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Naledo Belize Ltd.’s Truly Turmeric selected as finalist in SIAL Innovation Awards 2018, Paris


PhotoCredit_ Virginie Goudreault
Photo credit: Virginie Goudreault

Naledo Belize Ltd. is one of the world’s first manufacturers of fresh turmeric paste.  Owned by Ms. Umeeda Switlo and established in 2016,  the company produces a high-quality turmeric paste from a yellow ginger base, which is processed from farm to shelf in the Toledo District in southern Belize. The company uses as much locally sourced ingredients in its paste, including limes, cold-pressed coconut oil and black pepper. In little over two years, Naledo Belize Ltd. has produced over 30,000 bottles of yellow ginger paste, under the trademark, “truly Turmeric”. The company started by exporting to Canada and from then has expanded to the Bahamas and the United States.

The company, structured with the principles of a social enterprise, operates by its creed “Better Business, Better Lives”. The company buys from a network of approved growers, young and old, who do not use pesticides or herbicides, and grow the yellow ginger sustainably in and amongst other crops in the forest. “We have registered over 200 growers with our company to ensure we can meet the demands of our Truly Turmeric in 2017 and forward” said Ms. Switlo.

Through these practices, the company produces a high-quality product usingNaledo-Image-1 artisanal methods, which produces a distinctive product made in small batches, giving Truly Turmeric a unique place on Canadian specialty food stores. In 2017, Naledo Belize Ltd. increased its production capacity by at least eight-fold to access new markets in the USA, CARICOM and other parts of the world, continuing its quest to bring Belizean Truly Turmeric from our farm to their shelves. Truly Turmeric aims to continue focusing in Toledo, contributing to its economic development and export diversification.

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SBDCBelize facilitates entrepreneurship development training in Belize City


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.

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 SIGNS MEMORANDUM OF COOPERATION WITH SAN PEDRO TOWN COUNCIL


 

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.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

BELTRAIDE STAFF DONATES COMPUTERS TO NEEDY CHILDREN IN REMOTE VILLAGES OF BELIZE


Some members of Beltraide staff took a break from their arduous work on Friday, 23 September and headed down south to the remote areas of Belize. Their mission:  to donate four brand new computers to schools in that part of the country.

The computers along with printers and battery backups are valued at over $8,000 Bz dollars and were acquired through the Beltraide staff fund, which is designed to assist needy children and schools with limited resources as well as to carry out charity work throughout Belize. Continue reading “BELTRAIDE STAFF DONATES COMPUTERS TO NEEDY CHILDREN IN REMOTE VILLAGES OF BELIZE”

BELTRAIDE SHOWCASES ITS SERVICES AT EXPO BELIZE 2016


BELTRAIDE SHOWCASES ITS SERVICES AT EXPO BELIZE 2016

The Belize Trade and Investment Development Service, (BELTRAIDE) was among over 200 exhibitors at EXPO BELIZE 2016, the flagship networking event of the year of the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI), which was held on September 3rd &  4th 2016  at the ITVET Compound on Freetown Road in Belize City.

Visitors to our booth had the opportunity to sample and purchase products from six Belizean companies, all clients of the Small Business Development Centre (SBDCBelize), who were part of our booth.  SBDCBelize, is a unit of BELTRAIDE.

These included Fibber’s and Marvilleous sauces. Those with a sweet tooth enjoyed the wide range of  jams and jellies from Belizean Home Made Jellies from San Ignacio. Also on display were products such as handicrafts from Kimberly Gottoy, repellents and beauty from Jerusalem Beauty products and K & K respectively.

This year EXPO Belize celebrated its 20th year in bringing together businesses of all sizes, culture and sectors across the country to one central location to showcase and trade their products and services to local and international visitors to the expo. In the past, the Expo has attracted up to 19, 000 people and this year it had the participation of almost 100 companies and over 200 booths displays.  The Expo offered local businesses the opportunity to market their products and services and create a lasting impression to reach new customers and potential investors, afford more exposure to existing and new brands, and lead more traffic business, sales and growth to participating enterprises.

For BELTRAIDE, EXPO BELIZE 2016 was an excellent opportunity to showcase the services offered by its various units as well as to create greater public awareness on its crucial role of attracting and facilitating investment for the entire country of Belize.

BELTRAIDE’s mission is to enhance Belize’s prosperity by fostering investment confidence, entrepreneurship, business growth and innovation. In addition to its main functions, BELTRAIDE also operates SBDCBelize and the Belize Training Employment Centre (BTEC), which are based in Belize City.

SBDCBelize participates in Art in the Park


On May 14 & 15, 2016, Corozal Organization Leading Culture, Heritage and Art (COLCHA) hosted its annual Art in the Park. 

This event provided an excited and interesting display of productions by local artists. As many as 30 artists and artisans proudly displayed their talents and products.

Vicky Heredia, Business Advisor of the Small Business Development Center (SBDCBelize), a unit of the Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE), was there to promote the services of the centre and attract new clients while provide advising services to the rising entrepreneurs. Art, talent and ideas are alive in Corozal Town!

BELTRAIDE WORKSHOP AIMS TO FOSTER AN INNOVATIVE ENTREPRENEURSHIP ECOSYSTEM IN BELIZE


 

The Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE) in collaboration with infoDev, a World Bank Group, hosted a one day workshop with stakeholders to chart a way to foster an innovative entrepreneurship ecosystem in Belize.

This workshop, which was held at the ITVET Dining room in Belize City on Monday February 29th, brought together incubator managers, entrepreneurs, academics, government officials, the media, donors and investors to facilitate the development of a collaborative approach to building a sustainable ecosystem for entrepreneurship and innovation.

The workshop, entitled ‘Accelerate Caribbean’s Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Development’, is part of the Accelerate Caribbean Project, which forms part of a seven-year, $20M Entrepreneurship Program of Innovation in the Caribbean, (EPIC). The objective of this project is to strengthen entrepreneurship and boost job creation across 14 CARICOM countries, including Belize. The project is designed by InfoDev and implemented by IMC Worldwide.

The Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Development Workshop will be followed by a three-day Accelerate Caribbean’s Business Incubation Management (BIM) Training from Tuesday, March 1st to Thursday, March 3rd, 2016 (ongoing), this is being held at BTEC training room.

BIM is designed for business incubation managers and other stakeholders wishing to increase their understanding and know-how of the business incubation process. Topics such as “planning and managing and incubator”, “monitoring, and evaluating an incubator” is part of the agenda.

Speakers of the workshop on Feb 29th included Ms. Sophia Muradyan, infoDev, from the World Bank Group, Natalia Pipia, team leader for Accelerate Caribbean, Kim Aikman, CEO from the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and a panel of private sector representatives.

This initiative was developed in tandem with Belize’s newly National Entrepreneurship Strategy.

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