Posted: 9/22/11

TAMIU and UTSA Partner to Serve Zapata Small Businesses



The Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) Small Business Development Center will celebrate the grand opening of a new satellite office in Zapata on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011. Open to the public, it will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at 910 Hidalgo, Suite 2, in Zapata.

Under the leadership of TAMIU SBDC interim director Mercurio Martinez Jr., the SBDC program serves the small businesses in Webb, Zapata, and Jim Hogg counties. The TAMIU-SBDC ribbon-cutting ceremony will acknowledge the significant investment of resources designed to help Zapata county residents.

A certified rural business advisor will be available to help community members with business planning, financial proposals, computerized bookkeeping, marketing, and other important management topics. SBDC business consulting services will be completely confidential and are available free of charge. Training classes will teach solid management solutions in a classroom environment and will also be available online, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The TAMIU SBDC is funded in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), and Texas A&M International University.

The SBDC would like to encourage all Zapata county residents to be a part of this momentous event. This will be a great opportunity for the public to meet community leaders, the SBDC team, and business owners.

For additional information, contact TAMIU-SBDC at 956.326.2827 or visit Zapata offices at 910 Hidalgo, Suite 2, Zapata, TX 78076.

Journalists who need additional information or help with media requests and interviews should contact the Office of Public Relations, Marketing and Information Services at prmis@tamiu.edu