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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: sbdc@belizeinvest.org.bz

SBDCBelize: Making Small Business Happen

Small Business Development Center project piloted in Belize


Home » Economy » Small Business Development Center project piloted in Belize Mar 2, 2012

Mike Singh,  BELTRAIDE believes Belize is one step closer to establishing small business development centers across the country. And with the help of the Organization of American States (OAS) it may be possible. The OAS is including Belize in its five-country pilot project, to expand the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) model to the CARICOM region. A one-day consultation was held, at the Best Western Belize Biltmore Plaza, to jump-start the process of adapting the SBDC model. This consultation was organized with the objective of presenting the model and obtaining stakeholder feedback on the feasibility of successfully implementing it within the context of Belize and determining their interest in being part of the process. Mike Singh, Executive Chairman of BELTRAIDE “We are holding a consultation today with the main stakeholders, particularly those agencies that affect small business development to present a case for adopting a model for small business development centers in Belize. It is a model that Mr. Salgado with the University of Texas in San Antonio. Al and I have had meetings—we met twice to look at this model and we’ve looked at this model and we’ve seen the need from bringing a model similar to that to Belize for us to formalize the way we deal with developing small business; again recognizing that small businesses are an integral part to the contribution to our GDP, contribution to increasing employment. Beltraide today will also be signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the DFC where we will collaborate not only to try to get this model solidified and established in Belize, but also on an additional collaboration to tie in services that we offer with the services that DFC offers in respect to their lending window for small businesses. Today was made possible through collaboration with the OAS. Marcy is here today and she will be again participating and also assisting in funding the outreach into the Caribbean and Central America. And Leo who is here with the Caribbean Export Development Agency of which Belize is a partner is also collaborating on the side of the Caribbean where the pilot project which Belize is taking advantage of along with three other countries. And this is first consultation in the region is in Belize.” Continue reading “Small Business Development Center project piloted in Belize”

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