Global Entrepreneur Week (GEW), the world’s largest celebration of innovators and job creators, is being observed in Dominica and over 170 countries across the world between November 18th and November 22nd 2019.
It’s an initiative of the Kauffman Foundation and Enterprise UK and is promoted by the Youth Business International Network of which the Dominica Youth Business Trust (DYBT) is a member.
Coordinator of DYBT, Kerry-Ann Remie Timothy said that during GEW a second trade show will be hosted in Dominica.
“During one week in November annually GEW inspires people everywhere to local, national and global activities designed to explore their potential as aspiring entrepreneurs,” she said. “The second trade show under the theme ‘locally crafted’ which is an exhibition event presents the opportunity for DYBT entrepreneurs to display their goods and services, distribute samples and connect with possible clients, mentors and business support. “
The show will be held on Friday the 22nd of November, 2019 at Borrows Square in Portsmouth from 10 am-5 pm.
Remie also mentioned the Business Plan Innovation Award (BPIA) which is an initiative of the Commonwealth Youth Program which was introduced to the DYBT in 2005-2009 with the objective of encouraging competitiveness among young entrepreneurs in the development of business ideas.
It has awarded grants of over $EC60, 000 to thirty-six entrepreneurs of DYBT and $EC30,000 to eighteen entrepreneurs through the Agricultural Industrial Development Bank (AIDB) of Dominica between 2010-2015.
She said BPIA will award to the top successful entrants the sum of $EC7,500 to go towards their business undertaking and merit awards of $EC2,500 will be given to five other promising entrants.
The winners are chosen based on the criteria which include the level of creativity, quality of their business plans, preparation and the potential impact of the business.
The International Organisation for Migration presented a cheque of over $EC23,000 to DYBT in support of their business plan innovation award grants to young entrepreneurs who have gone through their training programs.
With the support of the IOM development funding and the contributions of other sponsors such as Campbells Business Machines and the Rotary Club of Dominica, through the Carol G. Phillip Memorial Award For Innovation in Business, ten grants will also be presented through the 2019 cycle of training.
Dominica has been a member state of IOM since 2017 alongside 480 country offices and sub-offices worldwide.
Meantime, Remie stated that the DYBT will be hosting its 15th graduation ceremony on Wednesday, November 20th from 3 pm at the St. Alphonsus Parish Hall.
“Twenty-Two potential entrepreneurs will receive certification for completing the entrepreneurial development program, thirty-seven existing entrepreneur who attended and completed three days small business assistant facility training and thirty-six young persons from the community of Grand Bay will also receive certification for attending the first community outreach entrepreneurial development training,” she said.
The theme for this year’s GEW is “building resilience, local is the new focal” which is a call for Dominicans to center their attention on local entrepreneurs and enterprises.
New Children’s Author, Dominican born Annette Phillip has released her first children’s book called ‘Sammy’s Curious Adventure’.
Phillip ,who now resides in New York, told Dominica News Online (DNO) during an interview on Friday that the book is based on a true story.
“The book is based on Sammy, a child I babysat some years ago,” she said. Phillip said 100 copies were printed as a trial and have already almost sold out.
“It sold out well, everybody loved it,”. Adding, “I have been selling them to family and friends and right now I only have 10 remaining.”
According to Phillip she plans to visit the libraries to arrange to have her books available there, “and also in the bookstores.”
“One of them signed me up already, Greenlight Bookstore, “I also want to do book signings, I have a few places that offered to use their business place in order to get a wider audience,” she said.
Phillip revealed that part 2 and 3 of her book will be available at a later time. She is also seeking a distributor here in Dominica to assist in selling her books.
“I would love to get them involved,” she stated. “It’s a children’s book.” If that is made possible the books will be sold at the available bookstores in Dominica for EC$15.
Copies of her book can be purchased from her website www.sammythebunny.com. They are available in PDF at the cost of US$5 and US$10 for the printed copy.
She is also working on making her books available on Amazon. She mentioned that after the book sales the money earned will be used to print larger copies of her book.
Annette is presently working on a poetry book. Phillip was born and raised in Goodwill. She loved writing poetry and reading as a child. She decided to broaden her talent by writing her first children’s book.
One of her poems appeared in June 2018 in a book called “Fractured Poetics” which is presently selling on Amazon. Another of her poems ‘Her name was Maria,’ was also featured by Island Signatures Magazine out of Barbados.”
She hopes to go on to publish her short stories and in the near future, her string of poems.
The Commonwealth of Dominica Police Force have released information that a fatal shooting has taken place in Pottersville at 10am this morning. More information was promised as soon as it becomes available.
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