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MSME sector to be fully represented at employee engagement conference

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

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The Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC) is giving the commitment that the micro, small and medium-sized enterprise (MSME) sector will be fully represented at the 2019 Employee Engagement Conference from October 16 to 17.

Chief executive officer (CEO) of the JBDC, Valerie Veira, in a recent interview, said that the services and products offered by MSMEs will be promoted at the conference, as a part of the organisation's efforts to be inclusive.

“The MSMEs are the backbone of our economy, so we are particularly focused on them, but not exclusively, because we believe that there is merit in clustering the large companies with the small ones,” she added.

Veira appealed to companies and individuals to assist MSMEs to attend the conference.

“We have a special commitment for the MSMEs to ensure that they are involved, so we are trying to get scholarships for those who would not be able to afford the cost to attend, as we don't want them to be excluded from the conference,” she said.

The CEO noted that the focus of the conference, which is employee engagement, is relevant to organisations of all sizes.

“Whether you have five persons or 100, if the staff experience is bad, the results will be bad, and this will result in poor customer relations,” she added.

Meanwhile assistant manager in Project Management and Research Development at the JBDC, Sasha McCalla, said entrepreneurs will be showcasing a variety of products and services over the two-day conference.

“We will have persons doing makeup therapy sessions, a fitness instructor and we will have others who are doing paint and sip, massage therapy and live cooking,” she added.

The event, which will be held at the Jamaica Conference Centre in Kingston, is being staged under the theme 'Employee Experience 3D —Design Develop Deliver'.

Persons interested in attending the conference can visit the JBDC website at www.jbdc.net and complete the application form.


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