Share Two organizations Thursday partnered in hosting a stakeholders meeting to provide assistance to about fifty (50) young entrepreneurs who are in the business of agro processing.The aim of the workshop, convened by the Banana Accompanying Measure (BAM) and the Dominica Youth Business Trust (DYBT) at the Fort Young Hotel in Roseau on 18 December 2014, was to critically analyze and develop a measurement tool for grant funding.There is 1.4 million dollars of grant funding available from the European Union under the BAM project for young entrepreneurs in the agro-processing business.Coordinator of DYBT, Kerian Remy revealed to Dominica Vibes during an interview that the purpose of the workshop was to develop a measurement tool which would grant the young agro processers funding under the BAM project.“We had an overview of what the BAM project is then we had a panel which presented the tool that we would use for measuring their appropriateness for getting their grant funds,” Ms Remy said. She further stated that the participant’s gave feedback from the measurement tools and were placed in workgroups, “which allowed them to critically analyze the survey form to see if it captures what they are doing and would make them qualify to receive funding under the project”.Ms Remy further informed that the next step is finalizing the survey tool and calling the young entrepreneurs in for one on one interviews, “and from then we will decide which ones fit the criteria from grant funding”.Agriculture officer Kian Stephenson described the workshop as timely and expressed satisfaction with the participatory approach used.“If you’re looking to bring funding to the young business people, you have to actually get from them the areas of funding that they actually need,” Mr Stephenson said. He added that the development of a questionnaire was a good intervention and the fact that it was linked to the BAM was even better.In response to some of the participant’s qualms about the exhaustive process in actually receiving the funds, Mr Stephenson said that there is a process and a procedure that must be followed under EU funded projects. “It is true that you want to help the young persons but it has to be accountable, it has to be transparent and it has met the procedure of the EU who is the donating agency”.“I think there is great hope for the agro-processing business”, Mr Stephenson continued. “You see a lot of enthusiastic persons with a lot of great ideas which are relevant for today so I believe there is hope”.Meanwhile, one of the participants Royston Daniel who already has an established business named Rio Granola Bars described the workshop as informative and one which will better enable young entrepreneurs to get access to funding. He encouraged the small business persons to “get connected to those programs and the opportunities that are out there” regardless of the lengthy processing time.“Don’t look at them as being a challenge that is too much but look at them as a challenge for your business and yourself to grow,” Mr Daniel advised.– / 3 422 Views no discussions LocalNews Young entrepreneurs benefit from agro-processing meeting by: Dominica Vibes News – December 18, 2014 Tweet Share Share Sharing is caring!
Photo courtesy of the Baltimore RavensAs usual, the Ravens weren’t big movers and shakers in the free-agent market this offseason, but general manager Ozzie Newsome did pick his spots to augment the roster with veteran talent.Looking to improve the secondary as well as replace backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor, the Ravens made three key veteran signings they hope will pay dividends during the 2015 season.Below is a look at each one as you can vote in our poll and comment below on which signing will pay the biggest dividends for the Ravens:[poll id=”21″]S Kendrick LewisAge: 27Contract: Three years, $5.4 million Synopsis: The former Texans safety was part of a game of musical safeties in the AFC this offseason as ex-Raven Darian Stewart signed with Denver and former Bronco Rahim Moore landed with Houston. Considering their issues at safety last year, the Ravens hope Lewis can play an effective deep center field after the likes of Stewart and Terrence Brooks allowed too many balls to go over their head. During spring workouts, Lewis consistently worked with the starting defense while Will Hill and Matt Elam rotated at the other safety spot. Of their three biggest free-agent signings, the Ole Miss product projects to receive the most playing time as defensive coordinator Dean Pees would like him to provide an upgrade over Stewart, who underwhelmed for much of the 2014 season.QB Matt SchaubAge: 34Contract: One year, $2 millionSynopsis: The Ravens and their fans pray that the only impact Schaub makes will come in the meeting room and on the practice field as a source of knowledge and experience to aid franchise quarterback Joe Flacco. You never want to draw too many conclusions from spring practices, but the former Texans quarterback didn’t inspire much confidence based on his play as he struggled to connect with receivers consistently and threw too many interceptions. If Schaub sees extensive playing time, it clearly means something has gone horribly wrong for the Ravens during the 2015 season. Baltimore invested real money in a backup quarterback for the first time since 2010, but I’m not convinced that Schaub will give them a much better chance to win if he needs to play than Taylor did the last couple seasons.CB Kyle ArringtonAge: 28Contract: Three years, $7 millionSynopsis: With the Ravens’ extensive injuries at the cornerback position a year ago, Newsome couldn’t afford to go into the 2015 campaign without an established veteran to go with Jimmy Smith and Lardarius Webb in the nickel defense. The former New England cornerback is very solid defending the slot and allows Pees to keep Webb on the outside. This signing takes pressure off the likes of fourth-round rookie Tray Walker, Rashaan Melvin, and Asa Jackson on the depth chart, but the key to the secondary’s success will be the ability of Smith and Webb to stay on the field. Arrington will have to perform and isn’t a great fit playing outside, but the Ravens paid a very reasonable price when you remember some of the bloated contracts given to free-agent corners at the start of free agency.