SBNA Grant Program Application

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BIG Summit Travel Stipends

33rd International Conference on Business Incubation
April 13 – 17, 2019  |  Minneapolis, MN  |  Hilton Minneapolis

The International Business Incubation Association (InBIA), America’s SBDC, CENPROMYPE and the partners of the Small Business Network of the Americas Partnership Program, funded by the U.S Department of State, invite you to submit your travel stipend applications to attend the Business Incubation Global Summit (BIG Summit), within the framework of the 33rd International Business Incubation Conference, to be held from April 13 to17, 2019 in Minneapolis, MN, United States.

Travel stipend opportunities are available for small business assistance center representatives in Central and South America and the Caribbean. The SBNA Partnership Program will cover partial costs of flight, hotel and per diem for up to $2,000.00 per person for up to 12 people in 2019.

To check the selection criteria and submit your application, go to:

All applications must be submitted no later than Wednesday, December 12, 2018.


For more information, click here or contact

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BIG Summit Estipendios de Viaje

33o Conferencia Internacional de Incubación de Empresas
13 al 17 de abril 2019  |  Minneapolis, MN  |  Hilton Minneapolis

La Asociación Internacional de Incubación de Empresas (InBIA), America’s SBDC, CENPROMYPE y los socios del Programa de Hermanamientos de la Red de Pequeños Negocios de las Américas, financiado por el Departamento de Estado de los Estados Unidos, le invitan a presentar sus solicitudes de estipendio de viaje para asistir al Business Incubation Global Summit (BIG Summit), en el marco de la 33° Conferencia Internacional de Incubación de Empresas, a celebrarse del 13 al 17 de abril 2019 en la ciudad de Minneapolis, MN, Estados Unidos.

La convocatoria está dirigida a directores/as y asesores/as de Centros de Atención MIPYME y representantes de centros proveedores de servicios de desarrollo empresarial de los países del Hemisferio Occidental. El programa cubrirá el costo parcial de boletos aéreos, alojamiento y alimentación por un monto no mayor de US$2,000.00 por persona para un total de 12 participantes en 2019.

Para ver los criterios de selección e ingresar una solicitud, las personas interesadas deben acceder a la plataforma de aplicación a través del siguiente enlace:

Las solicitudes de estipendio de viaje deberán ingresarse a la plataforma de aplicación a más tardar el miércoles 12 de diciembre 2018.


Si desea información adicional sobre la convocatoria, vea este documento o envie sus consultas al siguiente correo electrónico:

SBNA Grant Program Information Webinar

The SBNA Small Grants Program is looking for SBNA members in Central America who are interested in expanding the SBDC model, increasing their business counseling skills, strengthening partnerships with other SBDCs in the US, and increasing small business opportunities for under-served communities.

SBNA will award 11 grants this July and is offering an informational webinar in Spanish and English. Topics covered in this webinar include the purpose of the grant, eligibility, process of selection, timeline, and time for Q&A.

Webinar Title
Información sobre la Red de Pequeñas Empresas de las Américas (SBNA) – Información Acerca del Programa de Subvención (SBNA Grant)
Information on the Small Business Network of the Americas (SBNA) – Information About the Grant Program (SBNA Grant)

Webinar Date
Thursday, July 26, 2018

Register Here


April 25, 2018 Webinar Information: Webinar Recording  |  Webinar Presentation
November 20, 2017 Webinar Information: Webinar Recording

October 25, 2017 Webinar Information: Webinar Recording  |  Webinar Presentation

2017 Cohort of the La Idea Incubator Program Finalists

Denim Project SA de CV. Founder: Luis Roberto Ticas Valdivieso, Location: El Salvador. The Denim Project SA de CV offers the first product of its kind in the world: a line of decorated, custom jeans made out of recycled plastic bottles.

The Print Capital. Founder: Walter José Ferrufino Alvarez, Location: El Salvador The Print Capital offers a variety of fabrics for customized screen printed t-shirts. The company utilizes state of the art screen printing presses, which allow up to 5,000 screen prints per day at their facility.

Tu’Kan Manufacturers Ltd. Stakeholder: Ravi Nandwani, Location: Belize Tu’Kan is one of the leading producers of plastic containers and tableware in the continent of Central America.

Makalo Swimwear. Co-Founder: Valeria Maroto González, Location: Costa Rica Makalo is a sustainable brand from the textiles the company uses to their manufacturing process – all to create beautiful swimwear, resort wear and accessories.

Curvas Plus Size Boutique. Owner: Blanca González Benavides, Location: Nicaragua. Curvas offers a product portfolio that has a wide variety in clothing sizes XL up to 6XL for women and men.

Artisan’s Handbag. Founder: Ruben Dario Falconett Herrera, Location: Panama Artisan’s Handbag designs and manufactures elegant leather fashion goods including wallets, handbags, bracelets and necklaces.

Medical Herbal S.A. General Manager: Maria Jesús San Silvestre Chacón, Location: Costa Rica. Medical Herbal is a large producer in Costa Rica of vitamins and supplements for nutrition.

Romboide. Founder: Fernando Antonio Esau Orozco, Location: Guatamala Romboide is a growing brand of street fashion wear for young men age 18 – 25 years old.

AVARSA. Founder: Augusto Vargas Salas, Location: Costa Rica AVARSA/ZGS Plastic Solutions is a plastic mold injection production house capable of supplying turn-key services for large batch manufacturing of plastic components in a wide variety of applications/markets.

Raquel Arana: Bags That Tell a Story. Founder: Raquel Arana, Location: El Salvador. Raquel Arana’s products are unique handbags available in over 40 distinctive prints.

Should any of the above companies be unable to attend the mandatory boot camp of the La Idea Incubator Program,
alternate companies/entrepreneurs have been selected. Click here for full press release and list.


News ReleaseNews Release – July 18, 2018
(SBNA Grant Awards)

Announcement - EnglishAnnouncement – July 18, 2018
(Conference Stipend – in English)

Announcement - SpanishAnnouncement – July 18, 2018
(Conference Stipend – in Spanish)

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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…

UTSAThe 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…

CENPROMYPECENPROMYPE 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…

InBIAThe 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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