Hundreds of small business operators and stakeholders from western Jamaica are preparing themselves to meet the challenges of the present economic recession, by attending the first of two business clinic and sensitisation sessions, at the Montego Bay Civic Centre, in St. James, on April 7.
The sessions are being carried out by the Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC), under the theme: ‘Capitalising on today’s business opportunities for tomorrow’s prosperity’. They are geared toward exposing participants to various means of growing and strengthening their businesses and surviving the economic crisis, through a series of four workshops focusing on topical areas of business, such as business planning, record keeping, creating a market-ready product and customer service.
“We want small business operators and prospective entrepreneurs to understand that even though we are experiencing an economic downturn at this time, this period will pass, the recession will finish and when that time comes, we want them all to be ready, so that their businesses will pick right back up and prosper once again. We are therefore targeting all types of small businesses, in an effort to guide persons towards enlarging their business vision. We want to show the micro and small business people that we are here to help you if you allow us to,” Public Relations Officer at the JBDC, Sancia Campbell, told JIS News.
Public Relations Officer at the Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC), Sancia Campbell, addressing participants at a business clinic, put on by the JBDC, at the Montego Bay Civic Centre, in St. James, on April 7.
She explained that business operators are given a kind of ‘hand-holding’ assistance and are taken through a process, where they are screened to see whether the business is viable, so that a business plan can be produced.
“So far the sessions have been very well supported and have been very rewarding, as people crave for the type of assistance that we are providing. The attendance has been good and this goes to show that we are doing the right things as we can hardly find sufficient space for participants. I am convinced that small businesses have a place in Jamaica’s economy, as they provide some 80 per cent of the country’s employment. I therefore urge these business operators to respect what they are doing and strive to be the best at what they are doing, as this is a sure way at ensuring their financial security and future,” Ms. Campbell said.