Research shows one of the biggest obstacles facing small business is the ability to sustain and build growth. MEC is designed to accelerate business growth by creating programs tailored to different industries. According to the National Business Incubation Association (NBIA), 87% of all businesses that graduate from accelerators are still in business after 5 years. Approximately 40-50% of start-ups in the U.S. fail in their first five years of operation.
MEC’s CORE Programs
Buy Local, Grow SA (Year-Round)
Buy Local, Grow SA is an intiative in partnership with the City of San Antonio, aimed at increasing visibilty of local small businesses and providing a platform for B2B connections, by offering webinars and resources on procurement opportunities. Buy Local, Grow SA also offers a LIVE component with subject-matter experts live presentation and monthly networking opportunities.
Maestro University (Fall, 2021)
A 10-week Cohort Program curriculum based-intensive accelerator program for existing small businesses seeking to accelerate their growth. Sessions are led by experienced business owners and free office space is provided.
Phenomenal Women (November, 2022)
A tradition started since Maestro’s inception, we are building on the program to include a 20-member Cohort of women, empowering them to take on the journey of entrepreneurship.
Construction Conference (June, 2022)
The Construction Conference is held every spring. In 2021 we held the Conference virtually and hosted 194 attendees, 32 sessions, and 37 speakers.
Youth Program (June, 2022)
This one-week youth program introduces the spirit of entrepreneurship and leadership skills to the next generation of entrepreneurs.