TSTT Says – “Awaken The Entrepreneur Within”
Port of Spain, Trinidad, November 4, 2016
blink | bmobile has partnered with Youth Business Trinidad and Tobago (YBTT) to support entrepreneurs in a big way, this month, during Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW).
YBTT kicked off GEW in T&T recently with a Media Launch held at TSTT’s Corporate Suite at the Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain.
Feature speaker at the event was UWI Senior Economist Dr. Roger Hosein who said crime was the biggest obstacle to people wanting to become entrepreneurs and to parents encouraging their children to start businesses. “To facilitate the entrepreneurial drive, the State needs to intervene with this problem,” he said.
Drawing on his own entrepreneurial experiences, Hosein’s advice to micro-entrepreneurs was:
look at the margins
understand the demands of the market
understand the pricing structure of the market
He described an entrepreneur as someone who saw opportunities that no-one else did and found a way to execute that opportunity profitably. Entrepreneurs must have determination, perseverance and dedication to the task, he said.
YBTT General Manager Shedron Collins said GEW was a celebration of entrepreneurs by more than 160 countries around the world, with each country putting on a host of events and activities.
One major event taking place in Trinidad is a Technology Seminar on November 8th sponsored by TSTT. It will be held at the San Fernando City Corporation Auditorium on Harris Promenade. The theme of the seminar is “Infusing a New Paradigm.” Participants will hear how TSTT plans to support entrepreneurship in T&T. They will also learn how three successful YBTT entrepreneurs have infused technology in their businesses.
Three other important seminars, all aimed at providing entrepreneurs with essential tools and information are:
– an Agriculture Seminar on November 10th entitled “Empowering Youths
- a Tourism Symposium on November 15th entitled “Opportunities and Challenges” and
- also on November 15th, Marketing and E-Commerce for Small Business.
YBTT Chairman Dale Laughlin appealed to the business community for help to continue to do its work in the form of financial support, technical expertise and mentorship. More valuable than money, “we need your time,” she said.
She would like to see Entrepreneurship Week expanded in T&T to become a series of activities year-round. “Help us to reach more and more under-served and aspiring entrepreneurs in T&T.” Help us to help them empower themselves, build their business and create new job opportunities. “This is how we can reshape and revitalise the economy,” she said.
YBTT provides a suite of support services to help young entrepreneurs comprising training, advice, financing, mentorship and networking opportunities.
TSTT is delighted to have the opportunity to partner with YBTT in supporting local entrepreneurs. According to TSTT’s Chief Marketing Officer (Ag) Camille Campbell, “The key message TSTT wants to send out during Global Entrepreneurship Week to young people 15-50 years old, and to retirees too energetic to retire, is, ‘Today is truly an amazing time to dream of owning your own business and being your own boss and we have the technology to make it happen!’”
As the national carrier with a vested interest in our people and this economy, TSTT has made a commitment to make technology all-inclusive and available in every corner of the country. The Company is actualising that commitment with capital expenditure of $3.7 billion to ensure that T&T’s businesses and entrepreneurs are competing from a first world arena.
TSTT pays tribute to the fantastic work YBTT is doing and urges everyone to support them, find out about the many events scheduled at www.ybtt.org/gew, participate, and awaken the entrepreneur within you!”