Dr. Danalyn Myvett, President of BCTD, 1 of 14 consultants to become certified by the World Bank as a Facilitator for the Women Innovators Network of the Caribbean (WINC) Acceleration Program implemented under InfoDev’s Entrepreneurship Program for Innovation in the Caribbean (EPIC). Funded by the Government of Canada, EPIC is a seven-year program that supports growth-oriented entrepreneurs in the region.
I am excited to be afforded this opportunity as it will benefit women entrepreneurs in Belize and across the Caribbean, says Dr. Myvett who is passionate about the empowerment of women through business.
This eight-month intensive Acceleration Program will provide women entrepreneurs with a comprehensive suite of support services to innovate their businesses, improve their competitiveness, and facilitate growth. It will comprise peer-learning, personal development, mentoring, technical workshops, and motivational sessions by relateable role models.
Program roll-out in Belize will commence in early 2016.
BCTD’s President, Danalyn Myvett, signed off on contract with Caribbean Export Development Agency on July 21, 2014 for the award of an Accelerated Grant to market and promote the company’s services and develop collateral materials.
” On July 11, 2014, the Caribbean Export agency announced the awarding of Euros 2,992,287 (BZ 8,009,960.9) to firms across the region under its flagship programme the Direct Assitance Grant Scheme (DAGS) as part of the Regional Private Sector Development Programme funded by the European Union. Caribbean Export published the call for proposal for grant facilities under the DAGS on January 17, 2014 with a deadline for submission of application on March 7, 2014, receiving a total of 341 applications from across the region of which 136 firms and Business Support Organizations were awarded grants. The objective of the scheme is to provide financial support to firms looking to increase their export capacity, either to new or existing markets. In particular, to capitalise on the opportunities presented by the CARIFORUM-EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) and the CARICOM Single Market Economy (CSE).” (Caribbean Export, 2014)
BCTD is one of six Belizean firms that were selected under this 10th European Development Fund.
The Caribbean island of Antigua served as host country over the period April 1 to April 3 (inclusive) for the “Grow Your Business” workshop that was held by Info Dev; which is an arm of the World Bank that created the Women Innovators Network of the Caribbean (WINC). The President of BCTD was one of the 22 fortunate women selected from around the Caribbean for this third cohort. The selection included women entrepreneurs from varied sectors, background, and experiences.
Over the three-day period participants were exposed to new strategies for enhancing their businesses. New Business theories were thought and simplified with the use of teaching strategies that utilized games to support experiential learning. Participants were encouraged to apply the concepts to their individual enterprize in order to deepen understanding.
The workshop brought the additional benefit of enabling the attendees to forge linkages and network in support of advancing their businesses.
In December 2013, BELIZE CENTRE FOR TRAINING & DEVELOPMENT (BCTD) was awarded the consultancy to conduct a Joint Utility Customer Satisfaction Survey on behalf of Belize Water Services Limted (BWS), Belize Telemedia Limited (BTL) and Belize Electricity Limited (BEL). The survey is a first of its kind and is an undertaking purposed to obtain customers’ perception of the utilities services. It will be conducted nationally across the six districts of Belize.