The Belize Trade and Investment Development Service ( BELTRAIDE) through its technical units ; the Belize Training and Employment Centre (BTEC ) and the Small Business Development Centre Belize (SBDCBelize) conducted another round of trainings with the Kolbe Foundation- Belize Central Prison with a focus on business development. Continue reading “BELTRAIDE completes Business Development Training at the Kolbe Foundation”
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!
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.
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.
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.
On Friday, April 8th 2016, the Corozal Junior College (CJC) held its annual Business Expo where 31 companies from the Corozal and Orange Walk Districts displayed information on their products ranging from candles, food and drinks, arts and crafts, agricultural services and many others.
BELTRAIDE was among those exhibiting companies and its booth showcased numerous brochures on the work of its various units. A central feature of the booth was a video presentation on the work carried out by Beltraide’s four technical units: BelizeINVEST, EXPORTBelize, SBDCBelize and BTEC. Prospective young entrepreneurs visiting the booth obtained information on how to establish a business and where to get assistance to create their market and business plans. In addition, all visitors to the booth received a copy of Invest Belize Magazine, a BELTRAIDE publication aimed at keeping the business community informed on current events.
The annual CJC Business Expo is part of the college’s efforts in its “pursuit of excellence”. Through its programs, including the annual business expo, many students’ lives have changed for the better. According to the CJC’s management students have been provided with hands-on and practically real experiences as they simulate owning a business. The success of the expo in particular can be measured by the great number of students who have emerged better prepared from this experience when they eventually face the workplace. BELTRAIDE, therefore, is pleased to have been able to make a contribution towards this success.
BELTRAIDE is a statutory body of the Government of Belize under the Ministry of Economic Development, Petroleum, Investment Trade and Commerce. Its mission is to enhance Belize’s prosperity by fostering investment confidence, entrepreneurship, business growth and innovation.
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.
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.
Contact Mad Media Solutions today for your ID Solutions!
Mad Media Solutions
R. K. Pennel Boulevard, Punta Gorda, Toledo District.
They can also be found in Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/madmediasolution
“SBDCBelize has been a strategic partner in developing my business; Mrs. Riverol is a key factor to my success.”
Owner, Mad Media Solutions
Bella Dees is a home-based business that produces multi-purpose natural, handmade, aroma therapeutic soaps, made with 8 vegetable oils and fresh Belizean healing herbs. In addition to soaps, the business makes aroma therapeutic massage oils. It guarantees to provide a 100% natural, healing and aromatherapy benefits, safe for the skin; gentle for the entire family and pets; easy on the environment, and no animal testing. Experience the benefits of aroma-therapy in a practical way. Their unique formulas leave no residue on the skin. The oils used are chosen based on the special qualities they bring to the soap such as the ability to moisturize and soften skin and the type of lather they produce. Since all the soaps use only natural products and retain all the glycerine produced during the saponification process, they have a softer, creamier consistency than regular commercial, synthetic soaps.
So yummy, you may never want to leave the tub again!
Dona Dougall-Sosa is the Owner/Manager, and is a Lab Technician who possesses 23 years of experience in the field, and who has 5 years’ experience in soap making. She is assisted by her husband, Mr. Orlando Sosa, who has 7 years’ experience in Website Administration/Desktop publishing, and Laurent Obando –Dougall, who assists in the Marketing by sharing his 9 years’ experience in freelance photography and 4 years in videography. Ms. Dona Dougall approached SBDCBelize through referral of a friend, who had heard of the services provided by the Centre. She became a client on November 9th, 2012. Since then she has been provided with assistance in areas of financing, marketing, and marketing research by advisers of SBDCBelize.
As a client of the Centre, she was also invited to participate in the Regional Entrepreneurship Project “Integral Development of Entrepreneurship in Central America and Dominican Republic”, and as participant of such, participated in two modular trainings (3 days each) focusing on Market research, problem identification, value proposition, and product validation through the use of Lean Canvas Model and other tools. Through the advising, and assistance of SBDCBelize, Dona Dougall was successful in obtaining a grant as seed capital from the Entrepreneurship Project, which she is investing in her business, and which has assisted in increasing market share.
Some of the business places from where her products can be bought are: • Back to my Roots in San Ignacio • Paws Vet Clinic San Ignacio • Xunan Gifts in Succotz (at Xunantunich) • Pet World in Belmopan • Placencia producers Co-op • Sangri-La Spa and Gift Shop in San Pedro.
Ms. Dona is thankful to SBDCBelize for the assistance and is looking forward in working to grow and sustain a successful business venture.
Contact Bella Dees today! Bella Dees 25 New Haven Street, Hillview, Santa Elena, Cayo District Tel: +501-824-2822 M: +501-602-5621 W: http://www.belladeesbelize.com
“SBDCBelize assisted me in creating increased customer awareness, resulting in increased sales,” Dona Sosa-Dougall Owner, Bella Dees