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We’ve come of age! It’s our 10th Annual Small Business Expo & Conference. As we embark on this milestone event, the Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC) takes this opportunity to reiterate its commitment to the sustainable and consistent development of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in Jamaica.

We recognize that training is critical to the development and ultimately the success of entrepreneurs. Lack of training could mean that the business will not grow beyond the first stage of enterprise development to other stages and possibly fail within the first five years of existence. This is why the JBDC Small Business Expo & Conference is like no other. Not only will you get a chance to interact with exhibitors, but throughout the day, you will benefit from non-stop sessions delivered by industry experts on subject matters relating to this year’s theme: THINK BIG. SCALE UP. GO GLOBAL.

A strong wind of change is blowing and we are fueled by it. We see our youth in particular, taking steps to turn their dreams into reality and wanting to be part of a global movement towards entrepreneurship. Last year, we saw a 55% increase in attendance at the Expo and we applaud everyone who heard the message and made the right decision to participate.

We look forward to welcoming you again this year. Tell your family and your partners that Expo 2017 is one not to be missed. One day only! Incredible value!

SMALL BUSINESS EXPO AGENDA

Below is an outline of the day's activities

OPENING CEREMONY 9:00AM - 10:00AM
GRAND BALLROOM


THINK BIG SESSIONS – 10:00am – 11:00am

GRAND BALLROOM


HOW TO GET INTO THE HABIT OF THINKING BIG

Ms. Krystal Tomlinson - Communications Practitioner & Self-Management Strategist


FINDING YOUR PURPOSE: THE ENTREPRENEURIAL YOU

Ms. Heneka Watkis-Porter – Founder, Patwa Apparel


GETTING NOTICED: ATTRACTING INVESTORS TO YOUR BUSINESS

Ms. Opal Levy – Partner, Sisters’ Ink & Network Manager, Alpha Angels





SCALE UP SEMINARS 11:00AM - 5:00PM

LEGACY SUITE


BIG DATA FOR YOUR SMALL BUSINESS

Mrs. Alecia Bennett-Bryan, PMP

Sociologist, MSc in Sociology (Distinction)


NAIL IT BEFORE YOU SCALE IT

Mrs. Althea West-Myers, Business Advisory Services Manager – JBDC


JOIN US IN THE GRAND BALLROOM FOR ‘BUSINESS HOUR’


DIGITAL MARKETING STRATEGIES THAT GROW YOUR BUSINESS

Mr. Tyrone Wilson President & CEO – eMedia Interactive


DISRUPTIVE INNOVATION

Dr. Maurice McNaughton

UWI Mona School of Business


FINANCING MODELS FOR SCALING SMALL BUSINESS

  • Ms. Sandra Glasgow – First Angels Jamaica 
  • Ms. Terry-Ann Segree - Investment Manager, Development Bank of Jamaica 
  • Mr. Robin Levy – Deputy General Manager, Jamaica Stock Exchange





GO GLOBAL SEMINARS 11:00AM - 5:00PM

GRAND BALLROOM


BUILDING BIG LITTLE BRANDS

Mr. Michael Hirst – Chairman, Prism Communications


THE ART OF CLOSING THE DEAL

Mr. Wayne Robinson – Lecturer, UWI Mona School of Business


BUSINESS HOUR

GRAND BALLROOM


SCALE UP & GO-GLOBAL WITH NCB YOUR FINANCIAL PARTNER

Ms. Japhia Langley – Unit Head (Acting), NCB Business Administration & Underwriting Unit

Ms. Keisha Demetrius – Business Banker, NCB May Pen Branch

Mr. Alvin Campbell – Corporate Officer, Group Line - NCB Insurance Company Limited

Mr. Stanley Thompson – Manager, Origination and Structuring - NCB Capital Markets Limited


UNLOCKING YOUR BUSINESS’ POTENTIAL

Mr. Shamar Nevins – Manager, Business Growth Unit – DGS Chartered Accountants & Business Advisors

Mr. Dion Staple – Partner, DGS Chartered Accountants & Business Advisors


WIN WITH DIGITAL MARKETING

Mr. Rasheed Girvan - Digital Marketing Manager – Yello Jamaica


KNOW YOUR MARKETS

Mr. Stephen Dawkins - Vice President, Jamaica Exporters Association


ENTERING NICHE MARKETS

Mr. Ernesto Malda - Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of Mexico


TRADING ACROSS BORDERS

Ms. Kanika Y. Tomlinson - Legal Counsel, The Trade Board


NETWORKING 5:00pm – 7:00pm

GRAND BALLROOM


SESSIONS

Business Dialogue Forum

THINK BIG

Raising Capital

SCALE UP

Business Pitch Workshop

GO GLOBAL

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