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UHV Small Business Development Center advisor receives award

Mark A. Martinez, a senior business advisor for the University of Houston-Victoria Small Business Development Center, poses with his State Star Award from the South-West Texas Border Small Business Development Center Network. His award was announced in the spring. Martinez was recognized as the top producer in the regional network of 79 counties and is one of four awardees representing Texas. The State Star Award is a national award and recognition from America’s Small Business Development Center. It recognizes business advisors who meet a set of goals which include how many clients are being advised, number of hours spent with clients, how many jobs each advisor helped create, number of jobs retained, number of new business creations or starts, business expansions and capital infusion, or the amount of money an advisor helps his clients secure through loans, grants or personal investment to start or expand their business. For 2020, Martinez helped create 149 jobs and retain 83 jobs; had nine business starts and 16 business expansions; secured more than $3.3 million in capital; more than 1,200 hours of service; and 60 long-term clients.

The University of Houston-Victoria, located in the heart of the Coastal Bend region, offers courses leading to more than 65 bachelor’s and master’s degree programs and concentrations in the schools of Arts & Sciences, Business Administration, Education & Human Development, and Nursing. UHV provides face-to-face classes at its Victoria campus as well as teaching sites in Fort Bend and Harris counties, and online classes that students can take from anywhere. Since its founding in 1973, UHV has provided students with a quality university education from excellent faculty at an affordable price.