What is the SBNA Grant?

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 globe get the education and assistance they need to launch and grow their business.

SBNA Programs

SBNA had three major programs, running since 2016:

• SBNA Small Grants
• Travel Stipends
• La Idea

These offered connection and expansion of opportunities for entrepreneurs and SBDCs in the Western Hemisphere.

SBNA 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.

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.

La Idea

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

These designees provide advanced incubation services to guide Latin American entrepreneurs’ businesses towards revenue generation, investment successes, and capital-efficient operations.

SBNA Closing Ceremony

America’s SBDC will be hosting 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 3 years. The ceremony will be Tuesday, September 3rd in Long Beach, California as part of the America’s SBDC Conference.

The program will include presentations by the US State Department, as well as the Association of Small Business Development Centers (America’s SBDC), and other partners for this grant, The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), The International Business Innovation Association (InBIA) and the Centro Regional de la MIPYME (CENPROMYPE).

Travel Stipends Available

As part of the SBNA grant, limited travel stipends will be available to small grant recipients and La Idea beneficiaries only. If you would like to apply, please visit this Registration Link. Travel stipends will be available to foreign applicants only and will be prioritized in an effort to include at least one participant from each organization who received a Small Grant or participated in La Idea program. Applications for travel stipends are open now and will close July 10, 2019 at midnight.


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)

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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