There are a number of private companies in San Antonio that foster the entrepreneurial spirit and help business owners find the resources necessary to start a small business.
Beginning next year, the city will open another resource for entrepreneurs looking to start or expand their businesses, Café Commerce.
“We want to make sure they have access to capital. We want to make sure they have access to technical assistance to help them grow,” said San Antonio Economic Development Director Rene Dominguez. “Café Commerce is designed specifically to help existing businesses to find resources and develop that entrepreneurial mindset."
Café Commerce will be located in the central library.
The library’s media section will be transformed into a lounge-like area where small business owners can get access to financial planning resources and coordinate with others in the small business community.
In collaboration with the Kansas City, Mo., based Kaufman Foundation, the city will offer business classes through Café Commerce.
The Ice House Entrepreneurship Program will consist of nearly a dozen classes aimed at cultivating the entrepreneurial mindset.
A small business owner herself, Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales says Café Commerce will play a vital role in attracting and retaining businesses in San Antonio.
“I’m hoping this will give us access and allow us to grow our businesses faster, keep us here longer, and employ more people in our community,” Gonzales said.
The city’s projected costs to operate Café Commerce for five years is $2 million.
Half will come from the city, and the other million will come from the partner selected to run Café Commerce.
Café Commerce is expected to open in January 2014.