NDFD commemorates 30th anniversary with exhibition

Chairperson NDFD anniversary activities Sharon Vidal-Francis poses near one of the exhibition

The National Development Foundation of Dominica (NDFD) hosted an exhibition, commemorating its 30th anniversary with an exposition on Great Marlborough Street, today.

Chairperson of the anniversary activities Sharon Vidal-Francis said that the event is meant to showcase some of the businesses that the NDFD has helped fund over the years, showing the Foundation’s achievement and simultaneously providing advertising opportunities for the products of the fourteen clients that were participating.

She stated, “We are celebrating 30 years of operation and we wanted to highlight some of our clients’ products. So these are all small business clients of the NDFD, we chose to invite 20 of them because if we had to bring in all of them, we would need all the streets of Roseau. It’s advertisement for them and promotion for us. We did one like this when we celebrated 25 years, as well.”

Some of the businesses featured at the exhibition included Nail Expressions, Benjo’s Seamoss, Third Wheel Beverage Company and Drinking from my Saucer Arts and Craft.

Cedric Maximea of Third Wheel said that the company produces eight different flavors of alcoholic punch including peanut, rum and raisin, chocolate and strawberry and saw the exhibition as a great way to push the products out to the public and raise brand awareness.

Drinking from my Saucer proprietor Oswald Shillingford claimed that the unique name for his company was inspired by his mother and reflected the uniqueness of his crafts, which included intricately designed novel jewelry boxes and other wood-carved items.

Vidal –Francis said that while the Foundation has expanded its services over the years, it will continue to provide the assistance it has to entrepreneurs.

“We have actually extended our services to include small business support, so we write business plans, VAT, social security and financial services for small business owners. But we will continue to provide assistance for small business owners, those who find it difficult to find funding from the commercial banks,” affirmed Vidal Francis.

Benjos Seamoss
Third Wheel's booth at the event

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11 Comments

  1. SXM
    October 11, 2011

    BNJOS SEAMOSS NUMBER PLEASE. SO WHEN I COME DOMINICA I WILL BUY THE LOCAL PRODUCT. HOPE ITS NOT TOO FAR LOL MAYBE ROSEAU CAUSE I STAY IN MARIGOT WHEN I COME

  2. October 11, 2011

    I would like a phone number where i can contact sharon vidal please.

    • INFO
      October 11, 2011

      National Development Foundation of Dominica Limited
      9 Great Marlborough Street
      P O Box 313
      Roseau
      Commonwealth of Dominica
      Tel: 767-448-3240
      Fax: 767-448-0225
      website: http://www.ndfd.dm

  3. Friend
    October 11, 2011

    Awa we they did not have to u do u dat na sharon

  4. Ha
    October 11, 2011

    All you them jen Paix Bouche there always in things eh. Congrats to NDFD and staff. Keep up the good work.

  5. Ishmael
    October 11, 2011

    Contact info for third wheel?

  6. ME
    October 10, 2011

    Great effort by Board and Management of NDFD.

  7. thickness4so
    October 10, 2011

    third wheels’s punch is the best!!! dat i say wi especially d chocolate!!! buy it $20 a bottle…SUPPORT LOCAL

  8. Miss DOminica
    October 10, 2011

    Big up Sharon and the NBD family……..doing great things for DOminica

    • kwem
      October 10, 2011

      NBD?

      NDFD you mean?

      • Miss DOminica
        October 11, 2011

        thank you for the correction typo lol

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