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Rural Business Program

UTSA’s Rural Business Program is a specialty center affiliated with the University of Texas San Antonio’s South-West Texas Border Small Business Development Center Network, a 79-county service area that covers the Gulf Coast of Texas as well as South and West Texas. Rural communities in the network area have been principally agricultural based.

Today, rural communities are dealing with job loss, population loss, declining tax base, and loss of youth impacting the potential for the future leadership and innovation. Our focus is to help reverse these trends by providing rural communities and small to medium-sized business with technical assistance to help them grow, develop and create new jobs.

Texas Rural
The TRC features a wide range of best practices, collaboration opportunities, and ‘how-to’ learning experiences aimed at putting ideas into practice.

Municipal Capacity
This program of approximately five sessions targets community leaders, elected officials, and local government employees of rural communities.