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

Ministry of Commerce, Manufacturing, Business Development, Cooperatives & Consumer Affairs

To develop policies that promote private sector and industrial development

Type of Institution

National Government Ministry/Agency

Type of Resource

National Development Resource

Resources

Application for Business Advisory Services & Small Business Concessions

Resource Description

Access applications for duty free concessions for small business, and apply for small business advisory services.

Main Website

https://www.govt.lc

Social Media

Media and Documents

N/A

Agency/s, Supporting Partner/s

Small Business Development Centre (SBDC) a.k.a. Small Enterprise Development Unit (SEDU)

Contact

mincommerce@govt.lc

The Ministry of Commerce, Manufacturing, Business Development, Cooperatives and Consumer Affairs issues its first call for applications for the Micro Small Medium Enterprise (MSME) Loan-Grant Facility on Monday, 20th March, 2023. The MSME Loan-Grant is an EC$10 million-dollar facility aimed at providing post COVID-19 pandemic relief to registered MSMEs. It is a combination of 70% grant and 30% loan funding at an attractive interest rate of 3% with minimum collateral requirements.

Type of Institution

National Government Ministry/Agency

Type of Resource

National Development Resource

Resources

Application for Business Advisory Services & Small Business Concessions

Resource Description

Access applications for duty free concessions for small business, and apply for small business advisory services.

Main Website

https://www.govt.lc

Social Media

Media and Documents

N/A

Agency/s, Supporting Partner/s

Small Business Development Centre (SBDC) a.k.a. Small Enterprise Development Unit (SEDU)

Contact

mincommerce@govt.lc

Small Business Development Center - (SBDC) Ministry of Commerce, Manufacturing, Business Development, Cooperatives & Consumer Affairs

The Small Business Development Centre (SBDC), also known as the Small Enterprise Development Unit (SEDU), is a department within the Department of Commerce, International Trade, Investment, Enterprise Development and Consumer Affairs.

Type of Institution

Statutory Body

Type of Resource

National Development Resource

Resources

Business Guides & Forms

Resource Description

Access Gudelines to register a company or business and checklists for application for fiscal incentives and duty free concessions among other resources.

Main Website

https://www.commerce.gov.lc/departments/view/1#resources

Social Media

Media and Documents

https://www.facebook.com/SEDUSaintLucia/

Agency/s, Supporting Partner/s

Ministry of Commerce

Contact

Barbara Innocent Charles Director (758) 468 4220 barbara.innocent-charles@govt.lc

Registry of Companies and Intellectual Property (ROCIP)

Registration of businesses, incorporations and trademarks

Type of Institution

National Public Institution

Type of Resource

National Development Resource

Resources

Business Registration , Business Name Serch, E-Services & Tutorials

Resource Description

Access the companies registry, business name search, business name reservation, business startup guide and registration procedures.

Main Website

http://www.rocip.gov.lc/stlucia/default.aspx

Social Media

N/A

Media and Documents

N/A

Agency/s, Supporting Partner/s

N/A

Contact

info@rocip.gov.lc

Ministry of Education, Sustainable Development, Innovation, Science, Technology and Vocational Training

The core services are: to assist with creating an online portal to share information amongst governmental departments and consultation to enhance businesses (trainings, workshops, educational platforms)

Type of Institution

National Government Ministry/Agency

Type of Resource

National Development Resource

Resources

Innovation Division Services

Resource Description

Access information on upcoming training, workshops, and seminars.

Main Website

https://www.education.gov.lc

Social Media

Media and Documents

N/A

Agency/s, Supporting Partner/s

N/A

Contact

msdest@govt.lc

Saint Lucia Development Bank (SLDB) -Youth Enterprise Equity Fund (YEEF)

To provide special funds and blended financing, grants and loans for RE/EE

Type of Institution

Financial Institution

Type of Resource

National Development Resource

Resources

Loan Application Forms

Resource Description

Access loan application forms, finanical calculatirs and current fudning information.

Main Website

https://www.sldb.lc

Social Media

Media and Documents

https://www.slisba.org/updates

Agency/s, Supporting Partner/s

N/A

Contact

mybank@sldb.lc

Saint Lucia Industrial & Small Business Association (SLISBA)

The St. Lucia Industrial and Small Business Association (SLISBA) is the national umbrella body, a not-for-profit entity, which represents the interests of small, medium and micro-sized businesses in St. Lucia. Foremost and within its plan of action is the provision of relevant continuous training, advocacy, marketing and advisory services to its membership.

Type of Institution

Civil Society Organization

Type of Resource

Local Development Resource

Resources

Updates and Educational Material

Resource Description

Access information on checking the health of your business, technology trends as well as membership benefits.

Main Website

https://www.slisba.org

Social Media

Media and Documents

https://www.slisba.org/updates

Agency/s, Supporting Partner/s

N/A

Contact

slisbaslu@gmail.com

Sir Arthur Lewis Community College (SALCC)-Business Development Unit

School programmes offered are very close related to entrepreneurship, science, technology, circular economy and agriculture

Type of Institution

Educational Institution

Type of Resource

Local Development Resource

Resources

Agri-Entrepreneurship Progrmame

Resource Description

Access course information on General Agriculture Programs, Climate Smart Crop Production and Registration forms.

Main Website

https://salcc.edu.lc

Social Media

Media and Documents

N/A

Agency/s, Supporting Partner/s

N/A

Contact

info@salcc.edu.lc, Phone: 758-457-7300

St. Lucia Chamber of Commerce Industry & Agriculture

To foster business growth and development by providing strong leadership, effective advocacy and relevant services to our membership which they can leverage in their communities.

Type of Institution

Private Institution

Type of Resource

Local Development Resource

Resources

Introduction to Business KPIs

Resource Description

Access guides on Key Performance Indictaors for business, cash flow management, debt management, profitability and other key topics.

Main Website

https://www.stluciachamber.org

Social Media

Media and Documents

http://www.stluciachamber.org/video-newslink

Agency/s, Supporting Partner/s

The German Sparkassenstiftung for International Cooperation

Contact

St Lucia Chamber of Commerce, Industry & Agriculture
Orange Park Commercial Building, 1st Floor Bois D’Orange, Gros Islet, St Lucia

Email: info@stluciachamber.org

National Research & Development Foundation (NRDF)

To be the SME financer, business development, research and professional training institute in the OECS.

Type of Institution

Civil Society Organization

Type of Resource

National Development Resource

Resources

Courses and Workshops

Resource Description

Access information on a range of courses and workshops including business management, customs laws and procedures, digital marketing among others.

Main Website

https://nrdf.org.lc

Social Media

Media and Documents

N/A

Agency/s, Supporting Partner/s

N/A

Contact

Phone: 758-452-4253

James Belgrave Micro Enterprise Development Fund Inc. (BELfund)

BELfund provides loan funding, training, business support and other support services to the poor and deprived micro entrepreneurs who are desirous of establishing their own micro businesses to assist themselves and their families.

Type of Institution

Financial Institution

Type of Resource

National Development Resource

Resources

Forms and Guides

Resource Description

Access loan application forms, loan requirement guidelines and fund information.

Main Website

http://www.belfundstlucia.com

Social Media

Media and Documents

https://www.facebook.com/SEDUSaintLucia/

Agency/s, Supporting Partner/s

N/A

Contact

Manager-Ms. Amanda De Lima
Address: Gablewoods Mall, Sunny Acres, Castries, Saint Lucia
Tel:451-6068/451-8858
E-mail: belfund@candw.lc

Invest Saint Lucia

Invest Saint Lucia (ISL) is the investment promotion agency of the Government of Saint Lucia. Mandate to promote investment opportunities; facilitate investor access to incentives and concessions as prescribed under the law.

Type of Institution

Statutory Body

Type of Resource

National Development Resource

Resources

Business Registration Forms and Licencenses

Resource Description

Access information on how to get yor trade license, register your business, and available concessions.

Main Website

Doing Business in St. Lucia

Social Media

Media and Documents

https://investstlucia.com/news/

Agency/s, Supporting Partner/s

N/A

Contact

info@investstlucia.com, Phone: 758-457-3400, Mr. Octavian Charles
Chief Executive Officer
Invest Saint Lucia
1st Floor Heraldine Building
Waterfront
Castries

Export Saint Lucia

To promote and expand business in export markets around the world and maintain long term sustainability

Type of Institution

Statutory Body

Type of Resource

National Development Resource

Resources

Exporter Capacity Enhancement Program

Resource Description

Acess information about the EXCELP Program, curicculum and course availability.

Main Website

Doing Business in St. Lucia

Social Media

Media and Documents

https://exportsaintlucia.org/news/

Agency/s, Supporting Partner/s

N/A

Contact

2nd Floor, Hewanorra House, Pointe Seraphine, Casteries Saint Lucia - 759-468-2145, info@exportsaintlucia.org

Academy For Women Entrepreneurs (AWE)

AWE is a United States Department of State Bureau of Educational & Cultural Affairs Program for Women.

To augment the existing slate of projects focused on women and economic empowerment, the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) launched the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE), a new program supporting the growth of women entrepreneurs around the world.

Type of Institution

International Government Ministry/Agency

Type of Resource

MSME Support Programme

Resources

Entrepreneur Testimonials

Resource Description

Access entrepreneur testimonials from past participants in the AWE Program and learn from their experiences.

Main Website

Academy For Women Entreprenerus Saint Lucia

Social Media

Media and Documents

N/A

Agency/s, Supporting Partner/s

US Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Contact

Michelle N Samuel -Email: mish.n.samuel@gmail.com
awestlucia@gmail.com; mish.n.samuel@gmail.com
Phone: 1-758-484-5374
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