Small Business Network of the Americas (SBNA)

SBNA Grant Program Application

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SBNA Grant Program Information Webinar

The La Idea Incubator Program is seeking business-to-business or business-to-consumer small companies from throughout Central America who are providing a variety of services to their clients. Eligible service-based businesses include but are not limited to: consulting; lifestyle or fitness coaching; creative or art services; business development or marketing services; technical, architecture and/or manufacturing services; event planning; real estate services; or tourism/travel agencies.

Please join an informational webinar about the Program, covering the benefits of the program, eligibility requirements, how to apply and more.

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/Time
Monday, November 20, 2017
If you are in the United States: 11:30 am (Eastern Time)
If you are in Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua or Costa Rica: 10:30 am
If you are in Panama: 11:30 am

To Register for the Webinar
Register at:
Webinar ID: 784-072-739


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.

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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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