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Inter-American University, SBA Launch BIZ Learning Center

By on July 13, 2021

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Small Business & Technology Development Center Develops Entrepreneurial Multimedia Platform

SAN JUAN – The Puerto Rico Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) of the Inter-American University and the Small Business Administration (SBA), has launched a multimedia platform, BIZ Learning Center, for people seeking to establish a business on the island, among other topics. 

The SBTDC is a partnership program with the SBA, administered by the Inter American University of Puerto Rico and funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the agency.

The new platform is intended to help entrepreneurs educate themselves about different business topics “in a simple, convenient, and accessible manner anytime,” the center said.

The BIZ Learning Center website, www.learning.prsbtdc.org, contains educational modules with relevant topics, and takes users through the different stages to establish and improve their business. The modules are themed under: Business Idea, Business Plan, Corporate Structures, Financing Options, Permits and Digital Marketing. The center said it will develop additional modules on Contributions, Human Resources and Accounting, among others.

“Each module contains exercises that complement learning and promote interactivity with the content of the material that includes glossaries with commonly used terms in each business topic. In addition, the modules provide knowledge validation tests and issue a certificate of participation for each course,” the center explained. “At the end of the module, the user will be able to receive a virtual or face-to-face individualized assistance of a certified business consultant of the SBTDC,” through its nine regional centers around the island.

“Inter-American University, as a leading institution in distance education, supports creative initiatives that promote entrepreneurship, a discipline that must be known in every career or profession. As the host institution of the SBTDC, we recognize the value that this program provides to entrepreneurs and small and medium-sized businesses,” Inter-American President Manuel J. Fernós said.

The executive director of the center, CPA Ricardo Martínez, added that the platform was developed by SDT Learning, a Puerto Rican company that offers distance education services. “Our goal was to develop an interactive and virtual platform that allows our entrepreneurs to train and validate their knowledge through new technological tools with a variety of courses relevant to the development and strengthening of their small businesses,” Martínez said.

The center said the pandemic has been a great challenge due to the increased demand for its services, “which have increased by 305% compared to previous years.” 

From January 2020 to May 31, 2021, the SBTDC has offered 233 online courses with a total of 26,560 participants. In addition, it has “individually advised some 8,130 entrepreneurs, helping them to access $125 million in capital to boost” their businesses and create jobs

“I urge entrepreneurs to access this convenient new educational tool, which explains the know-how of what it takes to start and formalize your business idea, as well as other resources that we offer in www.SBA.gov. Small and medium-sized enterprises are the backbone of our economy, and we must encourage entrepreneurship to leverage the recovery,” said Josué E. Rivera, SBA district director for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.For more information, call 787-625-1515 or write to lead@prsbtdc.org.

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