Small Business Development Centre - SBDC, Saint Lucia

Small Business Development Centre - SBDC, Saint Lucia SBDC Saint Lucia offers training and consultancy services to small business owners and entrepreneurs. SBDC - Growing Our Economy, One Business at a Time.

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13/01/2022

Saint Lucia Taiwan Partnership Tradeshow 2021 - Prize Winners

In light of the increasing COVID-19 infection rate, the Ministry of Commerce regrets to inform of the cancellation of the prize giving ceremony for the 14th Annual Saint Lucia Taiwan Partnership Tradeshow.

Instead, the Ministry invites winners to collect their prizes at the Ministry of Commerce’s office, 4th Floor Heraldine Rock Building, Waterfront, Castries from 10 am, Friday, 14 January 2021.

For more information on the collection of prizes, please contact Ms Cindy Eugene @ 468-4218 or 285-1166 or email [email protected].

PRESS RELEASEBUSINESS FORUM - YOUTH EMPOWERMENT INITIATIVECastries, January 8th, 2022; On Wednesday, January 5th, 2022, ...
10/01/2022
JENNES | Upskilling Academy for Youth and Women

PRESS RELEASE

BUSINESS FORUM - YOUTH EMPOWERMENT INITIATIVE

Castries, January 8th, 2022; On Wednesday, January 5th, 2022, the Ministry of Commerce, Manufacturing, Business Development, Cooperatives and Consumer Affairs, in collaboration with the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College (SALCC) and the Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) in Saint Lucia, hosted a Business Forum for women and young entrepreneurs. The purpose of this event was to apprise persons of the project aimed at boosting Saint Lucia’s economic recovery through vocational skills training. Approximately five hundred and eighty (580) individuals registered for this forum, of which three hundred and nineteen (319) participated.

The Minister responsible for Commerce, Honourable Emma Hippolyte, in her address to the participants informed them that this initiative will place a lot of emphasis on the growth and development of the youth and women to ensure that both groups contribute to and benefit from the economic recovery. Minister Hippolyte further encouraged both youth and women to make full use of this opportunity so that they could become self-reliant and independent.

The Ambassador His Excellency Peter Chen of the Republic of China (Taiwan) in his remarks solidified his government’s commitment to the youth and people of Saint Lucia. He indicated that the program entails technical assistance for youth and women’s employment, entrepreneurship and financial assistance, which is geared toward empowering the target beneficiaries.

The Honourable Dr. Virginia Poyote, Minister for Gender Affairs, congratulated her colleague Minister for this noble initiative especially at a time when women are at the forefront in society. In addition, their full and equal participation in all facets of society is integral. The Minister for Gender Affairs continued by stating that the pandemic affects mostly women and girls and implored participants to make great use of their skills and hobbies, so they can convert them into meaningful employment.

The team from Sir Arthur Lewis Community College stated that the programme would allow participants the opportunity to learn from a structured, certified adult learning programme, which includes entrepreneurial development training and an incubator programme to support start-up enterprises/MSMEs. There is also post training, start-up mentorship and counselling prospect. The programme will cover areas such as Hospitality, Health Aide, Digital and Creative Entrepreneurship, and Early Childhood Development.

After members of the panel presented, participants were invited to question the presenters. Based on the 2-hour discussion which ensued between the participants and the panellists, it was clear that the forum was well-received by the participants. The Ministry of Commerce now invites all interested persons to register for the programme at the following: SALCC’s website for the Upskilling Academy for Youth and Women: https://upskilling.salcc.edu.lc/
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Upskilling Academy for Youth and Women Entrepreneurship and Financial Inclusion Programme

Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: Business Forum - Youth and Women Entrepreneurship Project. After registering...
05/01/2022
Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: Business Forum - Youth and Women Entrepreneurship Project. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.

Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: Business Forum - Youth and Women Entrepreneurship Project. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.

Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: Business Forum - Youth and Women Entrepreneurship Project. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.

One Community One Product (OCOP)
04/01/2022
One Community One Product (OCOP)

One Community One Product (OCOP)

Ministry of Commerce in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is currently undertaking a pilot project called the One Village One Product (OVOP) in three communities in Saint Lucia. In an effort to provide more communities with an opp...

PRESS RELEASEBUSINESS FORUM - YOUTH EMPOWERMENT INITIATIVECastries, December 28th, 2021; The Ministry of Commerce, Manuf...
30/12/2021
Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: Business Forum - Youth Entrepreneurship Project. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.

PRESS RELEASE

BUSINESS FORUM - YOUTH EMPOWERMENT INITIATIVE

Castries, December 28th, 2021; The Ministry of Commerce, Manufacturing, Business Development, Cooperatives and Consumer Affairs, in collaboration with the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College (SALCC) – Upskilling Academy, will be hosting a Business Forum on Wednesday, January 5th, 2022 at 9:30 am for Women and Young Entrepreneurs. This event is for persons interested in participating in the Incubator Programme for Start-up Entrepreneurs, the second phase of the recently launched Taiwanese-funded project, “Technical Assistance for Youth Employment, Entrepreneurship and Financial Inclusion”.

This phase, which is expected to begin on February 1st, 2022, offers an avenue for over 300 individuals - owners of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) - to receive training, valuable business coaching and financing for their businesses. The Forum will provide information about the project, including the eligibility criteria and support for the successful candidates, among other things.

To register in advance for the event, persons should use the following link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMsde2gqzIpH9etTK6yt-UL1qmUgPfFQR01

Upon registering, persons will receive the meeting link to attend the Business Forum.

The Ministry of Commerce encourages women and young business owners island wide to seize this opportunity to develop or hone their skills and qualify for financing to enhance their business’ performance. The initiative is designed to reduce unemployment and stimulate the economy, through the empowerment of our youth and women.

For more information, please contact Mrs. Barbara Innocent-Charles, the Director of the Small Business Development Centre (SBDC) at 468-4218 / 468-4223.

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Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: Business Forum - Youth Entrepreneurship Project. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.

Photos from Ministry of Commerce's post
30/12/2021

Photos from Ministry of Commerce's post

Photos from Saint Lucia Development Bank's post
16/12/2021

Photos from Saint Lucia Development Bank's post

30/11/2021

Several of Export Saint Lucia’s clients recently made a clean sweep at the Saint Lucia Manufacturers Association awards.

Congratulations to you all: Baron Foods Ltd, Abby’s Exotic Blends, Harris Paints, St. Lucia Distillers, Natmed, Caribbean Awnings, Top Stone Fabrication, St. Lucia Linen, Regodolls Spice, Ms St Rose Creole Delight

Export Saint Lucia continues to support your growth.

27/11/2021
26/11/2021

Join us today the 26th and tomorrow the 27th of November 2021 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm at 14th Annual Saint Lucia Taiwan Partnership Tradeshow taking place at the Human Resource Centre in Gros Islet and
Virtually via : https://14thannual.saintluciataiwan.org/

Admission: FREE

All Covid-19 protocols are in full effect

25/11/2021
23/11/2021
14th Annual Saint Lucia-Taiwan Partnership Trade Show The Ministry of Commerce, Manufacturing, Business Development, Coo...
23/11/2021

14th Annual Saint Lucia-Taiwan Partnership Trade Show

The Ministry of Commerce, Manufacturing, Business Development, Cooperatives and Consumer Affairs in partnership with the Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) will proudly host the 14th Annual Saint Lucia-Taiwan Partnership Trade Show at Gros Islet Human Resource Development Centre, from November 26th to 27th, 2021 under the theme “Propelling Business Development through Technology”. This year the trade show will be like no other as it will take place not only at the physical location but also virtually via https://14thannual.saintluciataiwan.org/, thus allowing the wider international trading community and the diaspora to view quality and authentic goods and services of Saint Lucia and Taiwan.

As the Government continues to institute policies to help rebuild our economy and strengthen our private sector amid the impact of the pandemic, it is of importance that our businesses are given avenues to expose their goods and services to potential buyers and investors. To this end, the Ministry of Commerce wishes to invite Saint Lucians here and abroad, potential buyers and investors to attend the 14th Annual Saint Lucia-Taiwan Partnership Trade Show.
For further information on the Trade Show, please visit https://14thannual.saintluciataiwan.org/.

14th Annual Saint Lucia-Taiwan Partnership Trade Show

The Ministry of Commerce, Manufacturing, Business Development, Cooperatives and Consumer Affairs in partnership with the Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) will proudly host the 14th Annual Saint Lucia-Taiwan Partnership Trade Show at Gros Islet Human Resource Development Centre, from November 26th to 27th, 2021 under the theme “Propelling Business Development through Technology”. This year the trade show will be like no other as it will take place not only at the physical location but also virtually via https://14thannual.saintluciataiwan.org/, thus allowing the wider international trading community and the diaspora to view quality and authentic goods and services of Saint Lucia and Taiwan.

As the Government continues to institute policies to help rebuild our economy and strengthen our private sector amid the impact of the pandemic, it is of importance that our businesses are given avenues to expose their goods and services to potential buyers and investors. To this end, the Ministry of Commerce wishes to invite Saint Lucians here and abroad, potential buyers and investors to attend the 14th Annual Saint Lucia-Taiwan Partnership Trade Show.
For further information on the Trade Show, please visit https://14thannual.saintluciataiwan.org/.

Business Month 2021 Updated Calendar for the Month For further information on this initiative, please contact Business D...
12/11/2021

Business Month 2021

Updated Calendar for the Month

For further information on this initiative, please contact Business Development Officers, Mrs. Ruthanne Carasco-Phillip at 468-4247/285-5356 or Mrs. Leander Calixte-Jn. Baptiste at 468-4222/285-3436.

Business Month 2021

Updated Calendar for the Month

For further information on this initiative, please contact Business Development Officers, Mrs. Ruthanne Carasco-Phillip at 468-4247/285-5356 or Mrs. Leander Calixte-Jn. Baptiste at 468-4222/285-3436.

09/11/2021

- OPPORTUNITY ALERT -

The Caribbean Export Development Agency will host a sensitisation training workshop on their Direct Support Grants Programme on Thursday, November 11th from 10 am to 12 pm.

If you are a business owner in need of grant support, this i sa perfect opportunity to find out what is available to you.

Click the link below to register. This is a virtual event.
https://www.carib-export.com/event/dsgp-nov11/

Business Month 2021 - Calendar of Activities Theme: “Propelling Business Development through Technology”For further info...
02/11/2021

Business Month 2021 - Calendar of Activities

Theme: “Propelling Business Development through Technology”

For further information on this initiative, please contact Business Development Officers, Mrs. Ruthanne Carasco-Phillip at 468-4247/285-5356 or Mrs. Leander Calixte-Jn. Baptiste at 468-4222/285-3436.

Business Month 2021 - Calendar of Activities

Theme: “Propelling Business Development through Technology”

For further information on this initiative, please contact Business Development Officers, Mrs. Ruthanne Carasco-Phillip at 468-4247/285-5356 or Mrs. Leander Calixte-Jn. Baptiste at 468-4222/285-3436.

14th Annual Saint Lucia - Taiwan Partnership Tradeshow The Ministry of Commerce will be hosting Saint Lucia - Taiwan Par...
02/11/2021

14th Annual Saint Lucia - Taiwan Partnership Tradeshow

The Ministry of Commerce will be hosting Saint Lucia - Taiwan Partnership Tradeshow on the 26th - 27th November 2021. As part of the activities for this tradeshow, the Ministry will be arranging Business-2-Business sessions with persons interested in becoming a local agent for a Taiwanese business.

Persons interested in participating in this session are asked to contact Mr Cletus Cyril @ 285-5095 or email [email protected] for more information.

14th Annual Saint Lucia - Taiwan Partnership Tradeshow

The Ministry of Commerce will be hosting Saint Lucia - Taiwan Partnership Tradeshow on the 26th - 27th November 2021. As part of the activities for this tradeshow, the Ministry will be arranging Business-2-Business sessions with persons interested in becoming a local agent for a Taiwanese business.

Persons interested in participating in this session are asked to contact Mr Cletus Cyril @ 285-5095 or email [email protected] for more information.

Timeline Photos
27/10/2021

Timeline Photos

Join the Direct Support Grants Programme Sensitisation Workshop on November 4, 2021 and have all your questions answered before submitting your grant application. Countries in the OECS are invited to register today: 👉 https://bit.ly/3BjpKNv

#GrantFunding #DSGP

21/10/2021

Join us as we collaborate with the ITC to present to you a workshop geared towards utilising eBay as a form of e-commerce.

Link for workshop

https://intracen.zoom.us/j/92230636350
Meeting ID: 922 3063 6350

Government of Saint Lucia Emma Hippolyte Consulate General of Saint Lucia in New York Consulate General of Saint Lucia in Miami Consulate General of Saint Lucia in Toronto

Invitation to participate in the “14th Annual Saint Lucia – Taiwan Partnership Trade ShowThe Ministry of Commerce, Manuf...
19/10/2021

Invitation to participate in the “14th Annual Saint Lucia – Taiwan Partnership Trade Show

The Ministry of Commerce, Manufacturing, Business Development, Cooperatives and Consumer Affairs in partnership with the Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) will proudly host the 14th Annual Saint Lucia -Taiwan Partnership Trade Show both virtually and at the Gros Islet Human Resource Centre from November 26th to 27th, 2021 under the theme “Propelling Business Development through Technology”.

The purpose of the trade show is to provide an avenue for Saint Lucian and Taiwanese Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) to showcase a wide range of goods and distinctive services and also to foster collaboration and partnerships among businesses. The trade show will also allow the general public and business community the opportunity to experience the best of Saint Lucia and the Republic of China (Taiwan).
This year the trade show will focus in part on the ICT sector and ICT related businesses and as such will be partially delivered using virtual technology.

In keeping with the theme “Propelling Business Development through Technology” the Ministry is inviting applications / Expression of Interest from emerging and existing MSMEs that are part of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Sector or simply businesses that have used some form of innovative technology to revolutionise their business operations to showcase their products and services to the global village.

Details of the Trade Show are as follows:

Date: November 26th and 27th, 2021
Venue 1: Gros Islet Human Resource Centre Gros Islet
Venue 2: Delivered Virtually

Interested persons are asked to submit their Expression of Interest no later than October 25th 2021.

Link for registration: https://forms.gle/TegrRLzQjcRK4yWv7

For further information, please contact Ms. Cindy Eugene at telephone #468-4216 / 285 1166 or email [email protected].

Invitation to participate in the “14th Annual Saint Lucia – Taiwan Partnership Trade Show

The Ministry of Commerce, Manufacturing, Business Development, Cooperatives and Consumer Affairs in partnership with the Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) will proudly host the 14th Annual Saint Lucia -Taiwan Partnership Trade Show both virtually and at the Gros Islet Human Resource Centre from November 26th to 27th, 2021 under the theme “Propelling Business Development through Technology”.

The purpose of the trade show is to provide an avenue for Saint Lucian and Taiwanese Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) to showcase a wide range of goods and distinctive services and also to foster collaboration and partnerships among businesses. The trade show will also allow the general public and business community the opportunity to experience the best of Saint Lucia and the Republic of China (Taiwan).
This year the trade show will focus in part on the ICT sector and ICT related businesses and as such will be partially delivered using virtual technology.

In keeping with the theme “Propelling Business Development through Technology” the Ministry is inviting applications / Expression of Interest from emerging and existing MSMEs that are part of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Sector or simply businesses that have used some form of innovative technology to revolutionise their business operations to showcase their products and services to the global village.

Details of the Trade Show are as follows:

Date: November 26th and 27th, 2021
Venue 1: Gros Islet Human Resource Centre Gros Islet
Venue 2: Delivered Virtually

Interested persons are asked to submit their Expression of Interest no later than October 25th 2021.

Link for registration: https://forms.gle/TegrRLzQjcRK4yWv7

For further information, please contact Ms. Cindy Eugene at telephone #468-4216 / 285 1166 or email [email protected].

Address

4th Floor, Heraldine Rock Building, Catries Waterfront
Castries

General information

Participants are expected to apply the knowledge obtained during these training courses to increase their competence and the viability of their respective businesses. The Small Enterprise Development Unit (SEDU) will continue to provide relevant training to micro and small scale enterprise owners in its Entrepreneurial Development Programme as it pursues the strategy of the Micro and Small Enterprise Development of the National Industrial Policy and the mandate stipulated in the Micro and Scale Enterprise Act of 1998. Registration closes on September 5th, 2012. Registration forms can be obtained on the Ministry of Commerce’s website, www.commerce.gov.lc or at the Small Enterprise Development Unit (SEDU) within the Ministry of Commerce, on the 4th Floor of the Heraldine Rock Building, Waterfront, Castries. All interested persons should register early. For further information, feel free to contact the Ministry of Commerce, SEDU’s office at telephone 468-4223, 468-4220, 468-4218 or 468-4204, or email [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected] or [email protected] Visit our website at http://www.commerce.gov.lc/departments/view/1 for forms and more information.

Opening Hours

Monday 08:00 - 16:30
Tuesday 08:00 - 16:30
Wednesday 08:00 - 16:30
Thursday 08:00 - 16:30
Friday 08:00 - 16:30

Telephone

(758) 468 4220

Products

SEDU has scheduled its Entrepreneurial Development Programme, to commence from September to December 2012. Courses are offered from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on weekdays.

The objectives of the Entrepreneurial Development Programme include the promotion of an entrepreneurial culture and the development of the best practices among micro and small scale business owners in Saint Lucia. Our management courses aim to increase business efficiency and competitiveness, with supporting services designed to assist with the implementation of the Saint Lucia National Industrial Policy. This is achieved by developing organizations through continuous improvement in productivity, and by providing technical support for the adoption of effective operational programmes.

The courses offered for the upcoming cycle include the following:
• Peachtree Accounting
• Small Business Management
• Introduction to Quality Management
• Basic Project Management for Small Contractors

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PRESS RELEASE BUSINESS FORUM - YOUTH EMPOWERMENT INITIATIVE Castries, January 8th, 2022; On Wednesday, January 5th, 2022, the Ministry of Commerce, Manufacturing, Business Development, Cooperatives and Consumer Affairs, in collaboration with the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College (SALCC) and the Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) in Saint Lucia, hosted a Business Forum for women and young entrepreneurs. The purpose of this event was to apprise persons of the project aimed at boosting Saint Lucia’s economic recovery through vocational skills training. Approximately five hundred and eighty (580) individuals registered for this forum, of which three hundred and nineteen (319) participated. The Minister responsible for Commerce, Honourable Emma Hippolyte, in her address to the participants informed them that this initiative will place a lot of emphasis on the growth and development of the youth and women to ensure that both groups contribute to and benefit from the economic recovery. Minister Hippolyte further encouraged both youth and women to make full use of this opportunity so that they could become self-reliant and independent. The Ambassador His Excellency Peter Chen of the Republic of China (Taiwan) in his remarks solidified his government’s commitment to the youth and people of Saint Lucia. He indicated that the program entails technical assistance for youth and women’s employment, entrepreneurship and financial assistance, which is geared toward empowering the target beneficiaries. The Honourable Dr. Virginia Poyote, Minister for Gender Affairs, congratulated her colleague Minister for this noble initiative especially at a time when women are at the forefront in society. In addition, their full and equal participation in all facets of society is integral. The Minister for Gender Affairs continued by stating that the pandemic affects mostly women and girls and implored participants to make great use of their skills and hobbies, so they can convert them into meaningful employment. The team from Sir Arthur Lewis Community College stated that the programme would allow participants the opportunity to learn from a structured, certified adult learning programme, which includes entrepreneurial development training and an incubator programme to support start-up enterprises/MSMEs. There is also post training, start-up mentorship and counselling prospect. The programme will cover areas such as Hospitality, Health Aide, Digital and Creative Entrepreneurship, and Early Childhood Development. After members of the panel presented, participants were invited to question the presenters. Based on the 2-hour discussion which ensued between the participants and the panellists, it was clear that the forum was well-received by the participants. The Ministry of Commerce now invites all interested persons to register for the programme at the following: SALCC’s website for the Upskilling Academy for Youth and Women: https://upskilling.salcc.edu.lc/ -End-
PRESS RELEASE BUSINESS FORUM - YOUTH EMPOWERMENT INITIATIVE Castries, December 28th, 2021; The Ministry of Commerce, Manufacturing, Business Development, Cooperatives and Consumer Affairs, in collaboration with the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College (SALCC) – Upskilling Academy, will be hosting a Business Forum on Wednesday, January 5th, 2022 at 9:30 am for Women and Young Entrepreneurs. This event is for persons interested in participating in the Incubator Programme for Start-up Entrepreneurs, the second phase of the recently launched Taiwanese-funded project, “Technical Assistance for Youth Employment, Entrepreneurship and Financial Inclusion”. This phase, which is expected to begin on February 1st, 2022, offers an avenue for over 300 individuals - owners of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) - to receive training, valuable business coaching and financing for their businesses. The Forum will provide information about the project, including the eligibility criteria and support for the successful candidates, among other things. To register in advance for the event, persons should use the following link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMsde2gqzIpH9etTK6yt-UL1qmUgPfFQR01 Upon registering, persons will receive the meeting link to attend the Business Forum. The Ministry of Commerce encourages women and young business owners island wide to seize this opportunity to develop or hone their skills and qualify for financing to enhance their business’ performance. The initiative is designed to reduce unemployment and stimulate the economy, through the empowerment of our youth and women. For more information, please contact Mrs. Barbara Innocent-Charles, the Director of the Small Business Development Centre (SBDC) at 468-4218 / 468-4223. -End-
Join us today the 26th and tomorrow the 27th of November 2021 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm at 14th Annual Saint Lucia Taiwan Partnership Tradeshow taking place at the Human Resource Centre in Gros Islet and Virtually via : https://14thannual.saintluciataiwan.org/ Admission: FREE All Covid-19 protocols are in full effect