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SAGE Aims to Spark Commercial Growth on East Side

San Antonio for Growth on the Eastside (SAGE) will co-sponsor the Promise Zone to Entrepreneurship conference. The event will be held 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 5 at the Education Service Center Region 20, 1314 Hines Ave. The conference is funded partially by the Governor’s Small Business Service Provider grant. The Texas Workforce Commission, also, is helping to organize the conference. The conference seeks to encourage Promise Zone residents to embrace the concept of entrepreneurship as a way toward economic independence. San Antonio’s Eastside was one of the first areas in the nation to be named a Promise Zone, part of President Obama’s long-term plan to revitalized distressed communities.

Renderings of Market Rate Apartments on the East Side
Renderings of Market Rate Apartments on the East Side

The Eastside Promise Zone (EPZ) is an initiative of the City of San Antonio, in partnership with the United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County, the San Antonio Housing Authority, SAGE, and SA2020. Entities who invest in the Promise Zone are eligible for specialized technical assistance on federal grant applications, and employer tax incentives and credits for creating jobs and hiring in the community. Participants will get to look at the many possibilities and resources available in local business ownership. There will be two topic tracks at the conference. One is for the budding entrepreneur, a person who would like to start a business.

Rendering of Transit Oriented Design near Alamodome
Rendering of Transit Oriented Design near Alamodome

The other track is for those already operating a small business. This track will help those entrepreneurs to better track their finances. There also will be a business resource expo, involving a variety of organizations, businesses and agencies. Registration is free, and will include a breakfast and luncheon panel discussion. Visit http://sagesanantonio.org/pze/ for more information.

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