U.S. Embassy Partners with Business Leaders to Champion Future Barbadian Female Entrepreneurs

On Tuesday, March 9, the United States Embassy in Bridgetown hosted a virtual panel discussion entitled Biz Talk: How WE (Women Entrepreneurs) Do Business! in celebration of Women’s History Month and as part of the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs Program (AWE). AWE is a business development and networking program for women entrepreneurs. The U.S. Embassy in Bridgetown was one of the first in the world to implement the AWE Program and assisted over 50 young women in growing their businesses.

The panel discussion, which was moderated by Gaynelle Marshall of Y103.3 FM, featured noted local businesswomen and entrepreneurs; Shelly Williams, CEO and Founder of Barbados Platinum Services; Kim Hamblin, Co-founder of Yelluh Meat; Renée Coppin, Owner/Operator Pirate’s Inn and Infinity on the Beach and Cherita O’Dell, Real Estate Broker – Million Dollar Homes & Barbados Real Estate 246. The business women engaged with participants of the U.S. Embassy entrepreneurship program and shared their experiences on a variety of topics. In her introductory remarks, Shelly Williams called on the participants not to be daunted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, but rather to see the opportunities that may exist, drawing from her own company’s experience.

The United States has designated March as Women’s History Month and joins the world on March 8 in recognizing International Women’s Day, by celebrating the leadership, strength, and courage of women and girls through comprehensive programs such as this.