By: Arif Zafman, Executive Director, Commonwealth Businesswomen’s Network (CBW)

OPPORTUNITY FOR BILLION WOMEN

There are a billion women living in the Commonwealth, who are also 43% of the world’s poorest women. This underscores the fact that women in business, specifically women’s economic empowerment is everybody’s business. There are three macro drivers that will increasingly affect women in business in the Commonwealth and provide…...

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By: Arif Zafman, Executive Director, Commonwealth Businesswomen’s Network (CBW)

A Call for Innovative, Inclusive and Accessible Financing Mechanisms

In 2013, the Commonwealth Heads of Government “called for innovative, inclusive and accessible financing mechanisms as well as capacity building to advance women’s entrepreneurship.’ In May 2016 in the Seychelles, Small States across the Commonwealth (home to 31 such states), specifically said that they ‘should also explore the potential of…...

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By: A. Cecile Watson, Founder & CEO, pitchandchoose.com

Paying It Forward, The Secret Sauce To Grow Economies Through Entrepreneurship

Paying it forward should be as safe to do in business as it is in life.  But for us to think so, we must also believe that success is prolific and infinite. Many of exceptional experiences I have had and the meaningful things I have accomplished came my way because…...

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By: A. Cecile Watson, Founder & CEO, pitchandchoose.com

DOES CROWDFUNDING HAVE THE POWER TO GROW CARIBBEAN ECONOMIES – PART III

In part I and II of this article, I introduced crowdfunding, shared how it worked and I also identified some of the key enablers to get it working in the Caribbean. I trust by now you have sufficient appreciation for the impact of crowdfunding and that you are therefore motivated…...

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By: A. Cecile Watson, Founder & CEO, pitchandchoose.com

DOES CROWDFUNDING HAVE THE POWER TO GROW CARIBBEAN ECONOMIES – PART II

Last week I introduced this topic of the power of crowdfunding potential for the Caribbean. I explored the similarities of crowdfunding with our more familiar community self funding models like the partner and meeting turn and sou sou, asu, box, sangue and box hand. This week I continue my account…...

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By: A. Cecile Watson, Founder & CEO, pitchandchoose.com

DOES CROWDFUNDING HAVE THE POWER TO GROW CARIBBEAN ECONOMIES – PART I

KINGSTON, JAMAICA: I’m making a prediction. By 2020 crowdfunding will be a household word across the Caribbean, pretty much as it is now in the United States. I’m also predicting that by that time we in the Caribbean will all know at least one person who has benefitted from crowdfunding…...

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