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  • JBDC is set to stage its annual Small Business Exposition and Conference on Thursday, May 22.
  • Now in its seventh year, the event will feature an impressive mix of local and international business leaders.
  • Participants will have the opportunity to meet with these organizations and access business support services for various products and services.

The Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC) is set to stage its annual Small Business Exposition and Conference on Thursday, May 22, at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston.

Now in its seventh year, the event will feature an impressive mix of local and international business leaders; trade support and facilitation advisors; wealth advisors and business development specialists, who will be providing the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) with industry information on how to effectively manage their businesses and capitalize on investment opportunities.

The Small Business Expo will bring over 35 exhibitors on the conference floor from a variety of industries, including manufacturing, telecommunications, banking, accounting, transport, business, technology and shipping.

Participants will have the opportunity to meet with these organizations and access business support services for various products and services.

Other main highlights at the exposition and conference will be interactive panel discussions, mini-workshops for specific support areas, financial consultations, business clinics, as well as peer-to-peer mentoring and general business development support.

Speaking at the recent launch of the event, in Kingston,  Corporate Communications Manager at the JBDC, Keneshia Nooks, highlighted that the discussions will be centred around this year’s theme: ‘Positioning MSMEs for the Global Supply Chain’ and will include topics such as: How MSMEs fit into the global logistics hub; business clustering participating within the global value chain; trade facilitation; securing return on investment through research and development; and how to attract and secure international funding.

“Since Jamaica is set to gain numerous opportunities from the implementation of the world’s fourth logistics hub, we were certain that the focus of this year’s expo would be to educate, especially our micro and small businesses, about how they can benefit from the anticipated opportunities,” Miss Nooks outlined, adding that the whole intent is to simplify the discussions to ensure that the MSMEs understand how they fit in and could operate in a global environment.

“For the first time last year, we introduced a feature called face time workshops, where participants interacted with industry experts through direct discussions and peer-to-peer mentoring on specific topics. This received overwhelming commendations from our participants and this year we have included a separate space outside of the main conference floor for this particular activity,” she informed.

These special workshops will focus on digital marketing solutions for small and medium sized businesses; using technological tools to improve efficiency; financing options available to assist suppliers in meeting local and foreign buyers’ demands and business incubation.

“The JBDC expo has truly evolved and is seen as the official small business event of the year, providing a host of opportunities such as investment and financing, technical advice and market access. The staging of the event is one of our many commitments at the JBDC to providing opportunities that champion small businesses to create wealth and employment for many Jamaicans in various communities across the island,” Miss Nooks explained.

The Small Business Exposition and Conference will last from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. For more information about the event, persons may visit the JBDC’s website at www.jbdc.net; its facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/jbdc.net; email expo@jbdc.net or call the office at 928-5161-5.