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Wealth Symposium
16 May 2006

It is with a view to arming participants with success tools for investing or to start their own businesses that the ECCB has launched an annual Wealth Symposium. This initiative forms part of the ECCB coordinated Public Education Programme and will be rolled out in all of the Bank’s member countries. The education programme has as one of its main objectives, the enhancement of the financial and entrepreneurial competencies of the region’s people and emanates from the Bank’s agenda to promote economic development within the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union.

The first symposium was launched in St. Kitts in collaboration with the University of the West Indies, St. Kitts and Nevis.

Opening Remarks-Sir K Dwight Venner

     Franklin Brand, CEO, Island Bakeries
     Natalie John, CEO, Dreamyweddings.com & NoFrillsWeddings.com
Rawlinson Isaac, General Manager, Bank of Nevis Ltd

Closing Remarks-Mrs Olivia Edgecombe-Howell, Resident Tutor, UWI St Kitts and Nevis

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 Sir K Dwight Venner
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Mrs Olivia Edgecombe-Howell
Resident Tutor, UWI St Kitts and Nevis
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 CEO, Island Bakeries
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“Running with Business Ideas – My Formulae for Success”

Franklin Brand is a well-known businessman in St Kitts and Nevis, where he has given years of dedicated service both in the public and private sector.

Having served for eight years in the Nevis Island Administration, first as Chief Statistician and later Parliamentary Secretary for Tourism, Trade, Industry Development and Planning, Mr Brand joined the private sector.

From 1986-1997, he was Manager of Nevis Bakery Ltd. Today, he is the Managing Director of Island Bakeries St Kitts, a position he has held since 1997.

Mr Brand is the President of the St Kitts and Nevis Chamber of Industry and Commerce and a member of the Mount Olive Masonic Lodge. He is a former member of the Rotary Club of St Kitts and the St Kitts Nevis Social Security Board. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Calgary, Canada.

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 Dreamy Weddings.com and NoFrillsWedding.com
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“Developing and Mastering My Online Business – Taking Advantage of New Business Opportunities”

Natalie John is one of the region’s young entrepreneurs. In 2000 she founded an online company, Dreamy Weddings and Tours, to assist couples in planning their dream weddingcruise ships or the many majestic wedding locations on the islands.


She continued to nurture the growth and development of her company while employed in a managerial position at the Eastern Caribbean SecuritiesExchange until 2005 when she decided to work full time as CEO of her own company.

Today Dreamy Weddings and Tours has gained international recognition. It has been acknowledged in numerous magazines including Destination Weddings & Honeymoon, the Wall Street Journal, Caribbean Travel & Life , Pride, Sunquest Skyservice in-flight, Selling Long Haul Travel, Island Where, She Caribbean and the San Juan Star.

Ms John recently formed a second company Nofrillswedding.com for the low income and budget conscious clients. She works with several Caribbean Governments to create a policy environment supportive of destination weddings.

Ms John is also a Consultant to the ABI Bank Ltd in Antigua. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree of Commerce from Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She is an associate member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Secretaries & Administrators (ICSA) and a Certified Lifestyle Specialist for Honeymoons & Destination Weddings.

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 General Manager, Bank of Nevis Ltd
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“Opportunities for Investing –
The Bank of Nevis International Fund Ltd”

Rawlinson Isaac has had a long, distinguished career in the banking sector. Having spent three years in the civil service, in 1973 he began working at the St Kitts Nevis Anguilla National Bank, where he remained for seven years. His responsibilities there included internal auditing, accounting and general supervision.

From 1983 to 1990 he held the position of Manager of the Nevis Branch, St Kitts Nevis Anguilla National Bank. He became General Manager of the Bank of Nevis in 1990 and has remained in that position for the past 16 years.

Mr Isaac is Chairman of Seabridge (St Kitts-Nevis) Inc, and a director of several institutions including the Bank of Nevis, Bank of Nevis International, Caribbean Credit Card Corporation, Caribbean Star Holdings and Stanford Investment Fund.

He holds a Bachelors Degree in Accounting from the University of the Virgin Islands, an MBA from the Institute for Financial Management, University of Wales/Manchester, a Diploma in Financial Studies, from the Chartered Institute of Bankers and a Diploma in Trust and Estate Practice. He is an Associate of the Institute of Financial Accountants, and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers.

Mr Isaac was cited in the Who’s Who among students in American Universities and Colleges in 1983, and the International “Who is Who” of professionals in 1999. A former Chairman of the National Cultural festival he received an award for distinguished services given to cultural development in 1994.

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Business Plans:
These sites offer free sample business plans that can assist persons in organising and defining their business ventures.


Online Business Planning Seminars:

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1. Introduction to the Planning Process 1.  Create a Life Plan
2. Situation Analysis 2.  Create a Business Model
3. Strategy 3.  Create a Business Plan
4. Developing the Plan 4.  Select a Business Structure
5. Doing the Numbers 5.  Create Key Business Assets
6. Forecasting 6.  Find the Funding
7. Implementation 7.  Working With Bankers And Other Service Providers To Organise Your Business
    8.  Adding Great People To Your Team
    9.  Establish Your Brand
    10.  Market and Sell


Online Small Business Resources:

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Financial Planning
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