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University of Houston-Victoria

Small Business


Rural Business Program

Texas Rural Challenge


The Rural Business Program is a specialty center affiliated with the University of Texas San Antonio's South-West Texas Border Small Business Development Center Network.  The focus of the program is to service rural communities in the network area that are principally agricultural based.

Today, rural communities are dealing with job loss, population loss, declining tax base, and loss of youth impacting the potential for future leadership and innovation.

Our focus is to help reverse these trends by providing rural communities and small to medium-sized businesses with technical assistance to help them grow, develop and create new jobs.

Donald Jirkovsky is UHV SBDC's Rural Business Advisor.

For more information about the program, contact the SBDC at 361-485-4485 or 877-895-7232 or via email.

8th Annual Texas Rural Challenge, June 29-30, 2017, Waco, TX.

Learn about the Texas Rural Challenge!

 The Texas Rural Challenge features a wide range of best practices, collaboration opportunities, and ‘how-to’ learning experiences aimed at putting your big ideas into practice. The Texas Rural Challenge focuses on business and economic development, community development, and rural issues, with presentations and workshops by top innovators and change agents from across state and federal agencies and the private sector. The conference is hosted by the UTSA Institute for Economic Development – SBDC Rural Business Program and the Office of the Governor and is the largest event of its kind to focus on rural Texans and their communities.