State grant benefits local entrepreneurs

November 9, 2016


SAN ANTONIO -- Dozens of local entrepreneurs and small business owners were learning how to promote development and success at a special conference on Saturday.


It was back to school -- in a sense -- for more than 50 current and prospective business owners “It's really giving them the opportunity to look at the dollars and cents of being and entrepreneur," said Jackie Gorman, CEO of San Antonio for Growth on the East Side.


Among them is Lashaundra Caesar, who recently retired after a 32-year career as an educator.  "I started my business about six months ago,” said Caesar.

Her small business is helping teach families and individuals how to deal with long-term finances.  "I saw a real need because this is something that's not taught in high schools," said Caesar.  But there is always more to learn.  Caesar along with dozens of other small business owners, are attending this conference to obtain specific information that will help them develop their enterprises.


The conference was given life by a $10,000 grant from the governor's office.

The money was awarded to San Antonio for Growth on the East Side, or SAGE.


“The way that we're going to make our economy grow and revitalize some of our inner-city communities is to grow the number of small businesses," said Gorman.


Executives from the non-profit hope this program will put small business owners not only from the east side, but across San Antonio, on the road to self-sufficiency.

“I'm here so that I can learn more and so that I can give more," said Caesar.

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