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Small Business Emergency Preparedness

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.

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News and Resources

Governor’s Office of Emergency Management- Situation Reports

Texas Department of Insurance – Hidden Pines Fire Assistance

Texas Department of Insurance – StormLink Resource Page

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

U.S. Small Business Administration – Current Disaster Declarations

As Director of the UTSA Institute for Economic Development Small Business Development Center Procurement Technical Assistance Center, Terri is responsible for managing several staff and federal, state, and privately funded programs focused on assisting business owners in contracting with the federal, state, and local governments as well as the private sector. In addition, the SBDC PTAC includes programs to assist small businesses in becoming more profitable through new market identification, veteran business services, assisting with their human resource needs and emergency preparedness. Ms. Williams has over 26 years managing economic development programs.

Her previous positions include, Director of Economic Development for Brooks Development Authority, Terri Williams was responsible for leveraging funding partnerships with national, state and local governments and foundations to advance economic development opportunities at Brooks City-Base. In this role, Ms. Williams secured over $5 million in grant funding for Brooks City-Base projects; an independent Economic Development Consultant to the City of Windcrest, as President and CEO of Williams Economic Development Consulting; Business Development Manager for Port San Antonio, and Economic Development Manager for the City of San Antonio.

Ms. Williams holds a degree in Political Science from the University of Texas at San Antonio and designation as a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) from the International Economic Development Council. She received the 2015 Women in Leadership Award by the San Antonio Business Journal, 2015 graduate of NEISD Leadership NE program, was named 1999 Small Business Advocate of the Year for Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week, named as a 1999 “40 Under 40 Rising Star” by the San Antonio Business Journal, and a graduate of the 2001 Leadership San Antonio program sponsored by the Greater San Antonio and the San Antonio Hispanic Chambers of Commerce.

She is Chairperson of the South Central Texas Regional Certification Agency (SCTRCA), a member of the Texas Economic Development Council, the International Economic Development Council, the Board of Directors of the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Legislative Affairs Committee of the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, and the Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers Board of Directors as Region 8 Director.

She is a native Texan, married and has two sons, ages 22 and 24.

Deirdre Pattillo, SPHR, is Project Manager for Employer Services for the South-West Texas Border SBDC Region’s Procurement Technical Assistance Center at the UTSA Institute for Economic Development. She has served the SBDC community since 1998, and has been specifically focused on Human Resources and regulatory compliance for small business since 2003. As a certified human resource professional, Deirdre provides direct assistance to small business employers in the areas of employment practices, emergency preparedness, regulatory compliance, jobsite safety, drug-free workplace and effective HR management. Working in collaboration with the field centers of the South-West Texas Border SBDC Network, she provides training and free, confidential counseling to small businesses throughout the region. Her goal is to be a key resource for the people side of small business.

Employer Services

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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Our Impact

Our Impact

The UTSA Small Business Development Procurement Technical Assistance Center (SBDC PTAC) is pleased to share the results of activities leading to client success and economic impact for FY16. Through the financial resources of our stakeholders which include the Department of Defense, the U.S. Small Business Administration, the State of Texas, and JPMorgan Chase Foundation, programs have been implemented to provide services in the areas of government contracting, human resource management, emergency preparedness, technology commercialization, and veterans business development.

Our team of business specialists and administrative professionals are responsible for serving over 769 clients through 2,700 hours of advising and technical assistance which resulted in the award of over $64.3 million in federal, state, and local contracts.   The successes of some of our clients are featured throughout this report, which reflects the support of our stakeholder contributions.

In the upcoming year, we look forward to servicing the manufacturing community to increase contracting opportunities with the federal government and targeting those companies with growth potential in new markets.  Increased marketing to bring awareness to businesses in each service area county will be a priority in the new fiscal year.  Plans to enhance client success include implementing new workshops, enhancing cybersecurity awareness and supplier development for small businesses.  The Business Resource Lab/Construction Plans Room will continue to be instrumental for our construction related clients to access plans, specifications, training, technical assistance and computer resources for success in the construction industry.  Our government contracting services includes 17 counties while other programs serve the entire 79-counties of the South-West Texas Border Region.

Click here to download a copy of our 2016 Annual Report