Dominica Youth Business Trust celebrates 20-year anniversary

Coordinator of the DYBT – Phillip Rolle

The Dominica Youth Business Trust (DYBT) has created a series of events and initiatives which will form part of its incredible milestone of 20 years in existence. According to Coordinator of the DYBT, Phillip Rolle, who was addressing a ceremony held at the Prevo Cinemall Ballroom conference room this week, these series of events and initiatives are being organized to reflect the dynamism and creativity of young entrepreneurs in Dominica.

 “First and foremost we kicked off our celebration just last month with a road trip where we traversed the length and breadth of our beautiful island visiting several of our remarkable entrepreneurs,” Rolle said.

 This experience, he said, did not only showcase the diversity of businesses striving under the DYBT umbrella, “but also [provided] an opportunity for our ministers, the Chief Youth Development Officer, Board of Trustees and staff members to connect with the heart and soul of Dominican entrepreneurship.”

He said the DYBT plans to organize part two of the road trip during the upcoming summer.

 “We will be doing part two of that road trip during the upcoming summer,” Rolle revealed. “Just for the record, it is not just about site-seeing and visiting entrepreneurs, it is really about connecting with the heartbeat of our entrepreneurial community and [forging] new partnerships and discovering stories that inspire us all.”

Another event which will form part of its anniversary celebrations is the DYBT upcoming awards ceremony which will be held during Global Entrepreneurship Week in November, “where we’ll have the privilege to honour and celebrate the outstanding achievement of our entrepreneurs and contributors.”

Additionally, Rolle stated that throughout the course of the year the DYBT will spotlight 20 exceptional entrepreneurs through its social media channels and these profiles will not only highlight their successes, but also showcase the diversity and ingenuity of businesses that have flourished under the guidance of the DYBT.

 He went on to state that from its inception in May 2004, DYBT has remained steadfast in its mission to empower youth, aged 18 to 35 in realizing their entrepreneurial dreams.

 “Its achievement in the past decades stands as a testament to the dedication and resilience of our youth,” Rolle noted. “From becoming the 37th member of the youth business international network to training over 1500 young entrepreneurs, the DYBT has left an indelible mark on the landscape of youth entrepreneurship in Dominica.”

 He singled out some of the businesses which continue to make a significant contribution under the DYBT, to include; Daily Fresh, Big G’s Pepper Sauce, Mr. King’s Punches among several other successful businesses.

.“Businesses like these continue to make a meaningful impact in their communities,” Rolle stated.

 He continued, “As we embark on this momentous occasion, we look forward to celebrating not only the past achievements, but also the potential that lies ahead.”

“Twenty years ago, guided by a vision of empowerment in entrepreneurship the DYBT emerged as yet a beacon of hope for young men and women across our nation.”

The DYBT is celebrating this milestone under the theme: “Innovate, Elevate, Celebrate- 20 years of  Youth Entrepreneurship.”

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