The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), host of one of the most successful Small Business Development Center (SBDC) programs in the nation, has been the leading institution in promoting and expanding the SBDC model throughout Latin American and the Caribbean.

Since 2003 and with the support of various US government and regional agencies, such as the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Higher Education for Development (HED), the Organization of American States (OAS), the United States Department of States, the US Permanent Mission to the OAS, and CENPROMYPE, the UTSA Center for Global Development has been advising foreign governments on how to adapt, implement and establish SBDC networks in their respective countries.

This includes the UTSA Center for Global Development providing expert guidance for each country on proper SME policy development, hands-on training to transfer the SBDC model, training future SBDC professionals, hosting observational vists to San Antonio, Texas, developing accreditation standards, creating an association of SBDCs and conducting in-country SBDC operational improvement visits.

Through the work of the UTSA Center for Global Development a Global Small Business Network has formed across Latin America and the Caribbean.  To learn more about the Global Small Business Network, please view our 2019 Annual Report.

Download the 2019 Global Small Business Network Report

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