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.Continue reading “BELTRAIDE COVID-19 RESPONSE: SERVING CLIENTS REMOTELY”
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 using 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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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.
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.
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.
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
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.