November 8, 2013

Vendors in Training For BTL Park Booths

Vendors in Training For BTL Park Booths

Updated: November 7, 2013

btl vendor training

Today the Belize City Council, along with CARILED and the Small Business Development Centre began five-day training for persons who have applied to occupy the B.T.L Park kiosks.  The training, as Mayor Darrell Bradley shared, covers Business Operations Management, Customer Service, Marketing, Recording Keeping, and Accounting and a total of 42 applicants being trained.


“They are being trained in various aspects of business management, financing, putting together a project proposal, marketing, product development and customer service so they understand the difficulty of being in a business and they understand what commitment and dedication is needed and so that their project is sustainable.  The BTL park is right on schedule; it’s going to be launched on December 7 and all of these applicants will be placed somewhere in BTL Park or along the water front and we are looking for an exciting launch.  We have coordinated with persons who are going to provide fireworks; we have people who are going to provide music and different things like that, so it’s going to be a fun activity to launch this park for residents and the people of Belize City.  The applicants were selected through an application process.  Everyone in here is in here just by them applying; every person who applied is here and we have committed because the business ideas were so good that we are going to place every person who applied.  The application was done by way of advertisement in all major newspapers and that was done in the months of September and October.  The ending of October we had a close off period; we did an additional vetting as we needed some additional information from some of the applicants.  We had a meeting with all the applicants to explain to them what was going to happen, going forward in terms of the selection process, the training and so one of the things that I really liked about the BTL Park Project is that it’s very people centered.  Before we did anything with the phase 3 component of the park, we met with the original 9 vendors we formed them into a legal association.  The City Council paid for them to get an independent legal attorney and we are working with them in training and other things.  We are coordinating very closely with this organization, their taking a leadership role; we are working with our partners like the Small Business Development Center, like CARILED, like the other large groupings of vendors in the area to ensure that everybody is giving their input, even residents who live in that community, so that the park is really something for all of us to enjoy.”


The Park is supposed to be opened on December seventh and the highlight being planned for that opening is fireworks.


The Direct Aid Program

The Direct Aid Program (DAP) is a flexible, small grants scheme for development activities managed by Heads of Australian Missions in approximately 45 countries. The emphasis of the program is on alleviating basic humanitarian hardships. 

For more information about the program, visit

Effective January 1, 2012, Bahamas, Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago became ineligible for DAP funding having graduated from the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD) list of Official Development Assistance (ODA) on January 1, 2012.

Proposals are now being considered for the 2013-14 financial year. Interested persons can submit an official DAP Application form along with a detailed budget to Steffan Bryce, DAP Coordinator, via e-mail at


Development Assistance

Direct Aid Program (DAP)

The Direct Aid Program (DAP) is a flexible, small grants scheme for development activities available to most CARICOM countries. The emphasis of the program is on alleviating basic humanitarian hardships.

DAP Recipients 2012-13:
  • Medical Relief Association – St Vincent and the Grenadines: Primary Health Screening and Education
  • The Caribbean Institute – Suriname: Protected Organic Horticulture and Adaptation to Climate Change
  • St David’s RC Church – Grenada: Restoration of the Marian House
  • Mt Airy Community Centre – Grenada: Construction of Upper Level for use by the Mt Airy Young Readers’ Programme
  • Pointe/Salybia Development Committee – Dominica: Repairs to the Tunubuku Reference Library
  • The Nevis Agricultural Youth Forum – St Kitts and Nevis: Procurement of Shade House for the Charlestown Secondary School
  • GRENSAVE – Grenada: Women and Youth Income Generating Project
  • WINAD – Regional: Arms Trade Treaty Workshop
  • HUMANA People to People Belize – Belize: Empowering Women Through Income-Generating Activities
  • St Lucia Crisis Centre Corporation – St Lucia: Educational Support and Capacity-Building – Ione Erlinger-Forde Education Project
  • Grenada National Organization of Women (GNOW) – Grenada: Basic Carpentry and Joinery Training for Impoverished Women
  • Kalinago Council – Dominica: Bataca Water Supply Project
  • Tucker-Clarke Primary School – St Kitts and Nevis: Brighter Sparks Library/Resource Centre
  • Rainbow Unique Nursery & Pre-School – St Vincent and the Grenadines: Early Childhood Development and Building Renovation Project
  • Charlotte’s Nursery School – Dominica: Fencing and Renovation of Charlotte’s Nursery School
  • Royal St Kitts and Nevis Police Force – St Kitts and Nevis: Police Junior Drum Corps Enhancement
  • Women in Agriculture for Rural Development (WARD) – St Vincent and the Grenadines: Promoting Small Vegetable Farm Production
  • St Theresa’s RC School – Grenada: Completion of Playing Field
  • GRENCODA – Grenada: Upgrading GRENCODA’s Physical Operating Space and Computer Lab
  • Sherwin Fraser – Guyana: Literacy and Numeracy Intervention Programme for Children with Learning Difficulties
  • Canaries Estate – St Lucia: Canaries Estate Agro-Tourism Project
  • Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College – St Kitts and Nevis: Design and Construction of Solar System and Water Catchment
  • Antigua and Barbuda Red Cross Society – Antigua and Barbuda: Preventing the Spread of HIV & AIDS Amoung Our Youth – a “Together We Can” based approach
  • Voices of Women, Nevis Inc. – St Kitts and Nevis: “Second Chance” Teen Mothers Program
  • The Salvation Army – St Kitts and Nevis: Motivating Young Minds Through Interactive Learning and a Safe Environment
  • Spanish Town Citizens Against Gun Violence – Jamaica: Spanish Town Steel Band
  • Sacred Sports Foundation – St Lucia: Learn, Work and Lead – A Youth Employment Training and Social Development Programme Continue reading “The Direct Aid Program”

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