Cliff Paredes

Since 2001 Cliff has led the International Trade Center SBDC, which is the largest and most successful international trade assistance organization in Texas. He has led multiple U.S. State Department projects that advised and assisted the governments of Honduras, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Panama, the Dominican Republic, Colombia, Chile, Belize, Jamaica, Barbados, Dominica, St. Lucia and Tunisia on adapting and developing small business assistance programs based on the proven U.S. Small Business Development Center (SBDC) model.

Furthermore, he has conducted over 55 SBDC Counselor and Director Certification Training Programs that transfer the SBDC model to over 10,000 professionals from the government, higher education and private sectors from throughout the Americas. Cliff has also provided consulting and advisory services for foreign governments on how to adopt the SBDC model throughout the start-up, transfer, pilot implementation, consolidation and internationalization phases of development.

Cliff is a NASBITE Certified Global Business Professional