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Technical Education
7:30 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Workforce Center Of Excellence Taking Modern Approach To Technical Training

Steve Hoenes from Lincoln Electric supervises a student welding on the company's virtual welding machine
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

In a classroom inside the new Workforce Center of Excellence on the city's Southwest Side the students are using virtual techniques to learn more efficiently.

Lincoln Electric’s Steve Hoenes guides the students through prompts on the screen and makes sure the helmet is fitted correctly. Before long, they are welding virtually and a score is produced seconds after a student finishes.

"The difference with the virtual system is we can do 20 to 30 samples in an hour or two hour period, where in a real-life environment they're lucky to do four or five a day," said Hoenes.

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Construction
4:27 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Bexar County Offering Free Construction Bonding Classes For Minority-Owned Businesses

Bexar County

Bexar County is offering classes to help certain small construction businesses get a leg up in securing contracts for new business or increasing their business.

The program is being offered to help the small construction industry business learn about the bonding process for contractors. The information offered can help businesses overcome industry challenges to help them gain surety bonds or increase their current bonding capacities.

The program is free to owners of construction-related businesses that meet minimum size, sales, and activity criteria.

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Holiday Shopping
9:39 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Holiday Sales Off To A Good Start, Leaving Local Shops and Big Box Stores Happy

Customers shop at the Twig Book Store at the Pearl for Small Business Saturday
Ryan Loyd TPR News

The dirty Thanksgiving dishes have been washed, visiting family members have all gone home, and holiday decorations are starting to light neighborhood streets.

It’s the start of another joyous season, and everyone knows – including retailers – that holiday shopping season is now in full swing.

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Local Business
4:06 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Study Shows Manufacturing Made $22.5 Billion Impact In 2011

Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce

The Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce study shows that manufacturing grew from a $7 billion industry in 1991 to $22.5 billion in 2011.

“That is right up there with the biggest industries that we have in San Antonio,” said Chamber President and CEO Richard Perez. "Salaries have grown, so this is a place for young people to really find excellent jobs that will fulfill the needs of their families and themselves as being citizens of this community."

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Holiday Business Boost
5:56 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Holiday Shopping Sales Expected To Increase In Stores And Online

Wal-Mart prepares for holiday shopping a year in advance
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

A rebounding economy and growing consumer confidence may contribute to a successful holiday shopping season this year.

The consulting firm Accenture reported that this year 52 percent of consumers will increase their spending by $250 or more. On the whole, the report says people are expected to spend $582 for the holiday. 53 percent say they will brave the crowds on Black Friday.

"We actually started preparing right after the season ended last year,” said Scott Redman, store manager at Wal-Mart in the 8500 block of Jones-Maltsberger.

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Cyber Security
9:21 am
Wed November 21, 2012

UTSA's Cyber Security Center Has Shopping Advice For Cyber Monday Purchases

Associate Director for UTSA’s Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security, Larry Thompson
Eileen Pace Texas Public Radio

Black Friday is right after Thanksgiving - even starting Thursday night at some stores - and then soon after comes Cyber Monday, a multi-Billion dollar day of sales over the Internet; that one day is also a big opportunity for cyber thieves to take advantage of weak links in online security.

You may be focused on turkey and football games, but a quick lesson in cyber security will give you and the family something different to talk about over dinner other than politics.

Last year, Cyber Monday made the leap from a “large” shopping day to a frenzy that can be called “huge.”

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Veteran Job Fair
9:24 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Texas Workforce Commission Helping Veterans Find Job Opportunities

A veteran talks to an employer during the Red, White and You job fair held by the Texas Workforce Commission.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

Hundreds of veterans filled the Freeman Coliseum’s Expo Hall this week looking for work. The Texas Workforce Commission held a job fair specially tailored to those converting military experience into civilian jobs.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, veterans who have served since 9/11 are experiencing an unemployment rate of 10 percent, slightly higher than the civilian rate.

The Texas Workforce Commission is actively trying to get these veterans back into work.

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West Side Revitalization
2:12 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

For West Side To Thrive, Councilman Lopez Says Area Needs To Attract New Businesses

Councilman Ray Lopez tours his district to talk to residents about their needs and opportunities for a successful future.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

During a recent tour of district 6, Councilman Ray Lopez stopped by several homes where volunteers were helping Rebuilding Together San Antonio, a local non-profit. Disabled and impoverished residents qualify for the work because they can’t do it themselves, and the organization attempts to work on 10 houses each year.

“I think we all recognize that there is a lot of work to be done in this community,” Lopez said to them.

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International Investment
12:30 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Mayor Castro And SA Business Leaders Make Economic Development Trip To U.K.

Mayor Castro was a hit at the Democratic National Convention this year, and looks to extend his reach by developing economic interests in the U.K. following the election.
Ryan Loyd TPR

San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro is not finished jet-setting following the elections. He will now head to Great Britain to talk to politicians, business leaders and top government officials in hopes of strengthening business relationships.

As an invited guest of the British government, Castro’s main mission is economic development.

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City Ordinances
3:15 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

Councilman Lopez Proposing Ordinance To Tighten Rules On Sexually-Oriented Businesses

City Council passed an ordinance in 2005 seeking to regulate sexually-oriented businesses, but an injunction fell into place that prevented the city from enforcing the new rules. The injunction was lifted in 2010, but sexually-oriented businesses have continued to operate with very few regulations being enforced.

District 6 Councilman Ray Lopez is looking to change all that with his ordinance that strengthens the language as to what constitutes a sexually-oriented business.

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