OAS MSME Newsletter: ( November 2023):
MSME Newsletter – OAS WEE MSME Clearinghouse Experience – Saint Lucia
We are thrilled to share experiences from the fifth country highlighted in the OAS Women Economic Empowerment project’s MSME Clearinghouse, Saint Lucia. We start by introducing our National Focal Point’s institution, followed by valuable resources provided other institutions who support the advancement of MSMEs in Saint Lucia.
Small Business Development Center – (SBDC) Ministry of Commerce, Manufacturing, Business Development, Cooperatives & Consumer Affairs
The Small Business Development Centre (SBDC), also known as the Small Enterprise Development Unit (SEDU), is a department within the Department of Commerce, International Trade, Investment, Enterprise Development and Consumer Affairs. It is envisaged that the SBDC will offer a more holistic approach to the development of the Micro and Small Enterprise (MSE) sector in Saint Lucia, with the core mission being to help businesses become globally competitive by providing long term consulting, training, financing and market research solutions that create real economic impact.
Saint Lucia Industrial & Small Business Association (SLISBA)
The St. Lucia Industrial and Small Business Association (SLISBA) is the national umbrella body, a not-for-profit entity, which represents the interests of small, medium and micro-sized businesses in St. Lucia. Foremost and within its plan of action is providing relevant continuous training, advocacy, marketing and advisory services to its membership.
St. Lucia Chamber of Commerce Industry & Agriculture (SLCCIA)
The Saint Lucia Chamber of Commerce Industry & Agriculture endeavors to foster business growth and development by providing strong leadership, effective advocacy and relevant services to our membership which they can leverage in their communities.
National Research & Development Foundation (NRDF)
The National Research & Development Foundation endeavors to be the SME financer, business development, research, and professional training institute in the Eastern Caribbean.
Invest Saint Lucia (ISL)
Invest Saint Lucia (ISL) is the investment promotion agency of the Government of Saint Lucia. Mandate to promote investment opportunities; facilitate investor access to incentives and concessions as prescribed under the law.
About the MSME Clearinghouse:
The MSME Clearing House is a platform dedicated to support and empower women entrepreneurs in the Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSME) sector. Our mission is to provide a centralized hub of resources and information tailored specifically to the needs of women-owned businesses.At the MSME Online Clearinghouse, we believe in the power of knowledge and community. Join us today and unlock a world of resources tailored to empower women entrepreneurs in the MSME sector. Together, let us break barriers, achieve success, and create a more equitable and resilient society.