“Everybody has something they can contribute,” explains Mariah Kilbourne, Training Coordinator at the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the UTSA Downtown Campus. The SBDC offers advising as well as classes and seminars to the small business community. Through these services, more people are given the resources and opportunities to pursue their passions.
Having been a bus operator in Chicago and involved in public transit for twenty years, Larnzell creates training programs for adults focusing on operations. He says the most rewarding part of this work is when students tell him they made better decisions based on his training. Whether its new compressed natural gas buses or routine training, Larnzell has grown professionally by helping others adjust to the evolution of transit.
“That’s not a formula, that’s living,” says Andy Benavides, explaining Southtown’s success in fostering a creative community. He is a contemporary artist, entrepreneur and pioneer of Southtown: The Arts District.
“My father told me the most important word in any language is your name,” he remembers, “When someone says our name wrong, we correct them. Pride means who I am. That’s why it’s important.”
Traditionally, younger dancers are limited in their opportunities to take on roles due to a perceived lack of experience. But after five years teaching classes, Vanessa took action. “I decided to open a children’s company where everybody can audition for all the roles,” she explains.
"We learn new things every time we come here," says Donelle Tedder, student of the Culinary Health Education for Families (CHEF) Teaching Kitchen at The Children's Hospital of San Antonio. "Yeah, the best thing I could cook before was cereal," jokes her sister Dalia.
On May 5th, our city’s 300th Anniversary, the San Pedro Creek Culture Park will open. It holds the memories, cultures, and dreams of three centuries of San Antonians and those of the indigenous peoples before the city was founded. It will be for future generations to decide what the next three hundred years mean for the Creek and for our city.
"It's the best way to experience the true nature of San Antonio," says Jeffrey Moore, founder of SATX Social Ride. The group has grown from a handful of his friends to regularly attracting a few hundred people to its Tuesday bike rides.