SEBI in the News

Summit to Discuss Importance of Social Enterprise

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Friday, January 16, 2015

The concept of Social Enterprise has been advanced as a solution to the reduction in financial support and aid faced by Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and charitable groups.

This issue as well as the benefits of operating a social enterprise will be part of the main focus of a two-day Summit scheduled for January 26 & 27 at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston.

Global Entrepreneurship Week Statement

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Friday, November 14, 2014

At Jamaica National Building Society Foundation we strive to have a positive impact on communities through partnerships with JN Group subsidiaries, nongovernmental organizations, local and international donor agencies and other public and private sector partners. Our focus is to contribute to the regeneration of communities in sustainable and meaningful ways. How are we doing this?

Lime donation gives boost to Superior Crafts and More

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Representatives from the Jamaica National Foundation and USAID -sponsored Social Enterprise Boost Initative celebrated with the management and staff of Superior Crafts and More as they received their new laptop computer from the Lime Foundation. Superior Crafts and More, is a furniture business operated by a small, dynamic group of blind and visually-impaired individuals. Located in Kingston on the grounds of the Jamaica Society for the Blind, Superior focuses mainly on hand-made wooden furniture that incorporates the time-honoured art of caning.

Blind call for greater support

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Friday, June 27, 2014

With an increasing number of blind unemployed persons living in Jamaica, there is concern and a call for greater support of the group in the local workforce.

Claudette Thompson, a visually impaired supervisor at Superior Craft and More, a non-profit entity that manufactures and repairs caned, wicker and corded furniture, as well as accessories, said discrimination against those who are severely visually impaired, or totally blind, has impeded their employability.

The Social Economy

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Kingston, Jamaica. May 6, 2014. The Social Enterprise Boost Initiative (SEBI) kicked off its discussion forum series with Let’s Talk Social Economy Matters. The objectives of the forum were to:

Engines of growth

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Kingston, Jamaica. April 30, 2014. The Social Enterprise Boost Initiative (SEBI) has embarked on a series of discussion forums to advocate for greater dialogue and action in support of the advancement of the social economy. Under the theme Let’s Talk, the first discussion forum focuses on the social economy and the key players, the challenges to their growth and the vast potential for social and economic gains.

From Kingston to Nashville

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Monday, April 14, 2014

A team from the Jamaica National Foundation’s Social Enterprise Boost Initiative (SEBI) participated in the recently concluded Social Enterprise Alliance Summit 14 held in Nashville, Tennessee. Summit 14, held under the theme “Connecting for Purpose” showcased the value of the community coming together to share best practices, connect around common ways of working, and advocate to government and other stakeholders about how to best support the growth of social enterprise.


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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.