Barbados Entrepreneurship Foundation and Pinelands Collaborate on Women’s Economic Empowerment Project

In its quest to move Barbados further along the road to becoming “The #1 entrepreneurship hub in the world by 2020”, the Barbados Entrepreneurship Foundation (BEF) teamed up with Pinelands Creative Workshop to deliver an entrepreneurial workshop designed to economically empower women.

The workshops included twenty-eight (28) participants and were held at the UWI Open Campus; its aim was to provide inspiration, tools and techniques and to assist them in creating business plans for their existing businesses and new ventures.

Following the workshop, participants had the opportunity to pitch their projects before a panel consisting of representatives of the Barbados Coalition of Service Industries (BCSI), Barbados Youth Business Trust (BYBT) and the Small Business Association (SBA).

According to the Programme Manager of the BEF, Chris Harper, “based on the feedback from the participants, the project was deemed a success. We look forward to collaborating with Pinelands on future projects.” He added “we were so impressed with the business pitches that we selected ten (10) participants to attend our annual entrepreneurship summit on November 16th in an effort to provide them with further insights into the world of business.”

The workshops focused on several areas including the operations, legalities, marketing and financing of businesses among others. The presenters included Julie Sealy of Julies Party Rentals; Kellie Cadogan of East Point Productions; Artiste Indrani; Para-legal, Tarah Holdipp; Jackie Inniss of JT Bank & Trust, Paula Moore of the Cherry Tree Trust, Tara Wilkinson of Tara Wilkinson Communications; Accountant/Entrepreneur, Chiwale Gooding and BEF Finance Pillar Champion, Colin Daniel.

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