On September 5th, 2018, the Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE), through its SBDCBelize and EXPORTBelize technical units, has partnered with National Bank of Belize Ltd (NBB), to provide capacity building to the Bank’s clients in the areas of enterprise, export, and human resource development. Continue reading “BELTRAIDE Signs Memorandum of Cooperation with National Bank of Belize”
BELTRAIDE through its Small Business Development Centre Belize (SBDCBelize), is facilitating a series of Entrepreneurship Development Training in the Saint Martins De Porres and Port Loyola Area in Belize City. The training are in partnership with the Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation, and Poverty Alleviation, through its BOOST+ Program. The Boost+ Program aims to equip the residence job readiness skills along with a focus of entrepreneurship as another source of revenue.
The Entrepreneurship Development Training aims to equip the participants with knowledge, skills and capabilities necessary to self-analyze their capacity as entrepreneurs. Participants will also acquire the skills and knowledge to develop their own business model using tools that are for visionaries, game changers and challengers.
Below are some photos from the Saint Martin De Porres Cohort held on April 5th, 2017.
International speakers and experts in the field of Information and Communications Technology (ICT), along with members of the entrepreneurial ecosystem, and entrepreneurs will meet at the Belize Biltmore Plaza Hotel in Belize City on Friday, 18th November to participate in the second annual National Entrepreneurship Convention, (ENTRECON).
A group of entrepreneurs from Dangriga and surrounding villages had the opportunity to attend an information session to assist them in becoming more competitive. The Trade Clinic was held at the Independence High School Conference Room on 31st May 2016.
The Trade Clinic is the second session organized by EXPORTBelize, a unit of the Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE) , with the aim to sensitize members of the private sector across Belize on regulations, requirements, export procedures and documentations and opportunities that exist under trade agreements in order to do business in the local and international market.
The Trade Clinic included presentations from local partners including the Belize Bureau of Standards (BBS), the Belize Agriculture and Health Authority (BAHA), the Customs & Excise Department and the Directorate General of Foreign Trade. Topics included Standards , Export Procedures, Trade Agreement Opportunities and Sanitary & Phyto-Sanitary Measures among many others.
EXPORTBelize provides customized needs based services in the areas of export development and promotion. The unit’s role is to encourage competitiveness of local businesses and to promote their products and services regionally and internationally by:
- Supporting exporters with development promotion that will facilitate maximizing market opportunities in unison with trade agreements;
- Collaborating with exporters in the promotion of their products and services locally, regionally and internationally;
- Offering specialized business development services and mentoring;
- Providing exporters with access to finance and research on product/services that can be capitalized.
The third Trade Clinic is scheduled for July 6th in San Ignacio with venue to be determined at a later date.
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:
- Opening Program in Texas and Closing Summit in Washington, D.C. featuring workshops, breakout sessions, and keynote speakers;
- 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;
- Professional development activities including entrepreneurship training and interaction with experts; and
- 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:
- Are between the ages of 21 and 35;
- Are a resident of Belize.
- Are eligible to receive a U.S. J-1 visa;
- Have at least 2 years of entrepreneurial/leadership experience, preferably with a startup business or social venture;
- 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.