Most Read Contributor in Cayman Islands, September 2016
Small-business owners who are interested in receiving free
consultations from UCCI business students are invited to apply to
the Student Consulting Programme, a joint initiative between UCCI
and the Department of Commerce and Investment (DCI).
The deadline to apply is Tuesday, 4 February, and the student
teams are expected to have their first visits to clients on Monday,
10 February. Cayman National Bank is sponsoring the programme, in
order to cover expenses incurred by the students as part of their
The 10-week programme matches each successful applicant with a
team of students who are enrolled in the University College of the
Cayman Islands' upper-level Entrepreneurship and Small Business
Management course. The teams are guided in their consultancy by
UCCI professors and DCI's business adviser.
'Since this programme was launched in 2009, it's been a
win-win for both entrepreneurs and students', said DCI Director
Ryan Rajkumarsingh. 'The project provides positive business
value to small business owners, while being a learning experience
for the students'.
DCI Business Adviser Charmaine Moss said the initiative gives
students opportunities to apply their knowledge to solve real-world
problems. 'The small businesses that have participated in the
past also benefited from free and confidential access to DCI
advisers and UCCI faculty', she noted.
Ms Moss also said that business owners who best demonstrate a
core need in a specific area – for example, marketing,
accounts, business management, etc. – will be those selected
to participate. This will allow programme facilitators to better
match the businesses with students in particular fields of
The selection criteria are:
the owner's business must be established, not a start-up;
although non-profits are considered, for-profits are given
the business must have a significant problem area that, when
resolved, will result in an improvement to the business;
the business owner must have a sincere interest in solving
problems and improving business operations; and
the owner must express a willingness to spend the necessary
time and effort with the student team.
Business owners who are not selected, but who demonstrate
short-term or limited needs, will be referred to other sources of
Ms Moss said she will visit business owners who are interested
in applying to the programme, and assist them in completing the
application forms. For more information, contact her on Charmaine.firstname.lastname@example.org or
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