July 1, 2014

Tecch - I Innovation Competition

Do you have an innovative mind? Want a chance to win up to USD 70,000 in prizes (BZ $140,000)? The American Association for the Advancement of Science in collaboration with the United States Department of State is having an innovation competition called Tech – I. It connects young innovators across the globe and serves as a platform for innovative minds and entrepreneurial spirits to meet. Kindly see eligibility requirements. Deadline for submissions are July 21st, 2014. For further information, kindly contact BELTRAIDE at or +501 822-3737/0175 or the Ministry of Energy, Science & Technology and Public Utilities at + 501 822 3336/0160/0162 or email

Mad Media Solutions “Innovative Biometric, Marketing and ID Solutions!”

mad media2 mad media3Mad Media Solutions is owned and operated by Mr. Francisco Madrid. The business was registered March, 2013. It provides “innovative ID solutions”, as well as Biometric systems to monitor and consistently sustain security issues in organizations.

Mr. Madrid became a client of the Centre on March 2013, and since then has actively sought advice from his primary adviser in areas of financing options, product development, business plan development, investment and market research. As a result of his proactive commitment, and focused advising from his assigned advisor at the Centre, Mr. Madrid has managed to successfully source financing for the growth and improvement of his business venture.

Additionally, through the assistance of SBDCBeize, Mr. Madrid successfully participated in 2 three days trainings “Business Model by using Lean Canvas”, “Product & Market Research”, with the objective of submitting a realistic proposal to compete for seed capital under the Regional Entrepreneurship Project Entrepreneurship Project “Integral Development of Entrepreneurship in Central America and Dominican Republic”. He was one of the 18 selected from a total of 43 who submitted two PowerPoint presentations and two video pitches, including a sales pitch to an evaluation panel. He received a grant as Seed Capital, which enabled him to increase sales and gain market share.

Contact Mad Media Solutions today for your ID Solutions!

Mad Media Solutions
R. K. Pennel Boulevard, Punta Gorda, Toledo District.
T: 607-3500

They can also be found in Facebook at

“SBDCBelize has been a strategic partner in developing my business; Mrs. Riverol is a key factor to my success.”
Francisco Madrid
Owner, Mad Media Solutions

Bella Dees- “Offering multi-purpose natural, handmade products”


belladeesBella Dees is a home-based business that produces multi-purpose natural, handmade, aroma therapeutic soaps, madebelladees2 with 8 vegetable oils and fresh Belizean healing herbs. In addition to soaps, the business makes aroma therapeutic massage oils. It guarantees to provide a 100% natural, healing and aromatherapy benefits, safe for the skin; gentle for the entire family and pets; easy on the environment, and no animal testing. Experience the benefits of aroma-therapy in a practical way. Their unique formulas leave no residue on the skin. The oils used are chosen based on the special qualities they bring to the soap such as the ability to moisturize and soften skin and the type of lather they produce. Since all the soaps use only natural products and retain all the glycerine produced during the saponification process, they have a softer, creamier consistency than regular commercial, synthetic soaps.

So yummy, you may never want to leave the tub again!

Dona Dougall-Sosa is the Owner/Manager, and is a Lab Technician who possesses 23 years of experience in the field, and who has 5 years’ experience in soap making. She is assisted by her husband, Mr. Orlando Sosa, who has 7 years’ experience in Website Administration/Desktop publishing, and Laurent Obando –Dougall, who assists in the Marketing by sharing his 9 years’ experience in freelance photography and 4 years in videography. Ms. Dona Dougall approached SBDCBelize through referral of a friend, who had heard of the services provided by the Centre. She became a client on November 9th, 2012. Since then she has been provided with assistance in areas of financing, marketing, and marketing research by advisers of SBDCBelize.

As a client of the Centre, she was also invited to participate in the Regional Entrepreneurship Project “Integral Development of Entrepreneurship in Central America and Dominican Republic”, and as participant of such, participated in two modular trainings (3 days each) focusing on Market research, problem identification, value proposition, and product validation through the use of Lean Canvas Model and other tools. Through the advising, and assistance of SBDCBelize, Dona Dougall was successful in obtaining a grant as seed capital from the Entrepreneurship Project, which she is investing in her business, and which has assisted in increasing market share.

Some of the business places from where her products can be bought are: • Back to my Roots in San Ignacio • Paws Vet Clinic San Ignacio • Xunan Gifts in Succotz (at Xunantunich) • Pet World in Belmopan • Placencia producers Co-op • Sangri-La Spa and Gift Shop in San Pedro.

Ms. Dona is thankful to SBDCBelize for the assistance and is looking forward in working to grow and sustain a successful business venture.

Contact Bella Dees today! Bella Dees 25 New Haven Street, Hillview, Santa Elena, Cayo District Tel: +501-824-2822 M: +501-602-5621 W:

“SBDCBelize assisted me in creating increased customer awareness, resulting in increased sales,” Dona Sosa-Dougall Owner, Bella Dees

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