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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.

Yaneek Page

Country Director, Caribbean Markets

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Page Yaneek FP(March 20, 2017) In her latest article in The Gleaner, "New Taxes: What Small Businesses Must Do, WEConnect International's Country Director for Caribbean Markets Yaneek Page shares advice on how small businesses in Jamaica can navigate new and higher taxes. She writes:

"In theory, revenue measures are simply the monies allocated to the maintenance and growth of a country that eligible citizens and organisations are obliged to pay as the price to exist in society.  In reality, unless taxpayers are producing and earning more each year, they are likely to view new or increased taxes as a debilitating albatross, unsympathetically diminishing their incomes, standard of living, and overall quality of life."

Today, WEConnect International in The Caribbean will present preliminary results of a study being prepared with the support of Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC).

Increasingly, the positive connection among women, their economic empowerment, the growth of economies, and the well‐being of communities is recognized around the world. However, not enough is known about the challenges faced globally by women entrepreneurs and business owners who are trying to access new markets to grow their businesses.

Yaneek Page

Country Director, Caribbean Markets

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