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Growing interest leads small business center to recruit more trainers, advisors

The Small Business Development Centre, set to launch next week, has had to change its business model given the growing amount of interest from potential entrepreneurs, the center’s Executive Director Davinia Blair told Guardian Business yesterday.

With more than 800 people signed up to enjoy the benefits the center will have to offer, Blair said the center has had to recruit more trainers and advisors than originally planned, and also had to source more locations for meetings between entrepreneurs and trainers.

The center is slated to launch on September 18 with 400 entrepreneurs in attendance at the performing arts center at the University of The Bahamas.

Blair said the center has found a person to head business development as well as a web developer.

Despite a list of 800 interested people, Blair said interest is still growing. She added that some people are “still in a wait-and-see mode” and interest is expected to spike when the center is fully operational and its first success stories are heralded.

Because of the number of people who have signed up, Blair said appointments are already scheduled well into 2019.

Blair told Guardian Business recently that 45 percent of registrants are between the ages of 18 and 25, and another 20 percent between the ages of 25 and 45. She added that 75 percent of them are female and 25 percent are male.

“In terms of the demographics, it’s amazing, basically you’re talking about young people who are reaching out,” she said.

Chester Robards

Senior Business Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Chester Robards rejoined The Nassau Guardian in November 2017 as a senior business reporter. He has covered myriad topics and events for The Nassau Guardian.
Education: Florida International University, BS in Journalism
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