2016 Building Business Excellence Graduates

2016 Building Business Excellence Graduates

SAN ANTONIO, (April 7, 2016) – Congratulations to the latest University of Texas at San Antonio Small Business Development Center (UTSA SBDC) Building Business Excellence (BBE) 2016 graduates! Participants went through a 7-week intensive strategic leadership program designed to support established, strong companies. Graduates of the 2016 program are: Stephanie Minica and Christopher Hendrix of MFD Systems; Shawn Fluitt, Donnie Hohne, Luke Solomonson, and Al Irving of TimeKeepers Inc.; Ignacio Alvarez of Lux Bakery; Chris Negron and Annette Gonzales of Luciano Express Pizzeria, and Pete and Bella Van de Putte of the Dixie Flag and Banner Company.

The UTSA SBDC joined forces with Holt Development Services, Inc. (a division of Holt CAT) to offer the “Building Business Excellence” program to focus on training and assisting participants in adopting a Values Based Leadership model. The Building Business Excellence program is a unique business leadership opportunity designed to propel established small to mid-size firms to new heights.

“The BBE program is extremely valuable,” Shawn Fluitt, Founder and CEO of Timekeepers, Inc., says. “So much so I have taken it multiple times and have sent many of my staff through it. As a group we are communicating better. It has helped us address some tough issues in a better way and helped me communicate with customers better.”

“You learn things in this program that you would take years to learn or may never learn,” Fluitt continues. “It is well worth the money and more importantly worth the time.”

During the program, facilitators share how to integrate Holt’s widely celebrated Values Based Leadership principles into the participant’s companies.

“The BBE program has helped me gain an understanding of the development level of employees, as well as learning how to lead and influence positively,” Stephanie Minica, Accounting Manager of MFD Systems, says. “I have been able to deal with conflict a lot better, as well as being able to lead the employees depending on their development level.”

“The BBE program will help you understand how to make your workplace a little less hectic,” Minica continues. “It helps you maintain more positivity while helping you and your employees become more productive.”

The SBDC is a center within the Institute of Economic Development at UTSA that serves Bexar and 10 surrounding counties including a satellite office in serving New Braunfels and Seguin.

To find out more about the program, please visit our website at www.mybbe.org or contact Morrison Woods at morrison.woods@utsa.edu or call: 210-458-2460.

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2016 Building Business Excellence Graduates

2016 Building Business Excellence Graduates

About the IED
The University of Texas at San Antonio’s Institute for Economic Development is dedicated to creating jobs, growing businesses and fostering economic development. Our 12 centers and programs provide professional business advising, technical training, research, and strategic planning for entrepreneurs, business owners and community leaders. Our programs serve San Antonio, the Texas-Mexico border area as well as regional, national and international stakeholders. Together with 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.

About UTSA
The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) is an emerging Tier One research institution specializing in health, energy, security, sustainability, and human and social development. With nearly 29,000 students, it is the largest university in the San Antonio metropolitan region. UTSA advances knowledge through research and discovery, teaching and learning, community engagement and public service. The university embraces multicultural traditions and serves as a center for intellectual and creative resources as well as a catalyst for socioeconomic development and the commercialization of intellectual property – for Texas, the nation and the world.