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WBO Wraps Up Islandwide Training, June 19, 2008, Jamaica

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Kingston, Jamaica:– Women Business Owner’s Jamaica Ltd wrapped up its islandwide entrepreneurship workshop series last week to a full house of new, old and aspiring entrepreneurs at Jamaica Trade and Invest, June 19.

Fulfilling on their commitment to deliver an interactive, case-study driven series around the theme, The Game of Business: Playing to Win,’ the WBO brought together women from across the spectrum of business related fields, including participants from the telecommunications sector, wellness, management, entertainment, computer programming and a slate of other diverse fields, for the grand finale.

“I thought the presentations were very good, detailed. I really like the fact that women in business have been given an outlet to reach out to each other, for networking. One of the main things I am impressed about is that a lot of times you go to these networking seminars and the same players are always there and you really don’t find growth. I think that WBO with all of its partners are doing a great job based on what I see here,” said Moriah James, Entertainment Consultant, Touch of Nature Connections, a participant in the Kingston Workshop.

Presentations were delivered by Professor Rosalea Hamilton, President of the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Alliance (MSME), Shirley Carby, Managing Director, Carlong Publishers (Caribbean) Ltd, and Beverley Manley, Author of The Manley Memoirs.

Carlong Publishers is one of four, women owned Jamaican companies that were researched by the WBO in order to generate working case studies for use in future workshops. The published workbook also contains case studies of Jamaica Money Market Brokers, founded by Joan Isabel Duncan in 1992, Digital Transtec Ltd., formed by Lorna Green in 1994, and Garbage Disposal and Sanitation Systems Ltd., led by Dorothea Gordon-Smith.

The complete workshop series included six sessions touching Ocho Rios, Mandeville and Kingston, sponsored by Scotiabank Small Business Banking and The Private Sector Development Programme of the European Union. They covered topics including succession planning, financial management, sustainability in business, networking and marketing.

“A critical next step is to continue the process of transformation; what I mean by that is to have people commit on an individual level to so stretch themselves beyond anything or anywhere they have ever been before. I say this because this is what Jamaica needs now. Jamaica needs extraordinary leaders; Jamaica needs people who choose to exercise leadership right where they are in extraordinary ways,” said Ms. Manley, who closed the session with a motivational speech.

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