Capacity-Building Programs

SMWBExcel is an accelerator for construction, goods, and professional services

The Bexar County Small Business & Entrepreneurship Department's mission is to link your business to opportunities for acceleration. SMWBExcel is designed to help small, minority, and women-owned businesses in the fields of Construction, Architecture & Engineering Professional services, Goods & Commodities, and other professional services grow, accelerate, and work with Bexar County and other public entities.

The SMWBExcel program is designed in three phases, each with a different focus:

  • The Start Up Phase consists of forming the business, providing information to outreach events and educational programs, and identifying limited opportunities for procurement.
  • The Growth Phase is designed to create awareness of opportunities, provide access to resources and service providers, and finding mentorships as well as increasing the opportunities for procurement.
  • The Accelerate phase focuses on technology utilization, public & private partnerships, operations best practices, and continued mentorship. This phase also concentrates on the financial and operational needs of a growing business, including bonding, capital investment, and joint ventures.

SMWBExcel is designed to address problems identified by small, minority, and women-owned businesses and to provide them with tools to overcome obstacles to their success. Bexar County partners with incubators, accelerators, educational partners, and government organizations to provide a wide array of training, services, resources, information, and an expansive network of professionals.

You're building something great. SMWBExcel is here to help.

The "Basics" Program

The Association of General Contractors (AGC) / Bexar County "Basics" of Construction Training Program is designed to assist small business contractors in understanding the basic elements of running a commercial construction business.

Bonding Education Program

The U.S. Department of Transportation's Bonding Education Program (BEP) is a free program tailored to small businesses competing for construction-related contracts in the transportation industry. The program consists of a comprehensive set of sessions designed to provide small and disadvantaged businesses the tools and resources required to compete for transportation projects.

Mentor-Protégé Program

The Mentor/Protégé relationship is a two year commitment where the protégé, their mentors, AGC, and the County Mentor Protégé Program Manager work together to help develop the protégé firm's marketing, operations, and financial performance strategy.