Dec. 15, 2015

Barbados, Caribbean. APRIL 22, 2015.
Global Event Planners (GEP), in partnership with the Caribbean Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Livelihoods (CoESL) and the Barbados Entrepreneurship Foundation Business Mentorship Pillar (BEF), is planning the Inaugural Exhibition “Get to know what the Finance and Developmental Agencies have to offer”. This exhibit is focused on educating Entrepreneurs, Small & Micro business owners about the different products and services available to them in Barbados. The Expo is scheduled for Wednesday May 20th, from 9:30 a.m., at the Grand Salle, Tom Adams Financial Centre, St. Michael.
The partners are inviting all financial institutions, NGOs and Government Agencies responsible for the development of businesses and entrepreneurs in Barbados to take part in this very needed and important expo. This event is needs driven and results from a survey carried out in the first half of 2015 (January-February) by GEP and partner CoESL, which indicated that persons are still not fully aware of what products and services exist to help them in the business and entrepreneurship eco-system.
Get to know what the Finance and Developmental Agencies have to offer will be an island wide series of events to build awareness, sensitize and educate entrepreneurs, small and micro business owners. Research shows that individuals prefer to view products/services in person and to make their purchasing decisions based on information obtained in real time.
The aims and objective of the expo are to bring together, in one place, as many financial institutions, NGOs, Government Agencies, entrepreneurs, small and micro businesses to share knowledge in the same location. This will strengthen partnerships, cohesiveness and inclusion, it will also serve as one way of generating customers and forming relationships between parties.
Global Event Planners’ and Caribbean Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Livelihoods’ missions are to develop, support and promote small and micro entrepreneurs and enterprises throughout the country. This approach is to accelerate their growth and sustainability by co–ordinating and partnering with as many of the enablers as possible to make local, regional and global best practices available to small, micro business and entrepreneurs.

Dec. 15, 2015

CoESL and Partners Kick Start Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), Caribbean Style.
Barbados, Caribbean. November 15, 2014.
As part of the Scotiabank funded Bridging the Gap project (BtG), CoESL and regional partners launched GEW 2014 this afternoon, joining hundreds of countries globally who are taking part in the November 17-23 activities. The launch was held at the Caribbean Media Corporation Studio in Barbados. It was moderated by entrepreneur Francine Smart-Jackson with speakers including social entrepreneur, Marcia Brandon of CoESL, Pauline Bailey of CMC and entrepreneur, Shawna Rollins of Delicious Treats, who gave tips on becoming an entrepreneur. The launch team of female entrepreneurs did a great job of engaging and sharing knowledge.

The Bridging the Gap project aims to celebrate entrepreneurs and promote entrepreneurship. It serves as a way to create ties between Private Sector and Civil Society, entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship, as well as connect regional entrepreneurial development entities in an economic sustainable development triangle.
The BtG project has three (3) main activities. These are the regional launch; early morning regional connector events which will be held during GEW, on different days, under separate themes by each country participating in the project; as well as a series of regional business mentoring sessions which will start in February 2015. These business mentorship sessions are intended to facilitate a generational transfer of knowledge which will assist and guide young and mature entrepreneurs on how to prepare to launch a business and how to grow their business.
10 Caribbean partners taking part in this project are GARD Center -Antigua, CoESL - Barbados, The Organization for Rural Development, Entrepreneurship of Women & Youth - St. Lucia, Constructive Solutions Inc. - St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Institute of Sustainable Livelihood Leadership & Exchange - Belize, Business Builders Immersion - Bahamas, Entrepreneurs for Sustainable Economic Development Limited - Jamaica, Dynamic Youths of Grenada - Grenada, Enabling Enterprise - Trinidad & Tobago and Beyond Timeless-St.Kitts & Nevis.
Throughout this week, each country led by each partner will be hosting an event in honour of GEW. We are very grateful for Scotiabank’s partnership and we intend to make sure that the impact is felt long after these events end. The themes, dates and times of these regional events are listed below: These events are by invitations only.
 St. Lucia - "Promoting Entrepreneurship in Rural Saint Lucia" – Nov. 19th
 Bahamas - Creating A Legacy Through Entrepreneurship – Nov. 22nd Saturday
 Barbados - Celebrating Entrepreneurs: Promoting Entrepreneurship – Nov. 17, Monday
 Jamaica – Celebrating Entrepreneurs: Promoting Entrepreneurship – Nov. 18th, Tuesday
 Trinidad & Tobago - ONE DAY TO CELEBRATE, SUPPORT AND EMPOWER WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS IN THE CARIBBEAN.” Using our stories to empower ourselves and others” – Wednesday, Nov. 19th
 Grenada - Breaking Barriers Through Innovation – Nov. 18th – Tuesday.
 St. Vincent & the Grenadines - " Each One Push Up One... Entrepreneurial Development Strategy for SVG"
 St. Kitts & Nevis - Celebrating Entrepreneurship – The Life Blood of Sustainable Economic Development. – Thurs. Nov. 20th
 Antigua - Entrepreneurial Sustainability and Development through Venture Capital – Nov. 17th
 Belize - "Entrepreneurship for National Development" – Nov. 19th.

Dec. 15, 2015

Caribbean Region a Favorite for Expocomer 2015
[African/Caribbean Pavilion to attract companies for Extraordinary Business Forum ]

Panama City, Panama (September 29, 2014) Universal Peace Ambassador of Panama (CERCLE) and President & Chief Executive Officer of Panama World Trade & Investment Foundation (PWTIF), Melida Harris-Barrow has been granted the rights by Expocomer to be a Promoter/Administrator to stimulate trade and investment among African/Caribbean businesses, increase their networking opportunities at Expocomer and also to create for the first time in its history, an African/Caribbean Pavilion. African and Caribbean businesses are invited to participate in the thirty-third staging of Expocomer 2015, which will be held on March 11 through 14 at the ATLAPA Convention Center, Panama City, Panama.
Brand Leader

The brand leader in Central America, Expocomer, continues to effectively showcase & promote the products of its clients successfully, year after year. Exhibitors to Expocomer 2015 will join with invited guests for an Extraordinary Meeting at the African/Caribbean Pavilion. The aim of the meeting firstly, will be to create synergy between African and Caribbean people, promote opportunities, increase, improve and support investments among African and Caribbean countries through strategic networking.

This annual exhibition is the ideal starting point for business persons from more than thirty countries, to explore new business opportunities and introduce new products and services. In a recent interview with Jamaica Daily Observer’s Caribbean Business Report, Harris-Barrow reiterated the key reasons for the Caribbean’s participation in Expocomer: “The importance of the Caribbean Pavilion is to promote opportunities, increase, improve, trade and support investments among the Caribbean countries and the world. Panama World Trade & Investment Foundation believes it is of great importance that the Caribbean countries get involved.”

Participating Countries
This year’s roster of participating countries creates a global marketplace representing diverse cultural groups, private and public sectors, for example: Haiti, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Colombia, El Salva-dor, Puerto Rico, India, United Kingdom, Taiwan, Korea, Italy, Mexico, Peru, Cuba, Costa Rica, Spain, San Andres (Colombia), Chile, Argentina, Turkey, USA, Trinidad & Tobago, and others, including the Colon Free Zone, Real Estate companies and government ministries.

PWTIF is expecting the following countries to participate in the African/Caribbean Pavilion exhibition: Aruba, Bahamas, Curaçao, St Vincent & The Grenadines, Dominica, Barbados, Antigua, St. Lucia, Jamai-ca, Anguilla, St Martin, Grenada, Jamaica, Cayman Islands and many more to come. To date Jamaica has made a commitment to participate and is sending a delegation of private sector businesses. At press time, San Andres, Colombia has committed with a ten-member delegation and several West African countries: Ghana, Nigeria, Niger, Sierra Leone, Mali and Burkina Faso are also on board. Further details will soon be released in the media.

For more information, to register and for payment schedule, visit: or email: Submit your registration form early to reserve your booth.

About PWTIF:
The Panama World Trade and Investment Foundation is an organization incorporated in Panama. The primary goal of PWTIF is to be the matchmaker between people, businesses and countries. If you are an individual with funds looking to invest or a person with a great idea looking for investors, PWTIF wants to work with you. The organization will become the liaison for individuals and businesses requiring legal, investment and trade support within Panama, and will also have similar contacts for other emerging markets.


Melida A. Harris Barrow
Founder & CEO
Panama World Trade & Investment Foundation
Tel.: +507-832-0191 (Panamá)
Tel.: 954-253-4656

Dec. 15, 2015

Fort Hays University (FHSU) and the Caribbean Centre of Excellence
for Sustainable Livelihoods (CoESL) Partners for Competitiveness and Sustainability of Regional Youth Businesses.

The region’s leading authority on “know-how” of entrepreneurship development, CoESL has again delved into unchartered territory by establishing a partnership with FHSU to help young entrepreneurs acquire specialized skills for growing their businesses, as well as helping students acquire much needed skills which will aid in preparing them for the world of work.

33 young interns and faculty members from FHSU flew into Barbados on Wednesday and began meeting and assisting young entrepreneurs on Thursday with much needed skills and ideas. Over 15 young entrepreneurs will receive assistance from these young interns over the next four (4) days. Each entrepreneur will be paired with 2 interns, based on need and specialization.

At the opening ceremony at the Centre’s Dayrell’s Road location this morning, Deputy Chief, Political & Economic Section of the US Embassy, Mike Carver, lauded the university, CoESL, staff and interns for this innovative initiative and explained that this is very much in keeping with the US government’s priorities. The US government, he explains, supports entrepreneurship development globally and values and supports it in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean. Dr. Stacey Leigh Smith, of the Tourism and Hospitality Management Faculty explained that the FHSU’s internship is a part of the university’s learning communities and included among the objectives are to create engaged global citizens, leaders and create new opportunities for all involved.

Marcia Brandon, Managing Director of the CoESL explained that this initiative is a regional one and the intention is to move it across the region next year, touching at least 4 different countries in the next 4 years. She noted that the objectives from the CoESL’s perspective, in addition to what Smith stated, included Knowledge transfer from interns to young entrepreneurs (YEs) and vice versa; Cultural transfer and connection between Barbados & USA (Kansas); Assistance with transition from school to work for interns and for YEs and Assistance with gaps in skills for the marketplace. Other faculty members in Barbados this week are Jessica Ann Heronemus; Angela Amy Walters, and Andy Tincknell.

FHSU is the leading forward-thinking, entrepreneurial university of the Midwest. The university has an enrollment of more than 13,000 students and offer hundreds of certificate and degree programs at the associate's, bachelor's and master's levels through 28 academic departments. It attracts goal-oriented students who want premier learning opportunities both inside and outside the classroom combined with extraordinary one-to-one attention and support. Its professors are outstanding teachers who motivate students to develop their unique talents. As a result students graduate with a deep appreciation of knowledge as well as professional skills and confidence that give them a competitive edge in their careers, now and for a lifetime. FHSU is Located halfway between Denver and Kansas City.