Inspiring Hundreds of Young Entrepreneurs in Jamaica EasyPoli

“The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.”

KINGSTON – On Saturday, January 21, 2017 the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce (JCC) hosted their first entrepreneur conference, ‘Young Entrepreneur: Own Your Future’. The conference was held at the Courtleigh Auditorium in Kingston (Jamaica), and was filled with over 300 participants.

For the first time, hundreds of students and entrepreneurs from across the country gathered for a unique empowering experience. Students from Heart Trust/NTA, Univerty of the West Indies, UTech, Campion College, Jamaica College were present, as well as beneficiaries and representatives from organizations such as the JN Foundation, Branson Centre, Junior Achievement Jamaica, CARIMAC, the Sameer Younis Foundation, Cuso International and many more attended the conference.

The event also marked the official launch of the Give1project Jamaica Chapter, with the objective of enhancing the youth participation in the promotion of Jamaica’s Vision 2030: “To Make Jamaica the Place of Choice to Live, Work, Raise Families and Do Business.”

“The Jamaica Chamber of Commerce recognizes that young entrepreneurs can have a positive impact on the economy and we want to maximize their leadership in Jamaica. (…) The objective of the conference is to unlock their potential by addressing the challenges they face”, says the JCC’s Gender and Development Advisor, Darine BenAmara.

She managed to recruit a panel of influential and inspirational community leaders and entrepreneurs; the Hon. Minister Floyd Green, Nicole Mclaren-Campbell, Valrie Grant, and Thione Niang – a Social Entrepreneur, Youth Advocate, Political Strategist and Founder of Give1Project who flew in from Washington D.C as the featured guest speaker.

The speakers shared their experiences and provided the audience with the ability to analyze their own strengths and weaknesses; and to gain the self-esteem, confidence and abilities to carry out their goals. At times they raised similar discussion points such as, cultivating and encouraging a positive mindset. Mrs. Grant mentioned during the conference that, “attitude governs the way you perceive the world and the way the world perceives you.”

“Entrepreneurship is a tough journey, and the guest speakers were able to touch on challenges that many of them face,” says Darine BenAmara.

Mr. Niang spoke on the pressing issues of having no capital to start a business. He advised that money is not the answer to starting a business, but instead, it starts with an idea and a partner.

The JCC would like to make the conference an annual event, as the ‘Young Entrepreneur: Own Your Future’ was the first national event of its kind. “Our priority is to get participants’ feedback to better understand the kind of support that they need, and improve the JCC services in order to support young entrepreneurs,” says Darine BenAmara.

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