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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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Local Business
3:13 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

USAA CEO Joe Robles Set To Retire Next Year

Joe Robles.
Photo courtesy USAA

Insurance giant USAA is facing a change in management next year now that long-time CEO Joe Robles Jr. has announced he is entering retirement.

Robles, who served 28 years in the Army, first served on the USAA Board of Directors and joined the company as chief financial officer and controller in 1994. He also served as corporate treasurer and chief administrative officer before taking the helm as CEO and president in 2007.

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Small Business
2:18 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Accion Texas Says Small Business Lending Is Up

In another sign of a recovering economy, larger loans to new small businesses are on the rise.

Acción Texas, Inc. has announced its best fourth quarter to date for Small Business Administration 504 lending. The nonprofit small business lender this week announced its SBA 504 lending division had a record fourth quarter of $12.9 million in loans, a figure 77 percent higher than the previous year.

Bob Schraitle, vice-president of the 504 division, credits several factors, including pulling out of the recession, for the marked increase in new loans.   

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The Source - February - 20, 2014
11:20 am
Thu February 20, 2014

The Source: Creating Unstoppable Entrepreneurship

What creates the creative spark that makes true-believers out of skeptics and makes an entrepreneur unstoppable? Bill Schley thinks he knows what. In his book "The Unstoppables: Tapping Your Entreprenuerial Power" he walks us through the founding of Rackspace, and other startups while drawing from unorthodox teachers like the Navy Seals.

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Business
10:39 am
Thu February 20, 2014

UTSA's Small Business Development Center Setting Up Centers In Peru

Peru's coffee industry hopes to make new strides in business development, thanks to UTSA's Small Business Development Center training.
www.farmingfirst.org

UTSA’s International Trade Center teams have begun training new small business development counselors in Peru. The program is part of the government's Small Business Network of the Americas Initiative to help small businesses in other countries gain economic independence.

Small business owners know they have to develop a business plan, get funding, produce the product, and find buyers. Helping the business owner learn how to do all these things is the job of the Small Business Development Center at UTSA. 

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The Source - February 19,2014
11:46 am
Wed February 19, 2014

The Source: Comcast And You...Oh, And Google Fiber

Flickr user Tyler Yip cc

A proposed $45 billion buyout of Time-Warner Cable would add more than 11 million internet subscribers and nearly the same number of cable subscribers to what was already the largest U.S. provider of both -- Comcast.

Big mega-deals are fairly commonplace in today's world, media consolidation has been rapidly occurring since deregulation in the mid nineties, so why is this any different? 

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Downtown Development
1:10 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

City Leaders Hope USAA Move Sparks Additional Downtown Momentum

City leaders are hoping that other companies take a cue from USAA and look at using downtown spaces.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

As Texas Public Radio reported to you last month, San Antonio's downtown building vacancy rate is at 29 percent. Now that USAA has announced plans to locate some of its employees in a building downtown, city leaders hope more will follow.

The insurance company announced that 150 workers will report to One Riverwalk Place on the northeast corner of North St. Mary's and Convent in September. They'll occupy only a few floors of the tower bought by USAA Real Estate Company last year.

District 8 Councilman Ron Nirenberg praised the score for downtown.

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City Government
9:56 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Bernal Looking To Revitalize Neighborhoods Without Losing Long-Time Residents

Councilman Diego Bernal is working with Trinity Univ. professor, Dr. Christine Drennon, to figure out how San Antonio is growing.
Gonzalo Rodriguez Duable

In a city like San Antonio, the question has become: Is the city growing in a way that is pushing long-time residents out of neighborhoods as it transforms?

Seeing examples from across the country of growth that completely takes over a town and forces generations of families out of their homes due to wealthier people infiltrating areas, District 1 Councilman Diego Bernal thinks it's time to study how San Antonio grows.

It may not ever be a problem, he said, but he doesn't want to be caught off guard.

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Community
9:23 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Oldest Operating H-E-B Coming Down For Larger, Modern Supermarket

H-E-B's oldest store still in operation opened to enthusiastic crowds in 1945. Historians say buildings over 50 years of age must go through a review process before they can be torn down.
H-E-B

H-E-B plans to tear down its oldest continuously operating store to make way for a 21st century, high-tech supermarket. The nearly 70-year-old store on Nogalitos Street just north of Hwy. 90 was called “the store of tomorrow” when it opened to crowds and fanfare in 1945.

H-E-B spokeswoman Dya Campos said the mid-century grocery store employed all the latest innovations and advantages of the day. But the new supermarket will occupy two levels of retail space, with escalators to carry customers and their shopping carts up and down and to a parking area below.

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Business
10:00 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Valero Reports Spike In 4th Quarter Earnings, Attributes Increase To End Of Recession

Eileen Pace TPR News

San Antonio-based Valero Energy is reporting a 28 percent increase in its fourth quarter earnings, and officials say the nation’s oil industry is healthier as a whole now that the recession is coming to an end. 

Valero Wednesday reported an increase of $1.3 billion dollars over the fourth quarter earnings of 2012. 

Vice-President of Media and Community Relations Bill Day said the company is starting to see steady increases now, in part due to the end of the recession.

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