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Published 25th February 2013, 12:12pm

Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands — To recognise the ingenuity of entrepreneurs in the Cayman Islands, the Department of Commerce and Investment (DCI) will launch Cayman Entrepreneurship Day (CED) on Thursday, 11 April 2013 at the Family Life Centre.

This daylong event will be free and open to the public. It will include an exhibition of entrepreneurs' projects and businesses; technical assistance workshops; and face-to-face meetings with accomplished Cayman-based entrepreneurs.

There will also be a platform for budding entrepreneurs to present their products and business ideas to a panel of established business owners, investors and business consultants.

The day will end with a cocktail reception and business networking event, with a presentation made by a successful entrepreneur.

DCI Director Jonathan Piercy said it's important for Government, through DCI, to create a vibrant economy that encourages small-business growth and sustainability.

'Besides assisting small business owners in building awareness for their own brands, CED also gives them a much-needed time and place to network with each other – and this is a valuable component of the event', he said. 'DCI wants CED to be an incubator for local entrepreneurs to work together in creating new, complementary business opportunities.

'Cayman should be proud of its entrepreneurs – we certainly are at DCI', Mr Piercy added. 'Through our programmes we've worked closely with every kind of small business owner, from startup to the more established, and we know that their passion to build strong businesses helps to fuel our local economy'.

CED organiser Charmaine Moss added that by acknowledging entrepreneurs and business owners, DCI hopes to inspire others to follow their dreams of owning their own businesses.

'Imagination and creativity can be harnessed and nurtured to create future business successes', she said.

'Booth spaces are available', Mr Piercy said. 'We are looking for participation from retail, food and beverage, wellness and beauty, contractors, mechanics, information technology, engineers, consulting, maid and janitorial services, home and garden – we'd like to see a range of exhibitors'.

Opportunities are also available for local corporate sponsors. For more information, please contact Ms Moss at cmoss@dci.gov.ky.

 

For more information, please contact the Financial Services Secretariat at (345) 945-5819 or via email at financepr@gov.ky.