The "St. Maarten Inspirational Business Trip" is being held in an effort to further stimulate the Kingdom relations and business trade between St. Maarten and the global market. The goal of this effort is tri-fold: 1. establish connections, 2. build networks, and 3. develop new formulas for doing business, as an active player within the distinctive markets throughout the Kingdom/region.
For the St. Maarten "Inspirational Business Trip," we expect a delegation of 15 representatives from The Netherlands, Suriname, Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Saba and St. Eustatius. These individuals bring a wealth of information, resources and multi-disciplinary expertise to explore business and investment opportunities among OUR established company representatives in Country St. Maarten.
"These types of creative business expansions and exposure beyond the shores of St. Maarten are critical to the long-term growth and development of local companies. These companies have to redevelop the current "business as usual" mode of operations, into a more global outlook to compete in the business environment. It will be necessary to build resourceful networks throughout the kingdom and the world. The Chamber of Commerce & Industry is pleased to be leading this initiative on behalf of the business community of St. Maarten," stated Claret Connor, Director of the Chamber.
Delegates arrive on Sunday, May 15 with an official welcome by Prime Minister Sarah Wescott-Williams at a private Welcome Reception.
The "Inspirational Business Symposium" will be held on Monday, May 16 – and is comprised of three core components, which includes:
Part I: 8:30am- 12:00pm
Inspirational Business Symposium: with an official opening by Minister Franklin Meyers, the Business Symposium is FREE & open to the public business community. It includes targeted presentations on the organizations and business opportunities available.
Part II: 12:30 – 2:00 pm
Private Networking Lunch – a limited number of business leaders may attend at the cost of $18/person.
Part III: 2:00 – 5:00pm
One-On-One Business Meetings – to explore business partnerships and trade opportunities among companies representing the specific sectors in the fields of : IT, Banking, Real Estate, Environment, Sustainable Energy, Business Expansion, Investments & Partnership-Building, Asbestos, Construction, Recycling (glas, beton, home), International Sports Activities, Product Launches & Distribution, Government Sectors: Civil Affairs, Public Works (Cement, Asphalt, Asbestos, Technological & Certification), Quality Assurances, Safety & Security Companies, Clothing Production, Uniforms, Safety Materials, as well as other with general interest in forging partnerships and expanding business relations throughout the kingdom territories.
Special note: businesses need to RSVP & pre-qualify for these "One-On-One" match-making sessions.
"This is only the beginning of the proactive programs that the Chamber will be developing to bridge the gap between our St. Maarten businesses and the world. The Chamber is planning other initiatives to further business growth and development worldwide. It is said that "charity begins at home," but in today’s global environment our mindset is no longer about charity within the kingdom or otherwise, but about serious business!" said Connor.
In closing, the St. Maarten Chamber of Commerce urges businesses to attend the "Inspirational Business Symposium." "These individuals are coming to us, and it is essential that we capitalize on the various opportunities available, states Jacqueline Louis, CEO, IMBRACE; who was contracted by the Chamber to assist with the planning and organization of this venture. Louis encourages businesses further to: "E-mail, call or just come to the Business Symposium on Monday, May 16 and be an active participant to learn, observe and define the most beneficial ventures for the future of your business and the economy of our Country St. Maarten"