Association reaccredits UHV Small Business Development Center

SBDC reaccreditation
The UHV Small Business Development Center recently was reaccredited for the next five years. Working at the center are, Kacey Lindemann, left, senior rural business advisor; Jean Jurica, training coordinator; Lisa Barr, senior business advisor; Joe Harper, director; Eileen Bonner, senior rural business advisor; Cindy Ozuna, secretary, Patty Briones, administrative assistant; Joe Humpheys, associate director; and Stephen Kilgore, senior business advisor.

The University of Houston-Victoria Small Business Development Center recently earned reaccreditation for the next five years by the Association of Small Business Development Centers.

The certification process included visits by a team of ASBDC accreditation officials reviewing the documentable economic impact of the center, how well it was managed in compliance with the rules and regulations of the system, and its effective use of strategic planning, UHV SBDC Director Joe Harper said.

The University of Texas at San Antonio Small Business Development Region, of which the UHV SBDC is a part, received one of the highest reaccreditation scores of the 64 regions in the country, Harper said.

Several SBDC employees also recently received advanced professional certifications from the UTSA Southwest Texas Border Region Network. Cindy Ozuna became a certified administrative professional. Lisa Barr, senior business advisor, became a certified business advisor, level IV, the highest certification available. Eileen Bonner, senior rural business advisor, became a certified business advisor, level II, and Stephen Kilgore, senior business advisor, became a certified business advisor, level III.

“I’m very proud of all the hard work our staff has put in to make these accomplishments possible,” Harper said. “We have plans to continually raise the bar of excellence for this organization. By doing so, we’ll help improve the economic fortunes of this entire region we serve.”

The UHV SBDC provides no-cost and low-cost business consulting services to entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs in an 11-county area centered around Victoria. For more information, call 361-575-8944 or visit

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.

Thomas Doyle 361-570-4342