Small Business Fair and Expo INSPIRING GREATNESS

EXPO 2019 – The GBPA Invest GB Small Business Bureau hosted its Fair and Expo on Thursday, June 20 at the Pelican Bay that featured small companies and entrepreneurs. (PHOTO: JENNEVA RUSSELL)

Experts in the business community made valuable presentations to advising and encouraging resident entrepreneurs to pursue success, during the Grand Bahama Port Authority’s (GBPA) Small Business Fair and Expo on Thursday (June 20) at the Pelican Bay Resort.

The one-day event was held under the theme, ‘Inspire Your Greatness’ and geared towards providing a great opportunity for local Grand Bahamian entrepreneurs to enjoy insightful presentations and network with other local business owners.

Several of the presenters spoke to this daily during at the event.

President and Digital Director of Digital Media Visionary Limited Brinard Sweeting, a web design and digital marketing strategy company based in Grand Bahama, said that he wanted to emphasize the importance of companies having an online presence.

“It’s one of those things where many people know about it, but really don’t embrace it within this region,” he said.

Sweeting furthered that many businesses suffer from this.

He explained that in Grand Bahama there are tools that business owners can use to develop an online presence.

Sweeting noted that it is vital for business to do so, because having a website is essentially like having a digital storefront which can only push businesses forward.

Co-Owner of Doncar Management Services Carmel Churchill, spoke about sparking a tourism renaissance.

“What we are going to do is bring a greater awareness to persons living in Grand Bahama and our stakeholders and help them understand that the renaissance doesn’t have to be brick and mortar,” she explained.

Another presenter Kerel Pinder, Managing Director of Island Dreams Management said that she wanted to provide attendees with tips and tactics for social media.

“Social media is so much more than just posting. There’s a lot that goes behind what you actually post, where you post it and who you are posting it for … how you are engaging your audience,” she said.

Pinder added that giving attendees three tips is a manageable task that they can carry out to promote their businesses.

Executive Director of Access Accelerator, Small Business Development Davinia Blair, stated that her presentation was about empowering entrepreneurs.

“I’m going to talk about what it means to be an entrepreneur for the long haul,” she said.

She added that sometimes persons are only excited about hosting that first event for their business, but they should think and plan beyond that. “They should think about creating a business that lasts generations.”

Blair furthered that more Grand Bahamians are taking advantage of entrepreneurial opportunities.

“I think people are extremely inspired,” she said, adding that now aspiring entrepreneurs are receiving institutional support from the public and private sector.

Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce (GBCC) President Gregory Laroda, spoke about the benefits of having the Fair in Grand Bahama.

He noted that the event was a good initiative for Grand Bahamians, in general, particularly for West Grand Bahama.

“We need events like this to keep persons in the business community motivated, to provide them with training and resources to really prepare their business for when the economy does turn around, so that they can be ready to take advantage of the opportunities coming,” he said.

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