San­dals and TSOBE Grad­u­ate An­other 28 Young Busi­ness Peo­ple

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

T he San­dals Foun­da­tion and The School of Busi­ness En­trepreneurs (TSOBE) has equipped an­other co­hort of young busi­ness-minded Saint Lu­cians through its Busi­ness En­thu­si­ast (BE) 102 pro­gramme. The ini­tia­tive, which be­gan in 2014, con­tin­ues to be a pioneering plat­form for young peo­ple in the is­land to have di­rect ac­cess to prac­ti­cal and the­o­ret­i­cal train­ing that al­lows them to de­velop their sense of busi­ness from con­cep­tion to ex­e­cu­tion.

Some EC$25,000 of cap­i­tal in­jec­tion came from the San­dals Foun­da­tion in this leg of the pro­gramme, which al­lowed for the suc­cess­ful par­tic­i­pa­tion of 28 youths from across the is­land. The pro­gramme be­gan with 35, most of whom were from the Cas­tries com­mu­nity.

So far the ini­tia­tive has reached over 300 young peo­ple with over EC$150,000 in aid from the San­dals Foun­da­tion.

TSOBE As­sis­tant Co-or­di­na­tor Ronetta Billy said this lat­est group of young busi­ness peo­ple stands among the best to have en­tered the pro­gramme. “I think we are re­ally be­gin­ning to see re­sults and a lot of our new trainees are com­ing in more pre­pared and ea­ger to learn and ab­sorb as much as they can. The more hun­gry they are for the knowl­edge and skills, the more ex­cit­ing the pro­gramme,” Billy said.

The 20-day pro­gramme be­gan on Septem­ber 11 and con­cluded on Oc­to­ber 10, 2017 at the TSOBE head­quar­ters at the Gable­woods Mall.

The group was ex­posed to sub­ject ar­eas that in­cluded per­sonal de­vel­op­ment and tem­per­a­ment test, pos­ture and pre­sen­ta­tion, as­pire to ac­quire, so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity, busi­ness plan prac­ti­ca­bil­ity and de­vel­op­ment, and con­flict res­o­lu­tion.

Other ar­eas like ad­ver­tis­ing, fi­nance, tech­nol­ogy, hos­pi­tal­ity, and busi­ness li­cens­ing and regis­tra­tion were de­liv­ered by rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the In­land Rev­enue Depart­ment, the Small En­ter­prise De­vel­op­ment Unit (SEDU) and the St. Lu­cia De­vel­op­ment Bank (SLDB).

Com­mu­nity ser­vice was a manda­tory part of the pro­gramme and the Holy Fam­ily Chil­dren’s Home in Ciceron was the lucky re­cip­i­ent of three ham­pers.

“Over­all the pro­gramme did go well and we are sat­is­fied with the out­come. We are not as happy with how some of the in­di­vid­u­als pushed with their busi­ness plans, but at the end it def­i­nitely had a huge im­pact on them all,” Billy said.

At the end of each Busi­ness En­thu­si­ast pro­gramme, par­tic­i­pants are re­quired to present a busi­ness plan in its en­tirety. From this batch Ms. Asha Louis’ Skye Blue Baby Food took the top hon­ours. Louis pre­sented the plan as a sole pro­pri­etor­ship un­der­tak­ing. The busi­ness looks to make avail­able diced baby food, pre­pared and pack­aged us­ing lo­cal fruits and veg­eta­bles.

“This is ac­tu­ally a busi­ness that is go­ing to open, I be­lieve that with all my heart,” Billy said. “We are go­ing to as­sist with this busi­ness in any that we can.”

Louis has earned the nec­es­sary fund­ing to reg­is­ter her busi­ness and open the rel­e­vant bank ac­counts. Sub­se­quent to that, she will re­ceive ad­di­tional “float money” to off­set ini­tial start-up ex­penses.

“We are ex­tremely pleased with the progress of this pro­gramme. TSOBE has proven to be a wor­thy part­ner and the youth of Saint Lu­cia are the most ben­e­fi­cial. With all that has been achieved thus far, we feel con­fi­dent in the fu­ture of this ini­tia­tive,” said Di­rec­tor of Pro­grams for the San­dals Foun­da­tion, Heidi Clarke.


H arry Ed­wards Jewel­ers and the St Lu­cia Taxi As­so­ci­a­tions will team up this week­end for their first an­nual Domino Com­pe­ti­tion. The com­pe­ti­tion will be held to­day, Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 14 at the CSA Cen­tre in Sans Souci.

Ac­cord­ing to Thomas Lad­ner, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of Harry Ed­wards Jewel­ers, “This event is a way of show­ing ap­pre­ci­a­tion to all the taxi driv­ers, as they are among the first con­tacts for vis­i­tors to our is­land. We want to thank them all for their ef­forts and the cour­te­sies they ex­tend to those who come to our shores.”

St. Lu­cia Dis­tillers, PCD Ex­pe­ri­ences, Grace Foods, and Ru­bis have joined Harry Ed­wards Jewel­ers as of­fi­cial spon­sors of the event.. Mu­sic will be pro­vided by DJ In­fa­mous. Harry Ed­wards Jewel­ers ex­tends an in­vi­ta­tion to the gen­eral pub­lic to come out to sup­port their favourite Taxi As­so­ci­a­tion team.

At­ten­dees at the San­dals Foun­da­tion and TSOBE Busi­ness En­thu­si­ast Pro­gramme clos­ing cer­e­mony.

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