New developments continue to occur that can assist Southside small businesses and residents. Check back often to learn the latest from Southside First, our community partners, and the media.

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Prosper West 2023 State of the Westside Conference at UTSA downtown campus. A full house with one goal: To promote economic development and equal access to education, infrastructure, jobs, and business opportunities.

San Antonio, TX
March 21, 2023

City of San Antonio Job Opening

Interested in joining the City of San Antonio Department of Arts & Culture? We’re looking to hire a Contract Officer with our Grants Management Team! Link to apply:…/contract-officer-grants

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Looking for resources that are free or available at a reduced cost such as financial assistance, food pantries, medical care and more? Go to and enter your zip code to find resources!

Bid Alert!

Event 1009-0 RFQ/-P Design-Build Residential/Recovery Center – Bexar County is requesting qualifications for design-build services for the Bexar County Dual Diagnosis Residential Facility (DDRF) Recovery Center Intake Building and Campus Renovations.

Join us for the 3rd Southside EXPO on June 3, 2023!

Our third Southside EXPO is already brewing!
Save the date and make sure you attend this one on June 3 at Texas A&M, VISTA Room, from 10 am to 1 pm.
If you are a nonprofit or small business that would like to set up table, please email [email protected], we are looking forward to break another attendance record!
Please, share our flyer to help us bring the small business community together once again for a journey of resources, business promotion, and networking opportunities! Thanks!
Thank you to our Annual Sponsors for making this possible, and thanks to Texas A&M University for hosting us!
Watch the videos from previous EXPO events on our YouTube channel at and at
Mark as GOING on our event page:

Thank you for attending our first Expo of the year!


December 12, 2022 – Archive Storycorps
Our CEO Gabriela Cadena interviews Brenda Anz, from Saving Our Way.

December 12, 2022 – Archive Storycorps
Our CEO Gabriela Cadena interviews Mark Dubay

September 28, 2022 – NEWS4SA interviews our CEO Gabriela Cadena at Southside First office.

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List your business with Tripadvisor!

Southside First is collaborating with the City of San Antonio World Heritage Office to promote businesses in the San Antonio Missions Area.

• Businesses are being selected to be signed up to Tripadvisor listings to highlight and market their products and services, to be exposed to the world.

• Businesses will also be included in the World Heritage San Antonio area at, within the “Explore the Area” section and within the City of Gastronomy Calendar.

• We provide assistance writing the descriptions and taking high-qualityphotos for the directory.

Ph.: (210) 970-0954


There are quite a few openings still for non-profits and small business to join the Project Xander cohort this Spring. If your organization or another organization that you know is interested in evaluating and strengthening their cyber security infrastructure, please feel free to forward the attached flyer with my contact information.

CONTACT Bobby Blaunt:
Email:  [email protected]
Ph.: (210) 573-3112

Rita and Cleto Show at 10 am on Inspiration 4 Life Radio Network interviews our CEO Gabriela Cadena – August 12, 2022

Rita and Cleto Show interviewed Gabriela Cadena at 10 am on Inspiration 4 Life Radio Network. Rita Hernandez with Live On Air With Rita and Cleto Rodriguez with Where’s Cleto? We were Broadcasting Live at our Sponsored Location Pepe’s Tacos N Salsa.
Cleto will be out for tomorrow but we will have Special Guests Catherine Lorraine Garcia talking about her upcoming Event in Corpus, Amy Jo Rabold with Amy Jo’s Creations – Accessories & More and Gabriela Cadena with Southside First
You can listen at iTunes Radio or Download Free Mobile App TuneIn Radio. You can also watch on FB Live
Follow us on FB & IG @RitaAndCletoShow

Our CEO Gabriela Cadena visits the radio show “Saving Our way”, with Brenda Anz and Jennifer King – August 11, 2022

“Thanks to Gabriela Cadena for also coming in to our show today. She spoke to us about how South Side First is on a mission to help the Small Businesses in the South Side. They are having monthly Free events helping with resources and tips to help businesses grow and succeed helping to make the small business stronger.
She did inform us that everyone no matter what side of town is always invited to their Events. Subscribe to their Newsletter at to rsvp to their events.
Thanks to our sponsors at Center of Advanced Wellness for the donations.”
 Jennifer King, “Saving Our Way” Co-Host

May 15, 2022 – Bridging the Gap interviews our CEO Gabriela Cadena

News Releases

06/06/2022 Press Release

Southside First helps bring digital transformation to diverse small businesses in Bexar County with Verizon Small Business Digital Ready In partnership with Next Street and Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), Verizon Small Business Digital Ready aims to focus on women-

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2/2/2022 Press Release

Southside Small Biz Workshop to Focus on Effective Marketing Techniques San Antonio, TX — On Monday, February 7, 2022, from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm at Mission Library, 3134 Roosevelt Avenue, the Southside First Economic Development Council will host its

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Judith Canales

Judith Canales Steps Down as Executive Director

After almost three years, the Southside First Economic Development Council announces the departure of Judith A. Canales as the organization’s Executive Director. Southside First is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to serve as the voice for economic prosperity, community

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Southside First Job Posting

Join the Southside First Team!

Program and Development Coordinator – Full-time San Antonio, TX ABOUT THE SOUTHSIDE FIRST ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL The Southside First Economic Development Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to serve as the voice for economic prosperity, community bridging,

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LiftFund Helm Program

Lift Fund: The HELM Business Support Program

LiftFund is proud to announce HELM Accelerate, an accelerator dedicated to working to helm your business. With over 26 years experience in community development LiftFund is proud to take the next step with you in taking control of your business.

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District 4 Small Business Community

District 4 Small Business Committee Launch

CONTACT: Rosana Galaviz (210) 207-5785 [email protected] SAN ANTONIO (March 12, 2021) – Councilwoman Dr. Adriana Rocha Garcia partnered with Southside First Economic Development Council to assemble the first District 4 Small Business Committee made up of residents and small business owners in

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