Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) executives are encouraging licensees to embrace global best practices at its upcoming 'Business Innovation and E-Commerce Boot Camp', scheduled for June 8 at the Grand Lucayan Resort.
Ian Rolle, the GBPA's president, said the event will equip licensees with the tools to compete both locally and globally. "Our Boot Camp will showcase global presenters who will provide best practice insights as to how to effectively start and grow businesses through e-commerce," he added.
"There will be an introduction to Shopify, which is a global platform used to promote and sell products, accept payments and help merchants grow their businesses while they sleep. Shopify is one of a few featured presenters, who will deliver an interactive experience, demonstrating practical tools to empower aspiring entrepreneurs and existing business owners."
Mr Rolle said that in addition to e-commerce, the event will also be promoting diverse business concepts via a presentation by AeroFarms, a leader in urban agriculture.
"AeroFarms will demonstrate how their patented aeroponic products can grow greens without sunlight or soil. This, we believe, can be a transformational opportunity for the agribusiness sector on Grand Bahama," the GBPA president continued.
The one-day event aims to empower GBPA licensees, small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs. LaShawn Dames, GBPA's business services manager, said the Boot Camp will showcase exhibits from various Bahamian businesses.
"We have a highly interactive, brain churning event planned for the business community," said Ms Dames. "Participants can expect excellent networking opportunities, the chance to explore powerful methods of customer engagement and satisfaction, as well as an environment for discovering new prospects for business growth and profitability. Attendees can expect a highly productive, results driven event."
As the GBPA encourages licensees to take advantage of technology, the e-Commerce boot camp will be a key learning environment.
Derek Newbold, the GBPA's senior manager of business development and Invest Grand Bahama, said: "Within our organisation, we are constantly identifying innovative ways to support SMEs, especially our small business sector. This initiative will be another example of our commitment to enhancing business delivery and diversity here in Freeport."
Persons wishing to participate should register early as space is limited. Information on registration can be found at GBPA.com or by calling 242-350-9000. The boot camp is free to Port licensees, and there is a nominal fee of $50 per person for non-licensees.