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  • The Mobile Business Clinic will make its next stop in Westmoreland from January 27 to 29, to offer its full suite of technical and business development support services to operators of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSME).
  • The three-day exercise, to be held at the National Commercial Bank (NCB) car park in Savanna-la-Mar, is free of cost. The sessions, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily, and will also offer customised workshops and consultations.
  • The clinics will be held in major town centres and remote communities across Jamaica, tackling and addressing cross-cutting issues that address business development and capacity readiness for MSMEs.

The Mobile Business Clinic will make its next stop in Westmoreland from January 27 to 29, to offer its full suite of technical and business development support services to operators of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSME).

The three-day exercise, to be held at the National Commercial Bank (NCB) car park in Savanna-la-Mar, is free of cost. The sessions, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily, and will also offer customised workshops and consultations.

The activity is part of the Jamaica Business Development Corporation’s (JBDC) three-year islandwide Mobile Business Clinic Initiative (MBCI), involving the decentralisation of business development services, geared at reaching a wider group of MSMEs in new and existing industries and sectors.

The clinics will be held in major town centres and remote communities across Jamaica, tackling and addressing cross-cutting issues that address business development and capacity readiness for MSMEs.

The mobile office unit will also offer services provided by Government agencies such as Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO), the Consumer Affairs Commission, Bureau of Standards Jamaica, and Companies Office of Jamaica.

These include: business planning and advice; marketing and export promotion information; capacity development; networking and linkages opportunities; business technology solutions, and product assessment.

Speaking with JIS News, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the JBDC, Valerie Veira, said that surveys have been done across the island to identify the gaps and needs “that could be preventing our MSMEs from becoming a robust participant in the whole process of the growth agenda, and coming out of that is the creation of this initiative.”

She noted that the needs assessment for the locations to be visited is quite crucial as each comes with various demands and challenges.

“So, we are going to each location, town or parish understanding fully well the needs of those areas and would have built the programme to deal specifically with those needs, and bring along partners, both from the public and private sectors, to enhance the kind of work we will be doing,” the CEO explained.

The MBCI is being spearheaded by the JBDC through the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce, in association with NCB, Fidelity Motors Ltd., and various public sector departments.

The first Mobile Business Clinic was held in Sam Sharpe Square, Montego Bay, last year, November 4 to 6.

For further details on the initiative and locations where business clinics will be held, persons may contact the JBDC at 928-5161-5 or visit the website at: www.jbdc.net.

 

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