ANGUILLA–On February 7, the Director of Anguilla’s Department of Youth and Culture, Bren Romney welcomed panel members, Government officials and representatives from both Anguilla and neighbouring islands to the opening ceremony of a three-day Business Mentoring Masterclass Workshop held at the La Vue Conference Centre.
The workshop is being hosted by the Anguilla Youth Business Foundation (AYBF), an independent non-profit entity owned and operated by the Anguilla National Youth Council in conjunction with the Anguilla Government, designed to provide business support services to young entrepreneurs residing in Anguilla.
Kyle Hodge, Chairperson of AYBF since its inception in 2014, thanked all present and expressed the Foundation’s gratitude to both the Youth Business International organisation and the Caribbean Overseas Territories Small Medium Enterprise (COSME) programme for facilitating the workshop and providing the tools of ongoing technical support and training necessary for successful entrepreneurs.
A well-known entrepreneur in Anguilla, Hodge is the owner of Tropical Treats, a local manufacturing company known for its “top-notch ice cream.” He attributed his success to the informal mentors that he sought out as a youngster, learning from them the skills which enabled him to pursue his entrepreneurial passion.
Workshop facilitators include Joanna Gray, Head of Mentoring, Youth Business International, London, UK, and Prakaash Rostam, Small/Medium Business Development Specialist, COSME, Tortola, British Virgin Islands. Youth Business International is a global network of independent initiatives, which help young people start and grow their own businesses by providing mentoring, support, services and access to start-up capital. To date, this network is in 35 countries and has helped over 100,000 entrepreneurs start businesses globally.