From colorful candles to carefully stitched craftwork, home-made confectionery to hand-made jewellery, from paintings to soap, to stuffed animals and mouth-watering cupcakes, it was an impressive display of products representing the visions, talents and skills of Dominica’s young entrepreneurs.
The event was a Dominica Youth Business Trust (DYBT) organized exposition held on Friday at Government Headquarters.
The DYBT is an initiative of the Commonwealth Youth Programme and the Government of Dominica, with support from the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and provides young people with the wherewithal to establish sustainable businesses.
According to DYBT Enterprise Development Officer, Brendon Defoe, the exposition was meant to showcase young entrepreneurs in their businesses and the works of the 4H Clubs and the Junior Achievers.
“This showcase is very important to let the talent of our young people be known and also for people to get to know the health benefits and the products which are being produced right here on the island which compete with a lot of the imported items currently on the shelf,” he explained.
He pointed out that the main focus of the exposition was to allow the entrepreneurs to interact with their customers and explain the benefits of their product.
“They get a chance to explain to the customers what the benefits of purchasing the product are and what goes into the product to create it and how it can be marketed,” he said.
Defoe noted that to date, over 500 people have been trained by the Dominica Youth Business Trust and many of them have started their own business.
The DYBT on Wednesday completed the training of some young people in “Youth Entrepreneurship.”
These activities all formed part of 2013 Global Entrepreneurship Week.
See photos below from the event.