Supreme Ventures Foundation names new cohort of community heroes Loop Jamaica

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The Supreme Ventures Foundation (SVF) has announced the return of its flagship social enterprise programme Supreme Heroes.

Supreme Heroes is a capacity-building programme that recognises and supports micro businesses that also support the social sustainability of their communities.

Four small businesses doing impactful community work with limited resources have been named as part of the newest group of Supreme Heroes.

Among the four shortlisted businesses are a shopkeeper in rural St Andrew who uses the proceeds from her shop to host back-to-school treats and a seamstress in western Jamaica who offers adult literacy classes to persons in the community.

SVF Director Heather Goldson expressed her pride in the return of the programme and a new cohort of participants.

“We were very pleased with the first cohort of Heroes and very proud of the results of the programme. Being able to build on this programme and welcome the second cohort of diverse local unsung heroes is very gratifying. Persons were engaged and interested in nominating members of their community and our judges have shortlisted a really wonderful group of persons to vie for the title of Ultimate Supreme Hero.”

This year’s cohort of community heroes includes Andrea Kerr of Kerr’s Decor n More, Emeelia McCallum of Bamboo Fever Restaurant, both in Mount Salem, St James; Aneisha Miller of FarmerDex Wholesale and Matthew Prendergast of Jamaica Bike Life in St Andrew.

The project is being facilitated through Changemakers Limited, which has done considerable background research to validate the new cohort, working closely with the Mona Entrepreneurial and Commercialisation Centre (MECC), which will conduct the retooling training course that the new heroes will participate.

“A key component of the Supreme Heroes programme is to strengthen the business capacity in addition to providing them with grant funding that will take their social interventions to the next level. Our partnerships with Change Makers and the Mona Entrepreneurial and Commercialisation Centre allow us to provide training and coaching across a number of basic business disciplines from finance and marketing to leadership,” Goldson shared.

At the end of the programme, each participant should be registered as both a business and a charitable organisation, if applicable, and will have a unique five-year business plan inclusive of a comprehensive financial plan which will be a road map to sustainability.

Participants will also have a better working knowledge of basic business practices. Their community projects will also have expanded their benefits to lucky beneficiaries in their communities.