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Scotiabank, Flow sponsor Women Business Owners project

Published:Wednesday | May 2, 2012 | 12:00 AM

Currently implementing the final leg of its IDB-funded project, Women Business Owners Jamaica Limited (WBO) recently signed off on sponsorship from Scotiabank and Flow through its subsidiary Columbus Business Solutions.

With Scotiabank contributing US$50,000 alongside offering the use of its training facilities, and Flow's cash and in-kind sponsorship valued at J$960,000, WBO will be able to comfortably complete the project by its early 2013 deadline, according to a press release.

Under the project, themed Strengthening & Promoting Women Entrepreneurs in Jamaica, 259 women have been trained since 2011, and at least another 60 will be trained by August 2012, the release said.

According to Monique French, Scotiabank's Senior Vice-President of Credit Risk Management, "We are very excited to be partnering with such a productive set of entrepreneurs. We have had a long history of doing so, and decided that this would be another good opportunity to continue the legacy, especially given that women-owned businesses are known to add fire to the economy."

Jeanette Lewis, public relations manager at Flow said that "at Columbus Business Solutions we recognize that women business owners make a significant contribution to economic growth and development in Jamaica. It is important to us to enable the work of micro, small and medium enterprises by ensuring that these entrepreneurs have access to the appropriate resources that enable the strengthening of their businesses".