STRONG POSITIVE RESPONSE TO Barbados Entrepreneurship Foundation Inc. MONTHLY FORUMS
Entrepreneurs and business professionals are responding positively to the Monthly Entrepreneurs’ Forums hosted by the Barbados Entrepreneurship Foundation (BEF). Designed to educate and inspire entrepreneurs and professionals, as well as facilitate networking opportunities, attendees are finding the forums the perfect environment to forge linkages and solve their toughest business problems.
“The BEF Forums continue to attract the island’s finest entrepreneurs from near and far,” said Renaldo Bernard, Principal Partner and Web Strategist at local full-service web company Bernard Browne. “Upcoming entrepreneurs are given a rare opportunity to network and get solutions to their toughest and most crucial problems. When I leave I get the feeling that success is imminent and I’m sure I’m not the only one,” he stated.
Originally hosted at the Island Inn, the BEF has had to change the location of the Monthly Forums to accommodate the growing appeal amongst the local entrepreneurial community.
“I am pleased to see that with the new location the forums are really growing and developing nicely. They are fast becoming the developmental tool needed to unify our local entrepreneurs. In addition it also serves to focus their attention as it relates to their role in the development of the Barbadian economy” commented Chairman Peter Boos.
The March forum, featured Britain’s most successful Black Entrepreneur Piers Linney, Chief Executive Officer of Britain’s first carbon-neutral unified communications and hosted information technology solutions company. Piers, a dynamic entrepreneur with a wide breadth of professional experience, having qualified as a solicitor and worked as an investment banker, venture capital fund manager and hedge fund manager, recommended that local entrepreneurs avoid infrastructure and keep costs low and variable as they continued to develop their businesses. His company offers businesses this opportunity through cloud computing services which prevents the need for infrastructure and software purchases. Businesses simply pay for the resources they use.
“Piers was just brilliant,” noted Bernard, who has become a regular at the BEF forums. “Presentations like this serve to motivate local entrepreneurs. Knowing that you are not alone on your journey as an entrepreneur or that your experience is not always unique is invaluable in the effort to stay focused” were the thoughts of Chris Harper Programme Manager of The BEF.
Piers is of Barbadian descent having been born to a Barbadian mother. Chairman of the BEF, Peter Boos noted that these important linkages with the Diaspora were critical success factors in helping the BEF achieve its mission of making Barbados “The #1 Entrepreneurial Hub in The World by 2020.” Piers’ attendance at the forum was made possible by the support of the British High Commission.