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She’s the B.O.S.S! The female has emerged as the game changer in the business world, determined to topple the status quo of male dominance in the boardroom and leaving an indelible mark. A 2013 study of the 300 MSEs conducted by the JBDC found that approximately 51% were female-owned and 49% male-owned. Additionally, 60% of JBDC clientele are females. Despite the continued growth of women-led-businesses in Jamaica, the data shows that this group of entrepreneurs still has its share of challenges, some of which are unique to them.

A 2015 survey of Women-Owned Businesses in the Caribbean (including Jamaica) revealed that the top two (2) challenges facing female business owners were managing responsibilities of family and balancing work, and access to financing. Access to markets and networking opportunities were also identified as major challenges by the women entrepreneurs surveyed.

The Business Dialogue Forum will feature a stellar panel of female entrepreneurs who will lead a thought provoking discussion under the theme B.O.S.S LADY (Building Opportunities for Sweet Success). Request an invitation.


Kenia Mattis, CEO – ListenMi Caribbean



Ethnie Miller-Simpson – CEO, Women Entrepreneurs’ Network of the Caribbean

M. Audrey Hinchcliffe – CEO, Manpower & Maintenance Services Limited

Shawna-Kaye Lester – CEO, Memorable Essay

Patrice White – CEO, The Dynamic Lifestyle

Yaneek Page – founder & Managing Director, Future Services International Limited

Dahlia Harris – Actor, Producer & Cultural Expert