Thursday, 22 February 2018

NEWS & NOTES: Sagicor Sigma Run rakes in $50M + Small businesses to benefit from J’ca Business Fund grants + Dr. Janet Dyer appointed HEART Trust/NTA Managing Director

MONEY WELL SPENT: More than 25,000 participants took to the streets of New Kingston on Sunday morning to support the 2018 renewal of the Sagicor Sigma Run, now in its seventh year. The event, which drew endorsements from everyone, including PM Andrew Holness, health minister Dr. Christopher Tufton, Sagicor's Chris Zacca and ambassadors Davina Bennett, Patrice White and Usain Bolt, raised a whopping $50 million. The proceeds will be donated to the Spanish Town Hospital’s Neo-Natal Unit and St. Christopher’s School for the Deaf. In the words of PM Holness, the record-setting charity event remains “a great run for a great cause.” Ann-Marie Finegan, 26, and 38-year-old Ryon Chambers emerged winners of the 5K road race. 

SUPPLY & DEMAND: The Jamaica Business Fund (JBF) has announced the impending launch of the third cycle of supply chain grants to benefit small and medium-sized enterprises. The Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ) has oversight responsibility for this J$600M fund. The grants will serve as investment into Jamaican enterprises to boost their competitiveness. The DBJ predicts that through these investments, the SME sector will become more productive, resulting in increased export sales and employment, as well as growth in import substitution and other business-related activities. Entrepreneurs can get additional information at

WOMAN ON TOP: Effective Feb. 1, Dr. Janet Dyer is the new Managing Director of the HEART Trust/NTA. Her long association with the agency spans over three decades, commencing with her stint as a trainee at the Runaway Bay academy in 1986. Dr. Dyer is also a former Director/Principal of the St. Ann-based institution and has held other senior management positions at HEART. Prior to her new appointment, she’d been Acting Managing Director since November 2017. An alumna of St. Elizabeth Technical, Dr. Dyer holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in Hotel & Tourism Management from Washington International University and an MBA and a BSc from Nova South Eastern University.

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