Buoyed by the reception of women entrepreneurs in Jamaica and significant interest from neighboring countries, WEConnect International expanded its network across the English-speaking Caribbean in August 2014.
WEConnect International launched in Jamaica in April 2013 with support from the U.S. State Department WEAmericas program. In just over a year, more than 160 women business owners from across the island joined WEConnect International as members, and more than a dozen women-owned businesses applied for and received international certification.
WEConnect International has developed a reputation in Jamaica for promoting greater market access for women entrepreneurs. The network has built a strong relationship with the Government of Jamaica, through the Ministry of Industry Investment and Commerce with its work highlighted in the State Minister’s Sectoral Contribution on industry in the house of parliament in June 2014.
The value of WEConnect International’s entry into Jamaica is also highlighted by the 2013 WEVenturescope Report, which gave a perfect score to the country in the area of access to networks for women entrepreneurs.
Yaneek Page will oversee the expansion of WEConnect International in the Caribbean. Interested women entrepreneurs across the English-speaking Caribbean can register to become members of the network by signing up online.
News and Events
(June 26, 2017) Country Director for WEConnect International in the Caribbean was recently asked a young entrepreneur in her 20s how she can combat age discrimination when pitching her business. Yaneek's first bit of advice:
"The first thing you need to do is change your mindset and start thinking like your potential customers. You seem to be personalising the concerns about your youth and taking on the persona of helpless victim. Step back and look at all angles of the situation.
(June 13, 2017) In her recent business column in The Gleaner, Country Director for WEConnect International in the Caribbean Yaneek Page shares some of business magnate Richard Branson's most important advice imparted at the Young Leaders of the Americas (YLAI) entrepreneurship event in Kingston last week. Writes Yaneek:
"One of the most profound lessons Branson imparted was that the greatness of the Caribbean must not be underestimated as it was the driving force for his own global entrepreneurial fame, birthing the renowned Virgin Atlantic."
(May 15, 2017) In her latest business column in The Gleaner, Country Director for WEConnect International in the Caribbean Yaneek Page offers advice on making a business a household name. Yaneek writes:
"Best practice in business is to set goals that are SMART an acronym that means Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant to your business vision and Time-bound. Here are two examples of what a SMART short-term goal might look like for a new business like yours: