CEO of the Small Business Association, Senator Lynette Holder as she delivered remarks.
CEO of the Small Business Association, Senator Lynette Holder believes it can no longer be ‘business as usual’ if the small business sector is to expand in its success; and as a result, the theme for this year’s Small Business Week is ‘Small Size, Big Thinking, Changing the Mindset for Global Engagement’.
The Senator revealed this theme at the launch of the SBA’s Small Business Week 2019, which took place at the Savannah Hotel on Friday evening. She expressed that the reality was that they could no longer ‘think small’.
“We are small, but that does not mean that we have to think small and so during Small Business Week 2019 we are seeking to galvanise national attention and focus on the need for global engagement and to do so we have to think beyond our limited space and size,” she said.
“And this is where technology comes into play because we realise that we can leverage the technology that is available to us to reach markets right across the globe, so
moving towards being a smart city in Bridgetown is not just to provide WiFi connection but also to help our MSMEs to build capacity that they could engage the world.
“We have to engage the world, we can no longer just be thinking about St. Michael and Christ Church, we cannot even be thinking about just St. Lucia or St. Kitts, but we have to go beyond the CARIFORUM region and engage the world.”
She believes it ia time for people to understand the importance of cluster development and working in teams and building networks.
And to help develop this, she revealed that they have a fun, information-filled week in store for participants, from September 15-21, 2019.
She reported that they would start the week with a church service at 9:30 a.m. at the Calvary Moravian Church, and then on the 17th have their State of the Sector Conference at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre at 9 a.m., on the 18th at the Savannah Hotel, they would host their Youth Symposium, closing out on the 20th at the LESC, where they will host their AGM and Awards from 4 p.m.
The week will culminate with a scenic bus ride at 1 p.m., where they will assemble at SBA’s Secretariat. (CLF)