Cayman Islands Small Business Expo: Small business key to job creation
Minister Joey Hew attendees at small business expo
Commerce minister Joey Hew told entrepreneurs at a small business expo held on Saturday morning that they were key players for local job creation.
"This sector is a strong hub for the creation of local jobs and the wealth that job creation provides in any community. As such, the sector makes a valuable contribution to our economy and provides jobs and other opportunities to our local workforce. So it is easy to see why Government is eager to help this sector thrive – because as they thrive, so does the Cayman Islands.” said the minister.
The event held at the Sir Vassel Johnson Hall in the University College of the Cayman Islands kicked off at 10 am with Hew, welcoming attendees. He was followed by Anika Conolly who delivered the official welcome.
Despite heavy rains pouring on the outside of the Sir Vassel Johnson Hall at the University College of the Cayman Islands, there were a total of 20 booths on display. Booths included small businesses as well as government departments such as the Department of Commerce and Investment, Economics and Statistics Office and the General Registry.
The guests heard words of encouragement from motivational speakers who were themselves entrepreneurs, Jonathan Webster, founder of Trifecta Films and Sherryl Miller of Pinnacle Reach.
Miller's message encouraged guests to start their businesses and not be deterred by our side influences. “Your fear is trying to protect you from new experiences; push through it and get through it,” said Miller. She went on the tell attendees no to be dissuaded by outside forces, “don’t let anyone or anything stand in your way,”.