Maestro Entrepreneur Center
San Antonio, Texas, USA
MissionLocated in a federally designated HUB Zone area of Bexar County, Maestro focuses on "growing existing small, minority, women-owned businesses beyond the $1 million mark and to help create jobs in a historically underutilized area of town."
What We DoInvest in San Antonio's Economy Today! Buy Local, GrowSA!
1. Connect with our Buy Local Grow SA Website.
More information available online at https://maestrocenter.org/buy-local-grow-sa-overview/
Buy Local Grow SA is an initiative to grow San Antonio's local business economy. Maestro developed a website for all businesses to register and complete a survey. The online resource allows our local businesses to register for free and be a part of a city-wide centralized database for all to use when searching local businesses, posting contract opportunities, posting capacity building programs available to help them, and create a database for larger agencies to look for small businesses to provide them with opportunities.
Championed by the Mayor of San Antonio, Ron Nirenberg, and County Judge, Nelson Wolff, Buy Local Grow SA has the support of local chambers in San Antonio such as North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, West San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and more. We are proud of the collaboration and partnerships we have made with local agencies to ensure that entrepreneurs all over the city of San Antonio take advantage of this free platform. With Buy Local Grow SA, businesses are discoverable to not only consumers with their free business listing, but they are also discoverable among a community of entrepreneurs looking to work with local San Antonians.
2. Incubate with our Virtual and Physical Office Spaces.
More information available online at https://maestrocenter.org/incubate/
At Maestro Entrepreneur Center, we have a campus of four buildings with over 24,000 sq. feet of incubation space, community space, and virtual office space available for small businesses. On-site, there is a building dedicated to construction companies, which includes warehouse and industrial yard space. The Commercial Culinary Kitchen offers hourly schedule blocks with affordable rates and flexible times that allow our entrepreneurs to concentrate on expanding their business. The center also has a building designated for professional services with conference rooms, art studio space, gallery exhibits, and small retail boutiques.
3. Accelerate with our free training offerings, webinars, and podcasts.
More information available online at https://maestrocenter.org/local-impact/free-resources/
The Maestro Entrepreneur Center took proactive steps to ensure our community's safety once the Stay-At-Home orders were placed. We wanted to continue to provide services to our small business owners and our community by creating our Wednesday Webinar Sessions and Podcasts immediately following the restrictions. With 30+ webinar sessions available, MEC remains in touch with our entrepreneurs.
Some session topics that have been offered are as follows: Business Survival Through COVID-19, Steps to maintain Financial Stability through COVID-19, Employment and Unemployment during COVID-19, SBA Disaster Relief Funds explained in detail as well as topics such as Mastering Business Development, Design Thinking, Joint Venturing, etc. These sessions are available on a variety of platforms such as Live via Facebook Live, Zoom, podcasts, and YouTube.
4. Mentor with our Entrepreneur Cohort Program.
More information available online at https://maestrocenter.org/accelerate/
Unique to the Center is the "Maestros" -- successful business leaders with experience in a variety of industries who offer one-on-one mentoring to Center clients to help guide them through business challenges. Maestro is offering a flexible, virtual, and customized learning path tailored to each small business owner.