Small Business Development Center Comes to Argentina

The U.S. Embassy Argentina participated in the launch of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Pilot Program in Buenos Aires. The U.S. Government sponsored the creation of this program to create a network of sustainable and successful SBDC’s in Argentina based on other successful models in South America and the Caribbean.

The implementation of this pilot program will include consultation meetings in Argentina, certificate training for future SBDC counselors and directors, and webinars to provide guidance on development of regulatory and operational framework of the program. The 12-month project, which will be executed by the University of Texas at San Antonio in partnership with Ministry of Economic Development of the City of Buenos Aires, is designed to target private, public and higher education sector officials who promote entrepreneurism and innovation.

During the kick-off event, Chargé Kevin Sullivan highlighted the collaborative efforts to bolster entrepreneurial spirt and help small businesses succeed in Argentina:  “In Argentina and in the United States, we share the goal of creating quality jobs and dynamic opportunities in an effort to promote equality, social inclusion, and prosperity for all strata of the population – in the cities, in small towns, and in rural areas alike.  Today there is a great sense of hope and optimism in the small business and entrepreneurial communities and the U.S. looks forward to continuing cooperation with our Argentine partners to foster and promote business growth in Argentina.”