Business Collaboration Skills

Introducing New Self-Help Learning Tools to Facilitate Business Collaboration

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This website and "Your Business Collaboration Workbook" were created with a double purpose:

  1. Make it easier for entrepreneurs to understand the benefits as well as the risks of entering into collaborative business relationships, whether informal or formal, short-term, or long term. The Checklist format makes it easy to identify over 200 potential action items or options that may need to be considered before taking any final collaboration-related decision that will impact the future growth of their company.

  2. Find and connect with like-minded collaborators (public/private business development organizations) interested in promoting the use of business collaboration agreements as a socio-economic growth tool in their communities, and who are capable of assisting local entrepreneurs in the preparation of their Company Business Collaboration Manual.


Mr. Rivera, the author of the Workbook, has a long and distinguished career in entrepreneurship development at the State, Regional, National, and International levels.

  • At the U.S. Small Business Administration, he served as the New York District Director, the SBA Regional Administrator for the six-state Rocky Mountain Region, based in Denver, Colorado; and Government-Industry Relations Advocate at the SBA's Office of the Chief Counsel for Advocacy.

  • At the U.S. Department of Commerce in Washington, DC, he was the National Director of the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA).

  • In the international arena, Mr. Rivera was in charge of the Latin America and Caribbean Bureau at the U.S. Agency for International Development (AID), where he was responsible for administering the $1.5 billion U.S. economic assistance program for Latin America and the Caribbean. This position required U.S. Senate confirmation.

  • He served as an economic development-related consultant to an investment banking firm, federal and local government agencies, universities, and the World Bank (prepared study on the "World Bank and the Enterprise Development Process").

  • Most recently, he has focused his efforts on helping small and medium-sized firms expand their operations by building collaborative business relations and helping prepare their Company Business Collaboration Manual.

  • Mr. Rivera is a member of the Association of Strategic Alliance Professionals (ASAP).

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