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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

Executive Director, WEConnect International in Jamaica

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Page Yaneek FPIn a recent, provocatively titled article, "Are Millennials, Generation Z Too Lazy For Entrepreneurship?", Executive Director of WEConnect International in the Caribbean Yaneek Page identifies the strengths and weaknesses typically assigned to individuals born between 1980 and 2004 and how those traits can create opportunities and challenges to young people considering entrepreneurship. Writes Yaneek:

Page Yaneek FP(January 23, 2017) Executive Director of WEConnect International in the Caribbean Yaneek Page recently shared advice on how and why small businesses should create advisory boards in a recent article in The Gleaner. Writes Page:

"The majority of businesses registered in Jamaica are done as business name registrations and not as limited liability companies with a formal board of directors.

A large number of businesses rely exclusively on a single individual, usually the sole proprietor, for strategic management, governance and all aspects of leadership. That individual is typically the businesses' sole source of knowledge, expertise and experience to influence critical decision-making.

It is an extremely tall order for any one person to fulfill. It should, therefore, come as no surprise that when compared to a company with a well-functioning, qualified and effective board of directors, a small business with no board is likely at a significant disadvantage."

Read the article.

Yaneek Page

Executive Director, WEConnect International in Jamaica

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