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Business Clinic a Breath of Fresh Air

Published:Friday | March 27, 2015 | 12:00 AMTamara Bailey
Director Alternate Channels , Columbus, Nadienne Neita (standing), makes her presentation to a group of students at the Mobile Business Clinic Initiative at the National Commercial Bank.
Several agencies in collaboration with the Ministry of Industry Investment and Commerce were on site at the Mobile Business Clinic Initiative held on the grounds of the National Commercial Bank in Mandeville from March 24-26
Regional Social Science and Home Economic specialist for the Rural Aagricultural Development Authority, Michelle Blake (left), introducing her products to potential buyers.

The Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC), in collaboration with the National Commercial Bank, Fidelity Motors Limited and various other private and public-sector partners, this week, pooled together their resources to introduce the Mobile Business Clinic Initiative in Mandeville, Manchester.

The main goal of the initiative is to tackle cross-cutting issues that address business development and capacity readiness for MSMEs, as well as facilitate and encourage business formalisation for companies operating outside of Kingston.

For three days, entrepreneurs in the parish, based on a needs assessment survey, were offered technology innovation, business, and formalisation advice.


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"One of the things our survey showed was that there needed to be a growth strategy here, moving from start-up to a business that can stand on its own ... so we're using a growth strategy for all the workshops and all the consultations," says Sancia Campbell, public relations

officer JBDC.

Owner of a small cosmetics store, Patricia Hibbert said that her dream of business expansion now seems feasible with the information received at the


"It has been very informative, I got a lot of information on how to expand my business and how to branch out into other areas I have long been dreaming of ... the services being offered, I know, will boost my business, there is no doubt about that."

Sharing Hibbert's sentiment and expressing the need for frequent business clinics, co-founder of a new company, Vitae, Lancelot Riley stated, "We are offering a tasty, nutritious Moringa Granola bar, and we are trying to get it on the market, we have made dialogue with a lot of

factories, and distributors, we have done a lot of work on the product, and we are looking forward to a launch in June, so here at the clinic, we are ensuring we get everything together legally, tax-wise, and so on. It has been very convenient for us, and I hope for the future, this will happen more frequently.

The initiative, which began in St James in November of last year, and has so far made it to several other parishes, will make its next stop in St Elizabeth on April 21 and 22.