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Calling all women entrepreneurs

Take your business to a higher level of profitability, accountability, and sustainability with the Women Entrepreneurs Business Builder Programme.

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Grow Your Business

Phase 1

We are here to drive, lead & support women

Phase 1 is a four-month self-paced online learning programme for 150 women with a minimum of two years of entrepreneurial experience. Get up to 80% financing when you access our partial scholarship.

The EBB Programme caps off with a celebratory virtual Graduation to recognise your amazing achievements.  

Is This YOU?

  • You have been in business for at least two years.
  • You are fully committed to grow your business and move on to the next level of success.
  • You welcome the learning opportunities to streamline your business processes and systems.
  • You see the need to restructure your current business model to gain more clients.
  • You are willing and open to receiving constructive guidance to help you achieve your goals.
  • You are open to sharing and supporting others in the EBB community.
  • You have the ability to fully commit to 4 months of online courses through our Business and People Development Associates (BPD) Learning Management System.

Our Plan For YOUR SUCCESS

As participants in the EBB Programme, you will receive:

  • Financial guidance from Republic Bank and access to banking products and services.
  • Accountability buddies chosen from within the Programme to support your growth progress.
  • Implementation of tools and processes to enhance your business operations.
  • Access to BPD’s official Woman Entrepreneur Business Directory, a repository of women-owned businesses for finding collaborative partners.
  • Access to peer support via BPD’s bi-monthly WE Get Together virtual series featuring industry gurus and like-minded entrepreneurs.

The First FOUR MONTHS

Self-Paced Training Begins

For the first 150 applicants who meet the criteria, you’ll jump into the Learning Management System (LMS). Courses span four months with various activities included and require 20+ hours minimum. This works out to approximately 7 hours per week of study time to complete Phase 1. The original cost is US$1,997, but we’re offering 80% partial scholarships, which means your discounted cost is US$370!

Phase 1 Course Overview:
The Programme includes three (3) courses covering the following 21 topics
through the use of videos and activities:

Self Development (7) Business Development (11) CEO Mindset (3)
Mindset Strategic Planning Leadership
Passion Goal Setting Implementation Planning
Vision What Problems Do You Solve? Performance Management
Skills Whose Problems Do You Solve?
Habits Positioning
Personal Finances Product & Pricing
Supporters Promotion And Place
Digital Marketing
Business Finances
Managing Teams
Efficient Operations
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The Top 20

The Top 20
Be part of a select group moving onto phase two by maintaining stellar attendance, participation, and submission of the completed business strategy map. An independent, five-member panel will conduct a screening and decide on the top 20 performers coming out of the self-paced training sessions. The top 20 move onto phase two of the programme which last for nine months. The cost: FREE!

This Is It. The Selection
Once the panel chooses the final 20 applicants with the top aggregate scores, you’ll receive an e-mail* with the relevant information. These select candidates will receive scholarships for the remainder of the Programme! Candidates not selected will also be advised formally.

Phase 2

This is a nine-month programme for the top 20 women performers with a FULL SCHOLARSHIP. This is your opportunity to commit a minimum of 10 hours per month to attend group sessions, receive 1-2-1 mentoring, online group support, interactive coaching sessions, customised training. There will also be dedicated Account Managers to assist with your banking needs.

Disclaimer

*Applicants should be aware as part of the EBB Programme, they automatically agree to opt in to marketing communications from RBL and BPD. However, they may choose to opt out from receiving emails at any time.

Phase 2 OVERVIEW

Business & Personal Development Accelerates

  • An assigned Branch Account Manager from RBL who will support the creation of your operational plan with business goals linked to business selected diagnosis gaps.
  • Online interactive sessions to receive additional customised support, coaching and nine additional training sessions.
  • Six 1-2-1 mentoring sessions with a mentor.
  • Access to six “board meetings” to present to the RBL and BPD panel, their performance against identified results, progress against operational plan milestones and receive guidance to address identified challenges.
  • You’ll have your business re-evaluated using a Business Diagnostic Tool.
  • Networking with a cohort of 20 successful women entrepreneurs from across the region.

The PARTNERSHIP

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The programme is also in keeping with Republic Bank Limited’s The Power to Make a Difference programme which provides the opportunity to engage diverse communities in the pursuit of sustainable development. With each successful alliance, together we help bridge the distance in building a more successful, inclusive and caring society. The EBB Programme is also in keeping with Goal 5 of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, which is to “Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.”

How To Apply

All applications will receive an e-mail confirming their online application form submission. If you’ve been successful, you’ll have to formally accept or decline the enrolment offer. If you’ve accepted, great! You’ll get another e-mail with the following information:

  • Payment guidelines.
  • The date, time, instructions and/or system requirements.

Candidates not selected will also be advised formally.

Criteria & ELIGIBILITY

  • Participants must have an existing business operating for a minimum of two years.
  • Only Caribbean nationals from the following countries are eligible to apply: Anguilla, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Sint Maarten, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & The Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago and Suriname.
  • Participants in Phase One must be able to commit to the full four (4) months – this includes approximately seven (7) hours per week of self-study to complete online courses and submit various business documents.
  • The Top 20 participants selected for Phase Two must commit to the mandatory nine-month period needed to complete this Phase – this includes a minimum of 10 hours per month to attend group sessions, receive 1-2-1 mentorship, and work on the implementation of business plan deliverables etc.
  • Participants must commit to an investment of US$370 or local currency equivalent, payable upon selection and agreement to participate in the Programme. Financial assistance will be available for each of the 20 participants who complete phase two.
  • Selected candidates who are not able to fulfil the requirements of the Programme, are asked to inform the panel via a formal e-mail.





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    FAQs

    About The Programme

    BPD’s EBB Programme turns theory into practical steps to assist established women entrepreneurs to create a technology-enabled and future-proof, profitable business. Incorporating the framework and tools from Georgina Terry’s best-selling book “The Amazing Race To Entrepreneurial Freedom”, this one-year Programme will help the participants with their personal and business development by supporting them as they create a sustainable 21st Century business.

    If you are a woman entrepreneur who has owned and operated a micro, small or medium business in Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, Barbados, Grenada, Suriname, British Virgin Islands, St. Vincent & The Grenadines, Sint Maarten, St. Lucia, Dominica, Anguilla, St. Kitts & Nevis for a minimum of two years, and you want to grow and scale your operations, then this is for you! The formal eligibility criteria to participate are:

    • Be a woman entrepreneur.
    • Own and operate a SME business for minimum of two years.
    • Be located in one of the 12 regional islands nations listed above.
    • Own at least 50% of the business.
    • Submit a complete application form by the given deadline.

    At the end of the Programme participants will have:

    • The knowledge to grow a future-proof, technology-enabled business for the 21st Century.
    • Understood and applied the fundamentals of business.
    • Tangible business results and growth.
    • A deeper understanding of how business works.
    • More confidence in themselves and what they are capable of achieving as entrepreneurs.
    • New and enhanced soft-skills.
    • A wider and more integrated network and community.

     Successful applicants of the EBB Programme first enter Phase 1, where they will be part of a four-month self-paced online learning programme for 150 women with a minimum of two years of entrepreneurial experience. In month four, the top 20 participants of Phase 1, will be selected to participate in Phase 2 which runs for six months.

    In Phase 1 participants will:

    • Access 50+ hours of self-paced content
    • Attend live online group sessions
    • Develop strategy maps and implementation plans
    • Work with their ‘Accountability Buddy’
    • Network and interact with the community

    In month four, the TOP 20 women from Phase 1 will be selected to participate to Phase 2 of the programme with a 100% scholarship. They will be required to:

    • Attend 6 monthly face-to-face business performance review meetings with RFHL/BPD
    • Engage in 1-2-1 work with mentors
    • Implement tools and processes learnt
    • Attend six online sessions on personal and business development
    • Present a final business pitch

    Yes, all the participants will receive a certificate upon successful attendance and completion of the Programme.

    Participants will:

    • Learn new skills, including, financial management, process improvement, marketing and presentation skills.
    • Have new tools and techniques to implement in their business.
    • Have a business plan.
    • Know how to operate a successful business.

    By the end of the Programme, participants should see tangible results in their businesses, such as an increased profit, a larger customer base, new established and seamless technology-enabled processes and a wider network of like-minded entrepreneurs, businesses and professionals.

    The EBB Programme key benefits are:

    Personal Development

    • Participants will transition from employee mindset to an entrepreneur mindset.
    • Participants will have increased confidence.
    • Participants will develop their strengths.
    • Participants will develop their leadership skills.

    Business Development

    • Participants will learn strategies and tactics ready to be implemented in their business right away.
    • Participants should experience financial growth in their business.
    • Participants will have an increased customer base.
    • Participants should have key technology-enabled processes implemented in their business.
    • Participants’ businesses will know how to become “investment-ready.”

    New Tools And Technologies

    • Participants will develop a strategy map and implementation plan.
    • Participants will learn how to leverage technology in all the aspects of their business.
    • Participants will discover new software, platforms and tool to adopt and implement in their business.
    • Participants will learn the basics of digital marketing, technology-enabled operations, cyber-security.

    Accountability System (Phase 2)

    • Participants will have six 1-2-1 sessions with a mentor.
    • Participants will have access to a monthly online group support call to receive additional support, coaching and additional training.
    • Participants will have access to a monthly meeting with the “Entrepreneurs Business Builder Board” to report on business performance and receive tailored advice and feedback.
    • Participants will have a buddy system, to receive and offer peer-to-peer support.

    Expanded Network

    • Participants will have the chance to interact with professionals, facilitators and subject matter experts from BPD Associates, Republic Bank and other successful businesses.

    Republic Bank Perks

    • Access to credit facilities at Republic Bank.
    • Access to Account Managers for financial support.

    The Programme is set to commence in October. Further details will be communicated to the selected participants.

    All women over age 18 can apply.

    No. Anyone can apply for the programme.

    About The Selection Process

    Each application will be scored against the following criteria:

    • Ownership of business
    • Works in business full-time/part-time
    • Years in business
    • Revenue
    • Number of employees
    • Geographical reach

    The selection process for phase one of the Programme consists of three stages:

    • Application
    • Shortlisting
    • Selection

    Based on the application submission, shortlisted applicants will be invited to join the Programme. All applicants will be informed of the outcome of the selection process by September 30th.  To access phase two, participants will be invited to an interview. After the interview, 20 women will be selected to participate in phase two.

    We estimate that the whole selection process will be approximately five weeks.

    All applicants will be informed of the outcome of the selection process by September 30th.

    No, the application process does not have any cost.

    You must complete the Application Form by September 8th. Late submissions will not be considered.

    No. The application process is online only.

    150 applicants will be chosen for phase one of the Programme. The top 20 women will be selected for phase two.

    Financial Questions

    The original cost of the programme is US$1,997, but we’re offering 80% partial scholarships, which means your discounted cost is US$370!

    The available payment options are:

    • US$370 lump sum payment
    • Initial investment of US$200, with the balance to be paid by the end of the 2nd month after commencement of the programme

    The available payment methods are:

    • Online Payment
    • Wire Transfer
    • Official Cheque
    • Cash

    Through the support of Republic Bank a partial scholarship of 80% will be awarded to each selected participant towards the cost of participating in the EBB Programme. The Participant is required to invest US$370 (20%) herself towards the Programme. Phase two selected participants will be offered a full-scholarship.

    Contact Us

    Republic Bank Limited
    Head Office
    Republic House
    P.O. Box 1153,
     9-17 Park Street,
     Port of Spain, Trinidad,
     West Indies.
    BPD Associates Limited
    9-11 Fitt Street, Woodbrook, 
    Port of Spain, Trinidad,
     West Indies.

    © 2022 Republic Bank Limited. All Rights reserved.

    Republic Bank Limited in partnership with Business and People Development Associates Limited (BPD) are the facilitators of the Women Entrepreneurship Business Builders (EBB) Programme. This programme would be conducted remotely for a duration of 12 months. Applications are free and open to registrants who meet the entry requirements. In phase one of the programme, successful applicants must commit to an investment of US$370.00 or local currency equivalent, payable upon selection and agreement to participate in the Programme. Financial assistance will be available for each of the 20 participants who complete phase two.

    Republic Bank Limited
    Head Office
    Republic House
    P.O. Box 1153,
     9-17 Park Street,
     Port of Spain, Trinidad,
     West Indies.
    BPD Associates Limited
    9-11 Fitt Street, Woodbrook, 
    Port of Spain, Trinidad,
     West Indies.