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14th Annual Building Business Excellence Program Welcomes Applicants

14th Annual Building Business Excellence Program Welcomes Applicants

UTSA SBDC accepting firms for seven-week leadership program

SAN ANTONIO, January 27, 2017 – The UTSA Small Business Development Center (SBDC), hosted by the Institute for Economic Development, is currently accepting small- to medium-sized businesses for the annual Building Business Excellence (BBE) leadership and growth series. The program partners with Holt Development Services to train established entrepreneurs and their management teams in innovative strategic leadership. The classes run on Tuesdays between February 27 and April 11, 2017.

Facilitators from Holt will engage participants in learning their celebrated Values Based Leadership (VBL) methodology designed to empower established companies to achieve more growth.  Selected businesses will learn to incorporate VBL tools and processes into daily practice.

“Values can drive everything; values should drive everything. The most exciting thing about [BBE] will be going back and putting into practice all the amazing concepts,” said Pete Van de Putte, President of the Dixie Flag Company and 2016 BBE Participant.

The BBE program connects participants to a distinguished alumni group that have implemented the same Value-Based system that helped grow Holt Caterpillar into a $1.7 billion company and supported the Spurs through five championships.

“The concepts taught in this program have catalyzed Holt Cat’s growth in becoming the largest Caterpillar dealer in North America. The unique Holt Values Based Model has been integrated in successful organizations throughout North America,” said Guy Clumpner, senior vice-president for organizational development with HOLT CAT.

Interested businesses should apply at or call 210-458-2460 for more information.  Discounts are available for group enrollment in the program. Payment plans are available.=

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About UTSA’s Institute for Economic Development

The UTSA Institute for Economic Development (IED) is dedicated to growing businesses, creating jobs, and fostering economic development. Focused on building the economy one business at a time, the Institute consists of 10 centers and programs that provide professional business advising, technical training, research, and strategic planning for entrepreneurs, business owners and community leaders. These programs serve Greater San Antonio, the Texas-Mexico border area as well as regional, national and international stakeholders. Together with the federal, state and local governments, and private businesses, the UTSA Institute for Economic Development fosters economic and community development in support of UTSA’s community engagement mission. In 2016, the Institute generated direct regional economic impact of 7,517 jobs, started 591 new businesses, $447 million in new financing, $78 million in new tax revenue and exceeded $1.4 billion in new sales, exports and contracts. For more information, visit

About UTSA

The University of Texas at San Antonio is one of the fastest growing higher education institutions in Texas and one of nine academic universities and six health institutions in the UT System. As a multicultural institution, UTSA aims to be a national research university providing access to educational excellence and preparing citizen leaders for the global environment. UTSA serves more than 30,000 students in 134 degree programs in the colleges of Architecture, Business, Education and Human Development, Engineering, Honors, Liberal and Fine Arts, Public Policy, Sciences and Graduate School. Founded in 1969, UTSA is an intellectual and creative resource center and a socioeconomic development catalyst for Texas and beyond. For more information, visit