SEBI in the News

Is Social Enterprise About to Take Off in Jamaica? Yes, With More Policy Support…

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Monday, November 28, 2016

It was a distinctly chilly and wet night in Half Way Tree.

Yet, in the parking lot of Jamaica National Building Society, a glow of bright colors under a tent lit up the darkness. The atmosphere was warm and welcoming as we entered, for an absorbing rap session organized by the JN Foundation, Let’s Talk Social Enterprise Policy. How can one integrate the concept of social enterprise into government policies that foster development, growth, jobs?


Social Enterprise Boost Initiative

SEBI launches Social Enterprise 101: A Toolkit for the Social Enterprise Sector

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

The JN Foundation’s Social Enterprise Boost Initiative (SEBI) mounted the first in the series of its Let’s Talk Social Enterprise 101 sessions, at the Grog Shoppe, Devon House on July 28.

Hosted by a fellow participant in the SEBI cohort, Empress Golding, the event was conceptualized to wet the appetites of persons and groups who are interested in the social enterprise sector.


Strengthening Social Enterprise in Jamaica: A Tough But Worthwhile Task

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Chairman of the JN Foundation Earl Jarrett wants to see Jamaica as “a country agile and ready for growth.”

How is this to be achieved? Mr. Jarrett is looking at what they call a “two-pronged approach”: putting the institutional framework in place to make doing business easier (yes, there is still more work to be done in this area); and smoothing the way for growth at the micro level (which is where social enterprise comes in).


Phase Two Of SEBI Launched

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Monday, July 11, 2016

Eighteen social enterprises, 12 new entrants and six SEBI Pioneers, were officially unveiled as participants in the second phase of the JN Foundation's Social Enterprise Boost Initiative (SEBI).

The launch event took place at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel recently. Funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the first phase of SEBI was implemented in 2012 for a three-year period, during which eight social enterprises successfully improved the performance of their operations.


JN Changing the face of social enterprise In Jamaica

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Friday, May 27, 2016

In three years, the social enterprise landscape in Jamaica, which comprises businesses and entrepreneurs whose for-profit entities generate income to fulfill a social mission has undergone a seismic shift.


Dress For Success On A Budget

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Monday, May 9, 2016

Dressing the part is just as important as making your professional mark in the corporate world. But unfortunately, while many young women strive to look chic and trendy, this ambition is often hindered by budgetary constraints, due to the often high costs associated with career wear.


USAID extends Social Enterprise Boost Initiative

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Friday, April 22, 2016

Following the successful generation of revenues to the tune of $37 million, the USAID in partnership with JN Foundation is hoping to provide training to another 15 social enterprises under its Social Enterprise Boost Initiative (SEBI).

JN’s SEBI seeks exceptional social enterprises and social entrepreneurs

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Sunday, April 17, 2016

KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Jamaica National Foundation is reporting that its project dubbed the Social Enterprise Boost Initiative (SEBI) has received additional funding from United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

Through this funding the progamme is expected to be extended by another two years.

This extension will allow 15 additional social entrepreneurs and social enterprises to benefit from the combined training, consultation and partnership development provided to the SEBI incubator participants.

JN's SEBI receives more funding, aims to grow social enterprise sector

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Thursday, April 7, 2016

The Social Enterprise Boost Initiative (SEBI) has received additional funding from USAID allowing it to be extended for another two years. The venture will therefore continue to play a critical role in the development of the sector.

Since its inception, the joint USAID and JN Foundation initiative has guided participants to achieve efficiency and growth, while strengthening the voice and visibility of social enterprises.

SEBI Gets Two-Year Extension

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Monday, March 28, 2016

SEBI Gets Two-Year Extension

The successful Social Enterprise Boost Initiative (SEBI) has been extended for another two years, thanks to funding from the United States Agency for International Development.

PIOJ to include social enterprises in surveys

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

THE Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) for the first time is planning to include social enterprises in its surveys to determine the sector's contribution to Jamaica's GDP.

Eight Social Enterprises Generate Income of $37 Million

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Monday, October 5, 2015

Revenue of more than $37 million has been realised by eight social enterprises across the island, which have benefited from a capacity-building project initiated by the Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS) Foundation.

This income was generated over the life of the three-year project, dubbed the ‘Social Enterprise Boost Initiative (SEBI)’.

SEBI Ready To Move On To Next Phase

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Monday, October 5, 2015

Don't call it the end, it's more of a rebirth. The Social Enterprise Boost Initiative (SEBI), at least its original phase, has come to an end. The closing ceremony was held at the Spanish Court Hotel on Thursday, October 1. SEBI, a three-year initiative of the Jamaica National Foundation and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), was created to mobilise employment, investment and revenue within Jamaican communities in a socially responsible manner, while improving the nation's economic, social and environmental conditions.

JN Foundation's Saffrey Brown On Prestigious Trip

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Friday, August 7, 2015

General Manager of Jamaica National Building Society Foundation (JN Foundation) Saffrey Brown has been selected to participate in The International Visitor Leadership Programme (IVLP) this month for three weeks in the United States of America (US).

Diaspora members get tour of social enterprises

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

From the comfort of their hotel rooms to the beauty of the North Coast Highway, and the sometimes hilly terrains and winding country roads, 10 specially intrepid guests, delegates at the recently held Sixth Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference, participated in an exclusive one-day tour of three social enterprises in western Jamaica.

EU Head urges NGOs to increase sustainability

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Thursday, July 9, 2015

Citing a strong civil society sector as essential to democracy, national development and the protection of human rights, European Union Section Head Achim Schaffert has charged civil society and non-governmental organisations to develop their sustainability and lessen their dependency on external funding sources.

Diaspora Urged To Take On Social Enterprise

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

amaicans in the diaspora are being called on the act as driving forces for the growth of the local social enterprise sector. This, from Saffrey Brown, general manager of the Jamaica National Building Society Foundation, who maintains that the social sector comes with huge potential for community and nation building; and, with the right resources can become sustainable change agents to influence economic challenges.

Social enterprises on the rise

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

A prudent man holds on to the old as long as it is good, and grabs hold of the new as soon as it is better; so goes an old adage. It's time to let go of the old and discredited handout and hand-me-down charity approach, and take hold instead of the hand-up approach to community and nation-building practised by social entrepreneurs and social enterprises. There are two outstanding men among us who are at the forefront of grabbing hold of this new paradigm; one from the public sector and the other from the private sector.

Diaspora Conference features SE Opportunities

Earl Jarrett and Trecia Elliott

Earl Jarrett (right), General Manager of the Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS) accepts an award made to the JN, by Trecia Elliott, Under Secretary of Foreign Service Operations in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade during the Official Launch Ceremony of the 6th Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference 2015 held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel on February 20, 2015. Jamaica National received the award in recognition of its invaluable support of the Biennial Conference since its inception in 2004.

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

A critical element of the 6th Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference, to be held June 13–18, 2015, will be an array of business and social enterprise options, which members of the extended national community can access, says Leon Mitchell, Assistant General Manager, Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS).

Social enterprises urged to be ready for opportunities

Hon. Anthony Hylton addresses audience at Jamaica's first Social Enterprise Summit
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Monday, February 16, 2015

With the advent of the Jamaican Logistics Hub, social entrepreneurs are being encouraged to be in a state of readiness to take advantage of international manufacturing and trade opportunities that will emerge.

Speaking recently at the Social Enterprise Summit at the Jamaica Pegasus, The Hon. Anthony Hylton, Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, said that it was imperative that social enterprises strengthen their business models to become more organised and increase their sustainability and competitive advantage.


Video Feature

As part of the facilitation process, SEBI will provide enterprises with the opportunity to be part of a business clinic, especially those organisations that have the greatest potential for growth.

A social enterprise is a business that generates income from the sale of goods and services and uses the profits to solve issues such as: unemployment, homelessness and environmental degradation.


A Social Entrepreneur is an individual who establishes a for-profit enterpise with the primary objective of using the profit generated to alleviate a social, cultural or environmental challenge.