirect.com/ConferenceDetail.action?ID=21399

 

Friday, March 7, 2013 – Business Start-Up Essentials

Are you ready to turn your business idea into reality? Come to this workshop and have all your questions answered! The SBDC business advisors will present the basics of starting a new business and help answer your start-up questions. If you are considering opening a small business, this class is your starting point. You will receive a Small Business Resource Guide and many other resources to help you start your business. Topics discussed in this workshop include: evaluating your business idea, business legal structure and name, local, state and federal resources & requirements and business start-up costs.

Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Location: UTSA Downtown, 501 W. Cesar E. Chavez, Durango Bldg., Rm. 2.316

Online Fee:  $30.00

Door Fee:  $50.00

Registration Link: http://utsa.ecenterdirect.com/ConferenceDetail.action?ID=21400

 

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 – Business Essentials for the Artist

Are you an artist who needs to operate more efficiently and increase your profits? Need advice on marketing your artwork? Attend this new workshop that is designed specifically for artists, photographers and others in creative endeavors who want to learn how to operate their businesses more profitably. Topics discussed in this workshop include: promoting your business with social media, determining your prices, writing a business plan to increase your profits, how and where to sell your work, local and federal tax and legal requirements and much more.

Time: 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Location: UTSA Downtown 501 W. César E. Chávez, Durango Bldg., Rm. 2.316

Online Fee: $30.00

Door Fee: $50.00

Registration Link: http://utsa.ecenterdirect.com/ConferenceDetail.action?ID=21401

 

Thursday, March 13, 2014 – The Business Plan

Whether you need a business plan to map out your plan for your business or are writing a plan because you want to expand, this is the class for you. At this workshop, our experienced instructors will teach you the components of a business plan using an interactive format in a computer lab setting. Walk away from this workshop with the start of a business plan written specifically for your business, an electronic template and resources to guide you through the process! Topics discussed in this workshop include: business plan basics, feasibility process, business plan structure, and financial analysis.

Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Location: UTSA Downtown 501 W. César E. Chávez, Durango Bldg., Rm. 1.402

Online Fee: $40.00

Door Fee: $60.00

Registration Link: http://utsa.ecenterdirect.com/ConferenceDetail.action?ID=21405

 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 – Business Start-Up Essentials

Are you ready to turn your business idea into reality? Come to this workshop and have all your questions answered! The SBDC business advisors will present the basics of starting a new business and help answer your start-up questions. If you are considering opening a small business, this class is your starting point. You will receive a Small Business Resource Guide and many other resources to help you start your business. Topics discussed in this workshop include: evaluating your business idea, business legal structure and name, local, state and federal resources & requirements and business start-up costs.

Time: 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Location: UTSA Downtown, 501 W. Cesar E. Chavez, Durango Bldg., Rm. 2.316

Online Fee:  $30.00

Door Fee:  $50.00

Registration Link: http://utsa.ecenterdirect.com/ConferenceDetail.action?ID=21407

 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 – Technology Purchasing Made Simple

You know the technology you want but where is the best place to buy it? We’re constantly buying technology for our business. Are we buying at the right place, at the right time? Join Michael Espinoza, the Technology Coach at this session to get these questions answered.

• Learn were the best place to buy technology, local, online…

• Learn the questions to ask before you buy

• Learn about the warranties that you get or can buy.

• Learn about your option New, Used, and Refurbished, remanufactured. Please note that Michael Espinoza is not affiliated with any organization other than his own and does not resell any of the products or services he speaks about in any of his classes. His intent is to educate small business owners regarding technology.

Time: 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Location: UTSA Downtown, 501 W. Cesar E. Chavez, Durango Bldg., Rm. 2.316

Online Fee:  Free

Registration Link: http://utsa.ecenterdirect.com/ConferenceDetail.action?ID=21406

 

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 – Blogging to Build Business

Join Digital Marketing Consultant Yusuf Chowdhury as he talks about why blogging is a must for businesses. Topics include: starting your business blog, content ideas, search engine optimized content, promoting your blog, engaging your readers and turning them into loyal customers.

Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Location: UTSA Downtown, 501 W. Cesar E. Chavez, Durango Bldg., Rm. 2.316

Online Fee:  Free

Registration Link: http://utsa.ecenterdirect.com/ConferenceDetail.action?ID=21408

 

Thursday, March 20, 2014 – Grow Your Business with Email and Social Media

Many small businesses and organizations find themselves seeking the right strategies, tools and tactics to make their marketing efforts as effective as possible. But between Facebook and Twitter, email and mobile, deals, and whatever new social network is rolling out that month — there’s a lot to keep up with. And there are only so many hours in each day. The number of possibilities can feel overwhelming. Debi Pfitzenmaier, Authorized Local Expert for Constant Contact, will help make sense of the noise and show you how to make the most of the combination of email and social media for your business. You’ll have a greater understanding of marketing basics like goals and objectives. You’ll learn what a “campaign” is and what to write about and offer in that campaign. You’ll be given some simple but powerful tips for how to get your messages opened and read, shared and socially visible. And you’ll see that there are some great tools you can use to help engage with your existing customers as well as expand your reach to new prospects.

Time: 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Location: UTSA Downtown, 501 W. Cesar E. Chavez, Durango Bldg., Rm. 2.316

Online Fee:  $25.00

Door Fee:  $45.00

Registration Link: http://utsa.ecenterdirect.com/ConferenceDetail.action?ID=21409

 

Friday, March 21, 2014 – Lunch n’ Learn: How to Get Started with Text Message Marketing

Text Message Marketing is a low-cost and highly-effective tool to communicate to your customers…in REAL TIME. 97% of Text Messages are read and most of them are read just a few minutes after it’s sent. Wouldn’t it be great to alert your customers about today’s specials and know they see it today…or to invite them to come back to your business EXACTLY at the time you want them to come back? Duffy Hobbs is a Text Message Marketing Professional who will guide you step-by-step to help you put your message into the hands of your customers.

Time: 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Location: UTSA Downtown, 501 W. Cesar E. Chavez, Durango Bldg., Rm. 2.316

Online Fee:  Free

Registration Link: http://utsa.ecenterdirect.com/ConferenceDetail.action?ID=21410

 

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 – Starting and Planning Your Business

This session is a combination of Business Start-up Essentials and The Business Plan. Topics include: Starting Your Small Business, Business Legal Structure and Name, Tax Responsibilities, Federal, City, and County Resources & Requirements, Business Plan Basics, Feasibility Process, Business Plan Structure, and Financial Analysis. Take this course and save some hours and money!

Time: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Location: UTSA Downtown 501 W. César E. Chávez, Durango Bldg., Rm. 1.402

Online Fee: $50.00

Door Fee: $70.00

Registration Link: http://utsa.ecenterdirect.com/ConferenceDetail.action?ID=21411

 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 – The Business Plan

Whether you need a business plan to map out your plan for your business or are writing a plan because you want to expand, this is the class for you. At this workshop, our experienced instructors will teach you the components of a business plan using an interactive format in a computer lab setting. Walk away from this workshop with the start of a business plan written specifically for your business, an electronic template and resources to guide you through the process! Topics discussed in this workshop include: business plan basics, feasibility process, business plan structure, and financial analysis.

Time: 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Location: UTSA Downtown 501 W. César E. Chávez, Durango Bldg., Rm. 1.402

Online Fee: $40.00

Door Fee: $60.00

Registration Link: http://utsa.ecenterdirect.com/ConferenceDetail.action?ID=21412

 

Thursday, March 27, 2014 – Leverage an Effective Online Sales Force: Automated, Affordable and for Everyone

Are your offline marketing and sales tactics not getting you the results you need? Do you want an automated online system that markets and closes sales for you? Come join Tim Springer, owner of Spartan Basketball for a hands-on, interactive class on how to create an automated, online sales force without hiring any extra staff! Using the same (system) that Tim has used for his own company you will:

• Develop a platform to serve and expand your businesses’ community in less than an hour a day

• Integrate your platform into social media easily to generate daily leads and sales

• Walk away with the structure of the system already implemented in your business and the potential of generating sales quickly!

Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Location: UTSA Downtown 501 W. César E. Chávez, Durango Bldg., Rm. 1.402

Online Fee: $30.00

Door Fee: $50.00

Registration Link: http://utsa.ecenterdirect.com/ConferenceDetail.action?ID=21413

Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.  If you are interested in registering for any of the courses listed above, please contact Yanet Gómez Byrom or Rebecca Montalvo by phone (210) 458-2460 or via email sbdcworkshop@utsa.edu

Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa awards community grant to Respite Care of San Antonio

HyattHCResort_logoHyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa is helping Respite Care of San Antonio start the New Year strong, thanks to a generous $20,000 grant from Hyatt Hotels Corporation to further the organization’s mission to provide support and care to children with special needs and their families. The $20,000 grant is one of the highest of the 26 grants awarded to non-profits across the world as part of Hyatt Community Grants, a philanthropic program that empowers Hyatt associates to nominate nonprofits that directly serve their community.

Hyatt Community Grants, a key component of Hyatt Thrive – Hyatt’s global corporate responsibility platform – encourages hotels worldwide to identify and nominate local nonprofits for funding consideration. The program builds on Hyatt’s belief that no one better understands a community’s most pressing issues – and their solutions – than those that live and work there.

“Through the Hyatt Community Grants program, we are able to help Respite address the greatest needs they have in providing for these amazing children,” said Gino Caliendo, general manager. “We have been working with Respite since 2010 and we know this gift will help them continue the important work they are accomplishing.” The $20,000 ties in with the resort’s 20th anniversary and the addition of a 20,000 sq. ft. ballroom.

Respite Care of San Antonio, a locally founded nonprofit organization celebrating its 26th anniversary, serves the most vulnerable in our society, children with special needs. Their original mission – to enhance the stability and the nurturing opportunities of families caring for a child with developmental disabilities – is met through community-based and occasional overnight shelter services designed to give short-term relief to participating parents. In 1997, the mission expanded to provide residential care for children with developmental disabilities and complex medical diagnoses who have been taken into protective custody as a result of abuse and neglect. Respite Care provides care to approximately 450 children each year throughout its various program services.

Bert Pfiester, Respite Care’s President & CEO, shares, “This generous gift from the Hyatt will assist children with developmental delays to be better prepared for learning and maximize their capabilities for a life filled with hope. The specialized care each child receives provides lasting impact.  The children of Respite Care have enjoyed many partnerships with the members of the Hyatt Hill Country family.  This gift again demonstrates the special place our children hold within their hearts.”

About Hyatt Community Grants
Funding for Hyatt Community Grants is provided by Hyatt Hotels Foundation, a donor-advised fund created in conjunction with the National Philanthropic Trust. In 2013, Hyatt Hill Country was one of 26 Hyatt properties from around the world awarding more than US$340,000 in grants to nonprofits in their local communities. Since the program’s inception in 2008, Hyatt hotels have awarded nearly US$1,700,000 to nonprofit organizations in 103 communities and 34 countries around the world.

For more information about Hyatt Community Grants, please visit www.hyattthrive/philanthropy.com.

About Hyatt Thrive
Hyatt’s global corporate responsibility platform, Hyatt Thrive, is designed to help make our communities places where our associates are proud to work, our guests want to visit, our neighbors want to live and owners want to invest. Harnessing the power of more than 90,000 associates worldwide, Hyatt Thrive brings together teams of passionate people to focus on positive local efforts that create a significant global impact.

Hyatt expanded its corporate responsibility commitment with the launch of Ready to Thrive in 2013, a multi-year philanthropic commitment to education initiatives in Hyatt communities around the world. With a focus on literacy and career readiness, Ready to Thrive supports community organizations and programs that offer a launching point for individuals to learn and develop the critical skills needed to professionally advance.

For more information about Hyatt Thrive, please visit www.HyattThrive.com.

The term “Hyatt” is used in this release for convenience to refer to Hyatt Hotels Corporation or one or more of its affiliates.

About the Hyatt Regency Hill Country
The Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa is located on 300-scenic acres in the heart of San Antonio. The recently renovated 500-room resort features 53,000 square feet of flexible meeting space and 165,000 sq. ft. of indoor and outdoor event space.

Resort amenities include the full-service Windflower-The Hill Country Spa featuring 21-treatment rooms with world-class services, a five-acre water park with a FlowRider® wave machine, 22’ tower waterslide, four swimming pools, Ramblin’ River and regulation sized sand volleyball court. With five restaurants, a lounge and tavern, guests can enjoy superb epicurean dining or cocktails with colleagues overlooking a lushly landscaped 27-hole Arthur Hills-designed golf course. For reservations or information contact 210-647-1234 or visit us at hillcountry.hyatt.com.

Valero Energy Corporation gearing up for Valero Texas Open kick-off

Valero logoValero Energy Corporation and the Valero Texas Open staff are already working hard toward this year’s Valero Texas Open PGA Tour tournament, which takes place from March 27-30 at the AT&T Oaks Course at TPC San Antonio. The tournament, which is one of the largest professional sporting events to take place annually in San Antonio, is followed up on March 31 by the Benefit for Children – a unique golf event for more than 2,000 players with morning and afternoon golf outings on 11 of San Antonio’s top courses as well as a sporting clays shooting tournament at a first-class course.

It takes a tremendous amount of work to put on the event each year – including the efforts of more than 1,300 volunteers – but it’s worth it. Together, the Valero Texas Open and Benefit for Children events raised $10 million for children’s charities in 2013 to bring the total raised beyond $81.5 million since the tournament was started.

Valero_photoThe funds for charity are raised through sponsorships, and they are distributed to children’s charities in all of the areas where Valero has major operations in the proportions that those areas raised funds. Valero employees in those areas form committees to choose worthy charities to receive the funds. Last year in San Antonio, nearly 100 children’s charities received a share of the $2.7 million allocated to this year as a result of the tournament.

This year the Valero Texas Open and the Benefit for Children will emphasize the “Drive to $100 million” as the 2014 events help the tournament toward its goal of surpassing $100 million raised for charities. The Valero Texas Open has been the top fundraising event on the PGA Tour for the past several years.

PGA Tour players completing this year promise to feature the same kind of big names that vied for last year’s trophy, including Rory McIlroy, Jim Furyk, Charley Hoffman, K.J. Choi, Padraig Harrington, and 2013 champion Martin Laird.

In winning the 2013 tournament, Laird not only got to take home the top purse of more than $1.1 million, but he also was presented with a custom-made pair of cowboy boots to remind him of his success in Texas.

Ticket packages for the upcoming 2014 Valero Texas Open are already on sale at http://www.valerotexasopen.com