A. R. Sanchez, Jr. School of Business

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Texas Center for Border Economic & Enterprise Development
  The Texas Center provides leadership and support to Texas border communities in their economic development efforts, including activities in the areas of business development, education, health care, public administration, and the environment.

The Texas Center designs and carries out activities in these principal areas |:
  • Development and maintenance of a U.S.-Mexico border socio-economic database
  • Dissemination of database information to public and private sector users
  • Border economic and business development related research and planning
  • Education, training, and technical assistance to border industrial, commercial, and governmental entities

Center for the Study of Western Hemispheric Trade (CSWHT)
  The Center for the Study of Western Hemispheric Trade is a unique, leading research facility that along with its allied components and key contacts throughout the Western Hemisphere provides current and relevant information about issues dealing with trade and commerce that affect its constituents in the Hemisphere.

The CSWHT carries out activities in these principal areas |:
  • Conducts conferences, seminars and certification programs dealing with Western Hemispheric topics.
  • Encourages and facilitates visiting lectures, and student and faculty exchanges from around the Hemisphere
  • Through the Western Hemispheric Trade Information Center
    provides an electronic repository of textual data for the sole purpose of educational research. This data is available in searchable full-text databases.
  • Publishes the International Trade Journal (ITJ)
    A quarterly Journal of high professional standards devoted to both the theoretical and practical aspects of business and economic issues in the Western Hemisphere. It is a refereed Journal intended for the exchange of ideas among academicians, government officials, and practitioners working in the Western Hemisphere

Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
  The Laredo SBDC is responsible for serving the small business and rural communities of Webb, Zapata and Jim Hogg Counties. Our professional trained staff work closely with small business owners to achieve long-term growth and profitability, which in turn, give back in terms of economic development.

Assistance is available to anyone interested in enhancing their business skills. Contact the center for a FREE confidential appointment with one of the Business Development Specialists