workshops & EVENTS

The “¡Échale Gas!” Small Business Workshops provide Southside small business owners and entrepreneurs with the opportunity to learn both the fundamentals and the latest trends for effective business development and management.

The workshops educate and connect participants with resources to support small business development, expansion, and retention.

Southside First conducts monthly, in-person and online, free small business workshops in strategic locations throughout San Antonio’s Southside, which includes City of San Antonio Council Districts 3, 4, and 5.

The programming is based on Southside First’s Community and Business Surveys conducted in the Quintana and Mission San Jose neighborhoods and in partnership with the St. Mary’s University Harvey Najim Center for Business Innovation and Social Responsibility.

In this page you can find information about “¡Échale Gas!” Small Business Workshops  and about other programs and events in the community, in chronological order by date.

To provide Southside small business owners and entrepreneurs with critical business training, Southside First collaborates with partners, including the City of San Antonio, Bexar County, LiftFund, LaunchSA, LISC San Antonio, the U.S. Small Business Administration, NALCAB,  the University of Texas San Antonio Small Business Development Center, Palo Alto College, Texas A&M San Antonio and others. Our private sector partners are small businesses, banks, commercial realtors, engineers, architects, developers, and other professionals. Our community partners are the Mission San Jose and the Quintana Community Neighborhood Associations and multiple Southside neighborhood associations.

If you are a small business owner or an entrepreneur, come by our workshops and ¡ÉCHALE GAS!, and take valuable insights to grow your business. You will be given the microphone to introduce yourself and your business to the community. Also, if you want, your introduction will be featured in the video and posted in our YouTube channel with your logo and your contact information. This is a great way to get exposure at no cost to you while increasing your business’ digital presence.

How to Protect your Small Business
“Cyber Security Edition”
Thursday, August 11, 2022

5:30 pm – 7 pm
2334 SE Military Dr
San Antonio, TX 78223

 Apply from August, 1 to August, 22

Did the pandemic affect your small business?

Funded by American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), the COVID Impact Grants program will provide financial aid to small businesses that continue to be impacted by the pandemic.

At Southside First we are giving free advise on how to apply to the grant.
Call us at (210) 970-0954 or email us at to set up an appointment with a business advisor.

On the left side of this page you will find a PDF with the COVID Grant – Basic Information, in English and in Spanish, and a PDF with the Program Qualifications NAISC Codes and where to find them in your tax documents. Even if you don’t qualify, contact us and we can help you find other programs specifically created for businesses like yours.

To apply and for additional information regarding eligibility and required documents visit:

Turean Prince Back to School Giveaway

Saturday, August, 13 2022
11:00 am to 2:00 pm

Taurean Prince is coming to San Antonio!

The small forward for the Minnesota Timberwolves will be hosting a
“Back To The Block School Supply Giveaway” at the Harvey Najim YMCA.

Come and help your community!

His desire is to give back to the community and the city he grew up in. We know we can make this a very successful event with your help and generosity and are requesting donations of any of the hygiene products below, or monetary gifts.

Hygiene products: toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, etc.
Feminine hygiene products: tampons, pads, feminine wipes, etc.

People can drop off donations at our Southside First offices at 2130 SW Military, from 10 am to 4 pm on Tuesdays & Thursdays.

Thank you for supporting our community!

11:00 am – 2 pm
Harvey Najim YMCA
3100 Roosevelt Ave.
San Antonio, TX 78214


Dealing with Difficult Times:
Customers Engagement &
Social Media Content Calendar 101
Tuesday, August 23, 2022

5:30 pm – 7 pm
3134 Roosevelt Ave.
San Antonio, TX 78214


Cost Containment Strategies: Dealing Better
During Difficult Times


2334 SE Military Dr., San Antonio, TX 78223


Southside Food & Beverage Panel: Resiliency, grit & how to deal with adversities.


Tuesday, July 26, 2022
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
B&B SMOKEHOUSE, 2619 Pleasanton Rd., San Antonio, TX 78221

Government Contracts


Monday, May 2, 2022
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Mission Library, 3134 Roosevelt Ave., San Antonio, TX 78214