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President's Remarks at Entrepreneurship Symposium 2018
The University’s Faculty of Management and Social Sciences (FMSS) in partnership with BELTRAIDE held its 6th Annual Entrepreneurship Symposium on Thursday, November 15th, 2018 at the Bliss Center for Performing Arts. The symposium, which highlighted several young Belizean Entrepreneurs discussed the role the University of Belize plays or could play in the development of business for Belize’s economic development. It brought together key stakeholders, who promoted and encouraged youth entrepreneurship among University students.
The symposium began with a stirring welcome from the UB’s President, Professor Emeritus, Clement Sankat, who noted the importance of entrepreneurship by stating, “given how the economy has changed and the uncertainty of the job market, entrepreneurship is something we should be teaching at an early age.”
Participants included Dr. Leroy Almendarez – the Executive Director of Beltraide, Mrs. Monique Usher – Acting Manager of Small Business Development Center, Mr. Jaime Williams of Development Finance Cooperation and Mr. Ramon Salgado – Business Banking Manager of Scotia Bank; as well as several Belizean Entrepreneurs, who all provided guidance and mentorship to UB students on small business development and who discussed the importance of engaging youth in entrepreneurship for the country’s development.
The key messages emerging from this seminar can be summed up in four points:
1. The collective promotion of youth entrepreneurship
2. The increase in collaboration and shared information between UB and the business community
3. The enhancement of support for young entrepreneurs
4. The increase of entrepreneurship programs within the University
The symposium concluded with closing remarks and vote of thanks by the Dean of FMSS, Dr. Bernard Watler.