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  • Members of the Micro, Small and Medium Sized Enterprise (MSME) sector in Hanover are being urged to take advantage of the opportunities presented at the mobile business clinic initiative, staged by the Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC).
  • State Minister in the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Sharon Folkes Abrahams, said although there are issues to do with financing, there is power in micro and small businesses in Jamaica.
  • Mrs. Folkes Abrahams said the mobile business clinic will assist budding business persons with great ideas to come to the fore.

Members of the Micro, Small and Medium Sized Enterprise (MSME) sector in Hanover are being urged to take advantage of the opportunities presented at the mobile business clinic initiative, staged by the Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC).

Speaking at the launch of the clinic, being held at the Lucea Parish Church Hall in Lucea, Hanover, from February 24 to 25, State Minister in the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Sharon Folkes Abrahams, said although there are issues to do with financing, there is power in micro and small businesses in Jamaica.

“In fact, in the United States of America, over 60 per cent of business is small business … and in Europe, over 80 per cent. Small business is what makes a country grow,” she emphasised.

Mrs. Folkes Abrahams said the mobile business clinic will assist budding business persons with great ideas to come to the fore, and for those in the cottage industry to start putting their products on the market in larger volumes in a more creative way.

“Whether you are involved in the cottage industry, whether you are one of those persons who have great business ideas, but you just don’t know how to get started…we are here for you.  Whether you are seeking funding….if you need assistance in developing your business skills, assistance with research…the mobile business clinic is here for you. In other words, we are here to build and facilitate entrepreneurship from all walks of life,” she noted.

The State Minister said a major part of the JDBC’s Mobile Clinic Initiative will be marketing ideas as businesses cannot be successful without that important element.

“We are going to help you to position your business, so that others will buy from you…so it should also be market driven. Let us make it clear (that) while you need an analysis…we are going to be thinking outside of the box, so that your business can be better,” she said.

The Hanover leg of the mobile business clinic initiative is the third staging, with previous sessions being held in Montego Bay, St. James and Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland under the theme: Strengthening the capacity of Jamaican MSMEs’.