Sheena Gayle, Gleaner Writer
"HELP SMALL businesses to shift into higher gear" was the call by president of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Davon Crump, as he advocated for their survival and right to compete.
Crump made the appeal yesterday at the 'Third to First - Going the Distance Breakfast' organised by the Institutes of Chartered Accountants of the Caribbean and Jamaica in association with the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
"The Government and civil society must create an environment in which small businesses do not struggle to survive, but become true beacons of success and vibrancy," the newly elected chamber president advocated.
In creating that environment, Crump further noted that stakeholders must make the financial resources available to them, and increase their capacity to access those resources along with the support services offered by the Government and civil society.
The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Jamaica will be hosting the Institute of Chartered Accountants of the Caribbean's 29th annual three-day conference June 23-25, under the theme 'Third to First - Going the Distance'.
In charting the path for small businesses, Crump revealed that the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce will be making a concerted effort to ensure the meaningful inclusion of small businesses in their operations.
"We need to educate them as to the challenges of the regional and global environments, and the importance of competition. We need to attack the education deficit, which prevents much of the population from taking advantage of business opportunities, and deploy technology to assist in making businesses more efficient, competitive and profitable," an enthused Crump outlined.
Notwithstanding the chamber's willingness to help small enterprises, he chided the corruption fostered by lingering bureaucracy that forces small business operators to pay double for the most basic of services.
"We know what the challenges for small businesses are, as I'm sure you have all heard them before. Stop the talking and start the doing! Stop the promises and start the delivery! Stop the studying and start the practising!" he argued.