The Central American Integration System (SICA) held an Achievement Expo in El Salvador where they reported on the several successful projects made possible through funding from the Republic of China, Taiwan . Among those achievements was the EMPRENDE Fund where owners of small business in Central America were given seed capital to develop, improve or expand their business. Recipients of the seed capital displayed their products to Tsai Ing-wen , president of Taiwan.Representing Belize was Rebecca Stirm, fashion designer and owner of Rebecca Stirm Clothing.
A Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) was signed on Friday, 21st October 2016 between the Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE) and the San Pedro Town Council.
The purpose of the MOC was to formalize the collaboration between BELTRAIDE through its Small Business Development Centre, Belize (SBDCBelize) and the Belize Training and Employment Centre (BTEC) with the San Pedro Town Council in order to promote the development of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME’s), job preparedness and professional development trainings in Ambergris Caye.
Under the MOC, the San Pedro Town Council will facilitate BELTRAIDE in special projects and or initiatives that are closely related to enterprise development, such as funding for example, seed capital initiatives, advising for start-ups and providing advice to established businesses among many others.
As part of the MOC, a Working Committee will be established which will have representation of all the relevant parties, to exchange data, information and reports, events etc.
The MOC was signed by Mr Daniel Guerrero, Mayor of San Pedro Town, on behalf of the San Pedro Town Council while Ms Lejia Melanie Gideon, General Manager, Enterprise and Innovation, signed on behalf of BELTRAIDE.
Mad Media Solutions is owned and operated by Mr. Francisco Madrid. The business was registered March, 2013. It provides “innovative ID solutions”, as well as Biometric systems to monitor and consistently sustain security issues in organizations.
Mr. Madrid became a client of the Centre on March 2013, and since then has actively sought advice from his primary adviser in areas of financing options, product development, business plan development, investment and market research. As a result of his proactive commitment, and focused advising from his assigned advisor at the Centre, Mr. Madrid has managed to successfully source financing for the growth and improvement of his business venture.
Additionally, through the assistance of SBDCBeize, Mr. Madrid successfully participated in 2 three days trainings “Business Model by using Lean Canvas”, “Product & Market Research”, with the objective of submitting a realistic proposal to compete for seed capital under the Regional Entrepreneurship Project Entrepreneurship Project “Integral Development of Entrepreneurship in Central America and Dominican Republic”. He was one of the 18 selected from a total of 43 who submitted two PowerPoint presentations and two video pitches, including a sales pitch to an evaluation panel. He received a grant as Seed Capital, which enabled him to increase sales and gain market share.
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R. K. Pennel Boulevard, Punta Gorda, Toledo District.
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“SBDCBelize has been a strategic partner in developing my business; Mrs. Riverol is a key factor to my success.”
Owner, Mad Media Solutions
As BELTRAIDE’s Small Business Development Centre, SBDCBelize is committed to reach out to existing and potential clients through interactive, and personalized contact, with the goal of fostering a long-term and sustained relationship. On September 28-29, 2013, Business Advisers of SBDCBelize conducted an outreach in Toledo District, with existing clients to facilitate and establish a follow up that enabled them to:
1. Conduct a client satisfaction survey
2. Conduct a needs analysis survey
3. Business advising dependent on needs
These out district outreach initiative is expected to continue in the upcoming months, with a clear focus to continue the sustainability of our Centre’s Values: Entrepreneurship, Integrity, Innovation and Collaboration.
In addition to the above, SBDCBelize attended the Toledo Association of Businesses’ (TAB) Annual General Meeting, where networking was established through a presentation that highlighted the role of BELTRAIDE in the context of Investment, Trade, and Micro, Small and Medium Size Enterprise (MSME) Development.
SBDCBelize is humbled and thankful to its clients, and to TAB, for the hospitality with which they were welcomed.
Click here for a photo album of outreach.
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is pleased to invite service sector SME’s in Belize to the third annual Latin American and Caribbean Outsourcing and Offshoring Summit – OUTSOURCE2LAC 2013, which will take place in Buenos Aires, Argentina, November 20 -21, 2013.
The goal of the summit is to create an opportunity for participants to learn about current trends in the global outsourcing industry and to identify business opportunities in Latin America and the Caribbean. OUTSOURCE2LAC will create a unique opportunity to meet, network and engage with potential clients and trading partners with more than 500 service companies from around the globe including Latin America, Caribbean, Asian, European and North American. In addition, attendees can participate in business matchmaking services via individualized, pre-scheduled one-on-one meetings with companies.
IDB SUPPORT TO SMEs
In an effort to support the internationalization of small and medium-sized companies across the region, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) will finance the participation costs for up to five (5) SMEs from Belize (voucher of up to US $1000 for the purchase of plane tickets and up to three (3) nights at the designated hotel accommodation for one representative per company). \
SMEs must meet the following requirements in order to qualify for IDB’s financial support:
- Present an innovative and international profile
- Offer value added services
- Have a representative(s) with a strong command of English
- Have a website Continue reading “OUTSOURCE 2 LAC Argentina 2013”
Participating in events such as expositions and trade shows are considered to provide extensive benefits, including that of economic gains, to other less quantifiable benefits such as exposure. From its inception four years ago, Expo Belize Market Place has provided a gateway for entrepreneurs and the general business/non-business community to showcase their products and services and obtain an edge on the competition. This year, the Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE) couldn’t miss it!
BELTRAIDE, through its Small Business Development Centre (SBDCBelize) attended Expo Belize along with three entrepreneurs. The products that were being showcased were those of Bella Dee’s (Soaps, Massage Oils and other), Amarabi Seasonings ( Marinades) and Gayla’s Arts. The location and the versatility of our participating clients and staff allowed for more than 500+ visitors to the booth, allowing for our entrepreneurs to sell and promote their products. One of the entrepreneurs enthusiastically expressed “I am very grateful for the invitation to participate in this year’s expo along SBDCBelize, BELTRAIDE, I am extremely impressed at my consultant’s persistence, determination, and assistance in meeting my expressed needs, I would definitely participate in this show next year”. Similar sentiments were shared from the other participants.
The expo proved to be an excellent marketing gateway that allowed for our clients to not only sell their products but establish the networking needed to foster and further develop their business. Sincere appreciation to the team at BELTRAIDE and its unit SBDCBelize for making a great impact in this year’s Expo Belize!