By: Caribbean Business Report
Thirty-nine (39) young Saint Lucians are now further empowered to propel their business thanks to the Youth Economy Agency (YEA).
During a brief ceremony on Wednesday 24th May 2023 the Agency disbursed funds for 39 new grant recipients at its offices on Chaussee Road in Castries.
A total of $66,558.02 was handed over to the young entrepreneurs, who were addressed by YEA Chairperson, Mr. Thomas Leonce, and Business Development Officer, Mrs. Ginel Mondesir, as well as hearing from some of their fellow recipients.
According to Mr. Leonce, Wednesday’s ceremony was noteworthy not only because it represented the largest disbursement to date, but also because it showcased several different business categories, as well as entrepreneurs from across the island’s length and breadth.
Mr. Jurgen Montoute, the proprietor of Horizon Waves Water Sports and Charters, insists that the YEA grant will be very impactful for his business. He will be using the money to purchase more equipment, to hire additional operators, and to provide training and certification for his team.
Miss Cassie Emmanuel, founder and manager of AdRight Media, a digital marketing brand that caters to small businesses, will be expanding her business by acquiring a new workstation, camera, recording and storage devices.
YEA has now provided grants to 61 young Saint Lucians, in addition to furnishing training for 100 emerging business owners