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

Government of Dominica - Small Business Support Unit (SBSU)

The government of Dominica offers fiscal incentives to qualifying Micro and Small enterprises to support their establishment, expansion, and continued operation within various sectors

Type of Institution

National Government Ministry/Agency

Type of Resource

National Development Resource

Resources

Incentives and Packages, Grants

Resource Description

Access information on avilable incentives for micro and small business including duty free importatiin and VAT exemptions as well as the process for applying for a fiscal incentives license.

Main Website

https://sbsu.dominica.gov.dm/index.php

Social Media

Media and Documents

https://sbsu.dominica.gov.dm/index.php/gallery

Agency/s, Supporting Partner/s

N/A

Contact

Small Business Support Unit
Kennedy Ave
3rd Floor, Government Headquarters
Roseau, Dominica - Phone: 246-266-3965

Dominica Association of Industry and Commerce (DAIC)

Promotes the growth of Dominica’s Private Sector by helping members deliver products and services that make their businesses more competitive.

Type of Institution

Private Institution

Type of Resource

National Development Resource

Resources

Digital Marketing Seminar 1

Digital Marketing Seminar 2

Resource Description

Access past webinars from the Chamber and well as upcoming live streams like this Digital Marketing Seminar Series

Main Website

https://www.dominicachamber.com

Social Media

Media and Documents

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

Agency/s, Supporting Partner/s

N/A

Contact

Prevo Cinemall, Top Floor, Cnr. Kennedy Ave. & Old St., Roseau, Dominica, Phone: 767-449-1962, Email: Info@dominicachamber.com

Invest Dominica Authority

Promotes and makes it easy to invest in tourism and industrial activities. Offers support from beginning to end to ensure that your business succeeds.

Type of Institution

Statutory Body

Type of Resource

National Development Resource

Resources

Business Forms and Guides

Resource Description

Access step by step information required to establish a business in Dominica inclduing links to relevant agenices as well as downloadable forms and information on available incentives.

Main Website

https://www.investdominica.com

Social Media

Media and Documents

N/A

Agency/s, Supporting Partner/s

N/A

Contact

5-7 Great Marlborough Street Roseau, Dominica
Ph. +1(767)448-2045 Fax: +1(767)448-5840
info@investdominica.dm

The Companies and Intellectual Property Office (CIPO)

The CIPO is the National Companies and Intellectual Property Registry for the Commonwealth of Dominica and is a Department of the Ministry of National security and Home Affairs.

Type of Institution

Statutory Body

Type of Resource

National Development Resource

Resources

E-Business Registry

Business Registration Forms

Resource Description

Access the E-Business Registry for information on how to search a business name, reserve a business name and incorporate a company as well as downloadable forms and applications.

Main Website

https://cipo.gov.dm

Social Media

N/A

Media and Documents

N/A

Agency/s, Supporting Partner/s

Government of Dominica

Contact

Corner of Kennedy Ave. & Independence Street
Roseau
Commonwealth of Dominica
Email: cipoclerk@dominica.gov.dm
Phone: (767) 266 3358/3359
Fax: (767) 440 6593

Dominica Agricultural Industrial Development Bank

The Women Entrepreneurs Fund (WE Fund) loan facility is targetted to women lead business to establish, enhance, or expand businesses in agriculture or any other productive enterprise!

Use of funds:
To establish a viable business including farm or agribusiness (co-operatives are welcome) and to expand a viable business

To qualify you must:

Be 18 years or older
Be a citizen of the Commonwealth of Dominica
Provide a business plan

Incentives:

Tablet or smart phone for the first ten successful applicants
Accounting software and training in use of software
Mentoring
Exclusive events

Type of Institution

Financial Institution

Type of Resource

MSME Support Programme

Resources

Women Entrepreneurs Fund

Resource Description

Access information and guidelines on how to acces the Women Entrepreneurs Fund to start, enhance or expand your business in agriculture.

Resources

MSME Loans

Resource Description

Access information and requirments on how to qualify for an agriculture business loan for a range of needs including but not limited to crops, equipment, labour, machinery livestock as well as loan application forms and checklists.

Main Website

http://www.aidbank.com

Social Media

Media and Documents

Loan Application Forms

Agency/s, Supporting Partner/s

N/A

Contact

P.O. Box 215
Cnr. Charles Avenue and Rawles Lane
Commonwealth of Dominica
Tel: (767) 448-2853; (767) 255-9400

Dominica Youth Business Trust

Empowering Dominican youth in realizing their entrepreneurial potential.

Type of Institution

Statutory Body

Type of Resource

MSME Support Programme

Resources

Entrepreneurship Development Program (EDP)

Resource Description

Acess informationand a weekly outline of the four-week the EDP Program including and the participant online application form.

Resources

E-Videos Training and DYBT's Hub

Resource Description

Access the DYBTs E-Training Videos including: Ethics in Business and Quality Customer Service among other topics.

Main Website

https://dybt.gov.dm

Media and Documents

N/A

Agency/s, Supporting Partner/s

Government of Dominica

Contact

42 Kennedy Avenue Roseau Former Jays Building, Roseau, Dominica - +1 767-617-8840

Eastern Caribbean Green Entreptreneurship Initiative

The Eastern Caribbean Green Entrepreneurship Initiative aims to foster the development of green entrepreneurs and businesses in the Eastern Caribbean. We, Global Green Growth Institute – Caribbean, believe that green entrepreneurs believe that green entrepreneurs are uniquely positioned as drivers of innovation, holding the keys to unlocking a transition to a green and sustainable future for our planet.
The initiative will prioritize women entrepreneurs and green job creation for women and youth. It also provides an opportunity to be selected to meet and dialogue with Qatari businesses in the green sector and the further development of our Entrepreneurship Ecosystem in the region.

Type of Institution

International, Inter-Governmental Organization

Type of Resource

MSME Support Programme

Resources

Incubator Programme

Resource Description

Access the Eastern Caribbean Green Entreprenership 2023 Cohort Application and Guidelines as well as veiw past and upcoming Webianrs and profiles of preveious cohort participants and learn about their experience.

Main Website

https://caribbeangreenpreneurs.com

Social Media

Media and Documents

Agency/s, Supporting Partner/s

Qatar Fund For Development, Global Green Growth Institute, OECS

Contact

OECS Commission, Morne Fortune, St. Lucia

National Development Foundation of Dominica (NDFD)

Collaborating in the development and strengthening of a framework of business support/assistance and related effective support to small business enterprise and other business stakeholders in Dominica.

Type of Institution

Public Institution

Type of Resource

Training

Resources

Business Support & Training

Resource Description

Access business support services including information on Business Registration, Business plan preparation, Cash flow projections, Accounting, marketing and other services.

Main Website

https://ndfd.dm

Social Media

Media and Documents

https://ndfd.dm/blog/

Agency/s, Supporting Partner/s

N/A

Contact

Great Malborough Street, Roseau

Tel: + (1) 767-448-3240 Email: ndfd@cwdom.dm

Dominica Hotel & Tourism Association

A private sector association of businesses, organisations and individuals involved in the hotel and tourism industry.

Type of Institution

Private Institution

Type of Resource

National Development Resource

Resources

N/A

Resource Description

N/A

Main Website

N/A

Social Media

Media and Documents

N/A

Agency/s, Supporting Partner/s

N/A

Contact

Cnr. Old St. & Kennedy Ave., Roseau, Dominica

+1 767-275-7454

dhta.tourism@gmail.com

Business Training Center

Business Training Center provides opportunities for its clients to become certified and qualified in business and cIT related fiels.

Type of Institution

Educational Institution

Type of Resource

Training

Resources

Certificate In Management and Business

Resource Description

Access information on the Certfiicate in Management and Business including a course overview, curriculum and registration forms.

Main Website

https://btcdominica.com

Social Media

Media and Documents

N/A

Agency/s, Supporting Partner/s

N/A

Contact

 #37 Cork Street Roseau(Top Floor) - btcdominica@gmail.com - (767) 448-0248

Caribbean Digital Transformation Project - Dominica

The OECS Commission has recently signed on as the implementing agency for the regional components of the World Bank IDA Grant funded Caribbean Digital Transformation Project (CARDTP). The development objective of the project is to increase access to digital services, technologies and skills by governments, businesses and individuals in the participating Eastern Caribbean countries.

The project is expected to contribute to increased digital connectivity, digital public services and the creation of technology-enabled businesses and jobs across the participating countries: the Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Saint Lucia and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

Type of Institution

Multilateral Organization/s

Type of Resource

Regional Development Resource

Resources

Digital Literacy Training

Resource Description

Access the Course Registration form for Digital Literacy Training under the Caribbean Digital Transformation Project.

Main Website

https://cardtp.gov.dm

Social Media

Media and Documents

http://cardtp.gov.dm/news

Agency/s, Supporting Partner/s

The World Bank

Contact

2nd Floor
1st Domestic Building
King George V. Street
Roseau
Commonwealth of Dominica
Phone: 767 266 3840

Eastern Caribbean Countries