Small Business Network of the Americas Grant (SBNA)

The SBNA grant was awarded to America’s SBDC and its partners — the International Business Innovation Association (InBIA), the Regional Center for the Promotion of Small Business in Central America (CENPROMYPE) and the University of Texas San Antonio (UTSA) — to help small business service providers across the Western Hemisphere get the education and assistance they need to launch and grow their businesses.

SBNA had three major programs, running from 2016-2019

Small Grants

Organizations from the Western Hemisphere applied with a partner from a similar institution to receive awards of up to $50,000 for projects to be carried out during a 10-month period.

List of Grant Recipients

La Idea

This program allowed entrepreneurs in the Western Hemisphere to directly connect with U.S.-based Soft Landings designees.

List of La Idea Beneficiaries

Travel Stipends

Travel stipends were awarded for interested SBNA members to attend the different SBNA events at the America’s SBDC Conference, InBIA Conference and CENPROMYPE Conference.

Closing Ceremony

America’s SBDC hosted the Small Business Network of the Americas Grant Closing Ceremony, honoring our small grant recipients and La Idea beneficiaries completing their projects over the last three years. The ceremony was held Tuesday, September 3rd, in Long Beach, California, as part of the America’s SBDC Conference.

SBNA Member Directory

In an effort to continue strengthening the work among SBNA partners and members, a Member Directory of all beneficiaries of SBNA Small Grants, La Idea and travel stipends is available here.

Other Resources


Read articles relevant to the work of entrepreneurs and their experiences working with small business development centers in the Western Hemisphere.

Sistematización ASBNA
El Desarollo De La Pequeña Empresa Desde Un SBDC


Check these valuable reports on the work carried out in the area.

B-Live Innovation Kick-Off: Reporte De Resultados

SBDC Global

Hosted by the University of Texas at San Antonio, SBDC Global is an online trade platform that provides SBDC clients with trade tools and training resources in order to expand their international trade knowledge.

America’s SBDC SBNA Grant Partners

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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