Sharon Small Marketing Manager and permanent judge centre with Amanda McKenzie Grow It and business partner Connie Inniss 1



Sharon Small Marketing Manager and permanent judge centre with Amanda McKenzie Grow It and business partner Connie Inniss 1

The winner and finalists of Bank on ME presented by Blue Waters Productions in association with Scotiabank received a large haul of prizes generously contributed by a range of organisations. These prizes ranged from cash to training, contracts, professional services, marketing and advertising.

The competition winner Amanda McKenzie of Grow It! won $15,000 cash from Scotiabank along with a host of other prizes, while C and G Star Trading Ltd, Darone Brathwaite copped the Relish Epicurea ‘Agri-Business Award’ of a contract for $2500 and Caribbean Transit Solutions, Khalil Bryan and Veronica Millington received the $2000 Youth Entrepreneurship Scheme (YES) ‘Innovation Award’. Other winners are Coconut Baby, Allison Burnham the G4S ‘Cultural Industries Award’ who won a tablet from G4S and Hermano Enterprises Inc’s, Evelyn Austin won the coveted Courts ‘People’s Choice Award’ of a $2000 voucher and the $2000 FUND Access ‘STEM Award’. Additionally various competitions for the public were held throughout the show for prizes of small electrical appliances donated by Courts Barbados.

Other prizes for the winner were gym membership and spa treatment from the Hilton Barbados Resort, professional services from Deloitte and communications services valued at $5000 from SFa Communications, advertising valued at $7000 from Business Barbados and marketing valued at $6000 in MACO from Toute Bagai Publishing, and a Quikbooks package and training from QBMED.

The winning mentor, Marita Greenidge received a staycation from the Hilton Barbados Resort, while all finalists will be entertained at a VIP reception and dive compliments of Atlantis Submarines.

In celebration of Barbados’ 50th anniversary of independence, Season 3 was themed “2020 Vision” with a focus on some specific areas set by the Government of Barbados, between 2015 and 2020. Training, special incentives and challenges were given in the areas of Cultural Industries, Agri-business, Innovation & Research and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) coined (CAIRS). Sponsors selected one of these areas and the contestants who best demonstrated how each area is successfully incorporated into their business received the respective award.

Manager of Fund Access, Mrs Esther Lord-Graham said: “For us, being a part -sponsor of this programme is to do far more than write a cheque. It is to add to the legacy that FundAccess is building as an institution of first choice for budding and seasoned entrepreneurs and to continue to make a worthwhile contribution to the economy of Barbados.Up to October 31, 2016 FundAccess has approved 1696 loans totaling 50.9 million dollars to 1341 clients and in the process created over 2000 job opportunities. Our sponsorship of this year’s STEM award speaks to our confidence in home grown software engineers and software developers to lead the charge in the future Barbadian business and economic landscape.”

Along with encouraging business owners to apply to the show, Amanda McKenzie, Grow It! excitedly said: “Bank on Me has been such a wonderful experience, not only for me professionally, but also personally. The challenges made me and my business partner, Connie, really think about our business and dissect it. The workshops, the challenges and all the advice from the judges advanced our business dramatically. We pulled some long nights, but are so thankful now as our business has come a long way!

She continued: “We now have plans in place for our Grow it Farm. We also look forward to continuing to interact with the public and school children to encourage heathy lifestyles and teach the growing process. Winning was an awesome final to an awesome journey. I look forward to Season 4 and want to see the show continue.

Her final note to entrepreneurs was: “To you business owners, I would recommend going on this show as it is an incredible experience that you would never regret.”

Bank on ME is presented by Blue Waters Productions in association with Scotiabank with the support of Merville Lynch Productions Inc., SFa Communications Inc, Barbados Investment and Development Corporation (BIDC), Fund Access, National Initiative for Service Excellence (NISE), Youth Entrepreneurship Scheme (YES), Cave Hill School of Business (CHSB), Human Resource Development Strategy Unit (HRDS), Hilton Barbados Resort, Barbados Entrepreneurship Foundation (BEF), Courts Barbados, Barbados Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI), Intermixz, Barbados Today, Central Bank, Relish Epicurea, Stansfeld Scott Ltd, Bajan Fusion Central Bank, A3KD, and Irie Foods.

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