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Westside Development Corporation selected as a winner in
2015 SBA Growth Accelerator Fund Competition
(San Antonio, TX) August 4, 2015 – San Antonio’s Westside Development Corporation (WDC), a 501 (c) 3, has been selected as one of 80 winners in the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 2nd annual Growth Accelerator Fund Competition. The recipients, collectively receiving grants of $4.4 million, represent 39 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
WDC was selected for its innovative Live-Work Unit Accelerator Program at The Gardens at San Juan Square, a San Antonio Housing Authority (SAHA) affordable housing development located at 2003 S. Zarzamora St. The WDC Accelerator Program is designed to help low to moderate income small business owners develop or grow an existing business in one of the Live-Work spaces specifically developed with this program in mind.
WDC’s Live-Work Unit Accelerator program provides entrepreneurs with wide-ranging training and support from business planning, funding resources, mentorship, marketing skills and more from the WDC and partners Café Commerce, SCORE San Antonio, SAHA, LiftFund, and YWCA. Twelve resident/business owners are currently participating in the program at the Gardens at San Juan Square and offer a wide range of services and goods in their retail spaces. Seven businesses are now open. The 5 others are preparing to launch in the coming weeks and months. As the Accelerator Program’s pilot location matures, WDC’s goal is to grow the program into other properties on San Antonio’s Westside.