EXPORTBelize & The Nature Conservancy holds “Meet & Greet”

EXPORTBelize in collaboration with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) held a “Meet and Greet” session with the different fishermen association and the Development Finance Corporation. The session included a presentation by EXPORTBelize to provide an insight on the Memorandum of Cooperation between EXPORTBelize and The Nature Conservancy. Continue reading “EXPORTBelize & The Nature Conservancy holds “Meet & Greet””


The Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE) on PGTV



April 9, 2014- On the 9th of April, the Development Finance Corporation (DFC), and the key investment promotion agency, Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE), signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to benefit local Micro, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (MSMEs) in the areas of credit facilitation and credit management.


DFC, the country’s premier development financing institution, currently offers and manages a series of productive sector credit programs geared toward the MSME sector in Belize. BELTRAIDE, through its Small Business Development Centre Belize (SBDCBelize), will be providing much needed long-term technical assistance through the advice and training to entrepreneurs and MSMEs, who intend to access credit through the DFC, to systematically improve their access to funding and develop their business acumen. It is greatly expected that in working with these clients, SBDCBelize will increase their potential to access credit from the DFC and also lower the lending risks for DFC, for this particular sector. This collaboration is expected to better connect our clients to much needed start-up or expansion capital and better prepare them to actively participate in a competitive environment. In addition to assisting new clients, the collaboration will also benefit existing clients of the DFC who may want to enhance their business management practices.

The signing of the MOU was held on Wednesday April 9th, 2014 at the Development Finance Corporation Headquarters Office, in Belmopan, between both parties. It is one of several initiatives being taken by both institutions to support small and medium size business development in the country.


Interested persons are asked to contact any of the DFC’s Offices countrywide or BELTRIADE Office.


For more information, please feel free to contact us:

Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE)

14 Orchid Garden St., City of Belmopan, Cayo District, Belize

Telephone: 501-822-3737 or 501-822-0175



DFC 50th anniversary

DFC celebrates 50th anniversary

The Development Finance Corporation is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary. Established in 1963, the DFC is a lending organization that provides loans for agriculture, housing, education and tourism. And today, at its branches across the country, several activities were held…and in Belize City in particular, free health checkups and credit consultations were provided to its customers. News Five spoke with Belize City Branch Manager, Rolando Thompson, who says that DFC distinguishes itself from other lending institutions by providing supervisory credit lending support. 


Rolando Thompson, Belize City Branch Manager, DFC

Rolando Thompson

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Did you know?? Developing a Business Plan can be as easy as 1 2 3


What is a Business plan?

A business plan outlines your vision and goals for your business; it is the roadmap for future development.

Importance of the business plan:

Crucial when you are seeking financing. It helps investors and financial institutions understand your business and what you intend to spend the money on.

It is an important management tool for setting development goals for your business.

It is also an evaluation tool as it will help you evaluate where your business is and whether it has achieved any of the objectives you have set.  Continue reading “Did you know?? Developing a Business Plan can be as easy as 1 2 3”

SBDCBelize- Its Here, Its Real, and Its Opened to the General Public!

Do you have the idea of starting  your own business? Or are you an established business that simply needs ideas on how you can improve?

At approximately 8:00a.m., this Thursday morning, all the buzzing stopped and the work began, when Belize’s First Small Business Development Center(SBDCBelize) opened to serve the general public.

The center will administer customized needs- based services to Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, in order to facilitate their competitiveness and export readiness.

SBDCBelize will provide advisory services and training on:

  • How to start a business
  • How to develop a business plan
  • Getting access to finances, and managing finances effectively
  • Engaging in marketing and sales
  • Managing human resources

Visit SBDCBelize Today, we are located in Belize City, at the University of Belize Campus,  Faculty of Business Studies, West Landivar. Don’t have the time to stop by, then give us a call, at 223-3195, or send us an email:

SBDCBelize: Making Small Business Happen

A Successful Launch of Belize’s First Small Business Development Center

According to Channel 7 News Belize, “For months – we’ve been telling you all about Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises – or MSME’s as they are called.

Throughout the developing world – efforts are being made to grow these enterprises because they are seen as the building blocks of economic growth.

Today, a great leap forward was made the opening of the Small Business Development Center.

The center is located at the University of Belize Faculty of Business in West Landivar.

It’s open – but the formal opening could not be held there – because like the businesses it hopes to serve – the center is….shall we say, micro.

But it’s got a mighty bog job to do and the Deputy Executive Director of Beltraide who is spearheading the effort told us if you think your business qualifies, you should come in.”

For more information Click here 

Source: 7 News Belize:


BELTRAIDE, in partnership with ITVET, DFC, and Belize City Council, is pleased to announce the opening of the Small Business Development Centre (SBDC) in November, 2012. The SBDC Belize is specially targeting the Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSME), which are key contributors to employment and Belize GDP.  Its role is to enhance competitiveness of Belizean businesses by offering (1) focused capacity building, 2) supports entrepreneurship, and 3) specialized business development services, mentoring, and incubation support. The Centre will be located at the ITVET campus in Belize City.

As a result, BELTRAIDE is seeking two (2) qualified persons to fill the posts of:

 (1) Receptionist/Administrative Assistant

  • Minimum of Associate’s Degree in Business or related field.
  • Minimum of one year in business support with experience in working with the MSME sector.
  • Second language would be an asset (preferably Spanish).
  • Computer literate in most Microsoft applications.
  • Provides quality customer service and responds to inquires about the SBDC Belize services.
  • Maintain confidentially at all times especially on clients records.
  • Provide logistics support, such as preparing travel documents and reimbursements.
  • Oversee daily operating activities such as procurements and appointments.
  • Collaborate with counsellors in developing new processes such as client in-take and follow-up processes.
  • Assist counsellors in data collection.
  • Excellent oral/written communication skills, including presentation skills.

(2)  Junior Counsellor

  • Minimum of Bachelor’s Degree in Business or related field.
  • Minimum of one year in business support with experience in working with the MSME sector.
  • Second language would be an asset (preferably Spanish).
  • Computer literate in most Microsoft applications.
  • Provide advisory services focused on creating economic impact.
  • Manage special projects and offer services in their assigned locations.
  • Promote the SBDC Belize services within the community and to potential clients.
  • Document client and training activities in WebCAT software.
  • Assist with training events and other related functions.
  • Excellent oral/written communication skills, including presentation skills.

Interested persons should submit their letter of application, along with resume, and two recommendation letters by Wednesday, October 10, 2012 to:

Deputy Executive Director
14 Orchid Garden Street, City of Belmopan
Tel: 822-3737/0175
Fax: 822-0595
Email: /

Reporting on the consultation meeting with key stakeholders to assess the feasibility of adapting and implementing the SBDC model in Belize

ImageSince last year, the Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE) has done significant ground work in researching the success of the SBDC model in the US, Mexico and Central America and more importantly, its applicability to Belize. MSMEs represent a significant share of economic activity in Belize, a key instrument in poverty alleviation, and are considered a principal employer of the labour force. Given the importance of this sector, BELTRAIDE has given priority to its growth and development and has adopted a holistic approach that will facilitate targeted interventions to address the challenges faced. The work ahead requires partnerships with key stakeholders and BELTRAIDE has been reaching out to private sector, public sector and academia.

Below is extract from the report prepared by Caribbean Export Development Agency (CEDA) on the consultation meeting with key stakeholders, hosted by BELTRAIDE and DFC,  on March 2nd, 2012, at the Belize Bilmore Plaza, with key stakeholders to assess the feasibility of adapting and implementing the SBDC model in Belize. Continue reading “Reporting on the consultation meeting with key stakeholders to assess the feasibility of adapting and implementing the SBDC model in Belize”

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