Radio Talk SHow: Showcase― You & Your Biz

TALK Show GEW

Join Magate Wildhorse Consulting, Caribbean Diaspora Connect, WBCA 102.9 FM,  and The Community of Practice for Caribbean Immigrant Entrepreneurs in celebrating and creating awareness around barriers to entrepreneurship and how to overcome them.

Join us during Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), November 16-22, 2020 for Showcase You and Your Business.

Aired on: WBA 102.9A FM

Register your business for

  • A 2 min  Entrepreneur’s Interview  plus
  • 60 sec. give-away and sale for your solution of choice

If you’ve got Jamaica or Caribbean roots you are welcome to join us for the celebrations and interviews.

Deadline for Registration:  Saturday, November 14, 2020.

Registration Form (click the preceding link)

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The show aims to let Caribbean diasporans put their fingers on on the problems that hold us back from growing mainstream sized businesses with that delightful ethnic flavour.

The barriers to be addressed are listed below.

The Barriers:

  1. Of foreignness
  2. Lack of trust and the image of Caribbean entrepreneurs
  3. Access to capital and more so are we ready? [Time for business, opportunities in diaspora corporate citizen generated data, research a business opportunity]
  4. Sparse networks ―including the missing social media superstars, the need and how to change that.
  5. The need for Patrons to overcome the lack of experience
  6. Collaboration and Civility ―self―inflicted business wounds.
  7. Enterprising versus entrepreneurial 2020 and beyond.
  8. Medical trials and biotechnology – Jamaica to diaspora opportunities

The programme will gather input to be including in the research  “Towards a Policy Framework for Accelerating Caribbean Entrepreneurship at Home and in the Diaspora”.

Caribbean entrepreneurs in diasporic and domestic market are invited to share in the online forum at the following link:

CoP-BIDEM Discussion Forum

Copyright © 2020 by Meegan Scott,  Magate Wildhorse Ltd .(Toronto), Magate Wildhorse Inc.,(New York). All rights reserved.

Strategy Planning and Evaluation for Disability Programming — Workshop

Strategy and EVALUATION GEW PT 1

Saturday, November 21, 2020   Time: 10:00 AM EST | Toronto

Join us for Parts  I & II in this workshop series.

Part I maybe taken as a stand-alone capacity building session.

It is a pre-requisite for taking Part II, which focuses on practical application of learnings from Part I.

The dialogue and workshop series is grounded in risk intelligence, robust strategy planning, influential evaluations and experiential learning.

  • Because evidence matters.
  • Because relevance matters.
  • Because local context and community issues matters.

About Meegan Scott , workshop facilitator.

A Global Entrepreneurship Week Special!

Strategy and Evaluation Workshop GEW PT II

Sunday, November 22, 2020  Time: 5:00-6:20 PM  EST  | Toronto

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Register at: https://forms.gle/Qzc1uWrowbos5zwC8click words colour hand

A limited number of  scholarships will be available to developing country participations.

Selection will be based on assessment in registration form.

 

Blinkers Off MSME Day for BCAME Entrepreneurs

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Magate Wildhorse Consulting and The Community of Practice for Caribbean Immigrant Entrepreneurs join the global community in celebrating MSME Day 2020.

On April 6, 2017  the UN General Assembly, designated  June 27 as  Micro-, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises Day (UN Resolution A/RES/71/279).   The declaration and observation are intended to :

  • recognize the role of MSMEs in driving the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (Agenda 2030);
  • create public awareness regarding the contribution of SMEs to the global economy;
  • rally support for small businesses; and
  • to encourage research, capacity building and other needed support for small businesses.

It is known that small businesses, both formal and informal make up over 90% of all firms and account, on average, for 70% of total employment and 50% of GDP globally (International Council for Small Business (ICSB).

However, there is an urgent need to improve the development of small businesses and their contribution to capital formation, innovation, decent work, sustainability, and other Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Women lead only one third (1/3) of businesses in the formal economy—therein lies implications for attaining SDG 5: Gender Equality.

The figures related to employment and contribution to GDP do not always hold true across all economies and countries.  For low middle income to low income countries the contribution to GDP by SMEs (MSMEs) range from 29% – 23%.  The contribution can be even less in some countries, groups of countries and among socio-economic groups within developed countries. SMEs were first responders and innovators rising to the challenge to find solutions to problems associated with the COVID 19 pandemic. But this was not true for all groups. Let us look at entrepreneurs who contribute to job creation through self-employment or within the informal economy for instance. The Black, Caribbean, Asian and Other Minority Ethnic Groups (BCAME) were  over-represented in that category, many of whom faced closure or had to pause their operations.

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The suffering brought on by lack of social protection and the implication for SDG #: 1 No Poverty was stalk.  More than 50% of BCAME entities reported they might not be able to survive the pandemic. To make matters worse a substantial number of such businesses did not qualify to receive stimulus packages. Significant portions of entrepreneurs and individuals who are economically active members of BAME or BCAME in home and host countries are without social protection.

But with effective planning, risk intelligence, and systems thinking many impacted entrepreneurs might find a second chance in penned up demand triggered by COVID 19.

Goal # 8 : Decent Work and Economic Growth, what and how will the BCAME SME community do in order to increase their contribution to capital formation and investment?  The preceding are two key actions and indicators of what we must do in order to  increase income per capita within the community and beyond.  How and in what areas will we focus our efforts to increase production and intellectual property assets?

Recently in our Outride: COVID 19 Business Threat Seminars issues related to increasing the portfolio of owners of Geographical Indicators (GIs) and the equitable transfer of related wealth to communities was discussed by Massimo Vittori, Managing Director of oriGIn.

More recently Simon Anholt, founder and publisher of The Good Country Index spoke about the need to better leverage brand Jamaica by developing more high value products.  He proposed the example and opportunity of producing a Jamaican made running shoe. The challenge is for Jamaicans at home as well as in the diaspora. Diasporans should see themselves as key  collaborators, partners, investors and even the triggers  for driving related high value product development and sales.  While products with GI indicators must be produced in the home country in order to retain their economic value, diasporans looking to boost their business or personal economic recovery might be wise to invest in businesses in their home countries in addition to their going concerns in host countries. The Jamaica Junior Stock Exchange presents an easy opportunity to act for change as shared by Mrs. Marlene Street Forrest, Managing Director of Jamaica Stock Exchange in yet another episode of Outride COVID 19.

In 2016 the Global Sex Slavery Index reported that approximately 17,000 people were living in modern day slavery or are victims of human trafficking in Canada.  Trinidad and Tobago  is said to have the highest demand for trafficked individuals in the Caribbean. In May 2020, seventy-nine (79) individuals including 25 minors destined for criminal gangs in Trinidad were rescued by the Venezuelan Navy (Trinidad Guardian). How will Caribbean diaspora entrepreneurs, Canadian and US SMEs address these issues?

As it relates to SDGs: 13 Climate Action, 6 Clean Water and Sanitation, 11 Sustainable Cities and Communities, 12 Responsible Consumption and Production,  9 Industry,  Innovation and Infrastructure what actions will we take?  Responding to SDG 9 requires positioning and capacity to participate rather than to fund unless through investment.

The Goals just mentioned should be included in both our PESTLE and SWOT analysis as well as our value chain assessments. We need to look at how we can reduce or eliminate negative impacts and drive the increase in positive impact for delivering the goals as well as business viability.  As we look at profit and purpose we must also consider the existential threat to the Caribbean posed by Climate Change.  What role will you play in growing or supplying the market for climate finance solutions in the Caribbean?

The 2100s is not that far away; so, what will we do to support Affordable and Clean Energy, Goal #7?   Goal 7 and Goal 2, Zero Hunger are major priorities for the Caribbean. Undernutrition is a big challenge, health and well-being and high mortality rates highlighted the resilience gap in the BCAME Community.

So, what will we do about Goal # 3 Health and Well-being?

Drug abuse and drug related deaths— are there opportunities for you to make a difference in your host and home country?

What will your business or non-profit do to advance progress related Goal # 4: Quality Education?  Specifically, what will we do to facilitate the growth of high value in-demand professionals and tradesmen with  21st  Century employability skills in our communities?

With a global ocean-based economy of USD 3-6 trillion per year, what can you do to grow your business while protecting the ocean environment? Perhaps SDG 14 is the missing piece in your economic recovery, environmental scan and value creation puzzle.

As it relates to Goal # 10: Reduced inequalities, are there gaps in the capacity of the public sector to serve BCAME that your business or non-profit could fill?  Are there issues you must champion through advocacy?

Crime is a problem for more Caribbean countries than meet the eyes, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, the Dominican Republic and Honduras may feature prominently in the reports, but serious issues exists in other countries who are experiencing significant growth in criminal activities. How can you profit for good and drive the results for Goal 16?  We cannot do it alone.  With whom will we partner for delivering the goals and Goal 17?  What will you do for ensuring “no one is left behind”? When all is said and done we must plan, monitor, evaluate, learn, adjust, and improve. Evaluation is said to have the highest multiplier effect in delivering the Goals.

While we join organizational leads, the International Trade Centre, UNIDO, the ILO and the World Bank in celebrating MSME Day 2020 we want to encourage BCAME to celebrate with no blinkers on.  Know your numbers and context, plan, and act to be truly part of SME communities that are transforming our societies for improving “people, planet and prosperity”.  Review the seventeen (17) Goals and 169 indicators and identify where you can make a difference for your business and in delivering the Goals.

Neither “power” nor “potential of small” can be “unlocked” without knowing our context.

Join 1 web siteWe commit to helping organizations with market systems development, climate and environment, entrepreneur capacity building as well as planning and evaluation for delivering the Goals.

We salute all entrepreneurs!  We celebrate and salute entrepreneurs in the BCAME community!

Thank you Argentina for giving us MSME Day!

Happy MSME Day.

Be with us at 10 AM EST on June 27, 2020 when host a conversation around resilience skills and behaviours for entrepreneurs on Facebook.

Benefit from our Outride COVID 19: Business Threat Seminar Series register at the following link : https://forms.gle/PtpZAT8czWYExWpZ7

Meegan Scott (for)                                                                                                              Magate Wildhorse and The Community of Practice for Caribbean Immigrant    Entrepreneurs.

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Save The Date: COVID 19 Opportunities — SDGs, Evaluation, Performance & Your Pivot

Evaluation Session in 9 Save the Date

Mark your calendars!

Coming to you Thursday, June 11, 2020                                                                  COVID 19 Opportunities — SDGs, Evaluation, Performance & Your Pivot

Time: 2:00 PM EST [Toronto & New York] | 1:00 PM Jamaica                                                      7:00 PM UK  | 8:00 PM Zambia

Rescheduled:  To be held,  Friday, June 12, 2020  @ 2:00 PM EST.

Registration: Free  | New participants pre-register at the link below 

https://forms.gle/PtpZAT8czWYExWpZ7

About the series:

https://magatewildhorse.ca/outride-covid-19-business-threat-seminar-2/

Watch this space for session topics and speaker details!

We are proud partners in the Eval4Action Movement and Campaign.

Diaspora to Home and Back – Key in Our Community Give Backs

The need for Caribbean diaspora collaboration and cooperation including home countries is not a new phenomenon for Meegan Scott and Magate Wildhorse Ltd.

It is the reason I deliberately designed a Caribbean Evaluators International, a VOPE for Caribbean Evaluators at home and in the diaspora.

Facilitating research, cross-fertilization, cooperation, and co-creation was integral in the design. Speaking the languages of the region was essential.

Below is the message used to launch the VOPE and the Jamaica, Chapter.

Another initiative led from the Canadian arm of the Jamaican and Caribbean diaspora.

History is important.

Before Caribbean Evaluators International and The Community of Practice for Caribbean Immigrant Entrepreneurs was the private Facebook Group, Sagacity North-Mart.

That forerunner to The CoP was created in April 2011. At that time I had not lived a year in Canada; but the need was crystal clear.

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“Sagacity North-Mart is an exchange and meeting forum for businesses, practitioners and academic minds involved in, or looking to participate in the CARICOM – North America international trade arena.

It was created by Meegan Scott, for bringing together small and medium sized entities; business and trade support agencies and associations; academia; media; buyers, market access and sales support professionals in Canada, the Caribbean and the United States of America for sharing viewpoints, insights and tips as well as for growing new partnerships for making trade easier among partners in those markets.

Sagacity North-Mart aims to be that well of wisdom from which practical answers to questions relating to finding contacts, suppliers, buyers, growing sales, entering the market, packaging, finding financing, logistics, quality, pricing, pit falls and how to avoid them will be answered by people who have been there and done that. It is also a help-line through which you can find answers to your questions as the need arises.

You are invited to share, network and participate actively, grow your bottom line even as you help someone else to grow theirs!” – Source: Sagacity North-Mart on Facebook.

Besides, conducting research into the status of Caribbean entrepreneurs in Canada, I had opened an independent desk with Latrea Corporation later Brand Scout and had plans to serve Canada, the Caribbean and Eastern Europe in particular though not exclusively. Latrea Corporation was owned by Eastern European immigrants to Canada.

A stint with Sobeys Supermarket, which I enjoyed and which I wish was closer to me so I could continue to have the opportunity to study sales and marketing in that sector served as another driver. That opportunity allowed me to seek the extent to which Caribbean exporters were losing out by not using in-store sales and promotion to drive the sales and mainstream of their exports.

The Community of Practice for Caribbean Immigrant Entrepreneurs was a natural progression since business and entrepreneurship was one other area in which we are left behind. Hence the need to hasten the pace of growing high performing businesses in the diaspora and at home.

Moreover, it is a must that those businesses participate in the processes for ensuring good governance, problem solving and democracy working at its best.

If we do not act together to improve our social and economic status, and be recognized as significant contributors to our host countries we will not be able to contribute to our home countries.  We need to position ourselves to be a more preferred demographic in our host countries before we can make more significant contributions to our home countries.

Windrush Scandal, Canadian and US deportation challenges are not just about racism.

We have a role to play in empowering our people to benefit and contribute more.

We need to earn a favourable position instead of “spurned” for a greater mass of our population. Unless we look at the combination of factors and own our role, as well as come together to make the needed change there will be even more heartache and loss ahead.

It is a two-way affair. Host countries must also strive to remove all artificial barriers, and level the playing field so those of us who are committed can contribute, if they too are to  benefit from immigration.

                            The Rally Call – Caribbean Evaluators International                              By Meegan Scott, Founding Board Chair

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The vision, commitment, aspirations, passion, needs, wants, obstacles, preferences, rights, and responsibilities that fueled the drive to deliver a VOPE for Caribbeans by Caribbeans.

Who planted the seed to act in my mind? An opportunity presented for VOPEs on the EvalPartners learning network.

What influenced the design of the VOPE experience as a Corporate Strategy Planner and longtime leader in Toastmasters International Jamaica, as well as University of New Orleans Alumni Association (Jamaica, Chapter), and of course hosting the Facebook Group Sagacity North-Mart.

Year: 2014

Whys and Wherefores of The Community of Practice for Caribbean Immigrant Entrepreneurs

Launch Year: 2018

 

 

Calling all Recent Graduates ― Publishing Opportunity

Call for Papers recent graduates, publication opportu

Closing soon!  Last Call for Papers!

Who

Last 3 to current year graduates from community colleges, Baccalaureate Masters, and PhD programmes.

Graduated more than 3 years ago but interested?

If you’ve got a hot topic not explored or discussed adequately that relates to Caribbean and  Caribbean diaspora entrepreneurs, agri-preneurship, management, and performance management and measurement, trade finance, behaviour change marketing, corporate strategy planning, trade, creative industries, or management consulting, that is up to 5 years old then your are welcome to submit.

Besides the topics highlighted above we are interested in pieces that address entrepreneurship, and management that are by and or related to Caribbean Immigrant and diaspora entrepreneurs (all Caribbean diasporic markets), indigenous and founding nation Canadians, Black and non-native speakers of English entrepreneurs and consultants in North America, Africans in the diaspora and at home.

What

See Poster for topics.

The best 2000-3000 words of your thesis.

  • Business
  • International Trade
  • Trade Finance
  • Market Systems Development
  • Evaluation
  • Organizational assessments
  • Corporate Strategy
  • Private Sector Development
  • Marketing
  • Entrepreneurship

 Deadline: Midnight, Sunday, October 27, 2019

Submission Guideline:

http://ow.ly/Npyg30pKjOV

The Noësis: Double-Blind Peer Review Guidelines 2019

http://ow.ly/hTzz30pKjNF

About the publication

http://ow.ly/nWZl30pKjMb

Call for Papers —The Noësis: MWildhorse Strategy and Performance Magazine (2019)

The Noësis | November 2019, Fall Edition

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