The College of the Bahamas chapter of Phi Beta Sigma promoted entrepreneurship as a career path for students on the campus of the largest tertiary institution on Tuesday November 17, 2015 at the Harry C. Moore Library’s auditorium.The Beta Beta Lamba Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma organized and hosted the event as a part of Sigma Week on campus.
“The students got a wide range of perspectives on the joys and challenges of entrepreneurship at this year’s seminar,” Beta Beta Lambda chapter president Javon Rolle said. “Everyone who attended got real insight into not only running a business, but also setting up a business.”
Three entrepreneurs—including an accountant firm owner from Alabama—interacted with the students on the reality of small business ownership.
“The students said they really got a full appreciation of what it takes to run a business here in The Bahamas and even The United States,” Rolle added. Participants included: Reggious Bell, partner in the accounting/consultancy firm Bell-Pete & Associates in Huntsville, Alabama; Yohancy Kemp, a business consultant; and Olympic medalist Andretti Bain, nutrition store owner and fitness consultant.
The seminar was made possible by a Public Affairs Section (PAS) grant from the U.S. Embassy in Nassau and The British Colonial Hilton Hotel in Nassau. Graduate advisor for the collegiate chapter Christopher Saunders said he was impressed with the chapter as they have increased the reach of the chapter’s signature program over the past few years.
“A part of the international fraternity’s global initiative of Bigger Better Business is the promotion of entrepreneurship,” he said, “and the chapter fully embraces this aspect of our fraternity worldwide goals. The chapter truly embraces the fraternity’s motto of ‘Culture for Service and Service to Humanity’ and looks to serve not only the community at COB but also the wider community.”
The Beta Beta Lambda chapter was the first Black Greek Lettered Organization chartered on the campus and is celebrating 11 years of existence this month. The chapter was chartered November 5, 2004.