February 2017



SBDCBelize conducts its annual Client Outreach as part of its monitoring and evaluation

The Small Business Development Centre, Belize (SBDCBelize), a unit of BELTRAIDE that provides customized, needs-based services to Entrepreneurs, and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in Belize to facilitate their competitiveness, is currently conducting its annual client outreach program throughout Belize.

The objective of the program is to allow SBDCBelize to meet with new and existing clients to assess their growth, challenges, and assess additional areas that they need guidance and assistance in. As part of this process, surveys are also conducted, in particular: The Centre’s Client Satisfaction Survey, and Needs Analysis to determine training needs. Economic Impact generated is captured via a survey called “Client Growth Assessment “. Which is endorsed by the client and the respective advisor, and approved by the Centre’s Manager. This survey is essential as it reports back on economic indicators such as jobs created, jobs retained, capital investment, and sales generated through the advising and support of SBDCBelize.

As part of the program on Tuesday, 7th February, the SBDCBelize team, accompanied by Ms Melanie Gideon, General Manager of BELTRAIDE, visited Patchakan Village in the Corozal District where they met with over 15 clients, who have received assistance on how to establish and operate their businesses.  These businesses range from Sewing, Embroidery, Pig-rearing, Fruit Vending, Chicken Rearing and Sales and Food Catering among others.


Banking and the Belize Investment Portfolio (BIP)

On Friday, February 3rd, 2017, BELTRAIDE was invited to be a guest speaker through its technical unit, BelizeINVEST, as a part of a Think Tank initiative at Atlantic International Bank Ltd. (AIBL) and Atlantic International Corporate Services. During the presentation, BelizeINVEST provided an overview of the Belize Investment Portfolio (BIP) Campaign and how the banking sector can participate. Continue reading “Banking and the Belize Investment Portfolio (BIP)”

EXPORTBelize, BELTRAIDE Collaborates with the Belize Bureau of Standards to host review of National Rum Standard

EXPORTBelize, a unit of  Beltraide, in collaboration with the Belize Bureau of Standards facilitated a session for the review of the Belize National Standards for the specification for Rum. Present, were representatives from the four major rum companies in Belize which included:

  • Travellers Liquors Ltd.,
  • Cuello’s Distillery Ltd.,
  • L&R Liquors, and
  • Noble Spirits.

The session started with a presentation about the Belize Bureau of Standards and the standards development process. A presentation about Regional Trade and Development was also made by a representative of the Directorate General for Foreign Trade, which covered recent developments in the regional rum industry. The session culminated with a section by section review the standard document with participants providing inputs for possible update of the standard.  

A representative of the Customs and Excise Department was also present to answer questions regarding  the Excise regulations and its reference to the standard and its application to the distillation process. This session was aimed  at facilitating a better understanding of the Standard in order for the companies to streamline their processes and implement plans in line with the Standard, which would improve competitiveness locally, regionally and internationally.

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The Belize Training and Employment Centre (BTEC), a unit of BELTRAIDE, on Wednesday, 1st February awarded certificates to 66 persons after completing a tourism based Job Preparedness Training in Belize City, which was held from 11th –27th January, 2017.

The Job Preparedness Training, had the participation of one of the largest groups, and was made of two components: soft skills (attitudes and behaviors) and technical skills (industry specific).

This is the first time in Belize City that BTEC executed training in three technical areas: Front Desk, Introduction to Bartending and House-keeping/Janitorial.

Sixty-six persons (66) completed the training with over 98% completing successfully and the remaining 2% receiving certificate of participation. Each participant was required to sit a Pre-test in English, Customer Service and Basic Tourism Facts.

All participants had to successfully complete six (6) days of soft skills, two days of customer service before they could begin their technical training.

BTEC partnered with Happy Maids for the execution of the House-keeping/Janitorial training. The training included both theory and practical. Participants went into the community and showcased their skills by cleaning homes and offices.

BTEC continued its partnership with the Belize Institute of Mixology for the delivery of the Introduction to Bartending and for the first time was able to offer Advance Bartending training to participants. Participants had to successfully complete both theory and practical for the Introduction before they were allowed to move on to the Advance Level.

BTEC’s staff facilitated the front desk training and was able to reach out to Ezee Solutions, a company that has front desk software, which was incorporated into the training.

Hon. Tracy Taegar-Panton, Minister of State for the Ministry responsible for Investment, Trade & Commerce, presented the certificates and awards to the participants.

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