Entrepreneurship IMPORTANT

CEBO- A Move in the Right Direction for Grenada

The CARICOM Secretariat in collaboration with the Ministry of Youth, Sports, and Religious Affairs, has organized a partnership for the programme which is receiving support of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Government of Spain. The programme seeks to give technical support to Member States to strengthen youth entrepreneurship by introducing the CEBO Programme” (Now Grenada, 2014).
CEBO- Creativity for Employment and Business Opportunities
This is something I could definitely support. For too long I have been advocating for entrepreneurship as an avenue for Employment and Wealth Creation. The participants of this meeting which included,
1.      Non-government organisations with an interest in youth entrepreneurship including National Youth Business Trusts
2.      Small and medium enterprise development organisations
3.      Small business associations
4.      Chambers of Commerce
5.      Banks and other financial institutions
are the players needed to help develop an entrepreneurial policy in Grenada thus leading to a culture of entrepreneurship. Far too long we have relied on traditional measures to help generate employment only to find that these measures are temporary fixes to what seems like permanent flaws.
There have been many programmes in the past that included training of young people to try to get them involved in business and entrepreneurship. However, it is high time we realize that teaching young people skills for starting and running a business is not enough to get them interested in entrepreneurship. There must be a burning desire to do something, to make a difference. They need to be resilient, focused, goal oriented, determined, in addition must have good interpersonal and persuasive skills, and be willing to think outside the box, or maybe think inside a new box if needs be. 
Entrepreneurship is not for everybody, and like Jeff Bezos said, “One of the huge mistakes people make is that they try to force an interest on themselves. You don’t choose your passions; your passions choose you” (Bezos, 2014).
I believe that this can be the flagship programme to help create that culture of entrepreneurship in Grenada and the rest of the Caribbean region, but please don’t only focus on creating business plans and developing business ideas and learning about ROI and other skills for starting and operating a business. One must also focus on passion and determination and some of the other soft skills that are important for entrepreneurial success, some of these can’t really be taught,  however,  with the right guidance once it’s within an individual it will come out…Hats off for this programme and Cheers to its success.

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8 Comments
  • Ronnie Henry Mar 18,2014 at 11:45 am
  • Ronnie Henry Mar 18,2014 at 11:43 am

    We need a tax policy thats more friendly toward business as it is presently only so called foreign investors that milk the country.. whats about netwok marketing this is a genuine industry that can assist in alleviating some of our unemployment problems .http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=business%20of%20the%2021st%20century%20full&sm=1

  • Nicole Cambridge Mar 16,2014 at 8:15 pm

    quite agree, One of the programmes I endorse in the schools is Junior Achievement and I am so happy that they are now moving to the primary schools. However, one of my concern is that what happens to these individuals when they finish school? will they get the extra help, push or mentor to take on a venture on their own?

  • N. Kimron Corion Mar 16,2014 at 7:47 pm

    You said it perfectly Dannyboy. We have created a generation of people with an employee mindset, its high time our young people know that they can go out there and create jobs instead of going out there and look for jobs

  • Dannyboy Mar 16,2014 at 7:36 pm

    I quite agree with the comments and your view points on this. However, our educational system must also teach our students that they can be entrepreneurs and business leaders or giants on society and that creation on jobs, employment and financial freedom begins with them. Our children must be taught in school that they are there to be future investors and entrepreneurs and not persons looking to find employment only from ‘Uncle Sam’. Many of our people only that the purpose of education is to go to school get good grades and then apply for work with ‘John Brown’. This is so far from the reality we now face. We need to empower ourselves and think big, think outside the box and develop the entrepreneurial spirit in our beautiful Grenada.

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