Small Business Network of the Americas (SBNA)

SBNA Grant Program Information Webinar

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The 2017 SBNA Partnership Program Small Grants Application is Now Open

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All applications must be submitted in English

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 10 sub-grant awards in amounts not to exceed $52,500 in FY 2017.


In Spanish: El Departamento de Estado de los Estados Unidos, Oficina de Asuntos del Hemisferio Occidental (WHA) ha otorgado una subvención para apoyar la Red de Pequeñas Empresas de las Américas (SBNA) Programa de Asociación. Conforme a esa concesión, el SBDC de América, en asociación con la Asociación Internacional de Innovación Empresarial (InBIA), el Centro Regional para la Promoción de la Pequeña Empresa en Centroamérica (CENPROMYPE) y la Universidad de Texas en San Antonio (UTSA) dara 10 Sub-subvenciones en cantidades que no excedan los $52,500 en el año fiscal 2017.


Of these 10 awards, 6 of the awards need to benefit small businesses and entities in Central America and 4 awards can be made to eligible organizations anywhere else in Latin America and the Caribbean. Foreign entities in Bolivia, Ecuador, Venezuela, and Cuba are ineligible. These are the first of up to 30 potential awards that will be made between now and January, 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. 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.”

America’s SBDC is a member of the Small Business Network of the Americas (SBNA), in partnership with the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), CENPROMYPE, and the International Business Innovation Association (InBIA).

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About SBNA

SBNA is comprised of small business service providers helping more than two million entrepreneurs create jobs locally by connecting globally. Through SBNA, these centers of expertise connect with thousands of their counterparts throughout the Americas and extend their businesses’ links beyond national borders. Membership in SBNA is open to a wide variety of organizations providing services to entrepreneurs and small business owners. Small business development centers (SBDCs), incubators, accelerators, and other service providers are all welcome to join. Learn more…

About UTSA


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The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) is one of nine academic universities and six health institutions in the UT System. UTSA hosts the Institute for Economic Development, a leading economic development organization with diverse programs that serve regional, national and international stakeholders. The Institute is host to the South-West Texas Border SBDC Network, which is leading the expansion of the SBDC model across 20 countries in the Western Hemisphere.  Learn more…


CENPROMYPE logoCENPROMYPE seeks to develop initiatives that foster market activities based on the level of development of the region and the role played by MSME in the integration of Central America, and programs that enhance the management capacities of MSMEs, to influence public-private partnerships and focus on development policies. In this way we create the foundations upon which to build and promote an equitable and stable Central American society. Learn more…

About InBIA

InBIA logoThe International Business Innovation Association (InBIA) is an international non-profit organization and global advocate for incubators, accelerators, educational institutions and regional economic development stakeholders. With more than 2,100 members in over 60 nations, InBIA provides its members with essential information, education, advocacy and networking resources to bring excellence to the process of assisting early-stage companies in their success. Learn more…

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