Brazil Gives South Africa, Chile and Mexico Entrepreneurship Lessons

Sebrae's office in the state of Tocantins, Brazil The Empreender program, developed by the Brazilian Micro and Small Business Support Service (Sebrae) and the Confederation of Commercial and Business Associations of Brazil (CACB), is going to start providing support to micro and small companies in another six countries starting this month.

This Monday, May 7, during a meeting at the São Paulo Chamber of Commerce, institutions that support micro and small companies in South Africa, Colombia, Chile, El Salvador, Mexico and Mozambique signed the terms of entry into the program.

Tomorrow, May 8, 12 consultants from six countries will begin a 15-day training course at Empreender International, in the city of Jaraguá do Sul, in the southern Brazilian state of Santa Catarina.

The objective is to prepare the organizations for the implementation of the program in their respective countries. The signing of the agreements by the institutions from the six countries will mark the internationalization of Sebrae and its partners' experience and knowledge.

"Empreender International will contribute to closer ties between micro and small companies in these six countries and their peers in Brazil," stated Ricardo Villela, national coordinator of the Sebrae Retail Project Portfolio.

These closer ties may also generate business and riches for Brazilian and foreign companies, according to the coordinator.


The Empreender (empreender means to undertake) objective is to provide incentives to joint work between businessmen in the same productive field. Through Sectorial nuclei, the program promotes closer ties between businesses.

Companies in a same sector are united in these nuclei making it easier to find solutions to common problems, which is difficult for businessmen to solve alone.

The internationalization of Empreender is due to proposals that were made during a meeting in South Africa, in 2005, where commercial associations from over 60 countries were present.

The Brazilian program was presented by CCAB representatives and was considered one of the best initiatives in the world for support to small businesses. At the occasion, various countries asked the CACB and the Sebrae for information and transfer of knowledge about the Brazilian program.



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  • João da Silva

    [quote]Switzerland’s women were granted right to vote in 1971[/quote]

    Great to know this fact.Islamic Republic of PakistanÀ‚´s women were granted the rights to vote since its inception in 1947.

    Anothr question: Do Swiss women respond well to the affectionate overtures made by Foreign gentlemen?

  • ch.c.

    To Swiss Pride !!!!!!!
    Not sure to have understood what you mean.
    Are you saying that the Swiss women could not vote before 2002 ?????

    If it is what you meant, more idiot and ignorant than you, there is not !

    Please provide your sources…if you can !
    Show and demonstrate to everyone how stupid you really are.

    If you have only basic education and can surf the Net, you may find….. :
    Switzerland’s women were granted right to vote in 1971.

    sorry for you…..true uneducated junkie !

    and if you know just a little about Switzerland and its democracy, you should know that we are one of the only country in the world
    where citizens can iniate and force for a referendum on a national level just by collecting signatures…in the streets.
    We have the same right on states (cantons) levels.

  • swiss pride

    OK… Go home and tell your american wife that she wasn’t allowed to vote as a woma, if you lived in Switzerland, until 2002. Se how far she would kick yours and Billy Tell’s ass out of the door!!! Laugh laugh Laugh!!! Be real!!

  • ch.c.

    And to the idiot who wrote …. except a.few mechanical watches !!!!!
    You are dead right idiot ! Except that these “few” mecanical watches are worth far far more than your NBR 1 export product !
    And certainly far more rewarding in both total revenues and net profits than your nearly 500 millions tons of sugarcane production !!!!!!!

    thus your word….FEW… worth what it is worth !!!!!!
    It is all relative !!!! Isnt it ?????


    In my view you should increase your sugarcane production by over 50 % …..putting even more pressure on the sugar price, DOWN over 50 % in the last 15 months….even whenb priced into the weak currency the US$ is !!!!!!
    Then only, eventually, your 750 millions tons of sugarcane will be worth near our “few” mechanical watches !!!!!

    What a joke…..this junkie !!!!

  • ch.c.

    Great….the junkies…..totally ignorant !
    Switzerland has no industry ??????

    1) NestlÀƒ© is the world largest food company…..if you dont mind !
    2) Switzerland is ranked Nbr 1 for watches production….for both cheap and expensives watches…..if you dont mind.
    3) Never heard of Syngenta and Norvartis ? Syngenta is selling quite a lot of pesticides and fongicides and GMO seeds…to Brazil….if you dont mind.
    4) UBS and Credit Suisse, ranked nbr 1 and 3 for the world largest wealth management ….if you dont mind !
    5) Swiss Re-insurances are within the world largest !
    6) Within the world largest for elevators, textile machinery and precision machinery….if you dont mind !

    and to all of you….idiots, ignorants and junkies :
    – dont you know that our small and stupid country with a population of 7,5 millions, exports MORE than the whole of Brazil with a population of 185 millions ????????
    – dont you know that our small and stupid country, with a bad climate, no sea access thus no beach, have far more tourism revenue than your gigantic country full of garbage with well over 5000 kms of beaches.
    – dont you know that even with your BOVESPA at 50’000 and your recent strenght in your currency, our total market capitalization is
    over TWICE AS BIG than YOURS !!!!!
    – dont you know that the corporations of our small and stupid country have US$ 500 billions invested abroad, while Brazil has only around US$
    125 billion inevsted abroad ?????

    Take it the way you want it, with the metric you want, or the rankings of your choice, and Switzerland beats Brazil hands down, hands up, hands in the pocket and fingers in the nose !!!!!!

    Ohhh it also happens that only the profits of our foreign investments….is approximately equal to the Brazilian….trade surplus !!!!!!

    You better got a basic education and knowledge….before talking without even knowing what you are talking about !!!!
    Such as the current account surplus…after interests, and not before interests as you enjoy to manipulate numbers.

    It happens that your CA is negative and our CA surplus is larger than your whole trade surplus !!!!!!
    Our inflation rate is below 2 %, our uneployment rate just broke below 3 %, and our interests rates are below 2,5 % !!!!!

    Yessssss….we are the envy of the world idiots like you, and Lula would feel better than god himself if he was able to be only half as good
    as we are !!!!!

    Sorry for you Junkies…that we shine so much.

    In my view if we have so many International Agencies and Organizations having chosen our country for their headquarters and not
    Brazil, I bet that they had hundreds of good reasons !!!!!

    Yessssss you are sadly one of the worst countries…..IN THE WORLD ! Just look at your rankings in the many polls made on various subjects !!!!

  • Ric

    William Tell
    Is represented as overtaken in the Swiss mountains by a furious storm, and there raising his head against the blast, “Cried in thraldom to that furious wind, ‘Blow on; This is the land of liberty!'”

  • swiss pride

    Is like being a swiss
    Very proud and content being the shit hole of Europe with absolutely no industries to speak of, except for the Swiss army knife and a few mechanical watches. It’s like being proud of a country that didn’t let women vote until 2002…or having 12% of the population starving…or having the number one ranking for constitutionalized racism stated by the U.N. or not having an automobile industry or an aviation industry other than 2 and 4 seaters crop spray planes…or having an income distribution as such that 3% of the population owns 95% of the wealth…(check swissinfo) or to have one of the most contaminated underground aquifers in Europe with pcb’s found even in their sewer system… So I guess you could say that Switzerland is a nation of underachieverÀ¢€™s albino monkeys on Prozac/Steroid cocktail with YOU Ch.c being the king of the septic pool!!! Laugh laugh laugh!!

  • u.s.guest

    Question?, asked to a american student in Florida
    I will mention a country.. And you answer what your impression is of that country… Mexico ? Answer:Illegal Aliens, Drug Smugglers,crime,gangs…. Brazil ? Answer: crime, illegal aliens , the amazon… Colombia? Answer: crime, drug trafficking….. El Salvador? Answer: illegal alien gangs …. IT SEEMS BIRDS OF A FEATHER LIKE TO FLOCK TOGETHER…..And of course , sneek into the u.s.a. via Mexico!!….With the assistance of traffickers…..

  • ch.c.

    Great, Impressive !!!
    Thus why is Brazik ranked 122 out of 175 for the Doing Business ranking ????

    How can then Brazil give lessons to countries having a better ranking ?

    Sory fellows, ranking is not ranting !

    Quite pretentious and full of lies….as usual !

    In my view, Brazil should rather better take than give lessons in many subjects.

    Lets face it, your ranking is most of the time from bad to very bad to the worst. Nothing to be proud of, except your pride of being Brazilians.

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