SBDC_2October 26th, 2012

  TheBelize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE), in partnership with the University of Belize, The Institute for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (ITVET), the Development Finance Corporation (DFC), The Belize City Council, with the kind assistance from The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), and the Organization of American States (OAS), is pleased to announce the launch of Belize’s first Small Business Development Centre. The launch will be held on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at the Radisson Fort George Hotel, Cahal Pech Room, at 2:00p.m. Present at the Launch will be various local officials and stakeholders and representatives from UTSA and OAS, who are integral partners in this initiative.

BELTRAIDE engaged in extensive research to effectively evaluate the success of the SBDC model in United States of America, Mexico and Central America, and restructured the model to make it applicable to Belize. Over the past months, multiple trainings were conducted with several stakeholders. This initiative strengthened the readiness of Belize in establishing the center. SBDC Belize will offer the necessary business support to MSMEs, facilitating their competitiveness, export readiness; henceforth, assisting them to develop their competences.

The Government of Belize is willing and committed to support the development of the Micro, Small, and Medium sized Enterprises sector (MSMEs). Given the importance of this sector, and acknowledging the challenges they face, BELTRAIDE has given priority to its growth and development and has adopted a holistic approach that will facilitate the process of addressing and assisting the MSMEs with the many challenges they face. The work ahead requires on-going partnerships with key stakeholders and BELTRAIDE will continue to reach out to the private sector, public sector, and academia to make SBDC Belize a permanent success.

For information on SBDC BELIZE, please contact:

SBDC BELIZE

Tel: 223-3195

Fax: 223-7427

Or

Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE)

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

Tel: 501-822-3737

Fax: 501-822-0595

Email: beltraide@belizeinvest.org.bz

publicrelations@belizeinvest.org.bz

Web Address: www.belizeinvest.org.bz

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