The SBNA Partnership Program Small Grants Application

The United States Department of State, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs (WHA) has awarded a grant to support the Small Business Network of the Americas (SBNA) Partnership Program. Pursuant to that grant, America’s SBDC, in partnership with the International Business Innovation Association (InBIA), the Regional Center for the Promotion of Small Business in Central America (CENPROMYPE) and the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), intends to issue 30 sub-grant awards in amounts up to $50,000 within FY 2017, FY 2018, and FY 2019.

Two-thirds of these sub-grants will benefit Central American participants and one-third may be anywhere else in Latin America and the Caribbean for a project period of 10 months. Foreign entities in Bolivia, Ecuador, Venezuela, and Cuba are ineligible. The anticipated start date for this activity is September 2017.

The purpose of the subgrants will be to support and expand the SBNA by funding projects designed to expand the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) model, increase small business counseling skills, strengthen center to center SBNA partnerships, increase international trade and increase small business opportunity in underserved communities.


Grant Submission is Closed


The SBNA La Idea Incubator Program Entrepreneur Application

The La Idea Incubator Program provides a framework that allows entrepreneurs in Central America to directly connect with US-based InBIA Soft Landings designees. These designees provide advanced incubation services to guide their entrepreneurs' businesses towards revenue generation, investment successes, and capital-efficient operations. InBIA's Soft Landings designees have been validated through rigorous application and peer-review processes to ultimately serve foreign companies interested in expanding out their domestic markets. The Soft Landing sites selected for La Idea have been found as ideal matches for those Central American entrepreneur program applicants who are interested in expanding their businesses to the United States.

If you are an entrepreneur residing in Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, or Panama, and you are developing innovative solutions in the manufacturing, services, or food and farm industries, the U.S. Department of State and its partners encourage you to apply for the SBNA La Idea Incubator Program. La Idea recipients will have the unprecedented opportunity to connect with peer innovators, create lasting relationships with entrepreneurship centers in the U.S., learn to navigate the complexities of international trade, and explore best practices in sales and operations. Upon selection for La Idea, you will be sent an invitation letter to support your Visa application, should you not have one at the time you submit your application. Due to any rejected Visa applicants/other issues, La Idea program staff have the right to select alternate applicant for the program.


Grant Submission is Closed


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