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Lok Jack wraps up BDC Mentorship Programme

For Release Upon Receipt - July 9, 2009

St. Augustine

The Business Development Company (BDC) recently celebrated the success of their Mentorship Programme at a graduation ceremony on June 17th 2009. Designed and facilitated by The Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business (GSB), the mentorship programme was intended to enhance capacity building of small and medium sized enterprises in Trinidad and Tobago, thereby encouraging the further development and diversification of the economy.

The programme aimed to facilitate the development of the participants’ entrepreneurial skill base by exposing its members to established industry professionals who generously shared experiences and advice on building their businesses. The course spanned a period of nine months, six of which entailed direct mentoring. Other components included training workshops and a Business Improvement Project.

Addressing the graduands at the ceremony, Annelle Joachim, Vice President of the BDC, noted that it was necessary to equip business owners with viable new skills which, in today’s financial climate, are critical to a business’ competiveness and success. Her sentiments were echoed by Professor Miguel Carillo, Lok Jack GSB’s newly appointed Executive Director, who stressed the need to not only acquire the skills to get a businesses up and running, but the tools to maintain the business.

Kevin Ransome, a participant of the Mentorship Programme, stepped up to praise the attention given by the programme’s mentors to key aspects of business development. With newfound confidence due to the programme, he closed his address by ensuring all that he was “the next to be Billionaire”.

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