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Governor's Office Sponsors Small Business Forums Across Texas

Press Release

Location: Austin, TX

The Office of the Governor is hosting Small Business Forums across the state to provide Texas small business owners access to valuable information on workforce development, training grants, expanding markets and other business growth opportunities. Through regional collaboration with hundreds of community, business and educational organizations throughout Texas, the Governor's Small Business Forums are one more reason Texas is Wide Open for Business.

"Small businesses are an integral part of the engine that drives Texas jobs and our state economy," Gov. Rick Perry said. "These forums will give small business owners essential tools to help their businesses succeed, provide jobs for Texans and strengthen the economies in their communities."

Texas created more jobs than any other state in the nation over the last 10 years. Additionally, since the beginning of the year, Texas has created more jobs than any other state in the nation.

Previous forums were held in Corpus Christi on August 20 and Uvalde on September 2. The next forum is scheduled for Friday, September 24, at the Grand Hyatt in San Antonio. Area small businesses will benefit from the valuable information provided at the New Markets for Small Business Development event. Sponsored as part of the Association of Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) National Conference, the half-day event will run Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The San Antonio event is co-sponsored by the Texas Association of SBDCs, South-West Texas Border SBDC Network, the University of Texas San Antonio Institute for Economic Development and the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC).

TWC will present information on the many services available for small business owners including the newly established $2 million Skills for Small Business fund, which provides grants to community colleges that small businesses can access for employee training needs.

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