San Antonio's first student housing cooperative (CoOp) complex is underway for development at 511 El Paso (just off Frio Street), which is located just south of the University of Texas at San Antonio downtown campus. Developer Michael Spencer announced the 12,000-square-foot warehouse will house approximately 40 students and more by fall 2013 if all goes well.
As the largest home-delivered meal program in Bexar County, Meals on Wheels of San Antonio prepares, packages, and delivers over 900,000 meals annually to homebound seniors in our community. The program is fortunate to manage staff and a small fleet of trucks to deliver meals, but almost half of the deliveries are performed by volunteers.
On a rotating basis each weekday, volunteers throughout the county donate their lunch hour to deliver meals in close proximity to where they work or live. Civic groups, churches, and corporations are now signing up to be official meal delivery partners of the program in where employees (members) take ownership of a delivery route nearby so that elderly neighbors don’t go hungry during the lunch hour.
Join Our Lady of the Lake University in celebrating Best of the West Fiesta 2013, this Sunday, April 21 from 1-9PM. Visit www.ollusa.edu/Fiesta for more information.
The WDC hosted its first Look West Breakfast of the year at Silver Eagle Distributors last Wednesday, March 27 2013.
- Write a business plan.
- Get a business loan.
- Research your industry and your competitors.
- Get certified to do business with local, state, and federal government.
- Conduct market research.
- Determine your SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats).
Last quarter, the WDC welcomed a new addition to our team, Roy Pachecano, AIA. Roy will serve as the WDC’s Grow West Program Officer. As a licensed architect, he brings a wealth of knowledge from the private sector, experience in sustainable development, as well as an appreciation and expertise as it relates to historic redevelopment.
The WDC is now offering expanded services through the Grow West Business and Attraction Program to include professional services such as real estate redevelopment, master planning, market analysis, investment pro-forma analysis, and architectural renderings.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development is encouraging businesses located in Empowerment Zones to take advantage of unused tax credits. These credits are only available to businesses having worksites located in federally designated areas and that have hired employees residing in designated areas. The application of the tenure requirements means that the employment credits are available for both part-time and full-time employees as long as they have been employed by the employer for at least 90 days. Download the attachment below to learn more.
State/District Small Business Person of the Year & Champion Awards
The SBA San Antonio District Office is now accepting nominations for next year’s Small Business Week!
In the photo, from L-R are Danny Osborne (Capital One Bank), Jennifer Spickler (Capital One Bank), Jordana Barton (Capital One Bank), Ray Flores (WDC), Andrea Nocito (U.T.S.A. Small Business Development Office), and Rudy Garza (C.P.S. Energy).
The WDC, in partnership with C.P.S. Energy and U.T.S.A. Institute for Economic Development Small Business Development Center, held our bi-annual Look West Breakfast Series on November 15, 2012, focusing on energy sustainability and efficiency. Speaking at the business education event was Chair of Build San Antonio Green, Commissioner Tommy Adkisso of Pct. 4, Andrea Nocito of U.T.S.A. Small Business Development Center, and Rudy Garza, Vice President of External Affairs at C.P.S. Energy.
Join us November 15 at 7:30AM to discuss the lastest developments in energy. To RSVP, click here.
The Office of Historic Preservation (OHP) has collected public feedback on the Potential Westside Landmark properties that were identified over the past year as part of the Westside Cultural Resource Survey. Based on community feedback and eligibility, the OHP will identify a select number of properties to move forward with historic landmark designation to ensure the protection of these significant Westside resources. The OHP will work with property owners over the next month and will host a public meeting for owners of the selected properties.
TexStar National Bank has implemented a plan to reduce fossil-fuel consumption at the lender’s San Antonio area office buildings. Bank officials say they are working to support the City of San Antonio area goals of becoming a clean-energy city and have already noticed an approximately 30% savings in overall energy costs. On Sunday, October 7, a “Green” ribbon cutting event was held at TexStar’s Downtown Westside Branch, located at 803 W. Commerce Street.
With a hot rod procession, a royal crowning, a feast, live music, and an art auction, San Anto Cultural Arts (SACA) kicks off its Huevos Rancheros Quinceañera Celebration, marking the organization’s 15th Annual Huevos Rancheros Breakfast Gala and Silent Art Auction. The celebration, which benefits SACA community arts programs, will take place at Plaza Guadalupe, located at 1327 Guadalupe St., on Saturday October 6th, 2012 from 9am – 12pm.
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The new Girl Scout center was made possible through a partnership between GSSWT and Edgewood Independent School District (EISD). After closing the Coronado/Escobar Elementary School campus in 2011 in anticipation of state budget cuts, EISD is leasing nearly 40,000 square feet of the facility to Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas for three years.
Thank you for your support and participation at the August 18th West Side Economic Development Summit Update. Click below to view the presentation given by our Executive Director, Ray Flores.
San Antonio, TX – At Edgewood ISD’s inaugural Gamma Sigma Girls™ and Gamma Sigma Pearls Investiture Ceremony, more than 100 teen girls were welcomed into Girl Scouting. Among the lit candles and enameled membership pins, leaders from Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas (GSSWT), Edgewood ISD and the Westside Development Corporation unveiled plans for the new West Side Girl Scout Leadership Center at Coronado/Escobar, located at 5622 W. César E. Chávez Blvd., formally known as W. Durango.
SAN ANTONIO – Accion Texas Inc., a nationally respected nonprofit small business lender with the country’s largest microloan portfolio, today announced a $5.5 million capital campaign to build a new campus on the city’s West Side.The new Lending and Learning Center – to be located at 2015 W. Martin Street in the historic Prospect Hill area -- will consolidate the organization’s San Antonio operations under one roof, creating a “one stop” location for small business lending, education, training and support.
SAN ANTONIO (March 28, 2012) -- Mayor Julián Castro kicked off a new national advertising campaign for San Antonio by showing how one of his favorite San Antonio memories could be used as a photo in an ad. The new campaign, called "Remember the..." will use photos that are entirely generated by those who love the city best, its residents and those who travel to the city for leisure and business. Click Here to View.
The WDC held its first Look West Breakfast of the year on March 9 on the topic of Growing & Hiring in 2012. The event, held in El Progreso Hall, featured a presentation by Workforce Solutions Alamo Executive Director Patrick Newman, Workforce Solutions Alamo Business Services Director Charlie Moke, and San Antonio Housing Authority CEO Lourdes Castro Ramirez. Sponsors were Workforce Solutions Alamo, SAHA, Capital One Bank, BBVA Compass, Silver Eagle Distributors, Broadway Bank, ACCION Texas Inc., Hispanic Contractors Association, Wells Fargo, Frost, M&M Weatherization, and Central Electric.