Kingston, JAMAICA July 3, 2017 – The Women Entrepreneurs Network of the Caribbean (“WENC”) is proud to announce its fourth year in operations as a standard bearer for the global growth potential of the women owned SMEs in the region.

The Jamaica Chapter of the organization will mark the milestone on Sunday July 16, 2017 with a church service at 9:45am at Webster Memorial Church, 53 Half Way Tree Road, followed by a luncheon slated to begin 12:45pm at NHT Club Overtime at 4 Park Boulevard. Remarks are expected from local and international well-wishers and Mr. Gary Allen, CEO of the RJR Communications Group will deliver the key note address to the distinguished gathering.

WENC emerged as a direct response to a commitment framed at the Caribbean Women Entrepreneurship Forum hosted by the US State Department in 2012 in Washington D.C., which acknowledged the positive correlation between economic growth and greater female income, as women spend more of their earned income on food, healthcare, home improvement and schooling. WENC was subsequently established as a key catalyst for reducing the barriers faced by female entrepreneurs and to create greater opportunities for the growth of their businesses.

Four years later, WENC continues to thrive and strengthen the framework against which it carries out this charge, claiming regional membership by Jamaica, Guyana, Bahamas, Antigua and soon to be added Saint Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago. The priority mandate WENC pivots around is strengthening the voice, visibility and viability of business women and their interests in the Caribbean. Guided by this mandate, the organization’s outreach among the women owned business fraternity fundamentally orients around two key axes:

1. Providing their members access to funding, markets, technology and training through its partnerships with private and public-sector agencies, both local and international.

2. Serving as local advocates with public sector agencies, NGOs and the public at large, supporting policies and general thought leadership and attitudes that positively impact the well-being of the business owners themselves as well as their businesses.

The 4th anniversary milestone is a notable one for the organization, particularly at a time when tackling women’s issues on the whole is fraught with controversy and diverging opinions on how the Caribbean nations and the region as a whole should address the matter. Latoya Blackwood, member of the Board of Directors and Chairperson for the WENC Advocacy Committee, notes that a key element of the continued strengthening of the organization is the rigorous operating structure, and its laser focus on its core mandate. “While we participate in a wide scope of discussions related to the empowerment of women generally, we are very clear that our core efforts must be coordinated around the mandate of success for women-led businesses as strategic means to a national good.”

For more information contact:
Ethnie Miller Simpson, President WENC Jamaica
Telephone 876-908-2410
Website & Social Facebook: @wencaribbean Twitter: @wencaribbean