Following its Back to the Bible Conference, which ran from October 27 to 29, Abundant Life Ministries International Church, located along Leeward Highway in Providenciales, held a business symposium at the church on Saturday, October 30.
The guest speakers at the event were Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and bestselling author Drexwell Seymour and Nolan Smith, Director for the Centre for Entrepreneurial Development (CED).
Seymour educated the audience on what they would need to start and business and how to stay in business. Among other things, Seymour informed the gathering that among other things, one must conduct their due diligence, such as a SWOT Analysis before embarking on a business, so that they would be able to identify their strength, weaknesses, opportunities and threats for their enterprises.
For his part, Smith informed attendees that the CED, which is a non-profit organization, is mandated to provide support to micro, small and medium enterprises across the Turks and Caicos Islands.
He said while the CED does not make recommendations to the businesspersons who seek its services, it does provide technical support, holding the individual’s hand along the process until it is complete.
Moderator Melanie Smith, who also made a presentation, spoke of her journey as a businesswoman, operating a talent consultancy firm and being a life coach.
Smith, the owner and operator of the Turks and Caicos Islands Recruitment Group (TRG) – an agency that sources talent on behalf of businesses – and also an internationally-certified John Maxwell Trainer, spoke of the hard work and dedication that one must put into an enterprise should they desire it to become successful.
She also spoke about the undercutting she experienced by persons she considered family, reminding that such a level of skullduggery and scant regard for ethics, though wrong, sometimes comes with the territory in business.