SBDCs in Panama
The Authority of the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (AMPYME) is leading the development of the national network of SBDCs in Panama. The initial consultation event "Knowing the SBDC Model and exploring the possibility of its transfer to Panama" created awareness about the model among key stakeholders representing the public, private and academic sector who considered that the SBDCs could be adapted and adopted to the Panamanian reality.
As a result of the consultation UTSA, in collaboration with AMPYME and other project partners, conducted the Certificate Training for Future SBDC Counselors and Directors that transferred the SBDC methodology and prepared professionals to manage and operate an economic impact producing SBDC.
The government has adapted the model and is in the process of conducting a request for proposal to select the future hosts of the SBDC in Panama.