Texas State University Fuels Regional Economy By Supporting Small Businesses
With more than 34,000 students, and degree programs ranging from bachelor’s to doctorate, Texas State is one of the fastest-growing universities in the state. Located between Austin and San Antonio, the university is right in the middle of Texas’ high-tech manufacturing corridor.
Texas State offers 97 bachelor’s degrees, 87 master’s and 12 doctorates in 10 colleges: Science and Engineering, Business Administration, Fine Arts and Communication, Applied Arts, Health Professions, Liberal Arts, Education, University College, Honors College and Graduate College. New programs include electrical, manufacturing and industrial engineering; a bachelor of science in nursing; and a PhD in materials science, engineering and commercialization.
In addition to the San Marcos campus, the Texas State Round Rock Campus offers upper-division courses for 10 bachelor’s degrees as well as 11 master’s degrees.
A partnership between Texas State and the City of San Marcos is creating the new Science, Technology and Advanced Research (STAR) Park, which will serve as a technology accelerator for startup and early-stage businesses. Green and biotechnology companies will be a major focus.
The STAR Park will provide clean room facilities for materials development and wet labs for small business startups in the region. The merging of semiconductor nanotechnology with biotechnology is a major opportunity for economic development in the state, and San Marcos’ convenient location between Austin and San Antonio should attract corporate research interest from those cities’ technology communities.
The partnership received a $1.85 million award from the U.S. Economic Development Administration.
Texas State also supports the Central Texas business community through the Small Business Development Center. Part of the McCoy College of Business Administration, the Texas State SBDC is a driving force in the economic development of Central Texas.
The SBDC’s professional staff of business advisors, trainers and researchers provides comprehensive, confidential business counseling services to existing and startup small businesses in 12 Central Texas counties. One-on-one counseling is available at no cost to the client. The SBDC also offers workshops and seminars for small business owners and their employees.
Texas State’s SBDC has offices in San Marcos, Austin and Round Rock.