Summit geared to deliver real value

shadiasimpson, shadiasimpson@nationnews.com

Added 15 October 2012

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The Barbados Entrepreneurship Foundation’s third National Entrepreneurs’ Summit is all geared up to deliver real value to the entrepreneurial community. The summit, which is scheduled to take place on Friday, November 16, at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre, has taken on a major format change to better facilitate the Small and Medium Enterprise/entrepreneurial community. In addition to presentations by the keynote speaker, progress reports by the CEO et al and entrepreneurs’ panel discussion, there will be five focused workshops designed to address the real needs and issues of the business community.   Strategy Execution – Delivered by Alex Mackenzie of the business execution firm McKinney Rogers International, this session will feature an intense focus on the skills, techniques and methodologies associated with bringing your strategies to life.   Strategies Of Internationalization – Delivered by Kevin Mulcahy of Babson College For Entrepreneurship and Roxanne Hercules from United States Customs and Border Protection, this session will feature an analysis of the export strategies used by the most successful companies in the world and rationales behind decisions to adopt individual strategies.   Survival Tips For A Recession – Delivered by Professor Steve Gold of Babson College for Entrepreneurship, this session will feature a focus on the strategies and techniques necessary to survive this time of austerity.   Growth Strategies For Entrepreneurs – Delivered by Derek Browne of Entrepreneurs in Action, Chris Birch of the University of Greenwich, and Michael Potter of Redwood, this session will focus on start-up and growth strategies with advice and techniques for start-ups and young businesses seeking to grow and expand in the current economic climate.   Funding And Finance – Delivered by Jerome Dwight of RBC Wealth Management, this session  provides much-needed analysis of the variety of methods to finance your business and innovative/creative ideas. The workshops will be 90 minutes in duration and will be repeated to allow delegates to attend the two sessions most relevant to their current situation. Speaking on the changes to the structure, Programme Manager Chris Harper said, “Over the past year, the BEF has been observing and listening to the voices of entrepreneurs across all spectrums and this year’s summit is designed to directly address the most common concerns identified.” This year’s summit is also appropriately priced at BDS$300 with discounts being extended to members of the Small Business Association (SBA) and Barbados Youth Business Trust (BYBT). Tickets are currently on sale at the Virgin Atlantic office in Hastings, Christ Church. (JS)

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