From Idea to Enterprise
Several dozen young Barbadians have begun laying the groundwork for starting their own businesses.
They are learning the fundamentals of taking a business idea and making it a reality with the assistance of the Youth Entrepreneurship Scheme (YES), which is running a four-week training programme.
Up to 60 Barbadians are expected to enroll in the programme when it begins on Monday.
Programme Manager Selma Greene told those present for the orientation session held on Saturday at the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth that YES is committed to providing the necessary support to budding entrepreneurs.
Meantime, Permanent Secretary in the ministry Ruth Blackman said YES has had many successes during its 20 years in operation.
“The suite of services that we offer, which range from business support services to training and development, to the provision of technical assistance and referral for funding are crafted to take you from fledgling idea to a profitable and sustainable enterprise,” she said.
“Technological advances, changing market demands and the prevailing economic conditions all conspire to impact the ability of young people in particular to find employment. So self-employment is gaining more and more credence as a viable career option.”