The Ministry of Commerce, Enterprise and Small Business Development is going one step further to assist small business owners who have received financial support from Government to grow their businesses.
This financial year, the ministry has embarked on a series of training sessions in strategic locations around the island.
“We are targeting persons who have received funding from the Ministry of Commerce…and we are also targeting those who are prospective recipients of resources from the Government of Dominica through the ministry of Commerce,” Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Esther Thomas explained.
“It is necessary that we provide them with the requisite information that will enable them to manage and operate this business so that they can be sustained because our goal is to ensure that we develop the micro, small and medium enterprise sector and for us to do that there are certain things that are required of us and one of them is providing necessary training.”
So far training sessions have been held in the Paix-Bouche and Grand Bay constituencies. In the coming weeks, small business owners will receive training in Vieille-Case, Portsmouth and La Plaine.
In May, entrepreneurs will be trained in Soufriere, Scotts Head, Pointe Michel, Penville and Thibaud. Entrepreneurs from Mero and St. Joseph will be trained in June.
Executive Director of the Ministry of Commerce, Enterprise and Small Business Development, Alexander Stephenson, says with this training the ministry hopes to achieve “improved small business development, improved entrepreneurship culture, employment, diversifying of the economy…improving export levels…”
Facilitators for the training are Natasha Yeeloy-Labad and Mc Namara Joseph.