San Antonio topped the list of the largest, fastest growing cities in the US from 2000 to 2010. Bridging the divide between South and Central Texas, San Antonio forms the southwestern point of the megaregion known as the “Texas Triangle,” with Houston to the east and Dallas-Fort Worth to the north. The predominance of military training facilities in the area such as Lackland Air Force Base and Randolph Air Force Base for Army Corps training earned San Antonio the nickname “Military City, USA”. The Alamo, Fort Sam Houston, and other historical military sites support tourism, another major economic sector for the city.
Additionally, San Antonio’s diversified economy includes financial services, healthcare, government civil-service, as well as oil and gas. In the last 20 years, a portion of San Antonio’s growth can be attributed to its significant percentage of American-based call centers and the development of a healthy auto industry manufacturing base. In 2015, Forbes ranked San Antonio at number 50 on their “Best Places for Business and Career” and as the 15th best market for job growth. Small businesses make up 97% of employer firms in the San Antonio area. Crucial to the stability and strength of San Antonio’s economy, San Antonio’s Small Business Office implemented a variety of initiatives and programs to encourage business owners of all sizes and phases.