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SBDCBelize, BELTRAIDE signs Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to access SBDCGlobal.com ” A Trade Platform just for you”


Signing of MOU -SBDCGlobal.com and SBDCBelize, BELTRAIDE

In order to get into the international market, you need the international connections, tools, and information to make it happen. As an item within the Annual SBDC Network Conference, in Orlando, Florida, BELTRAIDE, through its Small Business Development Centre (SBDCBelize), signed off on a Memorandum of Understanding to access SBDCGlobal.com, a powerful and free online trade platform that will link the 750,000+clients of the U.S.., Mexican, Salvadoran, and Colombian Small Business Development Center Networks for international trade opportunities. The MOU was signed by Ms. Melanie Gideon, Deputy Executive Director, BELTRAIDE, and Robert McKinley, Vice President, UTSA Institute for Economic Development. The signing was witnessed by representatives of the Organization of American States (OAS) and Caribbean Export Development Agency (CEDA).

Belize (with only one Centre operating for less than a year) is the second country in Central America, (and the first in CARICOM) to sign off on the MOU and to access this trade platform, following El Salvador who sign off last week, after three years of operating a SBDC Network.

Feel free to visit SBDCGlobal.com, where  BELIZE is newly being showcased along the other four countries on the platform and learn how it can be helpful to you, regardless of whether you are an experienced trader, or a start up.

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

A Successful Launch of Belize’s First Small Business Development Center


According to Channel 7 News Belize, “For months – we’ve been telling you all about Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises – or MSME’s as they are called.

Throughout the developing world – efforts are being made to grow these enterprises because they are seen as the building blocks of economic growth.

Today, a great leap forward was made the opening of the Small Business Development Center.

The center is located at the University of Belize Faculty of Business in West Landivar.

It’s open – but the formal opening could not be held there – because like the businesses it hopes to serve – the center is….shall we say, micro.

But it’s got a mighty bog job to do and the Deputy Executive Director of Beltraide who is spearheading the effort told us if you think your business qualifies, you should come in.”

For more information Click here 

Source: 7 News Belize: http://www.7newsbelize.com/index.php#story7

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!”

Reporting on the consultation meeting with key stakeholders to assess the feasibility of adapting and implementing the SBDC model in Belize


ImageSince last year, the Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE) has done significant ground work in researching the success of the SBDC model in the US, Mexico and Central America and more importantly, its applicability to Belize. MSMEs represent a significant share of economic activity in Belize, a key instrument in poverty alleviation, and are considered a principal employer of the labour force. Given the importance of this sector, BELTRAIDE has given priority to its growth and development and has adopted a holistic approach that will facilitate targeted interventions to address the challenges faced. The work ahead requires partnerships with key stakeholders and BELTRAIDE has been reaching out to private sector, public sector and academia.

Below is extract from the report prepared by Caribbean Export Development Agency (CEDA) on the consultation meeting with key stakeholders, hosted by BELTRAIDE and DFC,  on March 2nd, 2012, at the Belize Bilmore Plaza, with key stakeholders to assess the feasibility of adapting and implementing the SBDC model in Belize. Continue reading “Reporting on the consultation meeting with key stakeholders to assess the feasibility of adapting and implementing the SBDC model in Belize”

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