An agency of the Ministry of Industry, Investment & Commerce, the JBDC is Jamaica’s premier business development organisation working collaboratively with government, private sector, as well as, academic, research and international communities.

Contact

1-876-928-5161-5

14 Camp Road, Kingston

About Us

Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC)

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 Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries (MICAF), strives to continually fuel the local economy through its services and programmes designed to support the growth and development of the MSME sector.
The JBDC operates from corporate offices in Kingston and Business Centre locations in St. Thomas, Manchester, St. James, Westmoreland, and St. Ann. The locations form part of the Small Business Development Centre Network (SBDC). Technical support and incubation services for start-ups and established businesses are facilitated through the organisation’s Incubator and Resource Centre (IRC) located on Marcus Garvey Drive in Kingston. At this location, enterprises in the food processing and food service, fashion and accessories, and gift & craft sectors secure access to specialised technical services and utilise the IRC’s incubator equipment and office facilities as extended support for the creation and manufacture of their product lines. Qualified designers and industrial engineers who constitute a vital part of JBDC’s team of professionals are integral to the organisation’s delivery of technical support services to its clients, in a range of areas such as graphic design, label and packaging design, product concept development, prototyping and packaging. Advice to new business owners in factory layout, production systems planning, energy management and other aspects vital to the creation of sustainable operations is guided by the latest industry specific research and global quality standards.

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.

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.
Partnerships

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.

Our Vision

To become a team of highly engaged thought leaders driving entrepreneurial success in Jamaica.

Our Mission

To drive entrepreneurial success and development of the MSME Sector through dynamic and innovative solutions. 

MSME Imperatives

Enhanced Business Development Services
Access to Finance
Enabling Business Environment
Fostering a Culture of Entrepreneurship
Social Value Creation
Cross Cutting Issues

Core Values

Integrity
Confidentiality
Professionalism
Respect
Teamwork
Innovation
Solution Oriented
People Focussed