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2016-09-30 – Andrea S. Cato
The School of Business, Entrepreneurship, Continuing and Professional Studies at the University of the Southern Caribbean (USC) hosted its 7th Annual Business Development Seminar in collaboration with the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, from September 25-26, 2016, at USC’s Maracas Valley campus.
The seminar emphasized the significance of alternative healthcare options as a proven, lucrative possibility for individuals and by extension, Trinidad and Tobago.
In his opening address, Dr. Raghavalu Ramella, Dean (Ag.) of the School of Business and Entrepreneurship highlighted that diet and disease prevention are the future of healthcare, while entrepreneurship is more important than ever in T&T.
Ramella also cited a report by the T&T Chamber of Industry and Commerce (TTCIC) which stated that there were more than 20,000 Small and Micro Enterprises (SME) known to be operating in T&T as of 2015. These SMEs employ approximately 200,000 staff and provide about 30% of the nation’s GDP.
Natural healthcare enthusiast and IT Help Desk employee at USC, Mr. Wayne Harris, supported the seminar’s relevance. He asserts that naturopathy is the match for the human body as opposed to pharmaceutical products that cause side effects which also have to be treated with more of the same.
Mr. Harris is a firm believer in the combination of entrepreneurship and naturopathy. “What we’re seeing now is that jobs are being hired out to the cheapest workers in other countries. People who are making money now are the entrepreneurs; not those who work from 9-5. We have to generate new ideas that can generate money” he said.
The seminar aimed at leaving attendees with the understanding that reliance on the combination of naturopathy and entrepreneurship, can and will indeed preserve or improve health, and reduce payday anxiety through tactical networking.
The intended feature speaker, Dr. J. Wallach, was unable to attend, as he was unexpectedly called away to the United Nations. The seminar was, however, worth its weight in apples, as other competent presenters, such as Dr. Ian Ramnarine, Deputy Chairman of the Northwest Regional Health Authority and Head of Surgery at Eric Williams Medical Complex); Dr. Phillip A. Franco, Naturopath/Medical Herbalist; and Senator the Honorable Paula Gopee-Scoon (Minister of Trade and Industry, Government of Trinidad & Tobago) graciously bore the mantle.
The Business Development seminar is an annual event hosted by the School of Business, Entrepreneurship and Continuing Studies.