The University of Texas-Pan American's Office of Center Operations and Community Services (COSERVE) will soon offer a new center designed to assist women entrepreneurs throughout South Texas.
"Our goal is to provide the highest quality business technical assistance to women-owned start-up and existing businesses in the four-county Rio Grande Valley area," said Roland Arriola, executive director of COSERVE.
The center, which is scheduled to be operational by October, was made possible through a $600,000 five-year grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration Office of Women's Business Ownership.
Clients will have access to business counseling and assistance, in English or Spanish, in areas of finance, marketing, management, computer applications, and loan application and packaging, Arriola said.
"We are hoping to serve at least 500 clients and help create at least 400 new jobs through this center," he noted said. "The number of women entrepreneurs has grown steadily over the past 20 years, and hopefully we will be able to assist the growing need women entrepreneurs have here in the Rio Grande Valley."
Arriola said the center is one of only three women business centers throughout the state of Texas and 35 throughout the nation.
"This program was three years in the making," Arriola said. "It's a real honor to be selected, and to be able to offer these kind of services to the people of the Rio Grande Valley."
Within the next five years, the center is scheduled to hold approximately 826 orientation sessions, 300 training sessions and 30 networking sessions.
The center will be located at the UTPA Annex at 2412 S. Closner in Edinburg. For more information, contact Roland Arriola at 956/381-3361.