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BELTRAIDE makes presentation at National Women’s Forum hosted by Women’s Department


On May 19th 2016,  Ms. Lejia Melanie Gideon, General Manager, Enterprise and Innovation Division, Beltraide,   presented to a roomful of women from all over the country on the  role of the Small Business  Development Centre (SBDCBelize), Beltraide, in  creating economic prosperity through entrepreneurial development, business innovation and competitiveness.

Ms. Gideon shared an inspiring analogy, describing the process of opening a business to being similar to that of childbirth. She shared that in the same way an expecting mother awaits the birth of her child with eager anticipation and most times,worry, a new business owner worries over the success of his or her business. She explained that just as how family and friends offer guidance with  the care of the new child, Business Advisors at SBDCBelize  assist  business owners to nurture and grow their businesses.

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Lejia Melanie Gideon- General Manager, Enterprise and Innovation Division, Beltraide

In her presentation, Ms Gideon encouraged the women to explore their potential to become entrepreneurs by becoming a client of SBDCBelize and partaking in their free business advising sessions and year-long workshops offered currently in all districts.   She also shared information on the work of the Belize Training and Employment Centre (BTEC), another unit of Beltraide, which provides  various industry-specific job preparedness trainings in areas such as: Business Process Out-Sourcing (BPO), Front Desk, Bartending, Waitstaff, Basics of Care-Giving and more.

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She encouraged all women to take advantage of the opportunities offered to them by Beltraide and asked those interested to visit the offices or send an email guaranteeing that every query will be answered.

Beltraide, which operates within the portfolio of the Ministry of Economic Development, Petroleum, Investment, Trade and Commerce, aims to  enable a dynamic business environment  for Belize’s socio-economic growth  and looks forwards to an ongoing partnership with the Women’s Department which continues to encourage the economic development and empowerment of women through various programmes and projects.

The forum was an all day event and included other presentations from representatives of Credit Unions, the Cooperative Department, the Belize Enterprise for Sustainable Technology and many others.

 

 

U.S. Embassy Belmopan Announces Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Professional Fellows Program!


U.S. Embassy Belmopan Announces  Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Professional Fellows Program to Support Entrepreneurs throughout Latin America and the Caribbean

Program Signifies Important Step in White House’s Commitment to an Entrepreneurship Network in the Americas.

Entrepreneurs! We are looking for you!

The Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Professional Fellows Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, is looking for 250 young entrepreneurs from Latin America and the Caribbean to bring to the United States for business and social entrepreneurship training in October and November 2016. YLAI Professional Fellows will become part of the larger YLAI Network, an online space to obtain resources and make regional connections necessary to foster positive change in their local communities. 2 U.S. EMBASSY Belmopan, Belize Office of Public Affairs

 

The U.S. program includes the following components:

  1. Opening Program in Texas and Closing Summit in Washington, D.C. featuring workshops, breakout sessions, and keynote speakers;
  2. Four-week individualized fellowship with counterpart companies or organizations in cities around the U.S. The participants will engage in skills-building workshops, develop or refine their own strategic plan, and participate in day-to-day operations at U.S. organizations;
  3. Professional development activities including entrepreneurship training and interaction with experts; and
  4. Ongoing support before, during, and after the YLAI Fellowship through networking, mentorship, and investment opportunities.

 

The program is open to entrepreneurs who meet the following criteria:

  1. Are between the ages of 21 and 35;
  2. Are a resident of Belize.
  3. Are eligible to receive a U.S. J-1 visa;
  4. Have at least 2 years of entrepreneurial/leadership experience, preferably with a startup business or social venture;
  5. Are proficient in reading, writing, and speaking English.

 

The https://ylai.state.gov/ website includes information about how to apply for the YLAI fellowship and how to sign up for the YLAI Network. Submit your application by Friday, May 20, 2016. U.S. EMBASSY Belmopan, Belize Office of Public Affairs

 

The Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative is a program of the U.S. Department of State. This program builds upon the success of the inaugural YLAI entrepreneurs’ project in March 2016. The YLAI Professional Fellows Program is supported in its implementation by Meridian International Center, a proud partner with Atlas Corps, Entrepreneurs’ Organization, and community-based members and universities throughout the United States. For further information, please contact the Meridian program team at YLAI@meridian.org. For press inquiries, please contact ECA-Press@state.gov.

Starret D Greene, OAS Representative in Belize, shares the path to success


In an address made to graduates of a training program sponsored by Young Americas Business Trust (YABT) in Collaboration with BELTRAIDE and other supporting partners, Mr. Starret Green, OAS representative in Belize highlighted the path to success.

If you have not done so as yet, please move with deliberate speed to confirm your career goals, and be serious about achieving it. Decide on where you wish to go when you exit these doors, and start your journey today.

Be careful to identify distractions and work diligently to avoid them. Distractions can seriously derail your pursuits and damage your chances for success.

If you have not done so as yet, start a conversation with family members, close friends and acquaintances, who are willing to support you in reaching your goals. Talk to them about what you wish to accomplish, and then lay out in detail the extent of the support you are going to need. It may take the form of transportation, money, material input, or it may require supporters to give you some of their leisure time.  It is essential that you have a diversified and reliable network of support, because going it alone could slow your progress considerably, or even end your pursuit. Always bear in mind that there are some things we cannot do alone.

Focus on finding a group of persons who will serve as your mentor, councilor or adviser. There are a number of such persons at your doorsteps. Their knowledge and experience will provide the guidance that is critical to helping you along the path you have chosen. Seek out persons who are not only qualified, but also persons who are genuinely interested in supporting you for the long haul – persons who are caring, committed to your success, and do not wish for anything in return for their advice or contribution. Good things happen when you surround yourself with those whom you can trust and can help you reach your goals.DSC_0779
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BTEC Celebrates its First Anniversary and Signs MOU with Sister Cecilia’s and National Council of Ageing


The Belize Training and Employment Centre (BTEC) arm of BELTRAIDE,  celebrates its one-year anniversary since inception. BTEC, which opened its doors on October 6, 2014 has been instrumental in developing a cadre of well-trained, marketable and self-sufficient individuals able to compete in the marketplace.

Anniversary event

On October 27th, 2015. BTEC held the celebration ceremony for its 1st anniversary and  also  signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Sister Cecilia’s Home for the Elderly and the National Council of  Ageing for the launch of its Home Health Care- Giver Training which begins on November 9th. 2015. The training  which is in collaboration with the Pan- America Health Organization (PAHO) is  geared towards persons who are employed or seeking employment as a care-giver in the homes of Belizeans and visitors.
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(L-R) Ms. Melanie Gideon, General Manager Enterprise and Innovation Division, BELTRAIDE ;Mrs. Marva Allen, Sister Cecilia’s and Ms. Lindy Jeffery, National Council of Ageing

BTEC and in extension BELTRAIDE take this opportunity to thank all its partners who have made the first year a success and look forward to continued collaboration in order to develop, deliver and sustain Belize’s quality workforce!

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