||MSME Clearinghouse: Newsletter
OAS MSME Newsletter: (January 2022):
This OAS MSME Newsletter is published by the Department of Economic Development of the Executive Secretariat for Integral
Development (SEDI). It is dedicated to measures recently announced by OAS Member States to drive the economic recovery
of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs). The policy responses vary from country to country and are specific
to the economic circumstances of each Member State. Given that every day produces new developments, this inventory is in
no way exhaustive.
Productive Development trained more than 200 SMEs in management with a gender perspective
More than 200 businessmen and women who are studying the Diploma in Management and Direction of SMEs were trained in gender
perspective, a joint initiative between the Secretariat of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises and Entrepreneurs (SEPYME) and
the National University of San Martín ( UNSAM) created to strengthen the skills and strategic vision of companies.
The Government approved the creation of 19 Digital Transformation Units to increase the productivity of SMEs
The Ministry of Productive Development, through the Secretariat for Small and Medium Enterprises and Entrepreneurs (SEPYME),
approved an assistance of more than $ 88 million that will be used for consulting services for the creation and start-up of 19
Business Units. Digital Transformation (UTD), distributed federally to increase the productivity and competitiveness of SMEs
through the adoption of digital technologies and skills.
The National Guarantee Council met to design new financial inclusion strategies for SMEs
The first working group meeting was held to strengthen and diversify the granting of credit guarantees, in addition to improving access to bank
financing for micro, small and medium-sized enterprises.
Digital Corporate Registry Launched
Barbados Corporate Affairs and Intellectual Property Office (CAIPO) launched a redesigned Corporate Registry, transitioning from paper applications
to a fully digital application process.
FONSOMEFP buys products made in Bolivia to encourage national production
The acquisition of national products from micro and small businesses is in line with the government to encourage local
production for the benefit of Bolivian producer families.
Sebrae brings more than 500 startups to Rio Innovation Week
Innovation event featured 44 conferences from Sebrae, in addition to the launch of an exclusive credit line for technology-based companies.
Micro and small businesses can solve problems with free online mediation
Causes involving amounts of up to R $ 20,000 can participate in the mediation campaign, offered free of charge until January 31, 2022.
Sebrae promotes the technological development of small businesses
With the support of ABGI Brasil's consultancy, micro and small enterprises will receive financial and technical support to improve their businesses.
Canada announces new call for proposals under the Women Entrepreneurship Strategy Ecosystem Fund
Government announced a call for proposals for new projects under the Women Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Fund, one of the initiatives of the $6 billion Women Entrepreneurship Strategy (WES).
Government announces partners to establish Black Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub
The Government of Canada is working to address long-standing barriers through its first-ever Black Entrepreneurship Program—an investment of over $400 million to support
the long-term success of Black entrepreneurs and business owners.
Mincomercio call Colombian MSMEs to participate in the Innova 2021 award
The Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism and iNNpulsa Colombia announced the opening of the call for the Colombian Award for Business Innovation for MSMEs "Innova".
In this opportunity, the award will have the following six categories: product innovation; service innovation; innovation of production processes; business innovation;
open innovation; and social innovation.
Mincomercio receives EU financial support for inclusive and sustainable economic and business development in Colombia
The Colombian Government and the European Union signed the financing agreement "Sector reform performance contract for an inclusive, green and competitive economy in
Colombia", with resources for 20 million euros.
Bill to improve support for SMEs
The Government presented a bill that was prepared in collaboration with institutions and sectors that are part of the SME Advisory Council,
which intends to modify the Law of Strengthening of Small and Medium Enterprises, Law No. 8262, with the purpose of incorporating new support
tools for SMEs, as well as an activity that is recognized in the proposal as essential to promote economic activity: entrepreneurship.
Ministry of Industry, Commerce and MIPYMES (MIC) technicians propose a plan for MSMEs to use ICT to improve productivity and competitiveness
It was proposed to transform the country into the Digital Republic of the Caribbean through programs that promote among micro, small and medium-sized
enterprises the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) to improve their productivity and competitiveness.
Funds delivered to the artisan sector for the start-up of community workshops and to finalists of the 2021 National Crafts Award.
The Government of El Salvador, through the National Commission for Micro and Small Enterprises (CONAMYPE) made the delivery of $ 60,000.00 for the creation
of community workshops in the municipalities of Zacatecoluca and Quezaltepeque.
An agreement is signed to facilitate the participation of MSEs in the public procurement market
The Government of El Salvador, through the National Micro and Small Business Commission (CONAMYPE) will sign an agreement to support the MSEs of the municipalities
of El Rosarío, San Miguel, San Rafael Cedros, Tenancingo, Suchitoto and Ciudad Barrios, as well as well as the ISSS providers.
With these types of agreements, the aim is to generate and promote business opportunities for the supplier MSEs, through State purchases and increase compliance
with the Public Administration Procurement and Contracting Law (LACAP).
Support Fund for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises
The Ministry of Economy (MINECO) and the Commission for Small and Medium Enterprises of the Congress of the Republic reported through a press conference
that the resources for Q400 million from the Support Fund for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises are already available to business owners of MIPYMES,
as well as for entrepreneurial activities, and it will be the National Mortgage Credit (CHN) that will execute it through its network of banking agencies.
White Seal for MSMEs
A group of five companies from the handicrafts, chocolate and coffee sectors, from Quetzaltenango, Totonicapán, Chiquimula and Petén, received this Wednesday
the first "White Stamps" that recognize them as companies with export quality.
The White Seal is a distinction that was born in order to give visibility to Guatemalan MSMEs through an approach of consumer social responsibility, to link
them to the international market and thus promote local development.
OAS Supports JBDC with Growth of MSMEs
The Organization of American States (OAS), through its Development Cooperation Fund (DCF), has approved a grant of US$100,000 to support the
Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC) with its project to accelerate the growth of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in
Jamaica through innovation and technology.
JBDC, DBJ To Invest $60 Million in Accelerator Program
The Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC) is targeting 60 local entrepreneurs within the micro, small, and medium-sized enterprise
(MSME) sector for Cohort 4 of its Accelerator Programme, which is set to get under way in early 2022.
20 MSEs to Benefit From DBJ'S Ignite III
The Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ) has enlisted five of its business service intermediaries to facilitate the capacity-building of 20 micro
and small enterprises (MSEs) under the IGNITE programme over the next 12 months.
Medium, Small and Micro Enterprises (MSMEs) - Government Support and Business Registration
The Government of Jamaica (GOJ) continuously seeks to strengthen MSMEs through its programmes
Two of these are the Boosting Innovation, Growth, and Entrepreneurship Ecosystems (BIGEE) Programme, administered by the Ministry of Economic
Growth and Job Creation (MEGJC) and the Social and Economic Recovery and Vaccine (SERVE) Jamaica Programme, administered by the Ministry of
Finance and the Public Service (MOFPS).
Entrepreneurs Urged to Exploit Global Growth Trends
Amid global supply disruptions occasioned by the novel coronavirus pandemic, entrepreneurs are being urged to capitalise on new economic growth
trends as potential opportunities for expanding their businesses.
Ampyme delivers 367 Seed Capital
367 Seed Capital for an amount of B / .705,600 was delivered to entrepreneurs who are engaged in various activities and who will
start their businesses and help rescue the national economy and create new jobs.
Ampyme delivers Seed Capital for people with disabilities
The allocation of 241 Seed Capital for people with disabilities is contemplated in compliance with Law 538 of 2021, which establishes
the allocation of Seed Capital for the benefit of this social group.
Advances, challenges and access to more markets, emphasizing that of public purchases, were the topics developed in the IV Forum
of the National System of MSMEs
With the slogan "Challenges of Paraguayan MSMEs for competitiveness", the IV Forum of the National System of MSMEs (SINAMIPYMES) was held,
organized by the Ministry of Industry and Commerce (MIC), through the Vice Ministry of MSMEs.
National Program Tu Empresa formalized 33,654 MSMEs throughout the country
The National Program Tu Empress, created to contribute to the increase in productivity and sales of micro and small enterprises throughout
the country, closed the year 2021 managing to formalize 33,654 SMEs, after hard work considering the current social and economic context
after the global pandemic.
More than 250 SMEs from Peru participate in a virtual fair to support economic reactivation
The National Program Tu Empresa of the Ministry of Production held the II Edition of the Unstoppable Peru Virtual Fair, which houses 275
micro-enterprises in the country, who for the first time access the digital world through a free online store for the sale of their
products. The inauguration took place through the Zoom platform.
SBA Administrator Guzman Announces $1.1 Million in Awards to Support Native American Entrepreneurs
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced the awardees of $1.1 million in grants and contracts to promote the development, success,
and long-term sustainability of Native American-owned businesses.
SBA Administrator Announces Plans to Elevate the Office of Women’s Business Ownership
The U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator announced that the SBA intends to elevate its Office of Women’s Business Ownership (OWBO)
to directly report to the Office of the Administrator. Under Administrator Guzman, the SBA has expanded the number of Women’s Business Centers
(WBCs) to a record 140 locations nationwide. These WBCs offer a network of extensive on-the-ground resources that include free to low-cost
counseling, training, business development technical assistance and are dedicated to assisting women entrepreneurs to start, grow, and expand
SBA Administrator Encourages Americans to ShopSmall® for 12th Annual Small Business Saturday
The U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator encouraged Americans to Shop Small on Small Business Saturday, November 27, in support
of their local businesses and Main Street economies.
SME Centers of Artigas, Río Negro and Flores are now open
The SME Centers of Artigas (based in the departmental capital and in Bella Unión), Río Negro and Flores were opened.
The SME Centers program, which is carried out by the National Development Agency (ANDE), in conjunction with local public and private partners in
each department, seeks to reach the entire Uruguayan territory with tools to promote the growth of micro, small and business enterprises. It is a
space where companies and entrepreneurs can access 100% subsidized professional support and various services.
MSME of the Year Award awarded for the first time
The MSME of the Year 2021 Award was awarded, in 4 categories, granted by the National Development Agency (ANDE), to recognize micro, small
and medium-sized enterprises that with their activities are boosting the country's economy and the generation of employment, in this year
and a half of pandemic. It is the first time that this award has been awarded, which had 12 finalists chosen from among 170 companies that
applied from all departments of the country. Of the 12 finalist companies, the 4 winners were chosen by public vote.