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Belize news site writes about the grand opening of the first Belize Small Business Development Center.

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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.

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News site Belize Invest write up on the grand opening of the first Small Business Development Center in the country.

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Five CARICOM member states, including Barbados, Belize, Jamaica, Dominica and St. Lucia will be the sites of a joing OAS-United States project to establish Small business Development Centers in the region. Caribbean and Latin American companies have "long recognized the importance of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises as major contributors to employment and growth within their communities, nations and the region as a whole," said OAS Secretary General Jose Miguel Insulza.

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The Organization of American States and the US Government have launched a project to establish small business development center in five member states of CARICOM, an initiative that aims at helping to improve the competitiveness of small companies in Barbados, Belize, Jamaica, Dominica and St. Lucia, especially those headed by women.

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The Belize New Site Guardian.biz write up on the grand opening of the first Small Business Development Center in the country.

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Dominica Information Service write-up on the SBDC training being performed in the country.

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Cliff Paredes, International Trade Center's Director and Barbara Mooney, International Business Consultant with th eInternational Trade Center, conducted the first Small Business Development Center Counselor and Director Certificate Training Program in Belize City, Belize, May 8-10, the center at the University of Texas at San Antonio announced.

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The University of Texas at San Antonio Institute for Economic Development will develop small business development centers in five Caribbean nations under an agreement with the Organization of American States and the Caribbean Export Development Agency. The project is expected to widen trade opportunities for South Texas small businesses.

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Pathways to Prosperity - Robert McKinley, Associate Vice President for Economic Development at the University of Texas at San Antonio, talks about the SBDC model.

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A one day stakeholder consultation was hosted in Saint Lucia on adapting the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Project to the Saint Lucia business environment. The initiative forms part of the Caribbean Small Business Development Center (SBDC) project which is modeled on similar SBDC programs in the United States. The initiative partners the Organization of the American States and the Caribbean Export Development Agency with the UTSA Small Business Development Center Programs.

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The Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE) plans to open the first Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in Belize later this year. Cliff Paredes from the University of Texas at San Antonio is one of the trainers. He explained that SBDCs are extremely beneficial to the community. Businesses that access the service of such centers are more likely to succeed. As businesses succeed and expand, more jobs are created. Business expansion and job creation also mean an increase in government revenue. Therefore, the services provided by SBDCs benefit businesses, government and the labor force.

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The Organization of American States (OAS) and the U.S. Government today launched a project to establish Small Business Development Centers in five Member States of CARICOM, an initiative that aims at helping to improve the competitiveness of small companies in Barbados, Belize, Jamaica, Dominica and St. Lucia, especially those headed by women.

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President Obama has noted that "small businesses are both the backbone of our economy and the cornerstones of our Nation's promise." The same is true throughout the Western Hemisphere, where the small business sector plays a critical role in job creation and broad-based economic growth. Announced today in Tampa, the Small Business Network of the Americas (SBNA) will promote and support job creation in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and encourage greater trade among these businesses throughout the Western Hemisphere.

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Article about UTSA leading the development of Small Business Development Centers in Honduras in La Prensa, one of the top Honduran newspapers.

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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

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