Small Business Association elects new president
Neil Corbin is the new president of the Small Business Association (SBA) of Barbados.
The owner of the manufacturing firm NPURE Water Filtration Inc. and the service business The Telephone Repair, was elected by an overwhelming majority at the association’s Annual General Meeting on Thursday.
The virtual AGM was a first for the SBA, the format necessitated by the restriction on physical gatherings on account of the COVID-19 pandemic. Other persons elected to the Board were Erica Smith as secretary, Davidson Ishmael, assistant secretary/treasurer and director Stephen Ollivierre. They will join vice president Charles Carter, treasurer Drayton Carter and director Dave Waithe.
Corbin was extremely humbled at the show of confidence by the membership. He said “there is much to be done within the small business sector, particularly at this time of economic hardship occasioned in part by the COVID-19 pandemic”.
He pledged to build on the work done by previous presidents and continue to support the secretariat in the roll out of relevant programmes for members and the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises sector at large.
At the AGM, SBA members discussed various matters pertaining to the business of the association highlighted in the 2020 Annual Report and Treasurer’s Report for the period. Additionally, the audited financial statements for the financial year 2019 to 2020 were presented by audit firm Brian Griffith and Co. Chartered Accountants, which gave the association a clean bill of health. The AGM was a feature of the Small Business Week 2020 activities, which was held from September 20 to 26. The week culminated with a virtual Awards ceremony yesterday. (PR/SAT)