- The 25% Increase On Phone Calls and Instruments Repressive
- JTI’S Cluster & Linkages Programme To Help Small Business Increase Productivity
- Society For The Advancement Of The Caribbean Diaspora Launched In Brooklyn
- The Ultimate Publicist Offers Publicity Solution Local-based Small Business Owners!
- Freedom Sounds (From Mento, Ska, Reggae and Beyond) on Sunday, October 4 at 8:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at Temple Hall Estate.
- JBDC Business Development Training 1 & 2 “Supporting Small Businesses in Jamaica” on Tuesday, October 6 at 9:30 a.m. to Thursday, October 8 at 4:00 p.m. at the JBDC Incubator & Resource Centre, 76 Marcus Garvey Drive, Kingston 13. Training includes: Entrepreneurship, Identifying Business Ideas, Strategic Planning for Business Success, and Introduction to Marketing/Marketing Analysis. Time: 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. DAILY! Registration closes September 30, 2009. Cost: BDT1 - $1,700 and BDT 2 - $2,700.
***THE 25% INCREASE ON PHONE CALLS, INSTRUMENTS REPRESSIVE October 1, 2009 will most certainly become a Red Letter Day for Jamaican mobile telephone users. This is the day that they will forever remember that when government has decided to tax their propensity to gab – be it for business or pleasure. As of now, it will cost us all 25% more to acquire and use one’s mobile phone, as directed by the Ministry of Finance. Today is phone calls and handsets that are being regressively taxed; tomorrow it will be eMails and blogs. Such a move has now invited the question: “Why is it that government’s emphasis is on taxation and not job creation? However, this forces one to conclude that the government tax system currently places Jamaican small businesses at a competitive disadvantage by taxing telephone calls and handsets. Both Digicel and LIME, two of the island mobile giants, have so far decried the government’s move in this regard. The Blog Enterprise has is now officially joining its voice to the call to roll back this repressive financial move by Finance Minister Audley Shaw. “We shudder at the thought of what he (Mr. Shaw) would be saying had he still been in opposition and PNP administration had imposed such a tax<’ said Delroy A. Whyte-Hall, head of The Blog Enterprise. Those who support the move are arguing that government need the revenues the taxes generate. “I request Parliament to reject this unwarranted tax imposition, and instead, come up with creative ways to provide jobs to the thousands of unemployed Jamaicans. Secondly, most of these unemployed persons are seeking ways and means to start their own little business, but because the system is so repressive and not entrepreneur friendly, everyone is discourage, and all looking overseas for their salvation. The bottom-line is that with more people being employed, concomitant with a more friendlier entrepreneurial atmosphere prevailing, then government would ensure more money going into its coffers via Income Tax on the one hand, and whatever other business-related taxes on the other.
***JTI’S CLUSTER & LINKAGES PROGRAMMEMEME TO HELP SMALL BUSINESSES INCREASE PRODUCTIVITY! In recognition of the contribution of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to the Jamaican economy, Jamaica Trade & Invest (JTI has recently established a Clusters & Linkages programme to facilitate the development of business clusters and the achievement of global competitiveness by local SMEs. Clustering is not a new concept, because it has been established and operated successfully in Europe, Asia, and the Americas. The particular model now used in Jamaica has been used in over 13 other countries. A business cluster primarily is a geographic concentration of interconnected businesses, suppliers and associated institutions involved in the production, and or delivery of similar or complementary product or service. A well developed cluster facilitates:
- Increased productivity and faster growth (through specialised inputs, access to information, and access to public goods and key supply chain networks).
- Market driven innovation (through cooperative research and collaboration), new business formation and expansion.
- A stronger lobby and advocacy.
- JTI Clusters: Jamaica Fish, Visual & Performing Arts, Music, Tourism, and Negril & Western Jamaica (MSMEs)
- JBDC Clusters: Jamaica Fashion & Apparel, Authentic Jamaican Gift & Craft, Jamaica Wellness, Small Ruminants, and Jamaica Egg Industry.
***SOCIETY FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF THE CARIBBEAN DIASPORA LAUNCHED IN BROOKLYN One reflection of post-1965 Caribbean immigrants achieving critical mass in North American cities and of their political coming of age is that group`s investment in civil society organizations that move away from singular nation-state interests to the identification and support for pan-Caribbean American interests. One such organization, the Society for the Advancement of the Caribbean Diaspora (SACD), became reality in Brooklyn on August 20, 2009. Founding members of the SACD include Minna Hamilton-LaFortune (Jamaica) – President; Carol Woodham (Jamaica) - Vice President; Gloria Sudal (Jamaica) – Treasurer; Karieth Mair (Jamaica), and Sam Belnavis (Jamaica). Other members of the organization include Ulster Brathwaite; Anthony McKenzie; Basil Daley; Tionne Tyson; Urcel Williams; Rudolph Brooks, and Pamela Ransom. The Society for the Advancement of the Caribbean Diaspora identifies its mission as follows:
- To engage the communities of the Caribbean Diaspora through the exploration of our common interests and concerns, and through our collective resources ensure the welfare and advancement of the Caribbean Diaspora.
- To recognize and celebrate the achievements of the people of the Caribbean Diaspora.
- To identify talents, encourage wealth building, lifelong education, self development and personal responsibility through networking opportunities, educational seminars, conferences, community projects, humanitarian needs, charity and through the promotion of the foods, culture and arts of the Caribbean, for a more enlightened and sustainable future of the Caribbean Diaspora.
***SUBMISSIONS (THE BLOG ENTERPRISE) THE BLOG ENTERPRISE is a subsidiary of Whyte-Hall Communications (http://sites.google.com/site/whytehallcommunications) - Jamaica’s leading virtual-based public relations consultancy that specializes in publicity planning, inclusive of Press Coverage, Media Relations, Corporate & News Photography, and Copywriting for Corporate and Non-Profit’s Newsletters and Blogs. Its President and CEO is Multi-Award Caribbean Journalist, Delroy A. Whyte-Hall. With a weekly distribution of over 1,500 individuals across a vast local, regional, and international network, THE BLOG ENTERPRISE is published Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and is distributed via eMail Subscriptions and RSS News Readers (My Yahoo,Bloglines, Google, Netvibes, Newsgator, and others). Need to get the word out about your business and non-profit to your target audiences? Send your submissions (notices, media advisories, news releases, profiles, or any other MSME-related information for publication to: firstname.lastname@example.org.