DYBT launches week of activities

DYBT Talking Points Coordinator, Kerry-Ann Remie
DYBT Talking Points Coordinator, Kerry-Ann Remie

The Dominica Youth Business Trust (DYBT) is from November 12 – 16, 2015, observing Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW).

GEW is an initiative of the Kauffman Foundation and Enterprise UK, and is promoted by the Youth Business International (YBI) network of which the DYBT is a member.

GEW will be observed in over fifty countries across the globe from November 16 to the 20, 2015.

It is also seen as the world’s largest celebration of innovators and job creators, who launch start-ups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare.

DYBT Talking Points Coordinator, Kerry-Ann Remie who was speaking at press briefing held at the DYBT conference room on Thursday, outlined the activities which have been planned for the week.

“We start the week with the minister’s address; the minister will officially open the week,” she said. “And on Tuesday the 17th we go onto our boarding entrepreneurs…we need to catch them young…”

Remie continued, “We need to start building that idea of being our own persons, being entrepreneurs, being small business owners among our young persons.”

One of the highlights of the week will be a 4-H Choral Speech and Public Speaking Competition to be held on Thursday at the Public Service Union building on Valley Road. Remie said that at least 16 primary schools on island will take part in that event.

“The young persons who are involved are boarding entrepreneurs, they are young persons through the 4 H Club who have been taught the value and the spirit of entrepreneurship and the skills that they need to become entrepreneurs,” she stated. “One of them that we see is public speaking, being able to go into a forum and speak about your business…”

She mentioned further that on Wednesday the 18th of November beginning at 3:00pm the DYBT will host its graduation ceremony which is expected to be held

“It is the 10 th graduation ceremony and we have 48 young persons who are going to graduate from both the Entrepreneurial Development Programme and the Small Business Assistance Facility Training,” Remie explained.

“At that ceremony we are going to recognize long serving trustees, mentors, facilitators, we have also two young persons, male and female who will receive an award for determine male and female entrepreneurs for 2015,” she added.

The DYBT also will be presenting its Business Plan Innovation Award.

Remie explained, “We have selected 6 young persons as winners, the top person gets $5000 grand funding towards their business and we have 5 others to get $1000 grand funding towards the establishment of their business.”

The event will be followed by an Island Wide Community Outreach to be hosted on November 19th with DYBT staff and entrepreneurs.

“The staff and a number of the other entrepreneurs of Dominica Youth Business Trust will be going onto the western district and performing some community service, in terms of cleanup and delivering some relief packages to families affected by Troipcal Storm Erika,” Remie noted. ”

On Friday November 20, the staff of the DYBT will have a social event aimed at creating “stronger ties and bonding” among themselves and DYBT board members.

Over the years, approximately 593 young persons have graduated from the DYBT programme.

This year the GEW is being celebrated under the theme,; “A Celebration and Entrepreneurial People.”

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