UHV adviser gets national recognition as 'star performer'
By FROM NEWS RELEASE
Feb. 19, 2011 at 6 p.m.
Updated Feb. 18, 2011 at 8:19 p.m.
Lisa Barr, senior business adviser for the University of Houston-Victoria Small Business Development Center, recently won an award for her work with small businesses.
SBDCs around the nation help the economic development gears turn by counseling small businesses.
Barr was named the South-West Texas Border Small Business Development Center's "Star Performer," standing out among competition with peers from much larger markets.
She will be one of about 60 people from the U.S. and its territories recognized in September at the Association of Small Business Development Centers National Conference in San Diego.
"This accomplishment says a lot," said Mary Peters, associate director of the South-West Texas Border SBDC. "She competed against many seasoned, high-performing advisers. But her performance last fiscal year was so strong that she was the clear winner."
Barr is part of a team that counsels small businesses in 11 Coastal Bend counties on matters including getting started, identifying opportunities, addressing problems, accessing capital and planning.
Barr's year included 1,241 hours of consulting effort which resulted in:
282 total client jobs created and retained
34 client businesses started and expanded
More than $5.2 million in client capital formation and contract awards.
"She is a brilliant, selfless young lady who is committed to what she does," Peters said. "Younger representatives can experience a challenge in earning the confidence of clients, but Lisa has a maturity beyond her years."
Barr teamed with two other business advisers from the region to develop a how-to plan to advise a growing niche market - medical professionals who own and operate their own business.
Barr has worked at the SBDC since 2007 and recently completed her Master of Science in Economic Development and Entrepreneurship from the UHV School of Business Administration.
"I enjoy helping people and getting them going in the right direction," Barr said. "We work with clients on how they might market themselves differently or look into advertising to a different customer market and where to generate different revenue streams. It is rewarding when we make the right call for them and they are a success."
The UHV SBDC office will receive a $1,000 as a scholarship to assist with costs for Barr to attend the national conference.