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.

Page Yaneek FP(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:  

Page Yaneek FPIn her latest business advice column in The Gleaner, Country Director for WEConnect International in the Caribbean Yaneek Page warns part-time entrepreneurs that they may be cheating themselves. Writes Yaneek:

"A few years ago, I convinced one of my business coaching clients to take three weeks' vacation leave from his full-time job and execute his strategic growth plan during that period. The business experienced its most profitable quarter ever, and their client base doubled. There was no miracle or magic, just a formal sales strategy, tighter team management, constant and aggressive customer prospecting, closer customer relationships, strategic networking and stronger financial controls. Three years later, his only regret is that he didn't resign sooner."

(April 25, 2017) Within the framework of WEConnect International’s research project “Enhancing the Growth of Women-Owned Businesses in Latin America and the Caribbean by Building on Private Sector Initiatives” funded by Canada’s International Development Research Centre, on April 20th, 2017 WEConnect International in the Caribbean held an executive panel to discuss information related to women entrepreneurs and to share experiences and knowledge that promote the private, public and civil society sectors to better understand the needs of women-owned businesses in the region.

Yaneek Page

Country Director, Caribbean Markets

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