The first annual general meeting of the Cayman Islands Small Business Association took place last month with over 30 in attendance. The Journal reports.
Association member Debbie Hand of Wigglypen Creative Services says the CISBA was delighted with the turn out and “very pleased to have MLA Dwayne Seymour, who has a responsibility for small business, join us for this meeting. He voiced support for the organisation and offered to help wherever he is able to within Government.”
Debbie says the top three issues that discussed at the meeting were financing and bank fees, immigration and small claims/judicial concerns.
“Committees are being formed to create action plans to deal with these main topics, and their plans will be presented at the next general meeting planned for April,” she confirms.
Debbie continues: “We will be holding regular meetings every other month with networking functions in the off months. Our goal is to promote both members and the association through our website, the local media and through our activities and functions.”
The Association’s website plans to go live on 8 March (www.cisba.ky) and will provide information on the association, events, issues, starting a business, managing a business, marketing your business and much more. All members will be listed in the business directory and will have an opportunity for an online business profile.
Debbie says in the near future there will be a market place where members can market their products and services easily and quickly. Other future website opportunities include a chat room, online seminars and/or webinars, online training and ‘Ask the Expert’ FAQ section.
There are currently around 54 small businesses members already listed, some of which include medical, retail and service.
“Our next step is to secure members to volunteer for committees dealing with our initial addressed issues. We also want to encourage all members to take part in planning bi-monthly networking functions, putting forward suggestions for speakers and topics of interest to small businesses,” Debbie says.
More broadly, Debbie confirms the Association is keen to reach out to the community and encourages anyone with a small business to find out what we are about and why they should join the CISBA
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