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

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

MSME Loan Grant Facility

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

Ministry of Commerce, Manufacturing, Business Development,
Cooperatives and Consumer Affairs
4th Floor Heraldine Rock Bldg
Waterfront
Castries
Tel. No.: 1(758)468-4220
sbdcsaintlucia@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

N/A

Resource Description

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

Main Website

https://www.sldb.lc

Social Media

Agency/s, Supporting Partner/s

N/A

Media and Documents

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

Email: slisbaslu@gmail.com
Tel. No.: 1(758)452-7616
Address: Cedars Road, Castries

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

Programs

Media

Membership

Youth Business Trust

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
Tel. No.: 1(758)452-3165

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

Training

Resource Description

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

Main Website

http://www.belfundstlucia.com

Social Media

Media and Documents

Agency/s, Supporting Partner/s

N/A

Contact

Tel. No.: 1(758)451-6069
Address: Sans Souci, Castries
Head: Mrs. Amanda Da Lima

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

Enhancing The Capacity Of Stakeholders In The Agriculture Sector To Supply Quality Products In New Markets

Resource Description

Access information about the EXCELP Program, curriculum and course availability.

Main Website

https://exportsaintlucia.org/

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

SLUDTERA

SLUDTERA Inc. is a business development and social impact consulting firm specializing in fostering sustainable businesses while making a positive community impact. Our core focus areas include business community social impact, business education, and skills training. At SLUDTERA Inc., we are committed to empowering startups, SMEs, and individuals by providing them with the necessary tools, knowledge, and resources to thrive in today's competitive landscape.

Type of Institution

Business Development Organization/Company

Type of Resource

National Development Resource

Resources

N/A

Resource Description

Business Development and Social Impact Consultancy, Training, Workshops, CSR Programs

Main Website

https://sludtera.org/

Social Media

Media and Documents

https://sludtera.org/blog/

Agency/s, Supporting Partner/s

U.S. Embassy of Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean & the OECS, Caribbean Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Livelihoods (CoESL)

Contact

Mrs. Michelle N. Samuel, Founder & CEO, mnsamuel.sludtera@gmail.com, 1(758)724-0079 and 1(758)484-5374

Bureau of Standards (SLBS)

This National Standards Body is a statutory organization tasked with the development and maintenance of the national Quality Infrastructure. Its mission is to strengthen the national quality infrastructure in Saint Lucia in order to contribute to the advancement of the national economy, support sustainable development, promote health and safety of consumers, protect the environment, and facilitate trade.

Type of Institution

Statutory Organisation

Type of Resource

National Standards Body - The Standards Act CAP 13.25 National Metrology Institute - Metrology Act CAP 13.18

Resources

Development and Sale of Standards, Certification, Certificate of Free Sale, Barcode Generation, Label Assessment, Verification of Instruments, Calibration

Resource Description

Preparation & promulgation of standards, Certification (products, processes, services), Metrology (weights & measures), Compulsory Standards Programmes, Complaints Investigation, Inspection & Testing, Label Assessment, Training/ Institutional strengthenin, Testing Research, Technical Assistance (QMS, Food Safety), ISO 9001 Certified , ISO 17020 Accredited (Compliance Department)

Main Website

www.slbs.org

Social Media

Media and Documents

https://www.slbs.org/category/news/press-releases/

Agency/s, Supporting Partner/s

ISO - International Organization for Standardization, CROSQ - Caricom Regional Organization for Standards & Quality, COPANT - Pan-American Standards Organization, SIM – Interamerican System for Metrology

Contact

Tel: 758 453 0049
Email: info@slbs.org / director@slbs.org

Eastern Caribbean Countries