The Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC) was established in 2001 as the premier government agency providing business development services to Jamaican Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs)…’From Concept to Market’. JBDC provides guidance for business start-ups and expansion, offering business advice and consultation, research services, business monitoring, training and capacity building, project management services, financial advice, design and product development as well as market penetration support and access. The organisation which operates within the ambit of the Ministry of Investment, Industry and Commerce (MIIC), strives to continually fuel the local economy through its services and programmes designed to support the growth and development of the MSME sector.
JBDC’s marketing support services encompass activities which are divided into two (2) major sub-categories: Developmental and Operational (Things Jamaican™ Retail Chain). These activities include value chain development, coaching, consultation, trade & events promotion, product review, analysis & testing, marketing training, project implementation, as well as, market access support which includes retailing opportunities that aim to promote and build “Brand Jamaica”. JBDC has remained committed to the development and promotion of authentic Jamaican products, including handicrafts, eclectic gift lines, specialty foods and spa products, through its unifying ‘things Jamaican’ umbrella brand, showcasing and retailing the best and highest quality products which Jamaica has to offer. JBDC is one of the largest purchasers, distributors and promoters of authentic Jamaican products, currently marketing brands for over 400 active suppliers islandwide. Its Things Jamaican™ stores are housed at the Norman Manley International Airport, the historic Devon House and JBDC’s Corporate Offices, and may also be found online at the e-commerce site, www.thingsjamaicanshopping.com.
Long-standing and successful relationships
JBDC enjoys long-standing and successful relationships with a range of international and local funding agencies through which it has secured critical support in tandem with participation from the Government of Jamaica for the implementation of innovative and far-reaching business development programmes on a national scale. Strategic partnerships, including several Public Private Partnerships (PPP) are fundamental to JBDC’s approach to fostering collaboration and cooperative arrangements between government agencies, the private sector as well academia and research communities.
To become a team of highly engaged thought leaders driving entrepreneurial success in Jamaica.
To drive entrepreneurial success and development of the MSME Sector through dynamic and innovative solutions.