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SBDCBELIZE CONDUCTS ITS ANNUAL CLIENT OUTREACH AS PART OF ITS MONITORING AND EVALUAITION


 

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.

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BELTRAIDE HOLDS WORKSHOP ON ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND GENDER


In an effort to strengthen gender equality and encourage entrepreneurship among Belizean women, BELTRAIDE through its Small Business Development Centre (SBDCBelize), in collaboration with the Regional Centre for the promotion of Small and Medium Enterprises (CENPROMYPE), held a one-day workshop on Entrepreneurship and Gender on Friday, 21st October 2016  at the Belize Biltmore Plaza Hotel.

The objective of this workshop was to train the personnel of national institutions who focus on the development of entrepreneurship in women, and to promote their participation in the national entrepreneurship ecosystem. In addition, this workshop aimed to equip participants with techniques and tools that can facilitate the sensitization of gender and entrepreneurship in technical areas of those respective institutions.

Participants were drawn from the public and private sectors as well as non-governmental organizations who are at the technical level and are decision makers of the national institutions that provide assistance to woman in Belize.

The main topic for the workshop is Entrepreneurship and Gender. The workshop was conducted by Eliza Zackzkowska, an entrepreneur, consultant and university professor specialized in the development of new entrepreneurship in the Central America.

She has been contributing with her knowledge and experience to design and implement strategic programs to support the economic independence and the participation of women in entrepreneurship at national and international level.

 

 

 

 

 

Marie Sharp Inducted in  Hot Sauce Hall of Fame 2016


 

Belize’s very own Legendary Queen of Habanero Sauce, Marie Sharp, was presented with a most prestigious award and induction Into the New York City Hot Sauce Hall of Fame for 2016 at The New York City Hot Sauce Expo in Brooklyn New York on  April 23 & 24. Marie Sharp proudly received a beautiful red jacket commemorating the occasion, as well as a class ring engraved with her name and year -2016.

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Marie Sharp – Owner, Marie Sharp’s Fine Foods

Marie Sharp was extremely honored not only for being the only female entrepreneur to receive this award and recognition, but also because she was the only foreign candidate to have been selected for the New York City Hot Sauce Hall of Fame!!

Marie Sharp creator and founder of Marie Sharp’s Fine Foods in Dangriga, Belize, continues to be recognized both locally and internationally for  her  production  of a spectacular selection of pepper sauces.

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She attended  The New York City Hot Sauce Expo  along with two executives of Marie Sharp’s Fine Foods : Sales & Marketing Manager, Jody Williams, and General Manager, Rocio Aguilar.  Since 1981, Marie Sharp’s Fine Foods has gradually perfected the entire line of products now offered. The Management of Marie Sharp Fine Foods remains committed to ensure quality products and quality service to Belize and the world.

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EXPORTBelize, a unit of  BELTRAIDE, would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Marie Sharp Fine Foods on being inducted into the New York City Hot Sauce Hall of Fame 2016. Marie Sharp Fine Foods continues to be recognized both nationally and internationally for producing quality pepper sauce with exquisite flavour and heat levels.
Once again, congratulations to Marie Sharp and her team on this milestone!

 

 

 

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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BELTRAIDE & UB PARTNER TO CONSTRUCT GOVERNMENT OF BELIZE’S FIRST-EVER GREEN BUILDING!


On September 17, 2015, the Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE), in collaboration with the University of Belize held the ground breaking ceremony for the construction of a new facility: Belize Enterprise and Innovation Institute (BEI2).

The building will be located on University of Belize’s Faculty of Management and Social Sciences campus in Belize City and will house two of BELTRAIDE’s technical units: SBDC Belize an Export Belize. It is designed to nurture entrepreneurship and innovation and strengthen Belize’s enterprise competitiveness.

The building will accommodate a series of meeting rooms, small business incubators as well as a resource centre. The BEI2 is the first government facility to incorporate both Green and SMART technologies which will be beneficial in promoting environmental conservation as well as encouraging the use of modern technologies to facilitate enterprise and innovation.

At the launch a memorandum of Understanding was signed between BELTRAIDE and the University of Belize as a symbol of an extended partnership. Signing on behalf of UB was Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Harrison Pilgrim and on behalf of BELTRAIDE was CEO in the Ministry of Trade, Investment Promotion, Private Sector Development and Consumer Protection, Michael Singh, other signatories included: Leija Melanie Gideon, Manager of Enterprise and Innovation, BELTRAIDE and President of UB, Alan Slusher.

The facility is being designed by Hilberto Riverol Jr.

BELTRAIDE wants to sincerely thank the US Mission to the OAS, the OAS and University of Texas at San Antonio for all their kind assistance and guidance over the last three years. Without their assistance, BELTRAIDE would not be able to achieve all its successes under its SBDCBelize and EXPORTBelize units and have this very notable milestone of BEI2 groundbreaking.

(L-R) Alan Slusher, President of the University of Belize, Melanie Gideon , CEO
(L-R) Alan Slusher, President of the University of Belize, Dr. Bernard Watler, Dean Faculty of management & Social Science, Melanie Gideon , Manager Enterprise & Innovation, CEO Min. of Trade,Investment Promotion, Private Sector Development & Consumer Protection
CEO , Ministry of Trade , Investment Promotion, Private Sector Development and Consumer Protection
CEO , Ministry of Trade , Investment Promotion, Private Sector Development and Consumer Protection


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