We were invited to represent the small wineries in the inauguration of the fist Centro de Desarrollo de Negocios (Business Development Center) of the country.
Chilean President Michelle Bachelet and the United States Secretary of State John Kerry were the solely speakers at the ceremony, held in Valparaiso.
This is the first of a network of 50 Centers, to be implemented throughout the country, where entrepreneurs will be accompany steadily over time to ensure effective results in their businesses, provide them high value mentoring and technical advice, general and specialized training, access to financial services, applied research on business market, and linkage with the local productive ecosystem. The Centers will help new entrepreneurs to realize the dream of business ownership, and to assist existing businesses to remain competitive in the complex marketplace of an ever-changing global economy.
The presence of the US authority is due to the agreement on promoting entrepreneurship and growth of small and medium companies signed between the governments of Chile and the United States in June of 2014.