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The Alliance Program

UTSA has added a new program to assist business owners, especially those in construction related industries, interested in doing business with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT). This program is the Alliance and operates as a resource available in the UTSA Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) office area.

The Alliance Program works to increase the participation of disadvantaged business owners in the highway construction industry. The Program provides Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs) with firm-specific training and guidance to help them become competitive within the heavy highway or construction industry.  The Alliance program prepares DBEs to move into nontraditional areas of work and to compete in the marketplace outside the DBE program.

The Alliance Program provides networking opportunities, project-matching assistance between subcontractors and primes, and access to training in the areas of business development, business management and construction management.


  • Classroom and Workshop Components
  • Industry Technical Assistance
  • Vendor Events
  • Industry Partnering at the Local, State, and Federal levels

The UTSA Alliance Program covers the following TXDoT Service areas:

  • Austin
  • Corpus Christi
  • Laredo
  • San Antonio
  • Pharr
  • Yoakum

If you are interested in being considered for this specialized training program, please complete the Alliance application form below, and email it to or fax it to 210-458-2754. For questions or additional information, please call (210) 458-2458.

Get UTSA Alliance Application

Small Business Cybersecurity Training Academy


Come and learn how to become compliant with regulations to do business with the federal government. Participants will leave each session with an action plan on the steps needed to meet the requirement for the topics covered that day. The guidelines put into effect December of 2017 make business owners and managers responsible for office operations and a formalized plan.

The Small Business Cybersecurity Training Academy is designed to address the federal requirement for contract compliance outlined by the FAR and DFARS as well as the NIST cybersecurity framework.  This Academy will be a hands-on series in which each participant will develop functional plans and processes to address cybersecurity compliance requirements and resiliency.

Target Audience – business owners and managers responsible for ensuring requirements are met. Elements considered for participant selection will include: current clients of the UTSA PTAC, federal contracting activity, size of business, number of years in business, and industry type.

  • Is your business in compliance with the DFARs against cyber attacks?
  • Are you aware of the Federal Contracting requirements on data security?
  • Do you have a Systems Security Plan that meets Federal requirements?

The Academy is a hands-on series of four 4-hour sessions conducted over a 4 week period in which each participant will develop a plan to address cybersecurity compliance requirements.

Dates: Wednesdays– August 22, August 29, September 5 and September 12, 2019
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 pm
Place: 3209 S. Staples, Corpus Christi TX 78411-2524
Total cost is $199 upon acceptance. ($100 rebate available to applicable registrants)


Point of Contact: Monica Benavides Stuber (361) 698-1021

Please contact our office at (210) 458-2458 for information on the next class scheduled for the San Antonio area and assistance with your Systems Security Plan.

Small Business Emergency Preparedness


  • The road to your business closes as result of construction or bad weather?
  • A key supplier/customer goes out of business?
  • A key employee gets sick for an extended period of time?


From workplace disruptions to natural and man-made disasters, as a small business owner, you should be ready for anything. Unexpected events can quickly interrupt your business putting you and your employees at risk. If you are not prepared, your business could shut down forever.


Developing a business continuity plan will protect your business by minimizing the impact of unplanned disruption and improve the likelihood that your business will survive and recover. Through grants provided by the U.S. Small Business Administration, businesses impacted by local disasters can take advantage of prepaid business assistance in planning for recovery. All small businesses can benefit from the services of their local SBDC.

SBEP Brochure Click Here

News and Resources

Governor’s Office of Emergency Management- Situation Reports

Texas Department of Insurance – Help after the Storm – Imelda Resources

Texas Department of Insurance – Disasters: How to Repair & Recover Resource Page

Texas Department of State Health Services, Surviving Disaster: How Texans Prepare – VIDEOS

U.S. Small Business Administration – Disaster Assistance

Employer Services

Certified human resource professionals provide direct assistance to small business employers in the areas of employment practices, emergency preparedness, regulatory compliance, job site safety, drug-free workplace, and effective HR management.

Contact: Deirdre Pattillo, Project Manager

Phone: 210-458-2458




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