A strong will to increase its export market base and achieve the coveted international Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certification led to the formation of the Belize Shrimp cluster and it is now reaping the benefits of accomplishing both goals.


Challenged by an unforeseen viral disease which severely impacted the Belize shrimp industry, the cluster still managed to successfully supply UK based multinational retailer Marks and Spencer as well as the second largest supermarket chain in the UK, Sainbury’s, with 1.1 million pounds of shrimp in 2015.


Under the Sainsbury agreement, the shrimp is repackaged under its premium brand and sold exclusively by the chain as it has agreed not to source shrimp from any other supplier under its brand. This has resulted in a higher than projected price premium for exports to these markets.



Read more on Compete Caribbean’s website!



Accelerate Caribbean


Attend our Business Incubation Management Training in Belize on March 1-3.

Do you work in supporting, advising, training or mentoring small businesses in the Caribbean?

Are you a government decision maker or public servant who wants to boost entrepreneurship in your region?

If so, register today for our Business Incubation Management training sessions.

Register today
The Accelerate Caribbean training program focuses on strengthening the knowledge and skills of professionals in the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

The Business Incubator Management training will be delivered by infoDev certified trainers with experience working in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Who can participate?

Participants can be current or future incubator managers and staff members as well as representatives of incubator stakeholders, economic development agencies, and other organizations active in supporting the development and growth of enterprises.

What will I learn?

The day is designed to be practical, collaborative and interactive. During the three-day course you will learn how to:

  • Manage and grow your own incubator in a sustainable manner;
  • Monitor, evaluate, and benchmark your incubator’s performance against local and international competitors;
  • Adapt and apply the key principles of technology commercialization through incubation.

The three days course will take participants through modules 6, 7 and 10 of infoDev’s certified Business Incubation Management training program.
When and where will it be held?

The three day training event will take place on 1-2-3 March at the Belize Training and Employment Centre (BTEC), Belize City, Belize.

The training will be preceded by a half-day Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Development Workshop held in Belize City, on February 29th.

The workshop will focus on the challenges and opportunities present in Belize and will introduce discussions on how local and international stakeholders can collaboratively work to bolster the country’s business ecosystem.This forum will bring together incubator managers, entrepreneurs, academics, government officials, the media, donors, and investors.

Register today for Accelerate Caribbean Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Development Workshop.


As part of its efforts to connect and network with business departments at various high schools and tertiary level educational institutions, The Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (Beltraide) actively participated in this year’s St. John’s College Junior College (SJCJC) Career Fair, which was held at the SJCJC’s Student Center on Tuesday, 2 February in Belize City.

Over 500 students had the opportunity to learn about Beltraide’s services offered through its various units, which include BelizeINVEST, EXPORTBelize, the Belize Training and Employment Centre (BTEC), the Small Business Development Centre Belize (SBDCBelize).

Beltraide is a statutory body under the auspices of the Ministry of Economic Development, Petroleum, Investment, Trade and Commerce and its mission is to enhance Belize’s prosperity by fostering investor confidence, entrepreneurship, business growth and innovation.

This year’s SJCJC Career Fair theme was: Networking, Connecting & Hiring.



The Mona School of Business & Management, UWI will be hosting its second Business and Management Conference themed “Connecting the Dots: Enterprise, Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Development.” The conference will be held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston, Jamaica November 9-11, 2016 and will also feature a vibrant social programme.

Publication opportunities and awards include the A-Ranked (ABDC) journal Entrepreneurship and Regional Development and for the best paper. A Doctoral Consortium will also feature in the programme.

Key Dates: 

ABSTRACTS DUE: Feb 29, 2016                                 

DECISIONS: April 30, 2016                                         

FULL SCRIPTS: August 31, 2016

CONFERENCE: November 9-11, 2016

The detailed call for papers (above) gives other critical information, including themes and submission guidelines.


The Small Business Development Centre Belize (SBDCBelize), BELTRAIDE hosted a delegation of regional officials and a member of the Caribbean Leadership Project on Wednesday, January 20, 2016, under the theme “leading through others”. The Caribbean Leadership Project is a seven year project funded by the government of Canada. One of the key components of the project is a multi-phased Leadership Development Programme (LDP) targeting the top three levels of leadership in the public sector in twelve participating countries and key regional institutions.

The LDP alumni on the ground in Belize identified the Small Business Development Centre to be an outstanding example of adaptive leadership, in a complex, multi-stakeholder environment. The meeting took form of an interactive dialogue, where the challenges and successes associated with leading through others and the contributing factors which have led to the formation of effective partnerships between SBDCBelize and stakeholders was explored. After the meeting the alumni was invited to attend a small expo where clients of SBDCBelize displayed their products and services.


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