The U.S. Embassy is partnering with the University of Belize to facilitate a 6 week FREE online course offered through Case Western University titled, “Growing Entrepreneurship in Transitioning Economies.” The course starts on April Th so sign up today!

While the course work will be offered online and completed at your convenience, we will host scheduled review meetings with an Embassy facilitator to help participants better understand and discuss course materials. At the end of the course, the participants who successfully complete the course materials, and attend the review meetings will be given a certificate of completion to add to their professional resumes. 

If you decide to sign up for the course and want to attend the review sessions. Please email us at so that we can send you the meeting schedule and location in Belmopan.

Beyond Silicon Valley: Growing Entrepreneurship in Transitioning Economies
Beyond Silicon Valley: Growing Entrepreneurship in Transitioning…



Applications are invited from suitably qualified persons to fill the following position:

Assigned duty station will be Barbados

Reporting to the CROSQ Council, the Chief Executive Officer shall have responsibility for: spearheading the development and implementation of the CARICOM Regional Quality Infrastructure (standardisation, metrology and conformity assessment), including securing the support of donor agencies and key stakeholders; providing advice on the formulation of policies of CROSQ and the effective management and leadership of the CROSQ Secretariat

Full details of this position can be viewed on the CROSQ website, can be obtained from the CROSQ Office in Barbados or kindly click on the link here. Detailed Vacancy Notice for CEO CROSQ

Applicants should submit a letter of application, accompanied by detailed Curriculum Vitae, including two (2) references by 12th May 2014. The application should be addressed to and submitted in hard copy by direct mail to:

2nd Floor Baobab Tower
St. Michael BB22026

Also e-mail applications to and

The University of Belize and BELTRAIDE signed a memorandum of Understanding yesterday, which will see future entrepreneurs passing through the institution get an opportunity to bring their business ideas to life.

The MOU will allow BELTRAIDE’s Small Business Development Center activate at a higher capacity so that persons interested can receive training on different enterprise management techniques.

7News attended that signing and spoke with representatives of both bodies:

Harrison Pilgrim, Chair, Board of Trustees, UB
“We need to look further than the university because the University of Belize was formed from a partnership you could call it of 5 different institutions and the objective of government at that time and continues to be the goal of the administration is to ensure that this partnership yields benefits for the people of Belize and so it is not a partnership with BELTRAIDE for the benefit of the university but we need to see a partnership with BELTRAIDE together. We will be developing young minds and will be training young entrepreneurs and that will auger well for the development of Belize.”

Mike Singh – CEO, Ministry of Trade 
“We already have an office here at the campus. We are now going to be having discussions in respect to putting a permanent building on the campus. We staff it with our own people.”

Harrison Pilgrim
“We are looking for openings in the opportunities that are available for the service industries, the areas that have provided thousands of jobs recently and it seems to have an unending capacity for development and growth.”

Mike Singh
“If I get one young entrepreneur to develop a small business and he hires 10 people, 5 might be other graduates, so the good thing about it it’s really an exponential increase in being able to not only give them an opportunity but to expand the employment opportunities throughout. You have the same companies that are trying to hire, they may not be expanding as fast as we would like them to. We have foreign investors coming in that are hiring but again, not at the rate that we would like to see it happen, so we like to see our own home grown ideas, innovation being turned into small business and those people then contributing to add to the job stock.”

The Belize Bureau of Standards (BBS) wishes to notify the relevant stakeholders and the general public that the final draft standard “Specification for Cement”, being developed by the CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality (CROSQ) is out for public comments. Stakeholders are asked to note, on approval of the standard by COTED, the Bureau is obliged to adopt the same as a national standard. The deadline for submission of comments to the Bureau of Standards is May 23rd, 2014. The standard is also available on request from the BBS office and website at . Comments can also be mailed to the BBS Office or email at or

Kindly click on the link below to view the Specification for Cement:
CRS – Specification for Cement

If you wish to comment on the Specification for Cement, kindly click on the link for the comment form:
Comments form


BELTRAIDE has collaborated with the Centre for the Promotion of Micro and Small Enterprises (CENPROYMPE) and the Embassy of Taiwan (China) in executing a project in Belize namely, “Integral Development of Entrepreneurship for Central America and Dominican Republic”. The purpose of the project is to promote and strengthen entrepreneurship in Belize by generating, accelerating and strengthening emerging businesses in the segment of micro, small and medium enterprises. In 2013, seventeen entrepreneurs benefited from the program and have accessed seed capital for the growth of their businesses in terms of purchasing raw material, machinery and promotional material. The program is geared towards empowering entrepreneurs and boosting their operation for development and success.  


Workshops have started yesterday April 14, 2014,  with a platform to assist with capacity building and the molding of their business plan. This is done in an effort to access seed capital to fund their business.

For more information, please feel free to contact us:

Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE)

14 Orchid Garden St., City of Belmopan, Cayo District, Belize





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