Entrepreneurs to be encouraged to grow their businesses at workshop this Saturday

Dozens of entrepreneurs are expected to become better equipped to move their businesses from start up to growth mode when the second UPstart Caribbean workshop is staged this Saturday.

Participants will hear from well-known speakers and entrepreneurs including structural engineer Grenville Phillips II, winner of the 2014 National Innovation Award; and President of the Barbados Economic Society, Jeremy Stephen who is also a business and financial consultant.

During the workshop attendees will also have the opportunity to start applying what they have learnt through interactive group activities.

Presenters at the first UPstart Caribbean workshop included (from left) Ryan Hunte, Business Banking Manager, Scotiabank; Sasha Mapp, Comprehensive Learning Academy; Kristina Adams, Adams Aqualife; Ayanna Young Marshall, Coordinator, UWI SEED (Student Entrepreneurial Empowerment Development); Corey Worrell, columnist and motivational speaker; Chamara Hollingsworth, Vision 2 Reality International; and Melinda Belle, Astrape Finance.

Presenters at the first UPstart Caribbean workshop included (from left) Ryan Hunte, Business Banking Manager, Scotiabank; Sasha Mapp, Comprehensive Learning Academy; Kristina Adams, Adams Aqualife; Ayanna Young Marshall, Coordinator, UWI SEED (Student Entrepreneurial Empowerment Development); Corey Worrell, columnist and motivational speaker; Chamara Hollingsworth, Vision 2 Reality International; and Melinda Belle, Astrape Finance.

The half-day workshop is being held at the Garfield Sobers Sports Complex and is sponsored by Scotiabank. The bank’s Senior Manager, Marketing, Lisa Cole  said the bank was eager to be involved with the workshops because they were aligned with the bank’s thrust of supporting and promoting small businesses. “UPstart Caribbean is unique in that it seeks to bring a public education approach to entrepreneurship and is underpinned by research. And so Scotiabank is happy to support this worthwhile and developmental programme as it bolsters fledgling small businesses in Barbados and across the wider Caribbean,” Ms. Cole noted.

UPstart Caribbean is a Public Education Programme (PEP) on entrepreneurship and was launched in June with a workshop on how to start a business. It is founded by Communications Consultant, Heather Barker and is designed to excite and inspire more Barbadians to pursue entrepreneurship as a viable option. “As a professional communicator I’ve sought to use my skills and training in strategic public relations for the education and development of the wider community,” Ms. Barker explained.

In addition to the workshops, the Public Education Programme consists of a website – www.upstartcaribbean.com, a series of success stories and business insights published in Liat’s in-flight magazine, ZiNG as well as radio ads with useful tips. UPstart Caribbean is also sponsored by Massy United Insurance and endorsed by the Youth Entrepreneurship Scheme.

This Saturday’s workshop is free and open to the public who can register at www.upstartcaribbean.com. The workshop series will conclude in September.

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