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Big prizes for 2016 Scotia Vision Achievers

Published:Monday | May 23, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Twenty-five business entities were welcomed into the Scotiabank Vision Achievers 2016 programme which will take them through an intensive capacity-building exercise over 17 weeks. Seated (from left) are Dudley Walters, vice-president, small medium enterprise, Scotiabank; Yanique Forbes Patrick, vice-president, marketing, Scotiabank; Karl Samuda, minister of industry, commerce, agriculture and fisheries; and Marcia Woon Choy, action coach.
Karl Samuda (left), minister of industry, commerce, agriculture and fisheries, is greeted by Dudley Walters, Scotiabank’s vice-president, small and medium enterprises, at the launch of the Scotiabank Vision Achievers Programme 2016. Looking on is Yanique Forbes Patrick, vice-president, marketing, Scotiabank.

Participants in the Scotiabank Vision Achiever Programme 2016 will benefit from more than $20 million in business investment.

The announcement was made by Dudley Walters, vice-president, small and medium enterprise, at the launch on Wednesday May 11 at Scotiabank's Constant Spring Financial Centre.

Twenty-five business entities selected from 112 applicants were welcomed to the programme. They represent a cross section of businesses including pharmaceuticals, tourism, energy, agriculture, manufacturing, and catering.

"Today, I would like to congratulate those of you who have been selected to be part of this very exciting capacity-building programme," said Walters. "Based on feedback from our last cohort of participants, some of whom have reported very impressive results with up to 50 per cent increase in business, we know this experience will only enhance your business abilities," he said.

Those selected are: CB Cabling Technologies Limited; Angels Heath Care; C.O.T. Properties/Pineapple Court Hotel; Clifton's Machine Shop; David and Subs Outfitters; Di Foto Shoppe Limited; Fashion Addiction; HBG Associates; Hood Daniel Well Company Limited; Jmax Hair And Nail Club; Kaluga Kafe; Krystal Clear Productions; Longville Park Pharmacy; Lumitech International Ltd; Mag Chemicals; Monica Archat Hughes M.A.R.T. Enterprize; Most High Estates Traders; NIC's Pastries; Practical Endodontics; Sun-Bloc Awnings and Tents Limited; The E-Biz Centre Limited; The M Group Limited T/A Candy Craze Candy Bar and Creamery; Waves Beach; Websters Developers Limited; and YZ Industries ltd.

The Scotia Vision Achiever programme will expose participants to a seven-module course over 17 weeks. It will include training in sales, marketing and other areas. Participants will also benefit from access to one-on-one business consultations.


The programme leader is Marcia Woon Choy, who has established herself as the consummate business coach, guiding many SMEs to long-term success.

A range of prizes will be offered to the top three performers, including a special grant of J$500,000 from the Development Bank of Jamaica; business solutions valued at $360,000 from Digicel Business; a brand campaign valued at $360,000 from eMedia; and digital marketing solutions of $150,000 from Jamaica Yellow Pages.

Scotiabank has been offering capacity-building courses for businesses since 2011. In 2015, the bank revamped the offerings and renamed the programme Scotiabank Vision Achiever.