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.

Empreender

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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