Since 1987, the UTSA Small Business Development Center has been helping entrepreneurs create, expand, and retain their businesses. The SBDC has two main focuses, no-cost one-on-one business advising and hundreds of workshops annually . The UTSA SBDC serves 11 counties including Bexar, Comal and Guadalupe. As part of the Institute for Economic Development, the SBDC works with numerous agencies to help entrepreneurs with government contracting, technology commercialization, advanced manufacturing, international business, and economic development on municipal or county-wide scales.