U.S. Department of State Announces Austin Resident Alicia Marie as Delegate to Greece

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The U.S. Department of State’s Global Entrepreneurship Program (GEP), and the U.S. Embassy in Athens will lead an Entrepreneurship Delegation to Greece on April 28-30th, 2014.

Founder and Managing Director of People Biz, Inc., Alicia Marie has been tapped as a delegate of the U.S. Department of State’s Global Entrepreneurship Program’s Entrepreneurship Delegation to Greece.

In partnership with Greece, the U.S. Department of State’s Global Entrepreneurship Program (GEP), and the U.S. Embassy in Athens will lead an Entrepreneurship Delegation to Greece on April 28-30th, 2014. The delegation will be led by GEP Director Caron De Mars, of the State Department’s Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs. As Greece takes on the EU Presidency and faces unemployment challenges, the U.S. government would like to take concrete steps to encourage further entrepreneurship and economic growth of our important European ally.

The U.S. Department of State has asked 11 prominent U.S. investors and role-model entrepreneurs to meet with senior Greek officials and the Greek private sector to discuss the key entrepreneurial opportunities and challenges for Greece. It will also meet one-on-one and with groups of local entrepreneurs to promote their participation in key areas of entrepreneurship development, learn about their businesses, and establish lasting connections. These connections can add to the supply chain to benefit both U.S. and Greek businesses.

“I am very excited about the opportunity to be involved and potentially impact an entrepreneur in Greece on an individual level,” remarked Ms. Marie. “My company is a learning organization that works around the country to support entrepreneurs and businesses providing all types of personal and professional development programs. All of our clients are indirectly or directly impacted by the global economy.”

Ms. Marie is the first Austin resident to represent the United States on behalf of the U.S. Department of State to share America’s spirit of entrepreneurship abroad since the Global Entrepreneurship Program’s launch in 2010.

About The State Department’s Global Entrepreneurship Program

The Global Entrepreneurship Program (GEP) is a U.S. State Department-led effort to promote and spur entrepreneurship by catalyzing and coordinating private sector and U.S. Government programs to support entrepreneurs around the world. It benefits Americans by developing new markets for U.S. goods and services abroad, diversifying the U.S. supply chain to a greater number of countries, encourages direct foreign investment into the United States, and creates a more stable world by bolstering global economic prosperity.

GEP supports establishing integrated entrepreneurial ecosystem by focusing on seven key areas of entrepreneurial development: 1) identifying opportunities, 2) training aspiring entrepreneurs, 3) connecting and sustaining them, 4) assisting with access to funding, 5) enabling policy decisions, 6) facilitating market access, and 7) celebrating entrepreneurial successes.

Since 2010, GEP has led entrepreneurship delegations to Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Indonesia, Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria and Turkey.

For more information about U.S. Department of State’s Global Entrepreneurship Program (GEP), please contact Caron De Mars, demarsce1(at)state(dot)gov.

About Alicia Marie

Alicia Marie is a professionally certified business coach, trainer, consultant, and thought leader based in Austin, Texas.

Ms. Marie founded People Biz, Inc. in 2000 with the intention of providing total personal and professional development solutions for individuals, teams and organizations. She specializes in creating customized programs based on desired outcomes that include learning vehicles such as training, professional coaching and consulting. She has been a professional trainer for more than 20 years and a professional coach with more than 15,000 paid coaching hours over the last 15 years. She has a unique background in Humanities, Business, Public Relations and Marketing.

Prior to founding People Biz, Ms. Marie trained and acted as a grief counselor for Cancer Therapy and Research Center in their support services division. She was instrumental in developing training for support group leaders in various capacities. In 2002, Ms. Marie earned her MA in Neuro-Linguistics from Essex University. Ms. Marie obtained her Professional Coach Certification in 2007 from International Coach Federation, and is an active and credentialed member of both ICF and the World Association of Business Coaches.

Through her company, People Biz, Inc., Ms. Marie has developed comprehensive tools and programs to support and educate individuals, business owners and professionals. Ms. Marie is a popular speaker and workshop leaders; she has written and delivered hundreds of programs on leading and managing employees, health and wellness, communication skills, fearless business practices and entrepreneurial success to clients, professional associations, and small businesses.

Ms. Marie may be contacted through her assistant: coach(at)peoplebizinc(dot)com.

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