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Scotiabank Vision Achiever Programme looking to transform businesses

Published:Thursday | February 15, 2018 | 12:00 AM
Scotiabank Vision Achiever 2017 top three performing business people. From left: Janet Rankin-Henry of Complete Nutrition Care Diet Centre, Kemal Brown, Digita Global Media, and Ruschelle Richards, Your True Shade Cosmetics, with Kaysia Johnson-Vaughan, manager, marketing programmes at Scotiabank.
Representatives from the 2017 cohort pose at the beginning of the Scotiabank Vision Achiever programme.
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Scotiabank is calling on small and medium enterprises (SMEs) interested in being part of the upcoming Scotiabank Vision Achiever programme to register online at www.scotiavisionachiever.com for a chance at benefiting from an extensive range of capacity-building courses guaranteed to alter the way they approach business.

"If you are interested in transforming your business to achieve better results, then this programme is for you," said Audrey Tugwell Henry, vice-president - retail, at Scotiabank.

Describing the programme as a life-changing experience, Janet Rankin-Henry, owner of Complete Nutrition Diet Care Centre, said: "I was able to know my numbers, I was able to systemise my processes, I was able to get the right people on the same bus with me."

Rankin-Henry said she was sure that, as it did for her, the programme would do wonders for others interested in taking their business to the next level.

The Scotiabank Vision Achiever is a 17-week programme, led by Action Coach Marcia Woon Choy, that will include training in sales, systemising business processes, marketing and understanding business financials. Participants will also benefit from access to one-on-one business consultat-ions, and assistance in creating effective business, marketing and financial plans.

The programme has been part of Scotiabank's offerings to SMEs since 2011, and is open to any eligible business, including companies not aligned with the bank. To date, almost 200 business have benefited from being part of this initiative.

 

Building SME capacity vital for economic growth

 

Kemal Brown, former Scotiabank vision achiever, and founder and CEO of Digita Global, says he would definitely recommend the programme to all entrepreneurs who want to learn sound principles for elevating their businesses.

The key takeaways for Brown included learning to manage the numbers and creating good team dynamics by ensuring the right people are in your company.

"Building the capacity of Sam's is vital for the continued economic growth of Jamaica," said Audrey Tugwell Henry, vice-president - retail, at Scotiabank.

"Our Scotiabank Vision Achiever programme has been playing an important role in enhancing the capacity of business persons across the island as they become exposed to optimum business practices."

- Small and medium-sized enterprises interested in registering should sign up by March 2.

- To qualify, applicants must be a sole proprietor, or in partnership or from a limited liability company that has been in business for more than two years with an annual turnover or sales of US$100,000 in the last fiscal year.

• Applicants must be over 21 years old with a good credit history.

• Additional information on the Scotia Vision Achiever programme is available at www.scotiavisionachiever.com.