The Dominica Youth Business Trust held its annual Christmas event on Wednesday evening to celebrate the successes of the year and outline the plans for the following year.
Coordinator of DYBT, Kerry-Ann Remie-Timothy describes 2019 as a successful and exciting year for DYBT; one which brought the organisation a new partnership.
The United Nations International Organisation for Migration partnered with the DYBT this year to provide grants for two participants of the biannual Small Business Assistance Facility training.
A business tool library was also established with the assistance of World University Service of Canada.
Other activities undertaken by the DYBT in 2019 included Entrepreneurial Development Programme sessions, Entrepreneurial outreaches and formation of a DYBT Alumni association.
The coordinator of DYBT went on to outline the major activities planned for the year 2020.
Remie-Timothy announced, “In January, we are having a training of trainers, with support from IOM. February we are starting, in collaboration with DAIC and the Clinton Foundation, the Distinguished Speakers series. In March, we start our 14th Entrepreneurial Development Programme. In June we will hold our 24th Small Business Assistance Facility (SBAF) training. In July we will be launching our Social Entrepreneurship Initiative which is a programme that we are having with the EU and 3 of the Youth Business Trust in the Caribbean, and we will be launching our Community Outreach Entrepreneurial Training. In August we are trying to organize a 1 day business excursion to Guadaloupe, and then we go into October where we hope to have an Agropreneur Symposium which will focus on the farm to the table experience. In November we celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week from the 15th to the 20th November.”
At Wednesday’s event, the DYBT recognised President of Dominica Art and Crafts Products Association (DACPA), Vanessa Winston, and social entrepreneur Dustin ‘Maggie’ Peters with awards.