Ministry celebrates Women’s Entrepreneurship Day

The Ministry of Education, Employment and Gender Affairs will host a Lunch and Learn session on Nov. 30 for women entrepreneurs and anyone who is considering starting a business.

The event recognizes Women’s Entrepreneurship Day, which is commemorated globally in November. It will be held at the Wharf restaurant from noon to 2 p.m.

The luncheon will celebrate the stories of women who own or lead businesses of various sizes and types in the Cayman Islands, and aims to motivate and inspire other women to embrace their entrepreneurial spirit and act on their passion, ideas or business ambitions, a press release states.

The panel of entrepreneurs includes Marzeta Bodden, owner of Cayman Food Tours; Jo Ann Brown, CEO of Celebrations Ltd. and author of “Caribbean Wedding Style”; Darla Dilbert, artistic director/owner of Eclipze Hair Design and Day Spa; Jacqui Tomlinson-Smith, managing director of RVC Rehab Services, Tomlinson Furniture and Beyond Basics Medical Day Spa; and Sabrina Turner, owner of Cayman Immigration Consultant Services.

“Economic participation and opportunity are crucial components for achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment,” said Minister Tara Rivers. “We know that there is great potential for women in the Cayman Islands to harness their entrepreneurial spirit and lead the charge when it comes to finding new and innovative ways to make their mark in the business world.

“Forums like these will give them a chance to learn from each other and inspire one another with their personal experiences. My hope for this session is that entrepreneurs and aspiring business owners will feel celebrated, empowered and supported by the government and the business community to take the necessary risks to propel themselves forward and to better their lives and those of their families.”

The Ministry partners with the Chamber of Commerce, Cayman Islands Small Business Association and the Ministry of Financial Services, Commerce and Environment to offer the lunch.

The cost for the Lunch

and Learn is $15; registration by Nov. 25 is required. For more information, visit www.genderequality.gov.ky or register at www.caymanchamber.ky.

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