The Department of Tourism, Culture, Antiquities and Transport says the development of the island’s entrepreneurs is a collaborative effort and as a result has extended support to some of Tobago’s entrepreneurs, as well as the Magdalena Grand Beach Resort through a weekly pop-up shop initiative hosted next to the resort.
According to a statement from the Office of the Chief Secretary, the pop-up shop provided the participants with a window and space to sell local crafts, artworks and indigenous sweets, as well as other products. The announcement states that the entrepreneurs who emerged from this experience have since founded the Tobago Entrepreneurs Association.
It said the new organization had since pledged to help entrepreneurs bring their local talent, products and culture to the annual ‘Tobago Day’ event, held in New York, by holding a breakfast fundraiser next Saturday .
According to event organizer Shanice Pierre, the event is a joint effort with the Department of Tourism to promote and offer a place where tourists can participate in our local culture. She said the upcoming fundraiser will help cover the cost of tickets and other logistics to travel to New York and participate in the annual event on Aug. 28.
Prince said entrepreneurial ventures are still important because “they can accelerate the economic growth of the island” and create new employment opportunities.
Participating vendors include Lisa Arthur Lovell of Oceans of Notions by Lisa; Shanice Price of Tom Tom’s Local Confectionery and Donna Marie Laroche of LaRoche Designs.
The fundraiser is $50 and will be held at the Farouk Mini Mart near Signal Hill High School.