August 2013

Get Customers Hooked

Here are six tips for turning happy customers into an army of brand advocates:

1. Turn receipts into customer feedback questionnaires.

Your in-store purchase receipts are a guaranteed point-of-contact with most satisfied customers. Think about it: they’ve liked your products enough to buy them. Businesses around the world are getting wise to the opportunity to ask for customer feedback by printing details of their online surveys at the bottom, along with information about prize-draw giveaways for entering. UK’s upmarket supermarket Waitrose, chocolatier Hotel Chocolat, and kitchenware store, Lakeland all give you the opportunity to enter fantastic prize draws for submitting feedback.

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BTB 2013 Village Expo

How to make sure there’s a market for your Business Idea!

You’ve got a killer new product or a service that will have the world beating a path to your door. But is it really something people want? Or is it just something you think they want?

Having solid information about what your customers want to buy — rather than what you want to sell them — can save you hundreds of thousands of dollars, as well as peace of mind and sanity.

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Invest in Belize

Invest in Belize

Opportunities to Invest in Belize

Invest in BelizeThe government of Belize aims to provide an enabling environment for private enterprise, to attract investments in Belize by both local and foreign investors. A series of legislation was enacted in the early 1990s to allow for a range of incentives for those looking to invest in Belize. The conditions to qualify for the different incentives vary, as do the investment incentives themselves–e.g., a tax holiday, or import duty exemption, or a combination of both. Benefits, however, are dependent upon the type of incentive awarded to the potential investor.

Export-oriented activities, which lead to increased employment, and the development of local, technological infrastructure, are particularly favorable to the authorities. The government supports joint venture and partnership investments as a preferred mechanism, however it also allows 100% foreign ownership of an enterprise. Importation of highly skilled personnel to compliment the Belizean labor force is facilitated providing that appropriate training programs for nationals are established. Generally, the government hopes to see one local counterpart assigned for every skilled foreigner employed by the company.

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Expression of Interest – Participation in Dominicana Moda 2013

Notice for CARIFORUM Fashion Firms

Invitation to participate in Dominicana Moda 2013
October 21-26, 2013
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic


Call for New Talent

Call for New Talent

Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) under the 10th European Development Fund (EDF) will be collaborating in the organization of Dominicana Moda 2013 (DM2013) in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Caribbean Export is highly committed to the development of the Fashion sector in the Region and seeks to enable opportunities such as these to engage relevant stakeholders and foster sector-wide integration. This collaborative effort will provide a great opportunity for emerging and established fashion designers in the Caribbean to expose their vision at a regional and international stage, thus positioning the Caribbean as an international go-to location for Fashion design and ingenuity. Continue reading “Expression of Interest – Participation in Dominicana Moda 2013”

Aquaculture In Belize

Taiwanese Ambassador Hands Over Cheque For Aquaculture Project

Updated: August 20, 2013
tilapia project

The Republic of China Taiwan today donated over six hundred thousand U.S dollars to the Ministry of Agriculture.  The donation went toward the Government of Belize-Taiwan Aquaculture Project to construct a hatchery center for tilapia farming at Central Farm, in order to provide male tilapia fingerlings to small-scale farmers around the country. This is the second donation toward the tilapia project which is to be a five-year long project costing approximately five million Belize dollars.  The six hundred and fifty one thousand, seven hundred and twenty five US Dollar cheque was presented by Ambassador of Taiwan to Belize, David Wu, to Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Natural Resources and Agriculture, Gaspar Vega who speaking on behalf of the Government of Belize and the tilapia farmers, expressed his gratitude for the donation, as it serves to enhance the tilapia hatchery and farming.  Ambassador Wu stated that the hope for the centre is to produce one million fingerlings to be supplied to farmers.  Over sixty farmers have benefited from the project and the long term goal is to assist around two hundred farmers.


Not only for sandy beaches…

Not only for sandy beaches, but visitors will come for medical tourism

Living in a developed country has appeal because of the availability of most amenities known to man. However, there is also a price that comes with a developed nation’s quality of life, and that includes healthcare. Belize has joined countries who are now becoming an attraction because of the lower cost of healthcare. Isani Cayetano reports on medical tourism.


Every year, thousands of tourists from countries across the world disembark on Belizean soil to enjoy the rich history and culture of the Jewel.  While local and international stakeholders, including hoteliers, tour guides and restaurateurs profit immensely from revenue generated through overnight and cruise tourism, a niche is currently being created for visitors wanting to seek medical services in Belize. Continue reading “Not only for sandy beaches…”

Belize Medical Tourism Council/Association


In August of 2012, BELTRAIDE with funding from Compete Caribbean facilitated the development of a Medical Tourism Strategy for Belize. With the strategy completed, BELTRAIDE will be venturing in the formalization of a Medical Tourism Association/ Council via the facilitation of a two day working session. The work sessions will be held today, August 20, 2013 and Friday, August 23, 2013, at the Institute for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (ITVET) Facility in Belize City from 8:30a.m.-12:00p.m.

The objectives of the working session are:

  • To develop a name, mission, vision, objectives, and function of the association.
  • To identify sources of finance for the association
  • To designate  Members of the Board
  • To outline the rules of engagement for members and develop organizational structure

The workshop facilitator is Mr. Massimo Manzi, the Executive Director of PROMED in Costa Rica, and the consultant who had developed the Medical Tourism Strategy.


To see move photos of this workshop, please click on link below


Break Point


Break Point seeks to empower Caribbean businesses to take on European markets and introduces them to alternative funding sources such as private investors in the form of venture capitalists and Angel investors. It highlights the journey of dedicated regional businesses and entrepreneurs as they vie to become one of the 12 finalists who will travel to London to make their final pitches to a panel of investors, venture capitalists and distributors.

In April 2012, CARIFORUM firms and entrepreneurs throughout the 15 CARIFORUM Member States had the opportunity to participate in Break Point by first submitting a 2-3 minute video pitch, along with a 1 page executive summary of their business plan and a short application form to help the Agency capture some pertinent company data.

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