WEE Formalization Toolkit

WHO IS THIS TOOLKIT FOR?

Being an entrepreneur is empowering and can provide a sense of independence.

This business formalization toolkit is a roadmap for women-led and women-owned micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the Eastern Caribbean. It is designed to empower women to make informed decisions for themselves and their businesses.

Other National Resources

Antigua and Barbuda Intellectual Property and Commerce Office (ABIPCO)

The Antigua and Barbuda Intellectual Property and Companies Office falls under the Ministry of Legal Affairs which originally formed part of the High Court was established as a separate Department with the responsibility for the day to day administration of the following subjects:1. Companies; 2. Business Names;3.Trademarks; 4. Industrial Designs;  5. Geographic Indications; 6. Other types of Intellectual Property.

Type of Institution

Government body under supervision of the Ministry of legal affairs

Type of Resource

N/A

Resources

Small Business Development Application

Incentives

Course Offerings

Resource Description

N/A

Main Website

Ministry of Legal Affairs website

Social Media

Media and Documents

N/A

Agency/s, Supporting Partner/s

N/A

Contact

General: (268)462-3146
General Commerce Section: (268) 562-5437
General Intellectual Property Section: (268) 562-6719 Registrar: (268) 562-5440 Deputy Registrar (268) 562 8468 Fax: (268) 562-5438
Email: abipco@ab.gov.ag

Antigua and Barbuda Investment Authority (ABIA)

The ABIA is Antigua & Barbuda’s official domestic and international business development agency.

Type of Institution

Statutory Body

Type of Resource

National Development Resource

Resources

N/A

Resource Description

N/A

Main Website

"https://investantiguabarbuda.org/start-a-business/"

Social Media

Media and Documents

"https://investantiguabarbuda.org/resource-library/"

Agency/s, Supporting Partner/s

N/A

Contact

9 Factory Road, St John’s, Antigua, W.I. P.O. Box 80, Sagicor Financial Center, P.O. Box 80, Sagicor Financial Center - Phone: +1 (268) 481-1000

Antigua and Barbuda Chamber of Commerce & Industry

The lead advocacy organization providing quality representation and development services to the Private Sector throughout Antigua and Barbuda.

Type of Institution

Private Institution

Type of Resource

National Development Resource

Resources

Training programs

2024 program spreadsheet

Resource Description

N/A

Main Website

General website

Social Media

Media and Documents

N/A

Agency/s, Supporting Partner/s

N/A

Contact

chamcom@candw.ag

Gilbert Agricultural and Rural Development Center (GARDC)

To develop skills of men and women between the ages of 16 – 30 years, to be able to establish and operate viable farms or other agricultural and rural based enterprises, at a universally acceptable standard of living.

Type of Institution

Civil Society Organization

Type of Resource

National Development Resource

Resources

Training Hub

Resource Description

Access the Training Application form and course application form for available programs including: Business Enterprise/Entrepreneurship, Customer Service in the 21st Century and Climate Smart Agriculture.

Main Website

www.gardc.org

Social Media

Media and Documents

www.gardc.org/news

Agency/s, Supporting Partner/s

Multiple Partners

Contact

June Jackson - Executive Director @268-463-4121 jjackson@gardc.org
Phone: 1(268)727-4121

Startup Huddle Antigua + Barbuda

Startup Huddle is a program from The Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) designed to educate, engage, and connect entrepreneurs. It is based on the notion that the best way for entrepreneurs to discover solutions to the challenges they face is through purposeful engagement with one another.

Type of Institution

Nonprofit organization part of a larger group with chapters around the world

Type of Resource

International Development Resource

Resources

Apply to Present at Startup Huddle

Resource Description

Access the application form to present your busines or idea at your local Startup Huddle Chapter.

Main Website

https://www.facebook.com/startuphuddleantiguabarbuda

Social Media

Media and Documents

N/A

Agency/s, Supporting Partner/s

Global Entrepreneurship Network Caribbean

Contact

startuphuddleantiguabarbuda@gmail.com | Phone: +1 268-775-5757

Antigua and Barbuda Bureau of Standards (ABBS)

The Antigua and Barbuda Bureau of Standards (ABBS) is the agency authorized by law (The Standards Act) to establish and maintain the national quality infrastructure (NQI – standards, testing, metrology – measurement services, certification and accreditation) in Antigua and Barbuda. The services provided under the ambit of the NQI are aimed at ensuring and protecting the health and safety of the consumer and the environment, and promoting fair trading practices, in the production, import and export of goods and services.

Type of Institution

International Government Ministry/Agency

Main Website

https://abbs/gov.ag/

Social Media

Media and Documents

N/A

Agency/s, Supporting Partner/s

N/A

Contact

Old Parham Road
P.O. Box 1550
St John’s, Antigua WI
Tel:  462-2424 (Local)/+1 268 562-4011 (Int'l)
Email: abbs@ab.gov.ag

Directorate of Gender Affairs

Type of Institution

National Government Ministry/Agency

Type of Resource

Training

Resources

N/A

Resource Description

Through the Directorate of Gender Affairs' Women's Economic Empowerment, and Women in Leadership portfolios, we can connect existing and aspiring entrepreneurs with training opportunities spearhead by the DoGA, or by our reginal and international partners including CARICOM and UN Women.

Main Website

genderaffairs.gov.ag

Social Media

Media and Documents

N/A

Agency/s, Supporting Partner/s

N/A

Contact

Old Parham Rd, St. John's, Antigua. gender@ab.gov.ag

The Prime Ministers Entrepreneurial Development Programme (EDP)

The Prime Minister’s Entrepreneurial Development Programme (EDP) is for the creation of new business entities which generate revenues, employment and innovation, and is essential for the development of a vibrant micro and small business sector. The overall objective of the EDP is to provide an avenue for Antiguan and Barbudan ownership of a greater stake in the economy.

Type of Institution

National Government Ministry/Agency

Type of Resource

MSME Support Programme

Resources

Financing & Training Applications

Resource Description

Access the Prime Ministers Entrepreneurial Development Programme (EDP) Online Application Form.

Main Website

antiguabarbudaedp.com

Social Media

N/A

Media and Documents

Antigua and Barbuda EDP Brochure - PDF

Agency/s, Supporting Partner/s

N/A

Contact

Antigua Barbuda Investment Authority
Sagicor Building, Factory Road,
St. John’s, Antigua.
+1 (268) 481-1001
info@antiguabarbudaEDP.com

Eastern Caribbean Countries