SBA Welcomes New Members

Over 60 new members from a diverse range of economic sectors recently joined the Small Business Association of Barbados. These new members were each given a warm welcome to the association at their orientation sessions and were briefly acquainted with the association’s core functions and objectives by the SBA’s CEO, Sen. Dr. Lynette Holder.

 

During each of these orientation sessions, business owners lamented the financial challenges they continued to face due to the COVID-19 pandemic and coming out of the second national lockdown imposed earlier this year. Notably however, in the April’s session, new members were also battling the effects of the volcanic ash fall experienced across the country which prevented businesses from reopening as planned. As a result, many conveyed that they were eager to gain any help and support that the association could offer.

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CEO of the SBA Dr. Holder, presenting the strategic focus for the year 2021 to new members

While outlining the strategic focus of the association for the next year, Dr. Holder reassured those present that the SBA was very cognisant of the challenges that the small business sector currently faced and was determined to continuously evolve to meet the needs of its members. The senator also noted that the association had amplified its focus on member support and would be increasing its lobbying, skills development and marketing support efforts to ensure that the small business sector could effectively navigate the challenges of this season and rebuild in the months ahead.

Finally, Dr. Holder encouraged members to develop a collaborative mindset as a successful future would require small businesses to work together and support each other in these uncertain times.