Saint Lucia Youth Business Trust
a non-profit organization aiming to foster the concept of self-employment and the spirit of enterprise among the youth ages 18 – 35 in St.Lucia. SLYBT offers a coordinated, comprehensive program to assist young entrepreneurs develop the skills and attitudes which they need to become successful.
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Program Overview:
1st Program Overiew Point
Social Enterprise Incubator
Second Program Overiew Point
Small Member Support Program (SMSP)
Third Program Overiew Point
Global Entrepreneurship Week
Fourth Program Overiew Point
Program Outline:
Social Enterprise Incubator
Small Member Support Program (SMSP)
Global Entrepreneurship Week
Social Enterprise Incubator
Program Details:

St. Lucia Youth Business Trust continues to provide training opportunities to young entrepreneurs and startups. In collaboration with the Barbados Youth Business Trust and with the kind support and funding from the European Union, the Trust successfully launched the Social Enterprise Incubator in April 2021. This initiative targets young entrepreneurs between the ages of 16-30, who are at an early stage of social enterprise development and want to move ahead, through the provision of training, mentorship and financing. The immediate goal is to develop and launch successful social ventures while also building the long-term capacity of social entrepreneurs and organizations.

Through a series of virtual workshops, the Incubator program has guided twenty (20) participants in developing and validating a business plan for their enterprise concept. The program consists of an interactive learning environment, business planning tools and resources, facilitation from subject matter experts, learning from experienced social entrepreneurs, support with launch planning, one-on-one coaching and access to small development grants.


To date, ten (10) beneficiaries have been assisted with the start-up and launch of their social enterprises. These purpose driven businesses are currently serving customers essential products and services while supporting persons from underprivileged backgrounds through the provision of education, training, and employment. In order, to ensure sustainability and to maximize social impact, beneficiaries are currently receiving business support, technical assistance and other business advisory services. The SLYBT would like to pledge it’s continued support as we play our part in strengthening the social business movement and tackling the social issues, which threaten our growth and development here in St. Lucia and in the region. Join us in our mission in making social business an integral part of the economy.

The St. Lucia Youth Business Trust continues to collaborate with the St. Lucia Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture to host the Small Member Support Program which commenced in May 2021. The program aims to assist small businesses as they recover from the economic impact of COVID-19 and was built to offer Information, Skills, Knowledge, Tools and Support Services Programs to help strengthen MSMEs among Chamber Membership and the wider business community. The ongoing program took the form of several training webinars that covered Accounting for Management and Expansion, Introduction to QuickBooks Online, Financial Literacy and Understanding Financial Statements for the period under review.

Entrepreneurs benefited from the vast knowledge and expertise of facilitators who employed case-studies and practical examples and exercises, which not only challenged them to see beyond the conventional business concepts but to see how these concepts further contribute to the ensured survival, and success of their enterprises in the ever-changing and hyper-competitive global marketplace.


The collaboration of the St. Lucia Chamber of Commerce and the St. Lucia Youth Business Trust in this program intends to catalyze the improvement of the financial and entrepreneurial consciousness of the small entrepreneur. As we are aware, a vibrant small business sector is critical to the recovery of the economy.

In November 2021, the Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) officially celebrated thirteen (13) years of Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), a platform that has aided millions of people unleash ideas which propelled them to start and scale new businesses. The initiative began in 2008 with a particular emphasis on inspiring young people to make their mark and has rapidly grown into a worldwide effort that engages entrepreneurs, investors, policymakers, researchers, support organizations and other collaborators to advance economic growth and innovation in over 180 countries globally.

GEW 2021 was observed from November 8th to 24th November and celebrated under the core themes: #GEWecosystems, #GEWeducation, #GEWinclusion and #GEWpolicy. The St. Lucia Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture, the local host organization, joined the Global Entrepreneurship movement in 2011 and commemorated its 10 th anniversary of participation.

A series of activities including webinars, forums and discussions were held which focused on the obstacles often faced by entrepreneurs and discussing solutions through access to success stories, training, capital and mentorship. These efforts will aid in promoting the entrepreneurial spirit in St. Lucia, as well as assist in creating and sustaining a viable entrepreneurial ecosystem that is undoubtedly, vital to our
economy.

Testimonials
Emmanuel Pierre
Allweld Inc.
I want to commend the chamber of commerce for initiating in 2010  the St Lucia customized welding certification program sponsored by the European Union. In collaboration with Sir Arthur Lewis Community College conducted by Metal Industries Company Ltd. (MIC) From Trinidad. Which allowed 10 members of our team to participate in a 6 weeks work shop in welding level 2 (grade 2) at the end of which we were certified and coded. For me, this raised the level of competency amongst our team and the country at large.
Cheryl Goddard-Dorville
Goddard-Dorville Legal
My affiliation with the Chamber has exceeded my expectations – from virtual training events that have added value to my business, to affording me the avenue to volunteer and share expertise with the wider business community. There is so much more that a Chamber membership brings than any one review can cover. My membership definitely works for me, and I am certain it can work for every business in Saint Lucia. Goddard-Dorville Legal
Marla N Foster
Managing Director Quench Inc.
Being a member of the Saint Lucia Chamber of Commerce has proven to be a great privilege, as young and inspiring female entrepreneur.  The opportunity to network with key decision makers of other organizations, access to informative workshops at discounted rates and keeping informed about the business environment in Saint Lucia has been paramount for me.
Alison S. Gajadhar, PH.D. GDL CDIR.
Managing Director / Management Systems ConsultantKMA Consulting Ltd.
The power of networking is so well-established, that it is no surprise its critical role in bringing people together for a common cause, is recognized by the UNDP, in developing robust national Quality Infrastructures. Over the years of being involved with and in several local non-profit organizations, from various angles, I strongly believe that the Chamber provides the best platform for networking with persons from diverse sector interests and enterprise sizes, all focused on one simple cause: ‘Keeping our businesses alive and thriving for now, and future generations!”.
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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 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 in the 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 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 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.

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