February 01, 2020
By Robyn Adderley
Sixteen more businesses were on Thursday the recipients of grants from the Office of the Prime Minister in conjunction with the Small Business Development Centre.
During a brief ceremony at OPM, Minister of State for Grand Bahama, Senator the Hon. J. Kwasi Thompson, said grants were being given for small businesses that were damaged by the hurricane and a second grant, geared towards upgrading technology in software and equipment.
The Small Business Development Centre was created by government, he said, to assist small businesses in the community.
Minister Thompson noted that hundreds of young people have been trained in the area of technology through programmes at BTVI; and the YMCA and Urban Renewal Centres will be outfitted with computers for the same purpose.
Yvette Oconno, Director of the Small Business Development Centre, said she is pleased that they can assist small and medium-sized businesses on the island and she’s looking forward to the economic development in Grand Bahama.
“I’m looking to see, not just the city of Freeport, but the island of Grand Bahama go to higher heights,” she said. And continued, “This will be a new city. I have seen a melting pot that is about to take place and people will come from everywhere to help build the island of Grand Bahama.”
She said great things are about to happen in Freeport, and more importantly on the entire island.
The recipients were Goddycia Rolle of P + G Partyrama of Eight Mile Rock; Keva Johnson, EZ Pro Nails; Heather Feaster, Heather’s Apriary of Sweeting’s Cay; Cassandra Moss, Land, Sand & Sea Tours; Patrick Brown, P & P Security; Olive Rahming, Olive’s Souvenirs, Port Lucaya Marketplace; Kathleen Feaster, Subs and More; Emma Forbes, Unique Gifts and Boutique; and start-up, Shirley Knowles.
The Technology Upgrade Initiative Programme grant recipients were Sophia Smith, Escante Shoes; Jacqueline Knowles, Jackie’s Bakery; Philip Kemp, Yellow Tails Biofuel; Antoinette Smith, Antoinette's Souvenirs; Denzal Swain Jr., MADE Digital; and Rony Oconno, ETP Industrial Outfitters Ltd.
Another group of businesses in Grand Bahama were the recipients of grants from the Office of the Prime Minister, in conjunction with the Small Business Development Centre. The presentation took place at the OPM on Thursday afternoon. Shown seated in the front row following the ceremony from left are: Shamine Johnson, OPM; Harcourt Brown, Permanent Secretary, OPM; Senator the Hon. J. Kwasi Thompson, Minister of State for Grand Bahama, OPM; Yvette Oconno, Director, Small Business Development Centre; and Conrad Jones, OPM.
(BIS Photo/Lisa Davis)