Welcome to B.E.L. Initiative

A program of the Georgia Haitian-American Chamber of Commerce
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About B.E.L.

The BEL Initiative is an accelerator program of the Georgia Haitian-American Chamber of Commerce that provides education, mentorship, access and exposure to entrepreneurs from Haiti by hosting them in the United States for the summer.

Haitian entrepreneurs are exposed to doing business in the U.S. with opportunities to improve their business acumen while helping to launch or refine existing business plans. Fellows return to Haiti after the program committed to implement attained knowledge, resources, and solutions to their businesses and local communities.

Business, Entrepreneurship and Leadership, are some of the key pillars we believe are needed to transform the economic landscape of Haiti. BEL is also a Haitian-Kreyol word that means beautiful, it is our goal to contribute to making Haiti beautiful in measurable ways.


Focus Area Institution 2019 Dates
Business & Technology Albany State University, Albany, GA June 23 – 29, 2019
Venture School, International Trade, & Agribusiness University of Iowa Iowa City, Iowa

June 30 – July 12,


Business & Renewable Energy Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA

July 13 – July 21,


The focus of the initiative is for participants to understand and seek business opportunities in key industries to create or build economic solutions through entrepreneurship and scholarship. At the end of the program, students will present their ideas or solutions to an audience comprised of members from the Georgia-Haitian American Chamber of Commerce, Inc., local entrepreneurs and business owners, program instructors and prominent individuals within the community. We hope enrich communities  and people here in the United States and those of beautiful island called Haiti.

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BEL Haiti Initiative - 2017 Fellows @ Albany State University
Volunteer Effort

Summer 2019 will be the our second annual B.E.L. Initiative program. We invite those who are looking for way to give back to volunteer. This year’s program will be hosted from June 21, 2019 – July 21, 2019 on the campuses of Albany State University, Georgia Institute of Technology and University of Iowa. If you are available on any of these days in either city and would like to volunteer, please contact us at [email protected]

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Fundraising Support

Programs such as B.E.L. not only have many moving parts, but also require funds to operate smoothly and successfully. We invite everyone to donate what they can to a cause that can change lives, communities and countries. Please click here to donate.

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Sponsorship & Partnership

Through sponsorship or partnership, we know this initiative will further the cause of your organization, especially with creating sustainability in Haiti. More information on sponsorship and partnership can be found below.

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Sponsors and Partners

You are officially invited to become a sponsor for an exciting program that will impact the lives of many across the Caribbean. As a sponsor, you will gain the benefit of exposure through different media outlets while enjoying a positive image with your affiliations with the Georgia Haitian-American Chamber of Commerce (GAHCCI), Albany State University, and other prominent businesses and educational institutions to name a few.

Through sponsorship, we know this initiative may possibly further the cause and improve the social image of your organization or brand. Please click on the following link to become a sponsor or to simply donate! Support BEL Initiative

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