The Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE) in collaboration with the Centre for the Promotion of Micro and Small Enterprises in Central America and Dominican Republic (CENPROMYPE) under the execution of the Ministry of Economic Development in Guatemala (MINEO) held their closing ceremony for the Inclusive Linkage Project – a two year business training programme. The event took place at the Welcome Centre in San Ignacio Town, Cayo District. Our Cayo correspondent was there and he spoke with Nicholas Ruiz, Director of Beltraide. According to Mr Ruiz, the project aimed at inspiring and guiding small business owners, especially those between the Belizean and Guatemalan border, to get involved in the chain of production.
“Basically, what it’s trying to do is work with small businesses in getting them involved in the production chain, in the value chain. As you can see here we have various groups that have benefited from the project. Now they have new designs, new products. They’re talking tangibly about what they’ve gotton from the project. They have business cards. They have fliers. So all the things you see here are Belizean-made, are made in San Ignacio/Santa Elena, in San Antonio, in Benque and so forth. BELTRAIDE has gained a lot, institutionally speaking we’re stronger. Our entrepreneurs are better equipped. They’ve learned. So, all in all, it’s been a marvelous project, that we’re bringing to a close today.”
Nicholas Ruiz, expressed his own enthusiasm and desire to continue serving hopeful Belizean entrepreneurs through projects like these. He related to us a couple of other services and programmes that Beltraide is currently embarked on.
Mr Nicholas Ruiz
“We have our Small Business Centre, that is in Belize City, and if you have a business idea, if you are a small business, and you want to bring this idea to fruition, you come into our centre. We have two advisers that will work with you, doing a diagnostic with you as to where you are, and what you need. Maybe business plans is what you need. Perhaps you need more knowledge about accounting or marketing. We do that at the Small Business Centre. We also have an ongoing entrepreneurship project. Part of the project seeks to give grant money for the development of entrepreneurial activities in Belize. That’s going on as well, and a whole assortment of small business projects. So, while this is done, I ask everybody to feel free to get in touch with BELTRAIDE, under the Ministry of Trade and Investment, and ask how we can help.”