Welcome to Belize In America – the only online and informational portal designed exclusively for Belizeans in the United States and Belizeans at home to connect, interact and stay abreast on all things Belize.
Launched in 2009, Belize in America – affectionately known as BIA – is a labor of love, but also a movement created to encourage all Belizeans to reach their highest potential and to give back to their communities as a result of connecting with each other on various levels: social, spiritual, educational and professional.
The journey that led me to create BIA began many years ago, as a child in Belize. As the youngest of 10 children who was raised in a close family in Dangriga Town, the “culture capital” of Belize, I watched my mother work hard to bring up her children and grandchildren with very limited resources at her disposal. Not only was she a pillar of strength for her family, but she was also a “mother,” of sorts, to many other children in the neighborhood who were in need of parental love, encouragement and guidance. At an early age, I learned from a resourceful and dedicated mother how to accomplish very much with very little.
As a young man in Belize, my brothers and I would grab every chance we could to work part time in the summers for pocket money and to help out our mother. Over time, my love of technology finally met with opportunity, when I became a part time computer instructor and PC field technician at WorldCom Technologies — owned and operated by one of my sisters. A career was born.
In time, the opportunity to move to the U.S. presented itself, and I left for Chicago, Illinois. Although I was able to get some computer technician side gigs through friends, family and client referrals, I faced the same challenges that many Belizeans encounter in making the professional and cultural connections needed to transition into a businessman and entrepreneur in America.
Eventually, I left the cold weather behind and moved to Long Beach, California, where I found work through a general technology contractor in Los Angeles, and where I had to take a train and a bus each morning and evening to travel to and from the work sites in order to make ends meet.
Finally, I was able to get my technology career back on track by doing some graphic design work on a borrowed laptop, and eventually began to grow a client base, leading to the creation of my very own business in 2007, www.MyTechieFriend.com, an Orange County-based website design and internet marketing business.
As I’ve become acquainted with other successful Belizeans and Belizean-Americans over the years, I’ve come to realize that my story is not unique. There are many such stories of our countrymen and women who have triumphed over adversity — and the next story can be yours!
To all of my fellow Belizean brothers and sisters, I want to encourage you to stay connected with Belize in America — keep striving toward your goals, and keep achieving your dreams. Do not let challenging circumstances, doubt, or fear keep you from realizing your potential.
I, and all of the individuals, artists and business professionals featured here on BIA are here to advise, encourage, and support you every step of the way. Please enjoy perusing the rest of the site, and we’ll see you at the top.
Cyril King Garcia