The Paynesville City Corporation (PCC) is hosting the Global Entrepreneurs Week (GEW) to celebrate innovators and job creators, who begin start-ups that drive economic growth and expands human welfare.
“This is a global network from Washington D. C., that we are very grateful to stumble upon as a City Corporation,” Paynesville City Mayor, Cyvette Gibson said on Monday at the launch.
She said Paynesville has the largest number of entrepreneurs. “If you look at our area, especially Red-Light which is the largest commercial district in the country,” she said.
“Everybody there is an entrepreneur, which means that one is self-employed. You work for yourself and whatever it is that you do, you took the initiative,” she said.
GEW inspires people, especially young people through local, national and global activities designed to help them explore their potential as self-starters and innovators, she said.
These activities, from large-scale competitions and events to intimate networking gatherings, connect participants to potential collaborators, mentors and even investors thereby introducing them to new possibilities and exciting opportunities she added.
As a result, the PCC has begun to host several events which include media symposium, mentoring program, a panel discussion and a cocktail dinner for entrepreneurs.
“This week we will have a number of programs at the City Corporation to drive the GEW which starts today with the media launch or symposium on to Nov 22,” she said.
The next activity is Mentoring Madness (MM) on Wednesday. “This is where we talk to entrepreneurs within the city and we have children from various educational systems come to the city corporation and learn how Liberian businesses have been successful in the country; all of their challenges, trials and tribulations how they reach to where they are today,” the Mayor said. One of those that will be present at the MM is Fomba Trawally, the owner of Kumba Bendu and Sons, a toiletries company.
A panel discussion will be held on Thursday and will focus on women. The Mayor will also be on the panel to discuss the strides of women entrepreneurs.
“After that there will be a cocktail with 75 business people in the municipality to find out how the city can engage them to help improve their business.
“We want to see how we can help so that their businesses take off to a higher level and how the City Corporation can provide the proper business platform for them to succeed,” she said.
The idea about the GEW, according to the Mayor, was conceived in Ghana. “We learned about this program from a Ghanaian friend the last time I visited and decided to bring back home to help our young entrepreneurs,” she said.
According to Mayor Gibson, there are 25,000 partners with the global entrepreneurship network and one people system, which is the driving force for social economic activities in every nation.
The PCC is working in collaboration with Liberia Business Association (LIBA), and the Commerce Ministry to help local entrepreneurs make their businesses better.
A representative of LIBA said the initiative would help to local businesses and therefore local entrepreneurs should see the initiative as an opportunity to tap into to improve their businesses and broaden their capacities and their networking.
GEW was established in 2007 by Jonathan Ortmans as president. Others include Carl Schramm, former CEO of the Kauffman Foundation, and Gordon Brown former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.