Tuesday, June 3 saw Women’s Business Owners of Jamaica hosting its “The Game of Business: Playing to Win” Seminar in Ocho Rios at Sandcastles. Guest speaker, Dr. Rosalea Hamilton aptly laid the foundation for the night’s discussion on Entrepreneurship and Networking.
A world-renowned international trade specialist, Dr. Hamilton shared her expertise in describing the essentials of entrepreneurship and networking for the participants present. “You need to know the rules of the game, in order to compete,” she said. “If you know how to compete, you know how to win,” she finished.
She invited entrepreneurs to network as it had varied advantages such as a cost-effective way to generate profits, give, receive and share ideas and information, to gain leads and referrals.
Dr. Hamilton was joined by Ms. Norma Walters (President of St. Ann Chamber of Commerce and Administrative Manager of RO Walters & Associates Ltd.) and Ms. Jeannie Dixon (Managing Director of Jamaica Blue Mountain Spring Water and Sunshine Jamaica), who shared in the discussion by adding what they have learnt from being business women, but more importantly, entrepreneurs.
“I had to be here today, not only because it was so accessible without an admission cost, but because I believe knowledge is power,” one participant commented. “It was great to hear from women who have been through what I am going through right now with balancing my new business and my new family. I feel so empowered,” another said.
The WBO is making its contribution to supporting the development of the nation’s established and aspiring women business owners by facilitating a series of training workshops, organized through an alliance with the Private Sector Development Programme (PSDP) and the Bank of Nova Scotia Jamaica Limited.
Tomorrow, the seminar travels to the Mandeville Hotel in Mandeville and will focus on “Managing Finances for Wealth and Sustainability in Business” with Karen FitzRitson giving the key address. Thursday, June 19 will see the WBO hosting its Annual general Meeting at Jamaica Trade and Invest (formerly JAMPRO) at 7.30pm where you can find out about their programmes and membership opportunities.