Nineteen Marines from the Royal Bahamas Defence Force are better equipped for future careers after successfully completing a one-week Transitional Entrepreneurial Training Workshop program.
Held at the Bahamas Agricultural & Industrial Corporation (BAIC) Training Center, the Senior Enlisted participated in the program designed to assist them with transitioning back into main stream society when they complete their final tour of duty. All having served over 25 years, benefited from numerous speakers from various business and entrepreneurial enterprises, who challenged them to take full advantage of the opportunities afforded them.
Some of the course topics relevant to business development included Choosing Your Business/Starting A Business, The Small Business Development Center, Venture Capital Funding, Investment Opportunities via The Central Bank, The Benefits of Entrepreneurial Investment through Scotia Bank and Establishing a Digital Footprint/Presence.
Additionally, they were given a tour of the Gladstone Road Agro-Industrial Park where they visited the Switcha Juice company, Transformation Landscaping and Premium Food Services.
The seminar and tours provided insight into opportunities available for members of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force, who will eventually transition from a military to a civilian lifestyle. Participants were also advised on how to redirect their expertise towards the entrepreneurial arena, where they can continue to provide financial security and economic sustainability for both themselves and the country after making the transition.
In attendance at the closing ceremony were Bishop Gregory Collie, Chairman, BAIC; Commodore Tellis Bethel, Commander Defence Force; Mr. Benjamin Rahming, General Manager, BAIC; and Mrs. Deborah Strachan, Senior Deputy General Manager.
(RBDF Photos by Marine Seaman Michael Turner II)