Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Employment and Foreign Affairs, Careen Prevost wants small business entrepreneurs to grab opportunities and enhance their competitiveness in both the Caribbean and the world.
Prevost was addressing the start of a two day, second module of the four part training program with the University of Texas in San Antonio Institute for Economic Development at the Public Service Training Center on Thursday.
“With these investments in small business development it is our hope that these opportunities are embraced by Dominican Entrepreneurs and the possibility of enhancing the competitiveness of our Medium/Small Business Enterprise (MSBE) sector, on the regional and international markets is especially comforting based on these Small Business Development Center (SBDC) models,” she said.
She also urged employment and small business agencies to seek inexperienced individuals and find persons within the industry who are more experienced to guide and assist them.
“We would like to encourage the employment and small business agency, that we are also looking at apprentice and mentorship program because people who have gone before, successful business persons, we would like them or we would like you to be able to assist particularly the young people who have shown strong interest of late in starting their own businesses,” she stated.
Prevost also strongly encouraged the pairing of successful persons and others who are willing to adopt new or improved methods of doing business as this will do well in the attainment of objectives.
The training is being held in collaboration with the Organization of American States (OAS), Department of state United States, Institute for Economic Development, Caribbean Export Development Agency and the Small Business Development center Network and the Dominica Employment and Small Business Support Agency.
About forty people are being targeted.