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.



Mobile (Digicel)


14 Camp Road, Kingston

General Services

Business Information Dissemination

When a client comes into the JBDC, the Business Advisory Services Unit (BAS) acts as a resource centre for entrepreneurs by answering queries, providing information such as details about the business environment and other institutions within the ecosystem that business owners need to know about. The team will assist with information that allows clients to build and grow their businesses.

Opportunity Assessment

Entrepreneurs come at different stages of their journey, from concept to an established and operational business, and require specific assistance. We conduct an opportunity assessment which essentially helps clients to be aware of what is important to consider and know as they pursue business ownership.

Business Assessments

Business Assessments are provided to clients who have established businesses that are registered with the Companies Office of Jamaica (COJ).

Counselling and Monitoring

We will walk with the client through recommendations relevant to their specific stage as well as provide insight on next best steps.

Grant Disbursements (IGNITE, etc.)

BAS helps clients access grants that support the specific gaps identified within the assessment and consultation periods. Through the unit, clients will be able to apply for various grants that provide assistance in areas that have been identified as needing improvement.

Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ) is a partner with the JBDC which provides various grants for technical assistance to entrepreneurs. The IGNITE grant requires clients to pitch to receive funding. Once the client is selected to receive funding, the BAS then monitors and helps to close the gaps.

Funding Referrals

The BAS has relationships with various financial partners, and clients in need of loans or equity financing can gain access to assistance through this unit.

Training Programme Services

The Business Advisory Services unit provides scheduled training sessions throughout the year to help the entrepreneur at whichever stage they are at. Each programme is specifically designed to attend to the needs of entrepreneurs, with the provision of scheduled and in-demand sessions.
Fundamentals of Business
This programme caters to clients that are at the beginning stages of owning and operating a business and provides necessary foundational insights regarding formalising their business.
Starting Business
Within this training session, you will learn more about market validation along with other key lessons that provide them with information that is necessary for the early stages of running a business.
Managing a Business
This session allows you to become more aware of ways to improve the performance of their existing business. The programme includes insight on operational best practices.
Growing a Business
This programme helps to strengthen business’ leadership and governance structure.
Going Global Series

Participants will learn about what it takes to scale their business and bring it to various markets.

*NOTE: Training Programme pricing is provided as they occur.

Handholding Services

This is a detailed process which will vary based on the stage of your business. Key considerations include identifying reasons a customer would purchase your product or service, your competitive advantage and developing the business model.

As funding is crucial to business growth, we take you through processes including start-up costs, costing your product or service, budgeting, record keeping, financial analysis and forecasting.

We also guide you towards making your business attractive to investors with an effective pitch, as well as key strategically planning your business’ growth for export.