MOU with DFC

ImageIn March 2012, Beltraide signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Development Finance Corporation (DFC).   Through closer collaboration, we expect to provide more efficient and seamless services to Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs) especially in credit facilitation.  Since then, a working committee has been developed in order to actively promote the services of parties, existing projects, and program activities.  The execution of a joint work plan includes the development of promotional materials, execution of joint road shows, co-sponsorship and participation in capacity building workshops for clients.  A major component of this partnership is the establishment of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) which will also be co-financed by DFC.

Global Network Fibre Symposium

A GlobaImagel Network Fibre Symposium entitled Natural Fibres Industries: Building Collaborative Networks for Success was held in Kingston, Jamaica 29-30 May 2012 to promote the uses and  opportunities of natural fibres in the region.  This  Natural Fibres Project has been  an initiative of the Commonwealth Secretariat ( ComSec) since  2009 when the United Nations declared it as the Year of Natural Fibres. The network includes partners in Africa, Asia, India and the Caribbean.  

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“Small Business Development Center in Belize”

Within the next couple months, BELTRAIDE,  through partnership with the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), the Organization of American States (OAS), Caribbean Export Development Agency (CEDA) and the Development Finance Corporation (DFC) will be establishing a  Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in Belize.  The SBDC model was developed in the U.S. in which the centers act as a main source of  providing managerial and technical support to small businesses through partnership from private sector, public sector and academia.

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Capacity Building for developing Export Business Plans.

As part of our commitment to support MSME development, BELTRAIDE, with support from the Regional Center for the Promotion of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises in Central America (CENPROMYPE) executed a workshop on Export Marketing Plans on February 13th -15th 2012. The Central American Economic Integration Secretariat (SIECA) and the Government of  Spain  also contributed coordination and funding to this effort.

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Capacity Building for SMEs

Beltraide in collaboration with the Belize Tourism Board hosted a workshop entitled “ Current & Effective Marketing Strategies for Bed & Breakfast, Guest Houses, and Inns” aimed at  enhancing  the Tourism industry.   The workshop was held on March 21st at The Lodge at Chaa Creek located in San Ignacio. Beltraide understands the importance of adopting new marketing strategies that will assist in the local and international marketability of their businesses. Continue reading “Capacity Building for SMEs”

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