The Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) is teaming up with telecommunications giant, GTT and the Ministry of Tourism, Industry and Commerce to put the spotlight on Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) as they host the National Small Business Week 2023 next month.
The initiative aims to enhance the visibility and success of the vibrant MSME community while highlighting the need for greater collaboration in Guyana’s growing economy.
At a press conference this morning, Chairman of GCCI’s Entrepreneurship and Small Business Committee, Evie Gurchuran said from July 21, the Chamber will host a number of activities, including regional outreaches, to offer support to small businesses.
Additionally, a special internship programme will be hosted for students in business.
“Our councillors have gracefully split themselves up into groups, and we will be engaging the chambers in those areas, we will be engaging with the business community in those areas, to kind of raise the visibility of small businesses to ensure that they have a platform for that weekend, to expose their businesses more and to be apart of this national campaign. Because we don’t want it to be something that is just happening in Georgetown,” Gurchuran explained.
As part of the celebrations. the Chamber will also unveil a video series to highlight the journey of rising entrepreneurs.
The week of activities will culminate on July 29, with an expo at the Arthur Chung Conference Centre (ACCC).
GTT Chief Operations Officer, Orson Ferguson said his company is pleased to partner with the Chamber of Commerce in the efforts to help propel small and medium size businesses in Guyana. He said when small businesses thrive, the economy strives.
“We also believe that small and medium size businesses absolutely need more platforms to showcase their products and services. We think that the expo is an excellent platform for small businesses, we think that the seminars and the trainings and the exposure that those activities bring to small businesses is extremely, extremely important,” Ferguson said.
According to Ferguson, with the country’s economy on the rise, collaboration is important now more than ever.
“It’s extremely, extremely important for small business owners to show up, form partnerships, get to know people within their industries, to be able again to take advantage of these opportunities. In many, many cases, small businesses are just not going to be able to muster the kind of resources that are needed to take advantage of big opportunities, so collaboration is extremely important,” Ferguson reasoned.
Last year, more than 60 small businesses participated in the National Small Business Week. According to GCCI’s President, Kester Huston, the numbers are expected to grow this year with an even more expansive programme.