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Micro-Enterprise Utility Start-Up Package – “An immediate relief measure for entrepreneurs and new starts-up”


The Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE) is pleased to announce the “Micro-Enterprise Utility Start-up Package” for the promotion, strengthening and support of the newly registered Micro Enterprise (ME). Micro Enterprise is defined as a business with:

a) less than 5 employees; or

b) less than $100,000 in annual sales; and

c) less than $50,000 in capital investment.

With the support of the Government of Belize, through its Office of Public-Private Dialogue, BELTRAIDE had partnered with the Belize Telemedia Ltd (BTL), Belize Water Services Ltd. (BWSL,) and Belize Electricity Ltd. (BEL) to make this initiative possible. These three key utility service providers will be offering attractive packages for new starts-up businesses. The packages will waive connection fees and deposits for these three utilities.

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Are you constantly thinking how to create and build new business ideas or how to improve it?

If you answered yes to this question, then this workshop is designed for you.

 The session will provide you with:
  • Skills and knowledge necessary to effectively assess yourself 
  • Ability to utilize the tools to develop innovative business ideas, 
  • Ability to develop marketing strategies, 
  • Provide you with tools to effectively generate a business model that will allow you’re venture to be unique, structured, and focused;
    leading to profitability.  

Guest Speaker  Mr. Michael Singh

CEO for Ministry of Trade, Investment Promotion, Private Sector Development and Consumer Protection at Government of Belize and also an Entrepreneur! 

Date:June 20th, 2013 at 9am to 12pm
Location: University of Belize
Faculty of Management and Social Sciences,
West Landivar,
Belize City, Belize
COST: $20.00

SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER- WHO WE ARE, WHAT WE DO, HOW IT’S BENEFICIAL TO YOU!!


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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Export Guide Launch On “How to Export To Central America and Dominican Republic”


As a result of the Market Access Regional Program, implemented through the Regional Centre for the Promotion of Micro and Small Enterprises in Central America and the Dominican Republic (CENPROMYPE) and the Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE), the toolkit “Exporting to Central America and the Dominican Republic” will be launched on November 6th, 2012 from 8:30am – 12:00pm, at Radisson Fort George Hotel & Marina. This program is funded by SICA Spain through the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation for Development (AECID).

This initiative seeks to promote regional trade as an opportunity to promote economic development so that the market is consolidated as a promotional space, to increase interdependence and opportunities for stakeholders in the region, including, governments, businesses and workers.

The recent signing of the Association Agreement between Central America and the European Union generates a lot of expectations, enhancing the opportunity to finalize negotiations, leading to the establishment of the Customs Union for the region. Continue reading “Export Guide Launch On “How to Export To Central America and Dominican Republic””

Prime Minister’s Forum 2012- Opening Remarks by CEO, Ministry of Trade, Investment Promotion, Private Sector Development and Consumer Protection, Michael Singh


Good Morning Ladies and Gentlemen.

Dorian has done a good job of acknowledging our attendees, but I would like to go a bit further by giving special recognition to the members of the Economic Development Committee, often referred to as the EDC.  My co-chair, Ms. Kay Menzies, from the Private Sector, Mr. John Woods, Mr. Pat Andrews, Mr. Allen Reimer, Ms. Sue Courtenay, and from the Government, CEO Ms. Audrey Wallace, Mr. Alan Slusher, CEO Jose Alpuche, and CEO Sharman Hyde, and bringing it all together, Mrs. Amparo Masson, our Director of Public/Private Dialogue, who was also very instrumental in the planning of today’s event.  And of course a very warm welcome to everyone in attendance today.

Almost one year ago, we started something very special. We met in this very same room under the theme, “Turning the Corner”, from that gathering was born a new partnership between the private sector and government.  Over this past year, we have made great strides in building on this partnership.  Our EDC team has been meeting almost twice a month, and has been working tirelessly on developing an agenda for change. Often we had differing opinions, but we always agreed on one thing; that we all want best for Belize, and that together we have the power of change. Continue reading “Prime Minister’s Forum 2012- Opening Remarks by CEO, Ministry of Trade, Investment Promotion, Private Sector Development and Consumer Protection, Michael Singh”

PM’s Annual Business Forum:Strengthening The Relationship Between The Public and Private Sector


As a commitment to strengthen the relationship between the Public and the Private sector of Belize, a second annual business forum was held today at Old Belize. This forum brought members from both the private and public sector, to a table of discussion on how develop Belize’s economy.

During the course of the day, presenters elaborated on Agriculture and the Agro-Industry, Taxation, the Investments, Trade and Business Climate, as well as, the Banking and Financial state of our country, and finally the crime situation. Today’s presenters included: CEO’s fromt he Ministry of Agriculture and Trade, Mr. Jose Alpuche and Mr. Michael Singh respectively, as well as, the Governor of the Central Bank, Mr. Glen Ysaguirre, the Financial Secretary Mr, Joseph Waight, and the Minister of National Security Hon. John Saldivar.

Last year, a steering committee, called the Economic Development Council (EDC), was appointed by Prime Minister Dean Barrow, to follow up with the issues that were raised particularly by the private sector. Continue reading “PM’s Annual Business Forum:Strengthening The Relationship Between The Public and Private Sector”

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