UTSA International Trade Center hosts delegation from SBDC Belize

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SBDC Belize meeting at UTSA Downtown Campus

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(Feb. 19, 2013) -- The International Trade Center in the UTSA Institute of Economic Development hosted a delegation Jan. 22-25 from SBDC Belize, a newly launched Small Business Development Center (SBDC).

During the four-day visit, the delegates met with directors and staff of the various centers and specialty centers with the Institute for Economic Development and Southwest Texas Border SBDC Network. Best practices and practical direction were provided to give SBDC Belize the best chance to succeed in creating economic impact in Belize.

"We had frank conversations about the realities of running a high-performing SBDC and SBDC Network," said Albert Salgado, director of the South-West Texas Border Small Business Development Center Network. "Our South-West Texas Border SBDC Network has been very successful, but it is because we strive to meet the demands of the small-business community and prepare our advisers with professional development and resources to provided relevant services. We want SBDCBelize to succeed in the same way."

This visit was part of the International SBDC Expansion Initiative, a program to advise foreign governments on how to successfully launch Small Business Development Center (SBDC) networks throughout the Americas. The International Trade Center, in partnership with the UTSA Institute for Economic Development and with the support of the Organization of American States (OAS), the U.S. Mission to the OAS and Caribbean Export, has been helping Caribbean countries develop U.S.-modeled SBDC networks.

SBDCs, established throughout the United States by the federal government in partnership with universities and colleges, assist entrepreneurs and business owners in establishing and growing their businesses through a free and confidential suite of advising services. Services include, but are not limited to, feasibility studies, business strategy, financial planning, marketing, production and professional networking. The centers support new and existing businesses.

The International Trade Center at UTSA is one of the largest and most successful trade assistance organizations in Texas. It helps companies become globally competitive through technical trade consulting, customized market research and innovative training programs. The center is a specialty SBDC program in the South-West Texas Border SBDC Network. Follow the International Trade Center on Twitter (@TexasTrade) and like us on Facebook.

For more information on the project, visit the SBDC Global website.