After learning about the U.S. SBDC model in September 2009, El Salvador’s Comisión Nacional de la Micro y Pequeña Empresa (CONAMYPE) proceeded to design, with UTSA’s assistance, its own SBDC network through the commonly practiced alliance between public, private, and academic sectors. The country’s SBDC network, known as the Centros de Desarrollo de la Micro y Pequeña Empresa (CDMYPE), began with a national-level pilot program that included the opening of five Centers. During the six-month pilot, 715 business clients received assistance and, in 2011, five more CDMYPEs opened. With 100 percent of the territory covered by 2017, 14 CDMYPEs assisted 2,718 business clients who created 2,343 new jobs and generated $16 million (USD) in sales.

  • In 2014, the National Law of Promotion, Protection and Development of the MSME recognized the triple alliance as a trusted model to assist the Salvadorian MSMEs.
  • In 2015, the CDMYPE Association was created to promote and strengthen the national network.
  • In 2017, CONAMYPE became an autonomous institution, strengthening its national role as a leading agency of the MSME and benefiting the continuation of the CDMYPE program.
  • Due to the solid success, CONAMYPE increased its allocation of funds within the national budget from $275,981 (USD) in 2010 to $1.9 million (USD) in 2017, for a total investment of $13.8 million (USD).

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