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BELTRAIDE COVID-19 RESPONSE: SERVING CLIENTS REMOTELY


Stemming from the global COVID-19 outbreak, the Government of Belize announced a series of measures in response to this imminent threat, including proper hygiene and social distancing. Even though there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Belize at this time, our
team at BELTRAIDE is taking preventative measures to protect our employees and clients.

Therefore, while BELTRAIDE remains open for business, we strongly encourage our clients and members of the public to contact us via telephone or email to ensure that all are protected, in the event that the current situation changes. Rest assured that our team is fully equipped
to provide the required services to fulfill your business needs virtually.

Kindly contact us for support and services via the following:
BelizeINVEST for Investment and Aftercare Services:
Tel: 822-3553 or Email: investment@belizeinvest.org.bz
EXPORTBelize for Trade Opportunity and Export Services:
Tel: 822-3553 or Email: export@belizeinvest.org.bz
SBDCBelize for Small Business Development and Business Advisory Services:
Tel: +501-223-3195 or Email: sbdcbelize@belizeinvest.org.bz
BTEC for Employee Development and Capacity Building:
Tel: +501-223-0322 or Email: btec@belizeinvest.org.bz
For other services please contact our Headquarters in Belmopan via Tel: +501-822-3553 or Email: beltraide@belizeinvest.org.bz


BELTRAIDE remains committed to providing high-quality services to our clients and will continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic through updated press releases from the Government of Belize and the Ministry of Health. We encourage the members of the public to remain vigilant, protect yourself and your families and stay informed by following the Ministry of Health’s social media pages.

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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.

For more information on FIAL click the link below:
https://www.carib-export.com/news/caribbean-food-innovations-with-truly-tumeric-and-caribbean-cure-teas-recogised-at-sial-paris/

BELTRAIDE and the Belize City Council Sign Memorandum of Cooperation


BELTRAIDE, the nation’s leading business advising and entrepreneurial support entity, signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) with the Belize City Council on Thursday, June 8, 2017 at 2:00 pm at the Belize Training and Employment Centre in Belize City.

The aim of this Cooperation is to enhance and diversify economic activity in the municipality through a closer collaboration between BELTRAIDE and the City Council by providing efficient and seamless business development services to entrepreneurs and to micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) located in their respective jurisdiction.

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(L-R) Darrell Bradley – Mayor of Belize City ,  Lejia Melanie Gideon – General Manager, BELTRAIDE, Candice Miller – City Administrator, Belize City Council

BELTRAIDE’s Small Business Development Centre Belize (SBDCBelize) and Belize City Council’s Local Economic Development (LED) Unit will be the two respective units to carry out the work plan laid out under the MOC. The town’s Business Support Help Desk will work hand-in-hand with SBDCBelize to support local entrepreneurs and MSMEs by offering business guidance and development trainings. SBDCBelize will also provide mentorship and coaching to the Business Support Officer to ensure that local business community receives the best possible business development support.

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SBDCBelize and in extension BELTRAIDE remains committed to developing the competitiveness of entrepreneurs and businesses by offering the best tools, business advising and training needed.

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.

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.

BELTRAIDE HANDS OVER NEW BUILDING TO UB


The Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE) , officially handed over a new security and maintenance facility to the University of Belize (U.B.).

Hon. Tracy Taegar-Panton, Minister of State in the Ministry of Economic Development, Petroleum, Investment, Trade and Commerce with responsibility for BELTRAIDE, handed over the keys to the new building to Mr. Alan Slusher, President of the University of Belize  during a brief ceremony held this morning at the U.B.’s Faculty of Management and Social Sciences Campus in Belize City.

The L-Shaped building is approximately 2,000 sq. ft. and was built on a 36” x 14” reinforced concrete strip footing raised 24” above grade level with 6” reinforced core filled blocks. The walls comprise of 2” x 4” timber-frame cladded on the outside with construction latte paper and ¾” timber resembling plycem known  as cempestre plycem.  The inner walls are also timber-frame cladded with ½”drywall. The same applies for the ceiling. The roof comprise mainly of 2”x 6” rafters secured with hurricane clips and straps and cladded with red galvalume roofing.

The building is comprised of two sections – one for the U.B. Security Staff and the other for the U.B. Maintenance Department.  Each section comprises of an open office space, a private office and restrooms for each area.  The building is valued at approximately $60,000 Belize dollars and was built by Contractor Sergio Luna.

The facility is a part of a development agreement between BELTRAIDE and the University of Belize that was signed on September 17th, 2015 which entails the construction of the Belize Enterprise and Innovation Institute (BEI2), which will be located on the Faculty of Management and Social Sciences U.B. Belize City Campus. BEI2 will house two of BELTRAIDE’s technical units: SBDCBelize and EXPORTBelize and is designed to nurture entrepreneurship and innovation and strengthen Belize’s enterprise competitiveness.

The University of Belize and BELTRAIDE continues to foster a very productive and mutually beneficial relationship for the development of Belize!

 

 

 

 

 

Calling all Caribbean Entrepreneurs!


Calling all Caribbean Entrepreneurs and their enablers!
 
The Secretary of State’s Office of Global Partnerships has partnered with Venture Hive to create a seven-week program focusing on providing support, engaging diaspora mentors and experts. And we need your nominations to help us track down the best and the brightest.
 
The program will focus on creating a solid foundation to scale, preparing for scaling through expansion or export, development of financing materials and preliminary due diligence documents, and utilizing international relationships and partnership for growth.

Continue reading “Calling all Caribbean Entrepreneurs!”

BELTRAIDE makes presentation at National Women’s Forum hosted by Women’s Department


On May 19th 2016,  Ms. Lejia Melanie Gideon, General Manager, Enterprise and Innovation Division, Beltraide,   presented to a roomful of women from all over the country on the  role of the Small Business  Development Centre (SBDCBelize), Beltraide, in  creating economic prosperity through entrepreneurial development, business innovation and competitiveness.

Ms. Gideon shared an inspiring analogy, describing the process of opening a business to being similar to that of childbirth. She shared that in the same way an expecting mother awaits the birth of her child with eager anticipation and most times,worry, a new business owner worries over the success of his or her business. She explained that just as how family and friends offer guidance with  the care of the new child, Business Advisors at SBDCBelize  assist  business owners to nurture and grow their businesses.

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Lejia Melanie Gideon- General Manager, Enterprise and Innovation Division, Beltraide

In her presentation, Ms Gideon encouraged the women to explore their potential to become entrepreneurs by becoming a client of SBDCBelize and partaking in their free business advising sessions and year-long workshops offered currently in all districts.   She also shared information on the work of the Belize Training and Employment Centre (BTEC), another unit of Beltraide, which provides  various industry-specific job preparedness trainings in areas such as: Business Process Out-Sourcing (BPO), Front Desk, Bartending, Waitstaff, Basics of Care-Giving and more.

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She encouraged all women to take advantage of the opportunities offered to them by Beltraide and asked those interested to visit the offices or send an email guaranteeing that every query will be answered.

Beltraide, which operates within the portfolio of the Ministry of Economic Development, Petroleum, Investment, Trade and Commerce, aims to  enable a dynamic business environment  for Belize’s socio-economic growth  and looks forwards to an ongoing partnership with the Women’s Department which continues to encourage the economic development and empowerment of women through various programmes and projects.

The forum was an all day event and included other presentations from representatives of Credit Unions, the Cooperative Department, the Belize Enterprise for Sustainable Technology and many others.

 

 

Six budding Belizean entrepreneurs displayed their products at this year’s National Agriculture and Trade Show !


As part of its mission to assist small business owners to become more competitive, Beltraide established a booth at the National Agriculture and Trade Show in Belmopan, which allowed several locally owned businesses to market and sell their products to a wide market of Belizean consumers.

Visitors to the booth had the opportunity to sample Fibber’s sauces, a variety of jams from Belizean Home Made Jellies, Tambranero sauces, mosquito repellent and beauty products from Jerusalem Beauty Company, beauty products from Cocoa & Company and Che’il Mayan chocolates.

 

Visitors also obtained first-hand information on the services offered by Beltraide as part of its role to attract and facilitate investment to Belize. The highlight of the activities at the booth was the raffling of  a gift basket of Belizean products and a basket of Jams courtesy of Belizean Home Made Jellies.

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