City of San Antonio Economic Development

The Culture of Business

Café Commerce to Reveal New Brand During Culmination of Entrepreneurship Week

WHAT:           Café Commerce, the city’s small business and entrepreneurship resource center,will announce their new name and brand.


  • Ivy R. Taylor, Mayor of San Antonio, Texas
  • Nadia Auch, President of Café Commerce
  • Janie Barrera, President and CEO of LiftFund
  • Jody Newman, owner of The Friendly Spot, Hills and Dales Icehouse, and Alamo Street Eat Bar;
  • Jane Phipps, Former President of Fresh from Texas, Founder of the Master Leadership Program;

WHEN:          Friday, Nov. 18 at 8:30 a.m.

 WHERE:       Café Commerce

                        600 Soledad St.

San Antonio, TX 78205

 MORE:           Located in San Antonio’s Central Library, Café Commerceallows traditional and non-traditional entrepreneurs and small business owners to collaborate, support and navigate new entrepreneurial paths, or take their business to the next level.

During the past two years, Café Commerce has assisted more than 11,000 local entrepreneurs and small business owners.

 About Cafe Commerce

Café Commerce is the first stop for entrepreneurs, startups and small businesses.  Through a partnership with the City of San Antonio Economic Development Department and LiftFund, Café Commerce offers valuable information, resources, one-on- one support, workshops, networking opportunities and a variety of tailored programs such as: 1 Million Cups, Break Fast & Launch, and Venture Challenge SA.


Established in 1994 in San Antonio, LiftFund is a financial and business-support service organization that helps entrepreneurs strengthen their businesses, stabilize and increase their incomes, create employment and contribute to the economic revitalization of their communities. LiftFund has the nation’s largest microlender portfolio and is committed to providing capital to entrepreneurs who do not have access to loans from commercial sources. Since its inception, LiftFund has made over 18,000 loans totaling more than $228 million. LiftFund operates in 13 states – Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Mexico, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. To learn more about LiftFund visit


Diverse, internationally connected and globally competitive, San Antonio has a vibrant culture and economy and is consistently ranked among the fastest-growing cities in the United States. America’s seventh-largest city offers opportunities in industries ranging from bioscience, financial services, aerospace, cybersecurity, energy and transportation manufacturing to healthcare. In 2016, San Antonio was named an All-America City by the National Civic League. We are “Military City USA,” home to crucial military commands supported by a patriotic citizenry. We welcome 32.5 million visitors annually who inject $13.4 billion annually into our economy, and UNESCO recently designated the city’s Spanish colonial missions as a World Heritage Site. Celebrating its 300th anniversary in 2018, San Antonio is a city with a storied past and an even brighter future. For more information, visit



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