ATLANTA, GA – The Georgia Haitian-American Chamber of Commerce, Inc. has been contributing to the economic impact of Haiti and Georgia through its BEL Initiative Fellowship program. The fellowship is an entrepreneurship program that typically provides entrepreneurship education, mentorship, access, and exposure to entrepreneurs from Haiti. Chairman and program director, Dr. Ronald Cetoute is proud to announce that for the first time, the program is seeking participants from Haiti and the United States diaspora who are interested in doing international business. The program welcoming applicants from all industry sectors.
“These past two years have been interesting considering all the events happening across the world. We really want to shift what we are doing to deal with the world as it is today. We’ve thought about this idea for a while, but now more than ever its appropriate to expand the program to include entrepreneurs in the U.S. to join forces with those in Haiti. What a great way to foster the environment for international business between both countries” says Dr. Cetoute. The goal with the inclusion of the Haitian diaspora participants is to increase the business and trade activity between both countries by identifying those entrepreneurs, especially those looking to break into the Haitian market. The program is pushing to empower and encourage groups from both countries to work with each other for a greater impact.
Selected participants will attend curated sessions and site visits to help entrepreneurs understand the business environment in Haiti and the United States. The cohort will spend a week in Atlanta, Georgia, a week in Haiti, and some sessions virtually. ‘If we want to see a better Haiti, we must empower and equip those individuals who have boots on the ground and are working on the ground day and night. Those individuals are the entrepreneurs” says Dr. Ronald Cetoute. Mentors and instructors will include experienced professionals and entrepreneurs from both countries to provide the most optimal, practical education and experience
The 2022 program is scheduled for July 24th until August 13, 2022. Applications open in December 2021 and will be accepted until February 2022. Travel, lodging, and meal expenses will be covered for all participants. U.S. participants may pay a small travel fee. If travel is not possible, the program will be held virtually. Interested applicants should apply at belinitiative.com
Georgia Haitian-American Chamber of Commerce, Inc.
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