Updated: August 24, 2022 07:39
Jason Hayward, Minister of Economy and Labor (Photograph provided)
An entrepreneurship program has just celebrated its latest round of graduates with Jason Hayward, the Minister of Economy and Labour.
Bermuda Economic Development Corporation’s Enterprise Bermuda Accelerator allowed six participants to develop their strategic business growth plans over six months.
Mr Hayward told graduates that entrepreneurship can be “difficult, stressful and in most cases very tiring”.
But he added: “You have embarked on a journey to create specific goals, by implementing and evaluating them, you will be able to effectively execute your strategic initiatives.”
The program uses the StreetWise Masters of Business Administration curriculum developed by Interise, a Boston-based small business organization.
Mr Hayward said the training would include “access to a network of peers and business leaders who will continue to provide support and accountability”.
“As a result, you are now well equipped to realize your full business potential.”
He said the latest graduates would join the alumni, including “60 entrepreneurs who graduated from the StreetWise MBA program”.
He added, “We celebrate your success and encourage you to continue to think big and be strategic as you implement your growth plans.
“Keep dreaming big, scaling up and out, as your success has a direct impact on rebuilding Bermuda’s economy.”
The graduate entrepreneurs were: Chris and Edgar Dill, owners of Spectro Pay, a payment and point-of-sale solution; Michelle White, owner of Executemps Ltd, which supports Bermuda-based businesses with immigration needs and recruitment services; Tarra Timmins of Noesis Energy, a renewable energy and energy services company; Elicia Hollis, owner of Sweet Pea Nursery, which specializes in caring for 2-3 year olds; and Cornelia Rawlins, co-owner of Daycore Painting Contractors, specializing in residential and commercial painting and contract services.
Tanisha Damberville-Pierre, Senior Learning Development Manager at Interise, sent her congratulations to the cohort of graduates via video. She said, “You took a chance and trusted BEDC with your business. I hope…you will feel confident in your growth plan to take your business to new heights to create jobs that help strengthen Bermuda’s economy and support the community where you all live and work.