Public Relations Manager of Flow Jeanette Lewis (left) stands beside Vice President of Marketing, Public & Corporate Affairs at Scotiabank, Monique Todd, main sponsors of Women Business Owners' Strengthening and Promoting Women Entrepreneur Programme
Friday April 20, 2012 -  Women Business Owners Ja. Ltd. (WBO) hosted a Networking Event for its over 300 associates who are members, beneficiaries of its IDB-funded national project, and their guests at the Knutsford Court Hotel on April 19th. The event was another milestone achievement for the organisation, as the room was filled almost to its capacity with women owners of businesses from various industries and ages. 

The networking 'mix and mingle' also introduced WBO's partnership with Scotiabank and Columbus Business Solutions, the new main sponsors of WBO's Strengthening and Promoting Women Entrepreneurs in Jamaica Project, funded by the Inter-American Development Bank. Gore Developments Limited also came on board as an event sponsor.

According to Monique French, Scotiabank's Senior Vice President of Credit Risk Management, "We are very exciting to be partnering with such a productive set of entrepreneurs. We have had a long history of doing so, and decided that this would be another good opportunity to continue the legacy, especially given that women owned businesses are known to add fire to the economy." 

Scotiabank will be the lead sponsor of the WBO project until its completion in early 2013.

Jeanette Lewis, Public Relations Manager at Flow who has signed on as another main sponsor via Columbus Business Solutions, stated: "At Columbus Business Solutions, the business arm of Flow, we recognize that women business owners make a significant contribution to economic growth and development in Jamaica. It is important to us to enable the work of micro, small and medium enterprises by ensuring that these entrepreneurs have access to the appropriate resources that enable the strengthening of their businesses".  

WBO Vice President and CEO of Lillan Limited, Andrea Cowan, noted the importance of hosting such an event for women in business, who are particularly in need of opportunities to mingle and make business connections in a comfortable and relaxed environment. Attendees were no doubt notably enthusiastic about the affair.  

According to patron Ingrid Coke of Mapco Printers Limited, "The event  has been an excellent opportunity for women business owners to showcase their businesses and to network."

Yet another attendee, Shaun Grant, Owner of Sage Delights, who displayed a massive, intricately designed WBO-branded cake which left much of the room in awe upon its debut, revealed that it was mentorship she received through WBO that gave her the push to expand her small business. 

From Left-right, Michael Look-Tong, Director, Media Services at Flow, Stella Rosen, Project Coordinator- WBO, Monique French, Senior Vice President of Credit Risk Management at Scotiabank, Dorothea Gordon-Smith of Garbage Disposal and Sanitation Systems and Immediate President of WBO, Nadine Booth-Gooden of Islandwide Builders & Leading Contractors and International Business & Language Consulting, also a member of WBO, Yaneek Page of Future Services Ltd and President of WBO, Andrea Cowan of Lillan Limited and Vice President of WBO, Lana Francis of Franmark Distributors and a director of WBO, and Dena Davis of Solid Life & General Insurance and Treasurer of WBO, all of whom are enjoying each others company at the WBO Networking Event.
President of Women Business Owners, Yaneek Page, joins the hundreds of women entrepreneurs who networked at the event
From left to right, Patsy Latchman-Atterbury- Vice President of Small and Medium Enterprise at Scotiabank, Blossom OMeally-Nelson of Aeromar Ltd and director of WBO, Murphy Greg- Business Banking Officer at Scotiabank, Jeanette Lewis- Public Relations Manager of Flow, Yaneek Page- President of WBO, Shaun Grant of Sage Delights and Participant of WBO (maker of cake) all cut the beautiful WBO Branded cake of the evening.


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