JBDC Commended for Support of Micro and Small Enterprises


Minister of Industry, Technology, Energy and Commerce, Phillip Paulwell has lauded the Jamaica Business Development Centre (JBDC), for its continued thrust to facilitate “the sustainable development of the micro and small enterprises in Jamaica.
Speaking at the opening of a third Jamaica Business Information Centre (JAMBIC) yesterday (February 14), at the Jamaica Employers’ Federation, Ruthven Road, Minister Paulwell noted that through the JAMBIC project, a combination of products, services, publications and expert referrals is available to clients.
“These services will help clients get current and comprehensive business information on a wide range of topics, such as writing a business plan, starting a business, finding new markets and preparing for export,” he explained. The Minister added that the existence of the information centres would “reduce cost, delays and the relative complexity of dealing with various levels of government, by providing points of contact to a range of information on government services, programme and business regulations”.
Mr. Paulwell also said that the concept of the Business Information Centres, “harmonizes with the national policies of electronic government, the promotion of electronic commerce and the widespread use of information and communication technology among Jamaicans of all walks of life”.
The overall aim of the JAMBIC project is to disseminate business information and training to enterprises, by establishing information centres across the island to improve business competitiveness. In addition, the project seeks to strengthen the ability of small entrepreneurs to access technical, business, marketing and financial services that will allow them to begin on a secure financial and technological footing and to continuously upgrade their products and develop efficient linkages with markets.
Other JAMBIC facilities have been established at the JBDC’s head office on Camp Road and at the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce.

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