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Small business owners have strengthened their business entrepreneurial skills while others took an idea and made it a reality after being part of the Business Entrepreneurship Skills Project. The project was implemented by the Social Investment Fund and facilitated by teachers at the Institute of Technical and vocational Education and Training, ITVET in Orange Walk. The project concluded today with a mini exposition of all small business entrepreneurs who took part. Today, Reporter Dalila Ical takes a look at what was on display.


Screen_Shot_2014-01-17_at_6.20.49_PMDalila Ical – Reporting


The project began in September of 2013 and was offered to residents in San Jose and Guinea Grass Villages in the Orange Walk District. Twenty residents from each village enrolled and completed the courses. Project Manager Cindy Garcia says the biggest part of the program was enabling the participants to design their business plan.


Cindy Garcia – Project Manager

“One of the main objectives was to create a business plan for the project and some of them have already have a business in place and some of them want to have a business so toady we would see a range of some of the small businesses, so it all began with what they want and what they have, and this morning we had the business plan presentation, these persons here presented the  different business plan to the different financial intuitions we invited just to show to them what they have and how best they can assist them in terms of finance.”


Four business lecturers at ITVET facilitated the classes. Garcia says the participants were also given an opportunity to present their plans to lending institutions.


Cindy Garcia – Project Manager


“The representatives from the financial institutions were very much impressed with the business plan that these people presented this morning, some of them do not have a high school background to say and the kind and the calibre of business plan that they presented was very much interested and the way they presented that to them they were all impresses with what they did.”


And the participants themselves feel that the course was worth their time.


Floridelma Velasquez – Entrepreneur

“We’re very appreciative to Social Investment Fund and to the instructors if ITVET.”


Dalila Ical – Reporter


“I imagine the program assisted you in developing new skills, better skills, to better promote and sale your product.”


Floridelma Velasquez – Entrepreneur

“Yes it did help a lot in managing my business and learning on how to do a better job in the marketing and the sources and uses and the analysis and all of that.”


Dalila Ical – Reporter


“Will you say now that you feel a lot confident with pushing forward with your business?”


Floridelma Velasquez – Entrepreneur


“Well, of course with this training, this training has helped a lot.”


Mariano Juchim – Entrepreneur

“Yo estoy trabajando más de doce años en este negocio preparando condimentos, como usted lo mira tengo recado, pimienta, comino, clavo, canela en polvo y gano, chile molido, de todo un poco.”

Dalila Ical – Reporter

“Bueno usted ya tiene experiencia en cuanto un negocio, ahora que tomo estas clases puede decir que aprendió más que le ayude a mejorar su negocio?”

Mariano Juchim – Entrepreneur

“Si seguro, y tengo mucho confianza de sacar mi negocio adelante.”

The project was carried out in a span of four months. This is the first time that the SIF and ITVET join in a venture of this nature. There is a second program currently on-going at ITVET on basic computer lessons. That program is running for six months and is being offered to residents of San Jose Village only.

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