SEBI in the News

Jamaican Diaspora commends Social Enterprises

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Sunday, August 6, 2017

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Delegates attending the recently concluded Jamaica 55 Diaspora Conference were impressed by the work of three social enterprises being nurtured by the Social Enterprise Boost Initiative (SEBI), a project of the JN Foundation and United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

The Jamaican delegates who reside in the United Kingdom, United States and Canada were taken on a social tour of the Deaf Can! Coffee; 360 Recycle Manufacturing and Alpha Wear JAin Kingston.

Diaspora bond to be launched soon, says David Panton

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Monday, July 31, 2017

Chairman of the Diaspora Task Force of the Economic Growth Council (EGC) Dr David Panton says a Jamaican Diaspora bond will be launched later this year, or early next year, in which Jamaicans in the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada can participate.

Dr Panton made the disclosure during an update about the progress of initiatives being undertaken by the EGC at the Jamaica 55 Diaspora 2017 Conference on the second day of the conference last week..

Business Leaders Get Social Enterprise Training

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Friday, July 14, 2017

Some 50 business leaders, industry stakeholders and policymakers were trained in Social Enterprise 101 at a two-day Social Enterprise Boost Initiative (SEBI) workshop, a programme being implemented by the JN Foundation.

The participants were drawn from government agencies, ministries and departments of co-operatives and friendly societies through partnership with SEBI, the World Bank and the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries.

JAD Binders Signs Agreement With Bookophilia

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Sunday, July 9, 2017

JAD Binders, owned and operated by the Jamaica Association for the Deaf (JAD), signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Bookophilia on June 29.

The MOU formalises arrangements between both entities in which Bookophilia will serve as a retail distributor and a "drop-off and pick-up point," for JAD Binders' products.

Iris Soutar, executive director of JAD, said that the partnership would allow the products from JAD Binders to be displayed in an easily accessible location. JAD Binders is located in Hope Estate, Papine.

Photo: Gratitude journal produced by the deaf

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Sunday, July 2, 2017

Marketing, communication and events officer at the Social Enterprise Boost Initiative (SEBI) Anna Toby (second left) leafs through one of the “Gratitude Journals” produced by the Jamaica Association for the Deaf (JAD) Binders. The new product line was launched at the ceremony to relaunch the JAD Binders as a social enterprise. Looking on (from left) are David Thomas, owner of Bookophilia; Dr Valerie Facey, founder of JAD; Dr Iris Soutar, executive director of JAD; and Jean-Michel Despax, ambassador of France to Jamaica.

Growth & Jobs | Jamaican Xperience With A Difference - Creating Jobs Too

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

A Doctor Bird seeming to greet visitors, as it swiftly flaps its wings and plunges its elongated beak into a fiery-red ginger lily in pursuit of nectar, is all the confirmation one needs to know that he is in for a truly authentic Jamaican treat.

This is Bunkers Hill, Trelawny, located at the entrance to the biodiverse Cockpit Country, which abounds with nature and history, and lingering cultural rituals and practices that date back to the inhabitation of Maroons, led by Captain Cudjoe and the legendary heroine, Nanny, as well as the Tainos.

Support for Social Enterprises

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

The Government is assuring investors in social enterprises that legislation and institutional reforms are being implemented for the sector.

According to Director General in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Vivian Brown, the sector is getting crucial attention to ensure widespread awareness of the concept of social enterprises, and the provision of business development support services.

He was opening a two-day workshop on the sector, today (June 7), at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston.

Bunkers Hill: A deep Jamaican experience

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Sunday, May 28, 2017

A doctor bird seeming to greet visitors as it swiftly flaps its wings and plunges its elongated beak into a fiery-red ginger lily in pursuit of nectar, is all the confirmation one needs to know that they are in for a truly authentic Jamaican treat. This is Bunkers Hill, Trelawny, located at the entrance to the biodiverse Cockpit Country, which abounds with nature and history.

Western communities embrace social enterprise

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Aspiring entrepreneurs and existing business owners from marginalised communities in western Jamaica were introduced to the Social Enterprise business model, promoted by JN Foundation and the United States Agency for International Development.

The close to 100 participants who attended the event at the University of the West Indies Mona, western Jamaica Campus in Montego Bay, St James recently, heard testimonials from Social Enterprise Boost Initiative (SEBI) incubator members about the success of their entrepreneurial pursuits.

Portmore welcomes mobility centre

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Monday, May 15, 2017

THE Watson Grove community in Gregory Park, Portmore, has welcomed the Portmore Self-Help Disability Organisation (PSDO) Mobility Centre, a service centre that specialises in the repair and customisation of wheelchairs and other mobility aids for members of the physically disabled community.The centre was formally introduced to the community at an open day on April 20.

SEBI brings social enterprise forum to western Ja

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

MONTEGO BAY, St James - The Social Enterprise Boost Initiative (SEBI), the joint JN Foundation and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) venture, in conjunction with the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) will today host a panel discussion at the University of the West Indies, Western Jamaica Campus, on the effective use of social enterprise to create safer and more sustainable communities.The discussion, which is scheduled to start at 6:00 pm, will share with attendees, lessons learnt thus far by both implementing partners and local practitioners.

Portmore gets mobility centre for the physically challenged

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Friday, April 28, 2017

The Watson Grove community in Gregory Park, Portmore, welcomed the Portmore Self-Help Disability Organisation Mobility Centre (PSDO), a service centre that specialises in the repairs and customisation of wheel chairs and other mobility aids for members of the physically disabled community.
The PSDO Mobility Centre was formally introduced to the community at an Open Day recently.

Social Enterprise Success Story - Making Jamaica Great For The Disabled

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Sitting in a wheelchair is an uncomfortable experience if it isn't adjusted for you, or you are not sitting properly, says Bridgette Johnson-Beckett.

"The Portmore Self-Help Disability Organisation (PSDO) Mobility Resource Centre was developed to help individuals tackle such problems," Johnson-Beckett states. The manager of the Portmore-based centre adds that it also repairs mobility aids, and provides consultations on the adaptation of public and private spaces to the physically disabled.

PHOTO: Help for Alpha

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Monday, March 6, 2017

USAID Mission Director Maura Barry Boyle points to a feature on this computer in Alpha Institute’s recording studio, while thirdyear Alpha Institute student Sajay Watson, JN Foundation General Manager Saffrey Brown (standing centre) and Alpha Institute Administrator Margaret Little Watson look on last Friday. The Apple iMAC for the commercial processing of live recordings was recently presented to the institute by the Social Enterprise Boost Initiative, a joint JN Foundation, USAID project.

Deaf we can! A perfect pitch by hearing impaired entrepreneurs

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Sunday, March 5, 2017

Social enterprise Deaf Can Coffee has won itself a million-dollar award for topping the inaugural Pitch for Purpose competition mounted by JN Foundation through its Social Enterprise Boost Initiative (SEBI).
The team took the stage two Fridays ago to compete with four equally strong competitors who, unlike them, possessed what some would consider two of the most important senses for the occasion — the ability to speak and hear. But Deaf Can defied all odds and not only won the competition, but also took the online voting award, People’s Pitch, donated by Digicel Foundation.

The Perfect Brew

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Monday, February 27, 2017

Deaf Can Coffee brewed success at the SEBI Pitch for Purpose Competition last Friday evening, winning a business development award valued at $1 million. The award is earmarked to be used towards the upgrading of the Deaf Can mobile cafe. Here, Deaf Can Coffee officials Fabian Jackson (second left), assistant manager; Andrine Smith (centre), barista; and Carlisle Gabbinon (second right), manager, display the symbolic cheque and trophy with Saffrey Brown, general manager, JN Foundation; and Dane Richardson, CEO, Digicel Foundation.

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As part of the facilitation process, SEBI will provide enterprises with the opportunity to be part of a business clinic, especially those organisations that have the greatest potential for growth.

A social enterprise is a business that generates income from the sale of goods and services and uses the profits to solve issues such as: unemployment, homelessness and environmental degradation.

 

A Social Entrepreneur is an individual who establishes a for-profit enterpise with the primary objective of using the profit generated to alleviate a social, cultural or environmental challenge.