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U.S. Embassy Belmopan Announces Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Professional Fellows Program!

U.S. Embassy Belmopan Announces  Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Professional Fellows Program to Support Entrepreneurs throughout Latin America and the Caribbean

Program Signifies Important Step in White House’s Commitment to an Entrepreneurship Network in the Americas.

Entrepreneurs! We are looking for you!

The Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Professional Fellows Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, is looking for 250 young entrepreneurs from Latin America and the Caribbean to bring to the United States for business and social entrepreneurship training in October and November 2016. YLAI Professional Fellows will become part of the larger YLAI Network, an online space to obtain resources and make regional connections necessary to foster positive change in their local communities. 2 U.S. EMBASSY Belmopan, Belize Office of Public Affairs


The U.S. program includes the following components:

  1. Opening Program in Texas and Closing Summit in Washington, D.C. featuring workshops, breakout sessions, and keynote speakers;
  2. Four-week individualized fellowship with counterpart companies or organizations in cities around the U.S. The participants will engage in skills-building workshops, develop or refine their own strategic plan, and participate in day-to-day operations at U.S. organizations;
  3. Professional development activities including entrepreneurship training and interaction with experts; and
  4. Ongoing support before, during, and after the YLAI Fellowship through networking, mentorship, and investment opportunities.


The program is open to entrepreneurs who meet the following criteria:

  1. Are between the ages of 21 and 35;
  2. Are a resident of Belize.
  3. Are eligible to receive a U.S. J-1 visa;
  4. Have at least 2 years of entrepreneurial/leadership experience, preferably with a startup business or social venture;
  5. Are proficient in reading, writing, and speaking English.


The website includes information about how to apply for the YLAI fellowship and how to sign up for the YLAI Network. Submit your application by Friday, May 20, 2016. U.S. EMBASSY Belmopan, Belize Office of Public Affairs


The Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative is a program of the U.S. Department of State. This program builds upon the success of the inaugural YLAI entrepreneurs’ project in March 2016. The YLAI Professional Fellows Program is supported in its implementation by Meridian International Center, a proud partner with Atlas Corps, Entrepreneurs’ Organization, and community-based members and universities throughout the United States. For further information, please contact the Meridian program team at For press inquiries, please contact

Global Asset Protection Symposium

Michael Cobb, at Hemispheres Publishing states, “There are some challenging days ahead.  The upcoming elections in the United States will set the tone and direction for the entire Hemisphere for another 4 years. The acronym for the conference is “GAPS” and you certainly don’t want any gaps in your tax preparations or asset protection.   Especially right now with the changes looming in just a few short months.

No matter who wins the elections, the likelihood of tax increases is almost certain.  The end of the “Bush tax cuts” are imminent.   For anyone with total assets of as little as $1,000,000 the tax changes will have a huge impact on what heirs receive.   Income and capital gains taxes will jump up as well, no matter who gets elected.   What can you do?

And it’s not just higher taxes that are the dangers facing us.   What about asset protection from frivolous law suits?   If you can write a check for only $10,000, you’ve got a huge bulls eye on your back.  Are you concerned about new banking laws that smack of currency controls?   How about erosions of freedom?   These are serious issues you need to address.

Time is short.   December 31, 2012 is only a few months away.  Where do we begin to look for answers and immediate solutions?   How much time do you need to “step off the tracks” and prepare for this reality? Is it possible to find these solutions in one place and in a useful format that is actionable? Continue reading “Global Asset Protection Symposium”

May Is World Trade Month

03 May 2012

Washington — World Trade Month celebrates the benefits robust international trade partnerships bring to national and local economies.

U.S. Commerce Secretary John Bryson on May 2 issued a statement in honor of World Trade Month, which the United States marks annually with a series of state and local events across the country to promote U.S. trade relationships and provide resources to U.S. businesses seeking to export their goods and services around the world.

May has been recognized as World Trade Month since the 1920s, thanks to an effort led by the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce. World Trade Week, which falls in the third week of May, is recognized by presidential proclamation annually. Continue reading “May Is World Trade Month”

U.S. Supports Launch of Caribbean Small Business Development Centers Project

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
February 24, 2012

In a ceremony today at the headquarters of the Organization of American States (OAS), Ambassador Carmen Lomellin, U.S. Permanent Representative to the regional body, announced U.S. support for the launch of the “Caribbean Small Business Development Centers (SBDC)” expansion project, an initiative to promote the development of competitive, productive, and innovative small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the Western Hemisphere.

The project will create a network of sustainable and successful small business assistance networks in Saint Lucia, Dominica, Belize, Jamaica, and Barbados. The newly created network of Caribbean small business development centers will eventually be linked with similar existing programs located throughout the United States, Mexico, Colombia, and Central America to share best practices, and to promote cooperation and support productivity and sustainable economic growth. Continue reading “U.S. Supports Launch of Caribbean Small Business Development Centers Project”

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