Posted: Tuesday, June 23, 2020. 1:49 pm CST.
By Aaron Humes: There’s no right way or wrong way to operate a small business, as both successes and failures in the arena can tell you.
But in its effort to assist Belize City residents to get back on their feet in light of the COVID-19 pandemic which shut all but essential business for the better part of three months, the Belize City Council has started an ‘Accelerator Training Program’ benefiting 20 entrepreneurs with existing businesses in becoming more creative, efficient and innovative in their various services.
Training began at City Hall this morning and concludes on Monday, when Mayor Bernard Wagner will present certificates of completion to the first ten graduates ahead of training beginning for the second cohort.
City Councillor responsible for Local Economic Development, Javier Castellanos, explains: “We are asking the public to be creative, to be involved with the Council, see what kind of policies they are making that will suit you in your business. We have a new norm now, so you have to start to be creative, look for a local business opportunity to make a business from your home, and to [come up with] new ideas…”
With competition increasing, Castellanos adds, it is up to the successful entrepreneur to believe in their idea, to be determined and to expect to fail, sometimes more than once, in order to finally succeed. Thus, whether it’s a panades shop or arts and crafts store or a welding service, the Council has room for all.
The training emphasizes how business works – location, specific needs and the ins and outs of being successful – using established success stories in business.
Castellanos mentioned that the late Hubert Pipersburgh was a driving force behind the initiative and they carry on in his memory.
To become part of the next cohort, visit the Council’s Local Economic Development office at City Hall and apply. You will receive guidance from the Council’s experts and even a break on trade license and other needed approvals.
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