Business Labs successfully implemented in Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica

Grenada, November 12, 2014 —The Young Americas Business Trust (YABT) in collaboration with the Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation (MASHAV), The Golda Meir Mount Carmel International Training Center (MCTC), and National partners developed Business Labs in Trinidad & Tobago in October 27-31 and in Jamaica in November 3-7, respectively.

Workshop ActivityYABT extends its appreciation and gratitude to the support of AmCham Trinidad & Tobago, the Ministry of Labour and Small and Micro Enterprises, Caribbean Industrial Research Institute (CARIRI), the Centre for Enterprise Development (CED) and Youth Business Trinidad and Tobago (YBTT) to make a reality the Business Lab Workshop on Green Enterprises in Trinidad and Tobago, where 29 participants took part of this first step in a certification process. More, YABT also is thankful for counting on the support provided by the Jamaican Diaspora Institute, and CUSO International to carry out the Business Lab in Kingston, Jamaica, where 18 young professionals completed this workshop.

YABT is also proud to announce the complete Certification of Mrs. Joy-Anne Headley and Mr. Dowell Willimas after completing the Training of Trainers process on the Business Labs Methodology.

The Business Labs is an integral program that equips youth through a hands-on methodology that teaches them to start their own businesses. The goal was to facilitate business development for local young entrepreneurs. This program has three phases: Assessment, Training and Follow-up and runs in twelve/months cycles.

The two recently held workshops were facilitated by Mrs. Sharon Gesthalter and Mr. Mosh Harel. Ms. Gesthaler is a Brand Strategist and experienced lecturer on branding as a business tool. Has led wide ranging branding projects in Israel, USA, Europe and Asia. Mr. Harel is an entrepreneur, mentor and business trainer, leading a micro-businesses national program for elders 'seniors are open for businesses'.

Both trainers supported young entrepreneurs in completing the process to successfully register and compete in the Caribbean Innovation Challenge (CIC), an international platform and competition to support and recognize innovative entrepreneurial ventures organized by YABT.

Ambassador Cohen (MASHAV Director of Training) visited the workshop on November 5, 2014.

On Friday November 7 at the Business Labs in Jamaica, Ambassador Cohen (MASHAV Director of Training), H.E. Robert Ready (High Commissioner and Non-resident Consul General), H.E. Bahij Mansour (Ambassador of the State of Israel to Jamaica), and Executive Director Neville Ying (Jamaica Diaspora Institute) attended the closing ceremony.

For more information please contact YABT via Akarda Ventour through email

A gallery of photos of this Business Labs in Trinidad and Tobago is available here.


MASHAV – Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation - at Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs was founded in late 1957, and is responsible for the design, coordination and implementation of the State of Israel’s development cooperation programs. MASHAV concentrates on human and institutional capacity building by sharing Israel’s own development experience and expertise, imparting know-how and transferring innovative technologies and tested methodologies adaptable to a developing country’s needs.

The Golda Meir Mount Carmel International Training Center (MCTC) was established by MASHAV in 1961 to assist in the training of women engaged in community work in the newly emerging states in Africa and Asia. MCTC enjoys the active cooperation of a number of international organizations, governmental and non-governmental organizations and development authorities.

The American Chamber of Commerce of Trinidad and Tobago (AmCham) represents approximately 300 private sector companies, 25% multinational and 75% national. AmCham T&T's member companies represent over 90% of the foreign direct investment into Trinidad and Tobago and AmCham has, in its short 22-year history, has become the de facto preferred point of private sector representation for local, US and multinational companies. AmCham T&T is committed to youth and business development in Trinidad and Tobago, and through its Trade and Investment Committee hosts a National Youth Productivity Forum (NYPF) aimed at Secondary school students and a Business Incubator for small and micro enterprises.

CUSO International is an international development organization that works to reduce poverty and inequality through the efforts of skilled volunteers. With offices in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, CUSO places their volunteers with partnering organizations, whose initiatives directly benefit the communities they serve, and the country on a whole. CUSO also has volunteer placements especially made for members of the Diaspora, as they recognize the talents, enthusiasm and potential of compatriots who live overseas, as well as the developing countries who collaborate with volunteers to mobilize their international development.

The Jamaica Diaspora Foundation (JADF) was founded in response to a recommendation from the 2004 Diaspora Conference. The principal goal of the JADF is strengthening the engagement of persons and groups in the Jamaican Diaspora in Jamaica’s development and also the development of the Diaspora.

The Jamaica Diaspora Institute (JDI) is the operating arm of the Foundation, and is located at the Mona School of Business and Management, University of the West Indies. The Jamaica Diaspora Institute (JDI) is focused on building, maximizing and sustaining the value of the Jamaican Diaspora to the development of Jamaica in areas such as remittances, investment, tourism and social remittances through contributions by Jamaican Diaspora groups to healthcare and education.

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