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Jules and Omar working togetherIn Belize, the small business community, known as MSME-(Micro, Small, and Medium enterprises) is a vital sector for economic development. It is estimated that MSMEs account for over 70% of main export crops and an even higher percentage of domestic food crops.  It is within this spectrum that the Government of Belize has strengthened its focus on supporting the development of the MSME Sector.

How is the SBDC beneficial to you?

The provision of long term one-on-one assistance to SBDC clients is of priority to us.   You can receive assistance from a counselor at any point in your business operation.  The technical trainings and advisory services provide YOU, our valued SBDC client, with technical information at workshops, and ensured implementation through personal follow up advice from a counselor to answer any questions.

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A little bit of History, The Garifuna’s!

Happy Garifuna Settlement Day!! 

The most important day in the Garifuna calender is November 19. On this day, Garifuna Settlement Day, the arrival of the first Garinagu to Belize by dory  (dug-out canoe) is celebrated in all Garifuna communities in the country.

Settlement Day is celebrated for a whole week including parades, live music, drumming, dancing, prayers, Garifuna mass and election of Miss Garifuna take place to mark the anniversary. In communities like Dangriga and Punta Gorda, a dory symbolizing the arrival of the first Garinagu, is floating to shore around early morning dawn while local Garinagu women dress in their colorful costumes – , tourists and other interested await the arrival onshore.

Since 1943 November 19th has been a public holiday in the Stan Creek and Toledo districts called Garifuna Settlement Day. From 1977 November 19th has been a county wide public holiday.


Caribbean Export is Recruiting Qualified Individuals For The Haiti-Dominican Republic Bi-national Trade Programme

The Caribbean Export Development Agency is looking for motivated individuals to fill key posts for The Haiti-Dominican Republic Bi-national Trade Programme in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

The positions are as follows:

  1.      Deputy Programme Manager – Haiti
  2.     Customs Expert – Haiti
  3.     Trade Development Expert – Haiti
  4.     Private Sector Development Expert – Dominican Republic
  5.     Investment Promotion Expert – Dominican Republic
  6.    Financial Assistants (2) – Haiti and Dominican Republic
  7.    Administrative Assistant – Haiti

Closing date: October 12th 2012

For additional information, click here.


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