More About UTSA's COVID Business Recovery Accelerator
Shortly after COVID-19 struck Texas, UTSA's Institute for Economic Development launched the Small Business Development Center COVID Business Recovery Accelerator to help small businesses weather the financial hardships caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
The recovery accelerator is the only one of its kind in Texas designed to help stabilize and rebuild the small business economy. Funded by a $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration, it serves small businesses in Bexar County and 10 surrounding counties by providing counseling and resources to pursue loans from the financial industry and to begin recovering from the economic impact of the pandemic.
Founded by pioneering technology professionals (including one UTSA alumni) based in San Antonio, Texas, Parlevel Systems is a provider of innovative vending technology tools for the food and beverage industries. Their products bring cloud computing, just-in-time inventory management and data analytics to the vending machine industry that optimizes deliveries and product offerings while increasing profitability. Parlevel Systems went from being a start-up to a successful exporting company with a global presence in 22 countries and represents a great example of how SBDCs successfully help local businesses start, grow and thrive.
Hayward Gaude Photography | Making the Best of Times During COVID-19
Hayward and Shannon Gaude own Hayward Gaude Photography and have been clients of the UTSA SBDC since 2013 and in business for over 10 years. The Gaudes tragically lost their family’s visual legacy during Hurricane Katrina, which spurred their relocation to San Antonio. The Hayward’s experience gives them a unique connection with their clients and a deep understanding of the priceless meaning behind portrait photography.
Dixie Flag & Banner Company
A legacy client of UTSA SBDC since 1993, Dixie Flag and Banner Company has experienced exponential growth since Chairman Henry “Pete” Van de Putte, Jr. first received assistance on an SBA loan that would finance expansion into a 13,000 square-foot facility. A manufacturer of flags and banners since 1958, the company has evolved into a trusted industry leader and its work can be seen across some of the most esteemed and recognized venues in the U.S.
Filters4Air | David Dilling, President
Since 1995, Filtration Products has manufactured air filters for HVAC systems. The company is owned by David Dilling. Other companies in San Antonio resell air filters, but Filtration Products is the only manufacturer of filters in South Texas. The company’s products are used in professional office buildings, retail centers, hotels, restaurants, and hospitals, and are sold to distribution companies and air conditioning service companies as well as individual homeowners. The pleated air filters are of high quality and can be manufactured in any size needed for every business application.
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