UHV SBDC staff members earn global certifications

Joe Humphreys
Mark Martinez
Brian Cunningham
Lindsay Young
Lisa Barr
Kacey Lindemann Butler

Several University of Houston-Victoria Small Business Development Center staff members recently earned certifications to help them enhance client services in import, export and global trade.  

SBDC Director Joe Humphreys earned the SBDC Global Director Certification. Business advisors Mark Martinez, Brian Cunningham and Lindsay Young earned SBDC Global Trade Consultant Certification. Young, Associate Director Lisa Barr and business advisor Kacey Lindemann Butler also were certified through the SBA Export and Trade Counseling Program.  

“It is important for small businesses to be active in the global marketplace,” Humphreys said. “The certifications our business advisors hold elevate the service level we can provide our clients. We are equipped with the knowledge and resources needed to help area businesses succeed internationally.”  

The SBDC Global Trade Consultant Certification is a professional development program for center directors and business advisers. It provides information and resources needed to assist clients in international trade assistance and is offered by and the International Trade Center San Antonio.  

The SBA Export and Trade Counseling Certification program offers education in trade assistance resources for small businesses and key aspects of global trade. The SBA certification program is in collaboration with the Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee.  

The UHV SBDC offers assistance on starting, growing and financing a business; contracting opportunities; and recovering from disaster. Most of its services are free to area small business owners in Aransas, Bee, Calhoun, DeWitt, Gonzales, Goliad, Jackson, Karnes, Lavaca, Refugio and Victoria counties. It is part of a nationwide small business assistance program serving the small business community and federal, state and local governments.  

To make an appointment for business services or register for a UHV SBDC workshop, call the center at 361-485-4485 or email at

The University of Houston-Victoria, located in the heart of the Coastal Bend region since 1973 in Victoria, Texas, offers courses leading to more than 80 academic programs in the schools of Arts & Sciences; Business Administration; and Education, Health Professions & Human Development. UHV provides face-to-face classes at its Victoria campus, as well as an instructional site in Katy, Texas, and online classes that students can take from anywhere. UHV supports the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Opportunities for All initiative to increase awareness about state colleges and universities and the important role they have in providing a high-quality and accessible education to an increasingly diverse student population, as well as contributing to regional and state economic development.

Katy Walterscheidt 361-570-4342