The Dominica Youth Business Trust has completed its 24th Installation of the Small Business Assistance Facility (SBAF) despite the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Coordinator of the DYBT, Kerry-Ann Remie Timothy says this year’s program also marked another first for the Trust — the first Small Business Assistance Facility Program was held online.
The training ran from the 15th to the 19th of June, 2020, three hours a day for one week with a total of 26 entrepreneurs participating.
“This provided entrepreneurs who were actively involved in their daily business operations to be able to attend sessions without disruption of their business,” Timothy noted.
She added, “The training comprised of impactful sessions ranging from setting up small business, marketing and promotion, and record keeping.”
The Trust also added Managing Risk and Business Continuity sessions all in an effort to increase the capacity of existing entrepreneurs, to plan for, and to effectively respond to both internal issues and external shocks.
This session was facilitated by the Executive Director of the Dominica Association of Industry and Commerce, Lizra Fabien.
One participant, Ogelly Moses, sole proprietor of Josephine’s Touch Enterprise shared his experience of SBAF 2020.
Moses said, “When we stared the session it was kind of new to me, first time doing a training online. To me, I thought it would be difficult but it really wasn’t at all.”
“I learnt a lot. Pricing, branding, standards.” Moses added further, “For my product the best part of the training was pricing and standard and the quality that we have to meet in Dominica right now.”
“My training was successful I can tell you,” Moses stated.