Vicky Valdez, manager of City of Austin’s Small Business Development Program (SBDP) enjoys the privilege of leading an internationally recognized program. She leads a high caliber group of individuals genuinely committed to their charge. SBDP is an integral part of the City’s Economic Development team. Vicky joined SBDP in March 2001 after serving in the City’s Planning Department. Prior to joining the City she was Deputy Director for a local non-profit agency and is a successful entrepreneur herself.
SBDP mission is to provide resources to help small business owners to start, develop, and expand their businesses. Ms. Valdez has been instrumental in founding and expanding several key SBDP since becoming the program’s administrator in 2008.
In 2011 SBDP won two international awards from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), the Entrepreneurship Award for SBDP as a program and the Neighborhood Development Initiatives Award for its support of Independent Business Investment Zone (IBIZ) Districts, as well as the Liveable City Vision Award in the category of Economy. Her most recent accomplishment is the establishment of the Entrepreneur Center of Austin.
Website: Small Business Development Center