St. Kitts and Nevis to Pilot Regional Entrepreneurship Programme

Entrepreneur, Ervin Welsh, Receives CEBO Certificate

Basseterre, St. Kitts, September 04, 2012 (SKNIS): Youth in St. Kitts and Nevis are set to benefit as the CARICOM Secretariat’s Youth Desk rolls out its latest intervention to promote empowerment and self dependency through entrepreneurship.

Entrepreneur Ervin Welsh and youth activist Ian Richards were trained to deliver the Creative Employment and Business Opportunity (CEBO) Manual developed by youth and other stakeholders last year in St. Kitts. The August 29 to 31 training was attended by persons from Belize, Dominica, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis and host Bahamas.

CEBO features 11 concise chapters designed to expose participants to important business concepts including; how to develop a business plan, market research, best selling practices, and risk and financial management. Chapters also highlight opportunities under the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) as well as using technology to advance and promote the business.

The facilitators’ training in Nassau was led by Dr. Marcia Brandon of the Caribbean Group of Youth Business Trusts as much of the concepts and materials in CEBO are modeled from the Barbados Youth Business Trust Manual.

Group photo of new CEBO facilitators along with staff from the CARICOM Secretariat. Dr. Heather Johnson is seen in back row (4th from Left) while Dr. Marcia Brandon is seated in front of Dr. Johnson. St. Kitts and Nevis to Pilot Regional Entrepreneurship Programme.
SKN Representatives:
Ian Richards, Youth Activist (Front Row, R-L 2nd)
Ervin Welsh, Entrepreneur (Back Row, L-R 1st)

“The workshop coordinators did a tremendous job of communicating the intentions of CEBO and preparing us for implementing it locally,” Mr. Welsh said. “What I found most satisfying was the mix of persons piloting the project. There were professionals from integral backgrounds – both social and entrepreneurial – and this gives me confidence that the implementation will be a success.”

Welsh stressed that “CEBO attempts to take a simple approach to the complex topic of entrepreneurship and such an agenda is critical at this time, within the Caribbean community.”

The model focuses on theoretical learning during the morning while practical sessions including developing a product and selling it, takes place in the afternoon. While the manual can be used to train ages 15 and above, emphasis will be placed on training young people especially youth at risk. As such, emphasis is placed on developing/enhancing social competencies such as teamwork, discipline, communicating effectively, time management and etiquette.

CARICOM’s Deputy Programme Manager for Youth, Dr. Heather Johnson said she was very pleased with the outcome of the three-day workshop. Dr. Johnson explained that the participants were quite knowledgeable and receptive of the training techniques. She added that she was looking forward to the upcoming national trainings.

CEBO is one of the responses to the January 2010 Report of the CARICOM Commission on Youth Development (CCYD). The study, which captured the dreams and aspirations of youth across the Caribbean Region, advocates the promotion of entrepreneurship. CEBO is sponsored by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Government of Japan and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

Covering the Islands

June 2012

LIME St. Kitts and Nevis Telephone Book 2012-2013 Cover Photo by Ervin Welsh

LIME St. Kitts and Nevis Telephone Book 2012-2013 Cover Photo by Ervin Welsh

Beyond Timeless’ owner Ervin Welsh has been afforded yet another invaluable opportunity to be published, this time on the cover of the LIME St. Kitts and Nevis Telecommunications Service Directory 2012-2013. The photo selected shows a cross section of the South East Peninsula with the salt pond (centre) and Nevis in the background.

Puente Caribbean

Tuesday 21st June 2011

Congratulations to Ervin Welsh, owner of the Beyond Timeless Network. He is the winner of the locally held version of the Puente in the Caribbean competition. The object of this contest is to design a logo and create a local name that encapsulates the objectives of the Puente in the Caribbean Program and is related or reflective of our local Kittitian and Nevisian culture and history.

“The Slogan is in the form of an acronym MEND SKN (Mold • Empower • Nurture • Direct, Families in St. Kitts and Nevis). The acronym speaks to the uniqueness of the program, which lies not in what you are doing but how you are doing it. For those that pass through it, the program will:

Mold: The program will mold families into the healthy lifestyles they should be living, this will take most of the effort in the program but it is the first thing to be addressed, identifying the things that constitute a good family and learning, through training, and the other program competences, to fit into that mold as we all should.

Empower: The families will be empowered to maintain the healthy family structure and functions that it was taught via the program.

Nurture: This takes place both with the program nurturing the family and the family nurturing itself. In this phase the program will allow families to put into practice, the skills and lessons it was taught. Naturally a “good” family is a nurturing entity, so once all is going well the family members will be nurturing each other. Where assistance is necessary, the program facilitators will aid with the development of the problem areas – thus this is program’s nurturing phase also.

Direct: The draw to this program (for the Department) was not only the evaluative measures it implements but also the fact that it seeks to enable those that pass through it, to stand on their own two feet and grow in a well structured, functional environment. At the direction phase, the program will allow those passing through it to see their way forward. Having seen the mold they should embody, then being empowered to maintain that mold, then being allowed to make mistakes as we all do and being shown how to develop past them (being nurtured), this phase will pass those within it, into society with the strength not only to maintain their status (maintain the mold) but to deal with positive growth (e.g. increased income which they would be trained to identify as an opportunity for investment whereas during the program they may have been only making enough to pay bills so investing was not a consideration) and with issues that may arise. This phase would also be a consultative one for those that need to and choose to utilize it.”
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Left to right Ms Azilla Clarke, Director of Social and Community Development, The Honorable Marcella Liburd, Minister of Social and Community Development and Mr Ervin Welsh, Entrepreneur, the winner of the Logo Design and Slogan competition. Photo by Andre Huie, WinnFM

Caribbean ICT Road Show

Friday, 17th June 2011

The Caribbean ICT Roadshow has been developed to raise awareness within the public sector, the private sector, civil society and academia, of the innovative approaches possible and necessary for the effective use of ICT in government, business and social development.

Mr. Ervin Welsh has accepted an invitation to speak among a group of experienced professionals, fellow technologists, proprietors and individuals new to the field of technology.

This Innovators forum is part of the Caribbean ICT Road Show to be held at the Marriott Hotel Friday, 17th June 2011. The forum will consist of entrepeneurs in the field of technology sharing their unique business stories, sharing about opportunities for entrepeneurship in the field of technology, sharing on the use of technology to facilitate business growth and etertaining questions from participants with regard to their presentation.

Mr. Welsh expressed shear excitement at the invitation to present at the forum, an invitation extended by one of the Caribbean ICT Road Show local correspondents.

The Daily Herald

Saturday March 19th 2011

Public Relations and Information Consultant Terry Nisbett has recently interviewed two local entrepreneurs for an article that will run in the Daily Herald (St. Maarten) titled Youth Entrepreneurship.

The article features Mr. Khrystace Wallace alongside Mr. Ervin Welsh as they tell of their experiences as entrepreneurs.

Island Xpressions Award

Thursday 24th February 2011

There is strength in unity and Samal and I have demonstrated this through the partnership of Island Xpressions and Positively Inclined Movement.

- Ervin Welsh

Presented to Ervin Welsh in appreciation for our invaluable support and commitment to the development of the brand Island Xpressions 24th February 2011
- Island Xpressions

Basseterre, St. Kitts – Last night at Island Xpressions – the popular monthly poetry night held at MaPau – Samal Duggings the manager of Island Xpressions recognized Positively Inclined for it’s “invaluable contribution to the development of the brand” over the last year. Mr. Ervin Welsh Owner of Positively Inclined received the award which all in attendance could see came as a welcomed surprize. Island Xpressions also celebrated it’s anniversary last night, having been around for three years with Mr. Welsh and Positively Inclined having joined the team in January 2010. Positively Inclined has since become the official home for Island Xpressions and the official photographers for the event. Most noticeably however would be Positively Inclined’ management of the website advertising and social media marketing efforts to which much of the more recent growth has been attributed.

UPDATE:
Positively Inclined Official Home for Island Xpressions January 2010 – April 2011
Beyond Timeless – Official Photographers of Island Xpressions – January 2010 – April 2011

Born to Win… Born to Shine

Friday 11th February 2011

Partnering for Life’s Skills Promoting Love and Unity for Success. Pals Plus was started April 2008 in the Basseterre High School – initiated by the Business and Professional Women’s Club which arranged for various individuals to come to the school to speak on class basis on areas relating to holistic development – personal, spiritual, social educational. About a year and a half later it was formally handed over to the school with the intention that the PTA to be the new driver.

Mr. Ervin Welsh has been invited to facilitate a wrap session with approximately 150 students of the Basseterre High School Second Form, prior to their promotional examinations. The initiative was organized by the Pals Plus (Partnering For Life Skills – Promoting Love And Unity For Success).

With a mandate to better prepare students for success the Pals Plus saw it fitting to organize a 1 hour session wherein the students would be exposed to the encouragement of as they put it “Someone closer to their own age.”

The presentation will cover:

Excellence – Excelling in Exams (WIN)
Service – Helping one another; Team Spirit., Making a Positive Difference ( SHINE one’s Light)
Purpose & Purposefulness – Being One’s best self (WIN)

Mr. Welsh shared his delight for the opportunity to speak with such an impressionable group and morsso to offer encouragement prior to their most important series of examinations that year.

Mark Your Calendars!

January 2011

TDC Calendar 2011 - June and August Event Photos by Beyond Timeless

TDC Calendar 2011 - June and August Event Photos by Beyond Timeless

Beyond Timeless’ photos are featured in the TDC 2011 calendar. Two of twelve photos selected to showcase TDC’s contributions to the federation were shot by Ervin Welsh. The photos selected we’re that of the St. Kitts Music Festival and King ISoursop’s Crown Winning Culturama Performance, featured on the calendar in June and August Respectively.

An Unstoppable Force

January 12th 2011

King Konris' Unstoppable Force CD Cover

King Konris' Unstoppable Force CD Cover. Original Photo by Ervin Welsh | Beyond Timeless

A true fan of King Konris, Ervin is ecstatic to announce that his photo was utilized for the cover of the Kings mixtape Unstoppable force. The photo captures King Konris in mid performance with flag wielding entourage in the background.

Leadership Forum

27th November 2010

At each forum dubbed Let’s Talk Leadership, we’re going to hear stories and views of some persons who came highly suggested as young leaders in the areas of business, entertainment, community activism and agriculture etc, but we want yours as well. Help us help you to help us all.

The voices and opinions of the youth are echoed most articulately and consistently by the St. Kitts National Youth Parliament Association (SKNYPA). They, in collaboration with the Departments of Youth in St. Kitts and Nevis will be hosting two leadership sessions one at 9 a.m. Saturday 27th November (at the Red Cross Building, Charlestown Nevis) and one at 4 p.m. Saturday 4th December (at the Old Boy’s School in St. Kitts). Mr. Welsh has been approached as a facilitator of the session at the Red Cross Building in Nevis. Mr. Welsh, a seasoned businessman under 25, owns an Advertising, Website Design and Photography company beyond Timeless and is the founder of PositivelyInclined.com.

The forum will be an interactive session with Nevisian youths between the ages 12 and 30. Identifying current leaders and encouraging participants to see themselves as leaders are some of the aims of the forum.

The project dubbed “Let’s Talk Leadership” was the brainchild of the members of SKNYPA who indicated that the absence of youth leaders speaks negatively to the future of the federation’s leadership.

Mr. Welsh shared that he is more than willing to share all he can on the topic and is humbled by the organizer’s invitation to use his story as a testament to what is achievable by our youth.