Title: Introduction to the Small Business Association of Jamaica
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Title: Introduction to the Small Business Association of Jamaica
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WHAT ARE THE SMALL BUSINESSES AS-
SOCIATION'S ACTIVITIES FOR MEM-
BERS' PARTICIPATION ?
1. Sponsoring the National Trade Fair &
Exhibition on an annual basis at the
National Arena.

2. Sponsoring a number of seminars,
workshops and training in management
and allied skills.

3. Working along with Government in
helping with the practical training of.
children both in and out of schools.

4. Sponsoring monthly Flea Markets which
have resulted in financial gain and serves
as a booster to the cash flow.

5. Put out a yearly Small Business Direc-
tory and a monthly "Bulletin": Direc-
tory to advertise members' services and
bulletins to keep members abreast
of current happenings, and give added
information on business matters.
SO YOU WANT TO BECOME A MEMBER?
Fill in the following Application Form.

NAME.................................................................
ADDRESS...................................... ....................
TELEPHONE NO................................. ...............
Name of Firm.................................. ..................

Address of Firm.............................. ................

Telephone No:.................................. ...................

Type of Firm .................................... .................

No. of Employees.............................. ................

Position ..........................................................
Is Your Firm A Company, Partnership or Sole Proprie-


torship........................................ ..........................
How Old Is Your Firm..........................................
Goods Manufactured or Services Rendered.................

Do You Import Your Raw Materials, If So What Per-
centage? .................. Yes...................... No............
Do You Export?................................... ...............
To What Countries............................... ................


What Do You Export.........................................


State The Name Of Your Bank (Not Address).............


Are You Willing To Abide By The Code Of Ethics Of
This Association Should You Become A Member?
Yes................No.........No ...........

How Did You Get Knowledge Of The Association


What Benefits You Think May Be Derived As A Mem-
ber?....................................... ................. .. ..
Any Other Information......................... ...............


Recommended By........................................ .....
Inspected and Approved by.....................................
Signature.......................................... ........
Date........................ ...... ......................................

Foifurther information contact the:-
SMALL BUSINESSES
ASSOCIATION OF JAMAICA
2 TRAFALGAR ROAD, KINGSTON 10. JAMAICA W.I.

Cable Address:,........................... ................
Tel No: .............................. ........................................


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WHAT IS A SMALL BUSINESS?


The question has always been asked. What is a
small business? This criteria differs from
country to country. It ranges from fixed as-
sets, annual turnover as well as number of
employees. The Small Businesses Association
of Jamaica recognizes a small business when
its owner is physically involved in most, if
not all areas of his business.

A small business usually starts with an enter-
prising individual who either was employed in
that particular field, and either lost hi_ jli,. .,i
one vwho has the drive or urge to launch iiL.t
on his own. Others have inherited the iuSincsi
through the death of a family.

Usually the majority of small businesses
start with little or no capital but with the
skills, experience and dedication of the in-
dividual Interestingly, most largest ln nis
operating today in Jamaica started fI.m th i
humble beginning, because the main A.tl 'ii
these individuals is to one day become a hl~i
business.

A recent survey showed that there'iie iu,\
thirty-eight thousand (38,000) small buiiniess
people scattered all over the county\, em-
ploying approximately seventy-nine thousand
(79,000) workers. This excludes the faiimiin'
sector as well as higglers and other small
vendors. Eighty Percent (80%) of these
business people do not possess the conven-
tional managerial skills but they do possess
the skills, dedication, determination and the
will to produce and succeed. Although they
operate in an unconventional manner, they do
p!ay a significant role in the economy both
from goods and services they produce as well
as make a significant contribution to employ-
ment.


WHAT IS THE SMALL BUSINESSES
ASSOCIATION OF JAMAICA?

The Small Businesses Association is the only
association with democratic membership
representing practicing small business people
in Jamaica. It is a non-profit organization
which was established in 1974 and has since
then been the accepted body that represents
the entire small business sector in Jamaica.

The objectives of the association may be
summarised thus:-
1) To foster, encourage and develop small
businesses throughout the island, and
more broadly to contribute to that of a
worldwide perspective for the sector.

2) To promote goodwill and collated ef-
forts of our sector among small business-
es.

3) To provide a medium whereby small
business entrepreneurs can meet for
discussion and find solution for their
common problems.

4) To serve as a corporate voice through
which the small businesses can make
their views known to the Government
and the general public.

5) To unite. the efforts of small businesses
in the area of-purchasing and marketing
as well as arny other areas which by
pooling efforts will bring about total
benefits.

WHO IS REPRESENTED?

Our membership embraces all categories of
small businesses in Jamaica, through the mem-
bership and participation of Directors of these
enterprises. The entire directorate of the As-
sociation is elected by those enterprises at


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our annual General Meeting to serve for one
year but may be returned to office for up to
three (3) years. Members may be co-opted to
the Directorate for special projects where
their skills are of particular benefit to the
Association. Below the level of the managerial
directorate, there are sector groups represent-
ing the interests of a particular sector.
WHAT ARE THE SERVICES OFFERED?
The Small Businesses Association renders the
following services to its members:-
a) Free advices are given in regards to
trade, customs, foreign exchange regula-
tions and other government regulations.

b) Acts as a middle man in putting mem-
bers in touch with sources and outlets
for goods and services.

c) Offers assistance to its members by
means of bulk purchase of raw materials.
The Association obtains economy of
large scale purchase. This benefit is
passed on to members.

d) It keeps its members informed of Go-
vernment policies and charges affecting
their businesses.

e) It provides actual business service to
its members who require it. Services
such as secretarial, accounting, customs,
etc.

The Association was also instrumental in:
i) getting the government to raise the ceil-
ing of Commercial Loans to small
businesses from a ceiling of $5,000 to
$150,000.

ii) getting more government assistance in
terms of location and security for small
industry complexies.
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iii) getting government to agree to the
amendment of the Excise & Consump-
tion Duty Law, as it relates to Small
Businesses to avoid double taxation.

iv) encouraging and getting members into
export.

vi) getting government to accept the need
for an Import Substitution Programme
and encouraging its membership to
manufacture items that were normally
imported.
TO WHAT ORGANIZATIONS IS THE
SMALL BUSINESSES ASSOCIATION IN
CLOSE TOUCH?
1. The Private Sector Organization Of
Jamaica.

2. The Jamaica Exporters Association.

3. The Small Business Symposium ( A
World Body Of Small Businesses).

4. The Scientific Research Council.

5. The National Savings and Coordinating
Committee.

6. The Trade Advisory Committee.

7. The Small Industries Finance Corpor-
ation.

8. The Mixed Commission.

9. The Bureau of Standards.

10. J.I.D.C.

11. Jamaica Export Corporation.




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