Saint Lu­cia Small Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment Cen­tre (SBDC) Con­sul­ta­tion: June 29 to July 1, 2015

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

The Min­istry of Com­merce, Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment, In­vest­ment and Con­sumer Af­fairs is con­tin­u­ing its ef­forts to fa­cil­i­tate growth of the Mi­cro and Small En­ter­prise (MSE) sec­tor in Saint Lu­cia through the re­cent launch of the Small Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment Cen­tre (SBDC) and the SBDC Net­work of Part­ners.

As the Min­istry moves for­ward with the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the SBDC pro­gramme, it is pleased to welcome vis­it­ing con­sul­tants from SBDCs in Belize and the United States who will be here from Mon­day June 29th to Wed­nes­day July 1st, 2015. The pur­poses of this con­sul­ta­tion are two-fold: 1. To re­view the cur­rent oper­a­tions of the Small En­ter­prise De­vel­op­ment Unit (SEDU) which is the unit re­spon­si­ble for set­ting up the SBDC in Saint Lu­cia. SEDU seeks to amend its own op­er­at­ing pro­ce­dures in or­der to adopt best prac­tices of SBDCs op­er­at­ing glob­ally while im­prov­ing the ser­vices of­fered to lo­cal en­trepreneurs. 2. To meet with academia in­volved within the SBDC net­work in­clud­ing Monroe Col­lege, Sir Arthur Lewis Com­mu­nity Col­lege, Univer­sity of the West Indies (UWI) Open Cam­pus and the Na­tional Re­search and De­vel­op­ment Foun­da­tion (NRDF). Academia plays a crit­i­cal role within the SBDC net­work as a re­source for train­ing and re­search for cur­rent and fu­ture busi­ness own­ers and en­trepreneurs. The con­sul­tancy will pro­vide a frame­work for con­tin­ued sus­tain­able col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween SEDU and academia.

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