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.



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Small Business Development Centre Network

The Ministry of Industry, Investment & Commerce, through its agency the Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC), has been utilising the American Small Business Development Centre Model in its delivery of business development services since the programme was launched in January, 2015.

The SBDC network is the largest and most successful network of assistance to small and medium-sized enterprises in the United States, with more than 1,100 centres (over 90% of which are housed on University Campuses), 4,500 full-time advisors and 750,000 businesses served annually. As a business development methodology, the model was introduced to Latin America and the Caribbean through the Organization of American States.

The goal of the expansion of the SBDC model throughout Latin America and the Caribbean is to create a hemispheric network of SBDCs that will improve SME competitiveness, generate new trade opportunities and promote the economic integration of the region. Jamaica was one of five countries in the region that participated in the pilot phase of the Caribbean Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) programme. At the time of the launch, the JBDC was used as a single pilot and now seeks to extend the programme into a network of centres.

The JBDC has signed MOUs with the following organisations which now host SBDCs:

  • University of the West Indies (UWI)
    University of Technology (UTECH)
  • University of the Commonwealth Caribbean (UCC)
  • Northern Caribbean University (NCU)
  • College of Agriculture, Science & Education (CASE)
  • Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMU)
  • Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA)

The JBDC Business Centres islandwide also form part of the SBDC Network.