The City of San Antonio and Alamo Colleges are now accepting applications from local small businesses to participate in the summer session of the Business Empowerment Plan, which begins on May 7, 2013. Interested business owners can learn more and apply online at BeSanAntonio.com.
The Business Empowerment Plan houses the City of San Antonio’s Bonding Assistance and Mentor Protégé Programs. The Mentor Protégé Program provides guidance and advice to qualifying businesses in various areas, such as administration, organizational structure and operations management. The Bonding Assistance Program helps small businesses build or repair their credit in order to increase bonding capacity and their likelihood of being awarded city contracts.
The Business Empowerment Plan is made up of two phases; all participants complete the Small Business Education Boot Camp, which is a set of eight business classes. Phase II differs among the two programs: participants in the Mentor Protégé Program transition into a mentorship relationship with a leader in their particular industry, while participants in the Bonding Assistance Program move into a relationship with ACCION Texas, where they explore bonding alternatives.
To participate in the Bonding Assistance and Mentor Protégé Programs, firms must have a significant business presence in the San Antonio Metropolitan Statistical Area, as defined in the City’s Small Business Economic Development Advocacy (SBEDA) Ordinance: Atascosa, Bandera, Bexar, Comal, Guadalupe, Kendall, Medina or Wilson counties. In addition, firms must be certified as a Small Business Enterprise (SBE) through the South Central Texas Regional Certification Agency (SCTRCA). There is a reimbursable enrollment fee of $100, which is refunded upon completion of courses.