The “¡Echale 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.


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.

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for Business Protection
Monday, June 6, 2022

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


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

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

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Monday, January 24, 2022
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Mission Library, 3134 Roosevelt Ave, San Antonio, TX 78214