AGENDA

June 21 – 23, 2013

NCB SME Conference: “Facing Challenges – Embracing Opportunities”

The Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa, Montego Bay

Friday, June 21
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Registration

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Networking and Cocktail Function

Welcome Address: Patrick Hylton, Group Managing Director,  NCB

Saturday, June 22
7:30 am – 8:30 am

Networking Breakfast

8:30 am – 9:00 am

Welcome and Overview of the Conference Agenda

Chairperson:

TBD

Speakers:

Therese Turner Jones, Country Representative, IDB and Audrey Tugwell Henry, Senior General Manager, Retail Banking Division, NCB

9:00 – 9:50 am

Opening Keynote Speaker:

Small but Social – How Small Businesses Can Win with Social Media

Chairperson:

Dr. Marcia Forbes, Director, Phase 3Communications

Speaker:

Alicia Lyttle, CEO at Monetized Marketing

9:50 – 10:50 am

Doing Business with Large Companies 
Description: Learn how to market your company for subcontracting opportunities. What strengths do companies look for in a supplier or contractor? What opportunities are available to small businesses?

Chairperson:

TBD

Speakers:

Brian Pengelley, President of JMA, Donald Gary, President, Rubis Energy Jamaica Limited, and Derrick Thompson, President of Jamaica Gasolene Retailers Association

10:50 – 11:05 am

Networking Coffee Break

11:05 – 12:25 pm

Expanding business beyond our borders

Description: From Christopher Columbus to many modern-day immigrants, people have been looking beyond their own borders in search of something more. SMEs need not limit themselves by only doing business in the Jamaica. Global markets allow us to make business in countries far away.

Chairperson:

TBD

Speakers:

Paul Lewis, Director of BnRs Holdings Limited, Idelle Brown, Managing Director, Belle Tropicals Limited, and Silburn Clarke, Chairman/CEO, Spatial Innovision Limited.

12:25 –1:40 pm

Networking Lunch

1:40 – 2:50pm

The “Capital Quest”

Description: This session will discuss financing of SMEs, with emphasis given to the state of current credit markets. Facilitators will discuss how to secure capital to enable the continued growth of existing small business and options for structuring financing while facing economic downturns. Introduce the “Capita Quest” programme.

Chairperson: 

Ms. Nadeen Mathews, Senior Assistant General Manager, Strategy, Marketing and Communications Group, National Commercial Bank Jamaica Limited

Speakers:

Lisandra Rickards, Entrepreneur Development Trainer, Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship, Khary Robinson, Founder and Managing Partner of Norbrook Caribbean Investment Company, and Herbert Hall, Corporate Finance Manager, NCB Capital Markets Limited, and Mr. Edison Galbraith, General Manager, Loan Origination and Portfolio Management, Development Bank of Jamaica.

2:50  – 3:30 pm

Networking Break – B2B and Vendor Demos

3:30 – 4:30 pm

Efficiency and Effectiveness – the Key to Survival in a Tough Economy

Description: This session will focus on adjusting small business expenses within the current economic shift by taking a fresh look at operations. How to be more efficient in human resources, employment, accounting, etc.

Chairperson:

TBD

Speakers:

David Martin, General Manager, Jamaica Producers Group, and Francis Wade, President and CEO of Framework Consulting Inc.

4:30 – 6:30 pm

B2B and Vendor Demos

Sunday, June 23
7:30 – 8:30 am

Networking Breakfast

8:30 – 9:30 am

Good Governance Equals Growth Potential

Description: Learn how implementing robust policies and procedures that provide a framework of how to conduct business and remaining compliant and efficient.

Chairperson:

TBD

Speaker:

Sandra Glasgow, Managing Director, Biz Tactics Limited

9:30 – 10:30

Small Business Steps, Big Leaps

Description: Learn how small business can get in on the ground floor in Jamaica’s fastest growing industries

Chairperson:

TBD

Speakers:

Yoni Epstein, CEO at Island Outsourcers and Chairman of the Business Processing Industry Association of Jamaica, and Marlon Cooper, Managing Director, Symptai Consulting Ltd.

10:30 – 11:00 am

Networking Break

11:00 – 12:00 pm

Technology – the Great Enabler

Description: Explore the idea of how technology helps SMEs make better business decisions, cut costs, increase operational efficiency, and boost the bottom-line.

Chairperson:

TBD

Speakers:

Andrew Pairman, CEO of Anbell, and Stephen Miller, Lenovo Ambassador

12: 00 – 12:35 pm

Closing Address: “Embracing Opportunities”

Chairperson:

TBD

Speaker: 

Dr. Aggrey Irons