“The sky can be the limit” – First Lady tells budding entrepreneurs

First Lady Sandra Granger said “the sky can be the limit” for young entrepreneurs, in her address at the Rotary Club of Georgetown Central’s ‘The CEO in You: Young entrepreneurs in a changing global economy 2016’ workshop, held at the Arthur Chung Convention Centre, Liliendaal, Greater Georgetown.

First Lady Sandra Granger speaking at the workshop
First Lady Sandra Granger speaking at the workshop

The Club planned and executed the workshop as part of its professional development programme and the First Lady delivered the charge on Saturday.
“The beauty of being young, I think, is that you are not as cautious as older folks like me. The sky can be the limit for you. And you will have the opportunity, today, to listen to wise women and men share their ideas and their expertise with you as they point the way towards success in your chosen areas of business,” the First Lady said.
She noted that the title of the workshop identifies three areas of focus – the Chief Executive Officer, the entrepreneur and the environment in which the entrepreneur will operate – and advised participants about the importance of researching their markets, knowing the rules and regulations applicable to the diverse business environment, knowing their competition and learning how to protect themselves.
President of the Rotary Club of Georgetown Central, Kneka Franklin, who chaired the event, told the group the First Lady articulated for them the crucial first steps they must take in order to become successful entrepreneurs. “One of the things I want to second is the …use of [ICT]. I think that is one of the areas that we should really focus on and develop in Guyana, especially since we’re hoping to go ‘green’, we can do away with a lot of paper,” she said.
The six-hour long workshop aims to provide small businesses with insight into the regulatory and legal environment, opportunities and support mechanisms that exist for doing business in Guyana. Its agenda includes sessions on writing business plans and other topics related to business creation, business ventures, decision-making, support options, and relatable testimonials of successful entrepreneurs.