SBDCs in the Dominican Republic
The Vice Ministry of SME under the Ministry of Industry and Commerce (MIC) is leading the development of the national network of SBDCs in the Dominican Republic. The initial consultation event "Knowing the SBDC Model and exploring the possibility of its transfer to the DR" created awareness about the model among key stakeholders representing the public, private and academic sector who considered that the SBDCs could be adapted and adopted to the national reality.
As a result of the consultation UTSA, in collaboration with the Vice Ministry and other project partners, conducted the Certificate Training for Future SBDC Counselors and Directors that transferred the SBDC methodology and prepared professionals to manage and operate an economic impact producing SBDC. The Training was concluded in October of 2013 graduated 105 participants.
The government is currently working on the implementation plan to adapt and adopt the model with the goal of launching five (5) SBDC pilot centers by 2015.