Tuesday 7 July, 2020

JSIF boosting business at Enterprise Expo

Celia Dillon

Celia Dillon

The Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), through the European Union’s (EU) Poverty Reduction Programme IV (PRP IV), with support from FLOW Foundation, will host its inaugural one-day Entrepreneurship Exposition on March 14, 2020, at the National Arena. 

The Expo is the first of its kind for the JSIF, and will allow exhibitors and patrons to benefit from empowerment talks, breakout sessions and developmental training sessions designed into power-packed workshops, led by renowned business professionals and entrepreneurs.  

The Expo will showcase 33 targeted community-based and social enterprises in the country, as exhibitors of their products and services, while highlighting the impact these enterprises have on income generation for them and their communities.

The exhibition hall will be laid out to focus on key business sectors: entertainment, sports, manufacturing, production, and skills training.

Speaking to the motivation that led to the Expo, Celia Dillon, PRP Project Manager at the JSIF explained, “The JSIF recognizes the invaluable work being done in Jamaica through organizations that not only serve critical needs in their community but who have also recognized the need to establish a sustained business model in order to continue and expand the work that they do.  The purpose of the Expo is two-fold, to highlight their outstanding work which serves a social good, but also to help strengthen their business capabilities to ensure that the work is sustained.” 

Networking Opportunities & Exposure

The Entrepreneurship Expo is also an opportunity to support aspiring entrepreneurs who want to either start or grow their existing businesses, while encouraging them to promote the social responsibility element that will be a catalyst in Jamaica achieving its development goals. 

As such, the Expo will provide opportunities for budding entrepreneurs in Jamaica to have one-on-ones with key individuals who have significant knowledge and experience within their respective industries and to participate in various presentations on topics such as “Building a competitive business in Jamaica”, “Marketing and Advertising in Today’s World”, “Accessing Finance for your Business” and “Navigating the  Jamaica Stock Exchange and Social Stock Exchange”

The day is set to be interactive and fun, with special prizes and give-a-ways, while providing an occasion to learn, grow, and share experiences for all up and coming entrepreneurs.

Exhibitors are ready and looking forward to sharing in this great opportunity.

“We want our wares to get sold and we want exposure. We’re looking forward to training, job opportunities and support for the disabled, especially those who require greater patience and time. I have very high expectations!” Bridgette Johnson-Beckett of Portmore Self-Help shared her expectations of the expo.

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