Dr. Biz “Is Your Business Prepared for the Hurricane Season?”


While the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to negatively impact small businesses across the country, it’s important for business owners to be prepared for the Atlantic hurricane season, which by all indications will be very active.  Here is a short checklist to help small business owners in their preparations:

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The CEO’s Last Word “Do Not Be Moved”

ceos last words newsletter

It will be years before we fully understand the full economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the world’s economies, but one thing is painfully clear right now; small businesses across the country are facing an existential threat.

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Students Gain Certification in Food Safety Course

The Small Business Association of Barbados (SBA) recently facilitated a UK Highfield Level 2 Food Safety Course conducted by SBA members, Ms. Kelly Brathwaite and Ms. Pamela Whitehall of Safe Food Essentials. The course was held in November and December 2020 for some of their clients in the food industry who had been adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Thirteen candidates operating in this industry participated in the course including five SBA members.

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Bylaws Revised to Benefit Members

The Small Business Association of Barbados (SBA) recently held a virtual Special General meeting via Zoom, to consider various amendments to the Company’s Bylaws. Vice President of the SBA, Mr. Charles Carter, and the chairman of the Bylaw Review Committee, led the presentation outlining the proposed changes to the membership.

Members engaged in robust and fruitful discussion on the rationale of the proposed changes. The Board underscored the significance of the amendments at this time, which were designed to ensure that the SBA’s governance framework remained relevant and adaptive in this rapidly changing business environment.

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SBA Builds Connections Between Members

The Small Business Association of Barbados recently held an online networking session entitled “Developing Your Business – Completing the Puzzle”. The virtual event provided the opportunity for SBA members to connect with each other through the presentation of several 20 second promotional videos, highlighting the goods and services offered by members.

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SBA Emphasises the Need for Disruptive Innovation

“Change is no longer negotiable in a post-COVID-19 world.” This was the view asserted by advisor in the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Smart Technology, Dr. Annalee Babb, as she outlined the need for accelerated innovation and digital transformation locally, at the Small Business Association of Barbados’ (SBA) May webinar. The webinar, entitled “Innovation through Digitalisation – Monetising Innovation in the Digital Space” provided attendees with a deeper understanding of innovation and the digital opportunities to be leveraged.

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