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BELTRAIDE’s participation at Expo through its Small Business Development Centre (SBDCBelize) making an impact!


DSCN5126 DSCN5127Participating 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!

 

 

 

 

Belize’s Small Business Development Center Now a Reality!


SBDC_2October 26th, 2012

  TheBelize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE), in partnership with the University of Belize, The Institute for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (ITVET), the Development Finance Corporation (DFC), The Belize City Council, with the kind assistance from The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), and the Organization of American States (OAS), is pleased to announce the launch of Belize’s first Small Business Development Centre. The launch will be held on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at the Radisson Fort George Hotel, Cahal Pech Room, at 2:00p.m. Present at the Launch will be various local officials and stakeholders and representatives from UTSA and OAS, who are integral partners in this initiative.

BELTRAIDE engaged in extensive research to effectively evaluate the success of the SBDC model in United States of America, Mexico and Central America, and restructured the model to make it applicable to Belize. Over the past months, multiple trainings were conducted with several stakeholders. This initiative strengthened the readiness of Belize in establishing the center. SBDC Belize will offer the necessary business support to MSMEs, facilitating their competitiveness, export readiness; henceforth, assisting them to develop their competences. Continue reading “Belize’s Small Business Development Center Now a Reality!”

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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
BELTRAIDE
14 Orchid Garden Street, City of Belmopan
Tel: 822-3737/0175
Fax: 822-0595
Email: sbdc@belizeinvest.org.bz / beltraide@belizeinvest.org.bz
Website: http://www.belizeinvest.org.bz
Blog: http://www.belizeinvest.net
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Beltraide

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