you own a small enterprise? Are you seeking new ideas and tactics to improve
and grow your business? With this ever changing technology, it is very
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are sometimes “left in the dark” due to failure of seizing new business
opportunities or capitalizing on market trends in the corporate world. The Morris Entrepreneurship Centre (MEC) is just
that ideal institution you are seeking. What is the aim and mission of the MEC?
What kind of services do they provide?
Morris Entrepreneurship Centre aims to be the first choice for business
education and training for Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSME’s) across
central Jamaica. Its mission is to provide information, advice, business
education and training to MSMEs within central Jamaica, enabling them to access
finance and build sustainable profitable business operation, to gain competitive
advantage locally, regionally and internationally.
Some proud graduates of one of the MEC's programme pose with their certificates
Morris Entrepreneurship Centre (MEC) is an outreach unit of the Northern Caribbean
University (NCU) and is specifically designed to assist the business community
in central Jamaica. Established in 2006 as a non-profit organization, the
Centre’s primary focus is to provide business development services for micro, small
and medium sized (MSMEs) enterprises. Its aim is to equip business persons with
the management tools and techniques necessary to build capacity, enhance competitiveness
and expand their businesses through education and training. The MEC opens the
opportunity for the MSME’s to (a) access professional business services at an
affordable cost, (b) access grants and loans conducive to their relevant
businesses, and (c) access training for business persons and their staff at an
Centre is led by an Executive Director; Hazel Wright-O’Connor and she is
supported by three (3) full-time staff. The Top Management comprises of NCU’s
Vice President of University Relations who reports directly to the President of
NCU. The activities of the MEC are guided by a twelve-member Board of
Management which consists of individuals who are drawn from the Manchester
business community and officials of the University. MEC has at its disposal the
experience of the NCU’s faculty and staff, as well as the institution’s
“technical know-how” that results from its many years as a university, offering
training in Business Management including entrepreneurship.
Centre offers a variety courses which guarantees to propel your business. These
Education and Training, and Business Clinics, in which information and advice
on an array of business issues and concerns including financial management,
human resource management, accounts and taxation are provided. Some other services
provided consist of: Business mentoring and consultation, Proposal writing for
procuring seed money and loans, Writing of Business and Marketing Plan, Seminars
and Workshops, and Market Research.
addition, the entity provides Business Diagnostic Services for enterprises that
are experiencing challenges or who wish to increase profitability and
sustainability. The MEC also offers business registration services on behalf of
the Companies Office of Jamaica. Since the inception of the Morris Entrepreneurship
Centre (MEC), the Unit has partnered with:
Manchester Chamber of Commerce (MCOC) to offer a National Commercial Bank (NCB)
sponsored entrepreneurial training programme dubbed ‘Operation Entrepreneurism.’
This programme originated on June 25, 2007 with the MCOC partnering with the
Centre to provide business and financial skills to 500 individuals in the
central region of the island. These individuals were trained in groups of 50’s
over a one year period, ending July 2008.
Jamaica Development Corporation (JBDC) in May 2008 for the establishment of a
branch of the Jamaica Business Information Centre (JAMBIC) to operate at the
Morris Entrepreneurship Centre. The integration of the JAMBIC office into the
MEC has provided the opportunity for the MSMEs to receive assistance through
the network of Export Centre Business Information Points (ECBIP).
also partnered with the Social Development Committee (SDC) for Inner City
Services Project. MEC conducted training session with eight (8) communities in
Kingston, St. Andrew, St. Catherine and St. James. The communities were
Flankers in St. James, Central Village, March Pen, Demsha Pen, Lauristan and in
St. Catherine, Craig Town and Jones Town in St. Andrew and Kingston. Below is a
summary of the project result. The objective was to improve the knowledge base
of participants to enable them to apply the “best practice” approaches in
community operations. Each participant received training in Teamwork, Leadership,
Management, Planning, Financial Management, Community Networking and Sustainable
and the Rural Agricultural Development Agency (RADA) have also undertaken intervention
programmes to prepare the farming groups in Manchester to access the JSIF
funding Project 2010 by way of grant proposal writing seminars.
with the HEART Trust/NTA to offer Level 3 NVQ- J programmes with a view of
attaining accreditation status. These courses included Diploma Certificates in
Business Accounting, Business Management, Retail Management (Supervision)
Retail Selling and Merchandizing.
Broilers and this entity have undertaken training with “Poultry Farmers” in
Manchester aimed at strengthening the capacity of the farmers and adapting
“best practice” approaches within the industry. To date a total of sixty (60)
poultry farmers have been trained through this initiative.
more information, please contact 1 (876) 963-7084.