Make it easier for entrepreneurs to understand the benefits and 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 tasks that may need to be considered before taking any final collaboration-related decision that may impact their company's future growth.
Find and connect with like-minded collaborators, such as business consultants, coaches, mentors, trainers, and 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 or provide other needed relationship-building services.
Victor M. Rivera
Author's Credentials: Business Collaboration-Related Experience
At the U.S. Agency for International Development (AID), he headed the Latin America and Caribbean Bureau and its 11 mission offices (which required U.S. Senate confirmation), where he administered a $1.5 billion budget.
The World Bank contracted him to prepare a study, "The World Bank and the Enterprise Development Process." His report noted that one of the critical tools of the enterprise development process was "public-private sector collaboration."
Among his achievements was serving as the Co-Principal Investigator at the National Science Foundation (NSF), Partnerships for Innovation (PFI) Grant awarded to the University of Puerto Rico.
Americas Competitiveness Exchange on Innovation and Entrepreneurship
The ACE is a flagship OAS program designed to help connect decision-makers from the Americas to secure international and regional partnerships. Over 80 persons from 22 countries participated in the event, and dozens of concrete collaborative agreements were reported.
Principal Collaborator Credentials: Business Marketing/Outreach Experience
She served as a moderator in radio programs and authored many newspaper and magazine articles advocating the need to promote and support the establishment of more prominent women-owned businesses.
Lourdes has made numerous presentations at business conferences in the United States, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Panama, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, promoting the use of the Internet as a facilitator of worldwide commerce. Her outreach has helped forge business alliances and increased trade among businesswomen in these geographic areas.