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Local Business
12:21 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

UTSA VP Joins Statewide Small Business Taskforce

UTSA'S International Center for Economic Development recently trained a group of directors for Peru's new SBDC models.
UTSA

Gov. Rick Perry has appointed Robert McKinley, associate vice president for economic development at UTSA, to serve on a statewide taskforce that advises the state’s elected officials on issues related to small business.

Since 2003, McKinley has led the UTSA Small Business Development Center in creating an international network of SBDC offices. Those centers are in 15 countries so far in this hemisphere -- with Tunisia on the radar – and help foreign small businesses get off the ground.

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City Government
11:11 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Council Committee Hears Arguments On Both Sides Of La Villita Lease Proposals

San Antonio is considering updates to the historic arts village, La Villita.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

As the city's Department for Culture and Creative Development presented its side of the argument in the ongoing discussion about La Villita Tuesday, tenants in the historic arts district sighed and shook their heads.

They are angry about a proposal by San Antonio city staff to change the structure of the village, which would call for evicting most of the businesses currently located on the city-owned grounds of La Villita.

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Local Business
10:44 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Training Opportunity Gets Military Cyber Security Specialists Help Toward Entrepreneurship

San Antonio Chamber of Commerce

Military cyber security specialists are becoming a welcome part of the civilian workforce, and now there's a training opportunity in San Antonio for veterans and military members who may be headed in an entrepreneurial direction.

It wasn’t so long ago that few had heard about cyber security, but it suddenly rocketed into reality for a broad cross section of shoppers after the recent data breach at Target stores.

But military cyber security specialists have done this work for decades, and their high level of expertise is highly marketable once they become veterans.

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City Government
2:07 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

City Staff Will Propose Options For Possible Plastic Bag Ban

In April, San Antonio's Governance Committee will hear several options from city staff on a possible plastic bag ban.
World Recources Institute Flickr stream

City leaders are in the middle of talks about a possible ban on single-use plastic bags in the Alamo City. While the debate lingers on, city staff members have come up with several options they will present a council committee with in April.

Among the choices are:

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Local Business
10:37 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Leases In La Villita Could Be Pulled To Revitalize Arts Village

Wendell Fuqua is an artist who works at the River Art Gallery one day a month.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

La Villita is a historic arts village in the heart of downtown San Antonio, across from Hemisfair Park. But the city wants to update the look and feel of La Villita with a plan that would totally overhaul the current village.

A recommendation by city staff includes asking tenants in La Villita, some who have been there for three decades or more, to reapply for a space within the village next year.

The conversation is very early, though, and artists like woodworker Wendell Fuqua keeps his schedule as usual.

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Housing
12:49 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

San Antonio's Housing Market Shifts To Seller's Market

Eileen Pace TPR News

San Antonio’s housing industry is continuing to be a seller’s market due to a slight shortage in available homes.

San Antonio’s housing inventory remained low in February, with about 4.2 months worth of available homes remaining. Anytime that falls below 6 months it constitutes a seller’s market.

Missy Stagers, chairperson of SABOR, says the shift in the market is a reverse from previous years

“Back after the boom of 2006, 2007 and the [following] foreclosure market, we had a larger supply of houses than we actually had for demand,” Stagers said.

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The Source - March 17, 2014
12:05 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

The Source: Longtime La Villita Vendors Crying Foul

Changes are coming at La Villita
heatheronhertravels.com

The city has been unhappy with the amount of foot-traffic the historic area gets and multiple studies have been done to try and address shortcomings. City council will be discussing the request for proposals that the Department for Culture & Creative Development has devised to encourage more visitors. 

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Texas Business
4:16 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Dallas Lawmaker Makes Play To Land Tesla "Gigafactory"

Tesla Model S.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

Despite some setbacks last legislative session, state Rep. Jason Villalba, R-Dallas, is hoping to persuade the owner of Tesla Motors to come to Texas for another business endeavor. While it might not be as sexy as being able to sell the luxury electric car, people need batteries to make them run.

Last legislative session, Tesla Motors owner Elon Musk was regularly seen around the state capitol trying to convince state lawmakers and the Texas Automotive Dealers Association to allow him to sell his $90,000 electric cars in Texas.

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The Source - March 3, 2014
11:11 am
Mon March 3, 2014

The Source: Big Bitcoin Comes To Texas

Wikimedia Commons user CASASCIUS cc

Bitcoin, the digital currency, is still a little mysterious to most people. The peer-to-peer payment network can be earned by "mining," or maintaining critical infrastructure for the network, as well as through goods, services and traditional currencies. A federal judge in Texas recently ruled bitcoins are money.

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Arts & Culture
1:19 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

San Antonio Arts Groups Develop "Big Ideas" At Geekdom Workshop

Mario Ochoa of the Chamber Orchestra of San Antonio delivers his pitch.
David Martin Davies TPR News

The halls of Geekdom are normally filled with techies workshopping the next killer app or the next innovation in cloud computing. But this weekend there was a different type of brain storm at the downtown offices.

Asia Ciaravino, president of the San Antonio Playhouse, stood in front of a computer project screen as she pitched their big idea to expert entrepreneurs. Ciaravino and five other arts groups just went through the three-day startup process where they learned to re-think their approach to business.

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