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JBDC joins forces with JSE & Sagicor for Social Enterprises Training

As the Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC) continues its programme of interventions targeting the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) sector, Social Enterprises (SE) are next on the Corporation’s radar as it has joined forces with the Jamaica Stock Exchange (JSE) and Sagicor to host a Social Enterprise Impact Round table and Grant Proposal Writing Workshop in July.

Under the theme; ‘Doing well by doing good: Monetising the impact of Social Enterprises’, the initiative will be presented on two levels with the Round table being hosted on July 28 and the Grant Proposal Writing Workshop from July 29-31.

Chief Executive Officer of the JBDC, Valerie Veira notes that JBDC recognises and embraces social enterprises as an emerging component for the MSME ecosystem as well as its potential to significantly contribute to the social fabric and economic development of Jamaica. “Social Enterprises will be of greater relevance as Jamaicans prepare to rebuild their lives and livelihoods, which were greatly impacted by the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19),” she said.

The round table targets Social entrepreneurs, Business Financiers, Policymakers and Investors and will explore the role of SEs within the MSME sector, monetising the impact of SEs, attaining economic growth without compromising social impact, getting Jamaica’s SEs investment ready and accelerating investment ready SEs through the Jamaica Social Stock Exchange.


The discussion will be facilitated by an august panel including State Minister in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture & Fisheries – the Hon. Floyd Green, Chairman of the JSE, Neville Ying, Manager, SME Business Banking, Sagicor Group Limited, Horace Smith, Director of the Office of Social Entrepreneurship at the University of the West Indies – Dr. Kadamawe K’nife, Business Advisory Services Manager at JBDC – Melissa Bennett, Director of Deaf Can! Coffee – Blake Widmer, as well as Manager and Director of Strategic Partnerships and International Development at Barefoot College International – Sue Stevenson. The panel will be moderated by Deputy CEO of the JBDC, Harold Davis.

The Roundtable is open to the general public. TO REGISTER FOR THE ROUNDTABLE.