UTSA groups conduct first SBDC stakeholder consultation in Dominica

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(June 13, 2012) -- Robert McKinley, UTSA associate vice president for economic development at the Institute for Economic Development, and Barbara Mooney, international business consultant at the International Trade Center, conducted a Small Business Development Center (SBDC) stakeholder consultation May 30 in Roseau, Dominica, as the first step in developing an SBDC network in Dominica.

The preliminary consultation is part of the SBDC Caribbean Project that will develop SBDC networks in five Caribbean countries including Dominica, Belize, Jamaica, Barbados and St. Lucia.

"We had the opportunity to present to key stakeholders the benefits of implementing the SBDC model in Dominica," said McKinley. "We are working toward securing the participation of key players. The next step to prepare future SBDC professionals to operate and manage a center will be scheduled to start this summer or fall."

The SBDC consultation meeting attracted representatives from the private, public and academic sectors with the goal of learning in greater detail about the SBDC model promoted by UTSA, determining the feasibility of its implementation in Dominica, and assessing the stakeholders' interest in participating in the adaptation and implementation of the program.

For more information on SBDC development abroad, visit the International SBDC website.

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