Minister Geoffrey Wever inaugurates “BeYourOwnBoss” training in San Nicolas

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On Tuesday, June 7, 2022, the Minister of Economic Affairs, Communications and Sustainable Development, Mr. Geoffrey Wever, inaugurated the kick-off of the training for young people “BeYourOwnBoss” in San Nicolas.

Both in San Nicolas and Oranjestad, a group started this training. This educational program is a collaboration between Qredits Aruba and the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Communications, and Sustainable Development. The goal is to equip people with an entrepreneurial spirit with the necessary knowledge and skills for the entrepreneurial world.

Minister Wever is pleased with the “BeYourOwnBoss” program which encourages entrepreneurship in Aruba in an engaging, practical, and innovative manner. After being sworn in as Minister, the request from Qredits Aruba for cooperation and financial contribution for the educational programs such as “BeYourOwnBoss” and “Small Business Academy” and a support program for reduced interest rates for small businesses, was one of Minister Wever’s first projects. Minister Wever believes in stimulating the economy of Aruba, encouraging entrepreneurship, and investing in our youth. As a result, his ministry has provided a financial contribution to Qredits Aruba to assist in the financing and implementation of this necessary program for our youth with entrepreneurial ambition and to make the price of participation in the program more attractive.

The training started on June 7, 2022, and will end on July 28, 2022. Over eight weeks, the training will be given twice a week from 6:30-9:00. The educational program will cover several topics: the entrepreneur, the customer, the business, the figures, mini-case study and the pitch. Participants will create an entrepreneurship portfolio and put their ideas into practice through a pitching moment. 94 persons signed up to participate in the training. Since they reached the maximum number of participants, those who have not been able to participate in the training will attend the upcoming August 2022 “BeYourOwnBoss” training.

“I am very pleased with the interest among participants to develop and prepare for the world of entrepreneurship. This program helps with working on the attitude of an entrepreneur through various exercises. I wish the group attending the training in San Nicolas and the group attending the training in Oranjestad great success!” Minister Geoffrey Wever stated.