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Empretec Annual Report 2011 - Unctad XI

Empretec Annual Report 2011 - Unctad XI

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01Products and ServicesName of the Centre:Empretec GuyanaName of the Director:Judy Semple - JosephEmail-address:business_adviser@yahoo.comWebsite:www.Empretecguyana.orgYear of Inception:2003• Entrepreneurship Training Workshop• Supply Chain ManagementProgramme (ITC)• Venture Out! For Women Programme• Technical Capacity Building forAgroprocessors• Business Advisory ServicesStaff Members:2Number of Entrepreneurs Trainedsince Inception:273GuyanaHighlights of 2010/201102Venture Out! Programme for WomenGiven the success of the 2010programme, Empretec Guyana andRepublic Bank collaborated for thesecond successive year in thehosting of the Venture Out! Programmefor Women Entrepreneurs. With fullsponsorship from Republic Bank Ltd.,the leading commercial bank in Guyana,Empretec Guyana was able to expose265 women entrepreneurs from five(5) regions to the basics of runningtheir businesses in an entrepreneurialmanner between 2010 and 2011.Supply Chain Management (SCM)ProgrammeFollowing the successful hosting ofits SCM Roundtable in July 2011,Empretec Guyana is gearing up forthe intake of the second batch ofparticipants in the International TradeCentre’s (ITC) Modular Learning System inSupply Chain Management (MLS-SCM)Programme. The programme is beingfacilitated by professionals in the fieldof supply chain management who havethemselves been trained by the ITCand have secured passes at all levelsof the programme. Employees of ten(10) private and public sector entitiesare currently enrolled in the first batch ofthe International Certificate Programme.2-day Business Networkingregional workshopsTo facilitate new business linkagesamong local entrepreneurs, businesspeople from the Caribbean Communityand Empretec Guyana, a 2-day‘‘Empretec Business NetworkingChallenge’’ took place in Octoberand November 2011. Some 50entrepreneurs have been introducedto the Empretec methodology, with afocus on coaching and group activitieson entrepreneurship skills developmentas well as group work on the developmentof a business networking proposal.46EMPRETEC ANNUAL REPORT 2011

03Success StoryROXY’S FASHION & GENERAL DESIGNINGRoxanne KingRoxanne’s love for sewing started when she was just7 years old. As a young adult she started dancing as ahobby and began sewing danceattire for herself. In the year 2000,she registered a small sewingestablishment covering 2 stalls at alocal ‘flea’ market out of the needto generate income for herself andher family. After her encounter withthe Empretec Programme in 2003she realized the various possibilitiesof creating/developing the marketfor her sewing to include gymwear, school uniforms and varioustypes of clothing mainly for womenand children. In particular, instead ofliterally ‘‘waiting on clients to call’she actively revised her businessstrategy specifically going afterniche markets and paying attentionto improving product quality. As a consequence of theensuing growth of the business, she was able increase thenumber of stalls to 5 resulting in a much bigger clienteleEstablished in 2000ETW taken in 2003that included contracts with schools, churches, gyms andathletic clubs. She was also able to employ more people.Roxy’s success as a result of participatingin the Empretec Programmecan be attributed to an intentionalchange of attitude following therecognition of her personalentrepreneurial competencies (PECs).She ascribes this success to ‘‘thinkingoutside the box’’, listening more toclients, observing other businesses,running more aggressive marketingand getting increased confidence.Consequently, she was able toincrease her sales by over 250 percent! She is currently working towardspursuing much larger businessventures.‘‘Given my exposure to Empretec I have learnt that as longas a viable opportunity can be identified one can establish abusiness in any field.’’EMPRETEC ANNUAL REPORT 2011 47

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