• UTPB SBDC – The University of Texas of the Permian Basin Small Business Development Center won the 2016 Excellence and Innovation Award. The UTPB SBDC, at no charge and with a team of five, offers professional business counseling, technical and business plan assistance, training workshops and reference resources for people starting a business for the first time, pursuing a new venture or seeking to expand. UTPB SBDC created 289 jobs in 2015.
• Odessa College – Odessa College announced it was one of nine community colleges nationwide to receive a grant from the Goldman Sachs Give community College Fund. The $50,000 matching grant will go into OC’s Student Success Scholarships. The college received a matching grant from the Education Foundation. Odessa College was the only community college in Texas to be selected for the grant.