November 13, 2023
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Global Entrepreneurship Week St. Lucia 2023 celebrations commenced on Monday 13th November with a Launch at the Harbor Club Hotel Rodney Bay Gros Islet. St. Lucia joined the rest of the World in marking this major global movement highlighting and celebrating the role of Entrepreneurs. Held annually for one week in November, GEW is a global platform that empowers individuals worldwide to unleash their ideas, fostering the spirit of entrepreneurship and propelling new businesses to scale.


The St. Lucia Chamber of Commerce, host of GEW in St. Lucia, has been an integral part of this Global GEW movement since 2011, consistently advocating for entrepreneurship as a key driver of economic growth. Having Junior Achievement St. Lucia as a major project of the Chamber for more than twenty years and then creating a Youth Business Trust, provided the foundation for profiling and promoting the Chamber's fundamental belief and support for Entrepreneurs and Entrepreneurship which has driven the Chamber for its 139 years of operation. Major and critical partners and sponsors of GEW St. Lucia 2023, include Republic Bank, Digicel, German Savings Bank, LUCLEC, the Youth Economy Agency among other who have played significant roles in supporting GEW St. Lucia 2023.


The GEW Launch saw presentations by Republic Bank who pointed to the specific products designed to support start-ups and small business, while Digicel unfurled the suite of services available to Entrepreneurs as well as a special support program for young entrepreneurs and small business operators run by the Youth Development and Empowerment Program. The Honourable Prime Minister Philip J. Pierre, who had agreed to speak at the launch, was held up by some important deliberations in Cabinet, so his Special Economic Advisor Mr. Michael Willius delivered remarks on his behalf to the ceremony, which were well received. Successful and dynamic entrepreneur, Denell Florius delivered an inspiring Feature Address urging the entrepreneurs to “dream big”.  


Mrs. Nikima Royer-JnoBaptiste, Digicel’s CEO and event sponsor, said of the event “With Digicel continuing to innovate and diversify, by developing a product specifically geared towards entrepreneurs, we look forward to supporting (the) Youth Business Trust and GEW in future”.


Throughout GEW, several events and activities have been planned to engage, connect, mentor and inspire entrepreneurs, investors, policymakers, researchers, and support organizations to drive for an improved entrepreneurship ecosystem in St. Lucia. The detailed calendar can be found on the St. Lucia Chamber of Commerce's website, providing a comprehensive overview of the week's activities.


For more information on activities for Global Entrepreneurship Week 2023, please contact the St. Lucia Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture via telephone at 452 3165 or via email at

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Frequently asked questions
Where is the St. Lucia Chamber of Commerce located?
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The St. Lucia Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture is located at Orange Park Commercial Building, 1st Floor, Bois D’Orange, Gros Islet.

Is the St. Lucia Chamber of Commerce part of the government?
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While most chambers work closely with government, they are not part of government  

What are the benefits of being a member of the St. Lucia Chamber of Commerce?
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Advocating on behalf of members with the public sector. Increased visibility and credibility. Business training and education information sharing and networking.

What is the main purpose of the St. Lucia Chamber of Commerce?
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A chamber of commerce is an organization of business owners and entrepreneurs who promote the interests of their local business community. Chambers of commerce provide access to valuable resources, discounts, and relationships that help businesses save money and market their products.

What powers does the St. Lucia Chamber of Commerce have?
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Chambers of Commerce will act to promote public policies that are in the best interest of business, in general. Specific Chambers of Commerce may also attempt to promote policies that serve specific industries or geographic locations.