Eastern Caribbean Business Resilience Challenge

The call for applications from Saint Lucia for the Eastern Caribbean Business Resilience Challenge is now closed.

A regional call for applications is coming soon!

To increase disaster resilience in the Eastern Caribbean, the Challenge seeks to support ventures, public-private-civil partnerships, or other collaborations or organizations with revenue-generating models to make investments in their businesses and communities in order to scale their economic growth, sustainability, and resilience. The Challenge aims to ultimately increase disaster resilience in local businesses and communities.

The offer:

  • Up to $100,000 in flexible funding options, on terms catered to your capital needs.
  • Assistance in creating bankable business proposals.
  • Workshops and seminars that will give you practical business advice and useful connections with knowledgeable consultants and potential business partners in your industry or community.

Past Webinars/Trainings

Launch of Eastern Caribbean Business Resilience Challenge in Saint Lucia

Through this webinar, the Caribbean Corporate Investment for Resilience (CCIR) Blended Finance Mechanism introduced the Eastern Caribbean Business Resilience Challenge.

The webinar included:

  • Opening marks from USAID Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA) representative Nacasi Green
  • An interactive discussion about resilience investments
  • An introduction to the CCIR coalition
  • A presentation by Gerard Bergasse from Tropical Shipping on the supply chain resilience and the Business Case for investments in resilience
  • An introduction to the CCIR Eastern Caribbean Business Resilience challenge and how to apply
  • Q&A

Business Continuity Awareness with Business Continuity Management Services

Friday, August 26, 2022, 3 p.m. AST

About the Webinar

Business Continuity Planning is about more than the actions to be taken when things go wrong.

In this webinar,

  • Discover simple ways for SMEs to prepare for outages and disruptions.
  • Learn how to create a simple Business Continuity Plan to help manage and recover from disruptive events, including key action items and contacts.

About the Trainer

Cheryl Griffith is the Managing Director of Business Continuity Management Services Inc., a small boutique company founded in 2018. BCMS provides BC/DR professional planning services including business impact analysis, risk assessments, business continuity plans, IT disaster recovery plans, table-top exercises, testing and more.

All About Business Plans with EFour Enterprises

Wednesday, September 7, 2022, 6 p.m. AST

About the Webinar

“All About Business Plans” provides a high level, comprehensive overview of the many aspects of a business plan and how to write one. We’ll cover:

  • What is a business plan?
  • Why do you need one?
  • What makes for an investible business plan
  • The components of a business plan
  • Writing tips and other suggestions

Check out the following tools on EFourEnterprises:

  • EPlan, which walks entrepreneurs through the steps to develop their business plans in a simple, intuitive Q&A format.
  • Efinancials, a cloud-based software that allows entrepreneurs to input their monthly data and, with one click, generate a cash flow statement, income statement, and balance sheet to complete their business plans.

About the Trainer

Donna Rosa is the Founder and Chief Entrepreneurship Officer at EFour Enterprises LLC. Her professional background combines a long career in corporate business with hands-on experience in international development. She has worked with small businesses in the Caribbean, Africa, Central America, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and Russia.

Digital Marketing with Nesa Constantine Beaubrun

Monday, September 12, 2022, 5:30 p.m. AST

About the Webinar

Interested in learning to tell creative stories over various digital mediums to nurture your online community, drive traffic to your website and generate quality leads?

Come and explore some of the tools and techniques that are changing the way businesses interact with their customers in a virtual marketplace.

About the Trainer

Nesa Constantine Beaubrun is a marketing professional with over 15 years professional experience. Her truest passion however, is Entrepreneurship which she discovered eight years ago when she leapt into launching her umbrella company Constantine Holdings Inc. (C.H.I.). Under (C.H.I.) she has launched projects such as CHI Shuttles a tour company, and now C.H.I. Relocation Concierge; both rooted in her love for hospitality and travel.

Accessing New Markets / Becoming Export-Ready with Hyde Constantine-Felix

Thursday, September 22, 2022, 5 p.m. AST

About the Webinar

Is your business is growing and ready to explore opportunities outside your local market? Join this training to understand how to successfully tap into foreign markets.

About the Trainer

Hyde Constantine-Felix is a Saint Lucian born International Business Professional with a recognized skill for service excellence and a passion for helping small businesses, in particular creative businesses.

Crafting an Investment Pitch with Tricia Leo

Financial Training Part 1 with Annie Bertrand

Tuesday, September 27, 2022, 5 p.m. AST

About the Webinar

Have you been searching for an engaging session of real-life, practical approaches to successful pitching? During this workshop, our expert will share experiences of some of the “serial pitchers” with whom she’s been affiliated and their winning tips.

Interested in increasing the financial resilience of your business model and accessing new types of funding?

Part I of this financial training covers topics such as:

  • Expanding revenue streams
  • Financial flexibility
  • Financing options and stages
  • The Fundraising process

About the Trainers

Tricia Leo is an accomplished Project Manager with more than 10 years of expertise in organizing business operations, projects, financial oversight, and resource management.

Tricia’s most recent accomplishment is successfully coaching from ideation to pitching and negotiations, a tech startup in the acquisition of a multimillion-dollar deal. Tricia is currently coaching 4 teams in preparation for the nation and regional pitching competitions slated for September 2022.

Annie Betrand is an international development professional with a Harvard MBA and 20 years of management consulting, entrepreneurial, advisory, and volunteering roles in over 70 countries. In 2017, she joined Compete Caribbean as the Coordinator of the first pillar focused on productivity and innovation. She then completed a few assignments in the region with the UNDP and Caribbean Export. She is passionate about building the capacity of public and private sector organisations to stimulate inclusive and sustainable development. Originally from Montreal, Canada, she has been living in Barbados for 15 years.

Financial Training Part 2

Thursday, September 29, 2022, 6 p.m. AST

About the Webinar

Interested in increasing the financial resilience of your business model? Financial Training Part II will cover the financials for business resilience and investments.

  • Financial forecasting
  • Calculating the breakeven point
  • Communicating impact on resilience
  • Understanding business valuation and financial returns for investors

About the Trainer

Annie Betrand is an international development professional with a Harvard MBA and 20 years of management consulting, entrepreneurial, advisory, and volunteering roles in over 70 countries. In 2017, she joined Compete Caribbean as the Coordinator of the first pillar focused on productivity and innovation. She then completed a few assignments in the region with the UNDP and Caribbean Export. She is passionate about building the capacity of public and private sector organisations to stimulate inclusive and sustainable development. Originally from Montreal, Canada, she has been living in Barbados for 15 years.

This Challenge and the above trainings are part of USAID’s Caribbean Corporate Investment for Resilience (CCIR) Initiative. The CCIR Blended Finance Mechanism is being managed on behalf of the USAID Bureau of Humanitarian Assistance by PM Consulting Group, CollaborateUp, the Pan American Development Foundation, and Total Impact Capital.

The broader CCIR Coalition, born out of a period of significant stakeholder engagement led by The Global Knowledge Initiative (GKI), is a collaboration platform, designed by and for governments, businesses, and communities across the Caribbean to identify, develop, and scale innovative, sustainable solutions to systemic challenges around disaster and climate resilience.

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