WEE Business Formalization Toolkits

A guide for women-led & owned MSMEs in the Eastern Caribbean

These business formalization toolkits are a roadmap for women-led and women-owned micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the Eastern Caribbean. They were designed to empower women to make informed decisions for themselves and their businesses.

Antigua and Barbuda

Toolkit

Dominica

Toolkit

Grenada

Toolkit

Saint Lucia

Toolkit

St. Kitts and Nevis

Toolkit

St. Vincent and The Grenadines

Toolkit

Other Resources

Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB)

Offers an Entrepreneurship Course as a guide for persons interested in understanding the fundamentals of operating a successful small business.

Type of Institution

Financial Institution

Type of Resource

Regional Development Resource

Resources

Courses and Workshop

Resource Description

Access information on courses and workshops including the ECCB Entrepreneurship course which covers Business fundamanetals, marketing and promotion, financing and management.

Main Website

https://www.eccb-centralbank.org

Social Media

Media and Documents

https://www.eccb-centralbank.org/documents

Agency/s, Supporting Partner/s

N/A

Contact

P O Box 89
Basseterre
St Kitts and Nevis
West Indies

Tel: (869) 465-2537
Fax: (869) 465-9562
info@eccb-centralbank.org

Caribbean Export Development Agency

Caribbean Export is the regional trade and investment promotion agency focused on building a resilient Caribbean by providing cutting-edge and high-impact support to the private sector.  Through working closely with businesses to increase exports and attract investment, we contribute towards the creation of jobs, transformation of our economies and support the Caribbean to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

Type of Institution

Regional Support Organization

Type of Resource

Regional Development Resource

Resources

Training Hub

Webinars on Demand

Build Your E-Commerce Store From Scratch

Caribbean Virtual E-Commerce Accelerator Program

Resources Description

Access webinars on demand, Competitive Intelligence Training including gow to assess your export rediness, identifying approproate target marketings, modern marketing concepts and how to develop business plans and finanical planning for business among other topics.

Main Website

https://carib-export.com

Social Media

Media and Documents

https://carib-export.com/news/

Agency/s, Supporting Partner/s

N/A

Contact

Baobab Tower, Warrens, St. Michael, Barbados
P.O. Box 5050 Postal code BB22026

Tel: +1(246) 436-0578
Fax: +1(246) 436-9999
E-mail: info@carib-export.com

Compete Caribbean

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

Type of Institution

Multilateral Organization/s

Type of Resource

MSME Support Programme

Resources

Community Based Tourism Online Course and Toolkit

Resource Description

Access the Community Based Tourism (CBT) free Online Course developed by the Caribbean Tourism Organization and funded by UNDP as well as the downloadable CBT Tooklit which were designed as a How-To-Guide to assist communities and entrepreneurs to develop profitable CBT experiences and enterprises and provide information on product development, pricing, marketing, creating business plans as well health, safety and quality service guidlines among other topics.

Main Website

www.competecaribbean.org

Social Media

Media and Documents

Knowledge Library

Agency/s, Supporting Partner/s

Multiple Partners

Contact

Annie Bertrand - Pillar 1 Coordinator
Office: 246-627-8549 │ Fax: 246-429-8869
Email: annieb@iadb.org

Eastern Caribbean Green Entrepreneurship Initiative 2023

The Eastern Caribbean Green Entrepreneurship Initiative aims to foster the development of green entrepreneurs and businesses in the Eastern Caribbean.

Type of Institution

International, Inter-Governmental Organization

Type of Resource

MSME Support Programme

Resources

Incubator Program

Resource Description

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

Main Website

caribbeangreenpreneurs.com

Social Media

Media and Documents

Greenpreneurs Accelerator Programme

Agency/s, Supporting Partner/s

Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI)

Contact

OECS Commission, Morne Fortune, St. Lucia

Caribbean Development Bank (CDB)

The Caribbean Development Bank is a financial institution that helps Caribbean nations finance social and economic programs in its member countries. CDB was established by an Agreement signed on October 18, 1969, in Kingston, Jamaica, and entered into force on January 26, 1970.

Type of Institution

Financial Institution

Type of Resource

Regional Development Resource

Resources

Caribbean Technological Consultancy Services (CTCS)

Resource Description

Access information on how to apply for CTS services to improve MSME competitivness and strengths.

Main Website

https://www.caribank.org

Social Media

Media and Documents

https://www.caribank.org/newsroom/news-and-events

Agency/s, Supporting Partner/s

N/A

Contact

Caribbean Development Bank
P.O. Box 408
Wildey
St. Michael
Barbados, W. I. BB11000
Tel: 246 539 1600

The International Trade Center

Free online courses from the SME Trade Academy. An e online learning platform of the International Trade Centre, a joint agency of the United Nations and the World Trade Organization.

With over 200 online courses on trade and trade-related topics, specifically tailored for learners in developing and least-developed countries.

Type of Institution

International, Inter-Governmental Organization

Type of Resource

International Development Resource

Resources

SME Trade Academy

Resource Description

Access courses to strengthen international trade skills including creating e-commerce content, introduction to cross-border contracts and using a virtual marketplace for our e-commerce initiative among others.

Main Website

https://learning.intracen.org

Social Media

Media and Documents

N/A

Agency/s, Supporting Partner/s

Multiple Partners

Contact

N/A

ILO - Start and Improve Your Business Programme

The Start and Improve Your Business Programe is a initiative of the ILO Enterprises Department for the promotion of sustainable enteprises for innovation, growth, more and better jobs.

Type of Institution

International Private MSME Support Programme /Initiative

Type of Resource

Local Development Resource

Resources

Digitialise Your Business Guide

Resource Description

Access Digital Strategy Guides For MSMEs to better understand opportnities in the digital economy. The DYB provides key strategies for business to buid an online presence, sell products or services through the Internet and develop perations adapted to the digital world.

Main Website

Start and Improve your business

Social Media

N/A

Media and Documents

Start and Improve Your Business Brochure

Agency/s, Supporting Partner/s

ILO

Contact

N/A

Caribbean Tourism Institute

Training programs prepared specifically for the Caribbean’s tourism and hospitality industry.

Type of Institution

Educational Institution

Type of Resource

Training

Resources

Community Based Tourism Online Course

Resource Description

Access the Community Based Tourism (CBT) free Online Course developed by the Caribbean Tourism Organization and funded by UNDP as well as the downloadable CBT Tooklit which were designed as a How-To-Guide to assist communities and entrepreneurs to develop profitable CBT experiences and enterprises and provide information on product development, pricing, marketing, creating business plans as well health, safety and quality service guidlines among other topics.

Main Website

https://caribbeantourisminstitute.com

Social Media

Media and Documents

N/A

Agency/s, Supporting Partner/s

N/A

Contact

Caribbean Tourism Institute
7th Floor, Baobab Tower
Warrens, St. Michael, B22026
Barbados

Tel: (246) 427-5242

cti@caribtourism.com

Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) - Competitive Business Unit

The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) is an International Inter-governmental Organisation dedicated to regional integration in the Eastern Caribbean. The vision of the organisation for 2020-2024 "A better quality of life for the people of the OECS" and Mission Statement: "To drive and support sustainable development through regional integration. collective action and development cooperation".

Type of Institution

Regional Support Organization

Type of Resource

Regional Development Resource

Resources

Technical Assistance & Coaching Programme

Resource Description

Access information on the Coaching Program, view past particiant profiles and learn from their experiences.

Contact

Competitive Business Unit 4th Floor Financial Center, Kennedy Avenue, Dominica Email: cbu@oecs.int Phone: +1 767-448-2240

Resources

Knowledge Centre

Resource Description

Access the OECS Knowedge Centre for information on business, climate resilience, trade, tourism and sustainability to inform and strengthen your business operations.

Contact

Competitive Business Unit 4th Floor Financial Center, Kennedy Avenue, Dominica Email: cbu@oecs.int Phone: +1 767-448-2241

Main Website

https://www.oecs.org/en/development-of-businesses-in-the-eastern-caribbean#TACP

Social Media

Media and Documents

https://www.oecs.org/en/news/news-bulletins

Agency/s, Supporting Partner/s

Multiple Partners

Creative Caribbean

The United Nations, Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, (UNESCO), the CARICOM Secretariat and The University of the West Indies have joined forces to implement the project titled Creative Caribbean – An Ecosystem of “Play” for Growth and Development” in the amount of Euros 3 million.

The three-year project that will be implemented in 15 Caribbean countries aims to develop a robust creative economy in the region by strengthening the enabling environment and providing grant support for industry and training initiatives.

Type of Institution

Multilateral Organization/s

Type of Resource

International Development Resource

Resources

Industry Grants

Resource Description

Access informaton and application forms for the Creative Caribbean grant facility for the cultural and creative sector available in 15 countries in the Caribbean.

Main Website

https://en.unesco.org/creative-caribbean/home

Social Media

Media and Documents

Agency/s, Supporting Partner/s

N/A

Contact

Creative.Caribbean@unesco.org

Caribbean Chambers of Commerce (CARICHAM)

CARICHAM Is a network of Caribbean Chambers of Commerce promoting trade, resilience and partnerships across the region.

Type of Institution

Regional Support Organization

Type of Resource

Regional Development Resource

Resources

Resource Hub

Resource Description

Access the CARICHAM resource hub for guides on Digital Transformation, Operational Excellence, and Business Resilience.

Media and Documents

https://www.caribbeanchambers.net/news-1

Resources

ARSIE & CARICHAM Business Resilience Toolkit

Resource Description

Access the CARICHAM Business Resilience Toolkit which includes abusiness continuity plan template and guide, business continuity planning videos and supplementary checklist for MSMEs.

Main Website

https://www.caribbeanchambers.net

Social Media

Agency/s, Supporting Partner/s

N/A

Contact

coordinator@caribbeanchambers.net

Caribbean Network of Services Coalitions

The Caribbean Network of Service Coalitions (CNSC) unifies the region’s service organizations in an effort to raise awareness on services issues, generate support at national and regional levels and share best practices

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

14 Orange Park Commercial Centre Bois d'Orange, St. Lucia