Grateful For The Training Opportunity
SMEs in Nadi felt privileged to be part of the Transition to Business (T2B) training and business advisory session this week.
During the T2B session which was supported by the International Labour Organization (ILO), staff from Fiji Commerce and Employers Federations (FCEF) that represented organizations such as Business Link Pacific (BLP), Fiji Enterprise Engine (FEE), Fiji Business Disaster Resilience Council (FBDRC) and Women Entrepreneurs in Business Council (WEBC) educated SMEs on how to run their businesses better.
Most of the SMEs that attended the training and information session were former staff of Fiji Airways and Air Terminal Services (ATS) that were terminated after COVID-19 hit our shores.
Former flight attendant Mary Dyer said after being terminated from work she had to resort to other income opportunities in the market.
“I come from a copra plantation and I thought the coconut industry is a viable one. So I decided to get pure virgin coconut oil from Ciacia because it’s a certified organic island. There are a lot of good properties of coconut such as skin care or tonic for the hair,” said Ms Dyer.
She felt encouraged after speaking to the trainers and felt she understood better now on how to run her business and the logistics of it.
“I am glad I came to this session and the key thing I have learnt is to plan. You have got to have a business continuity plan and it is very important to know strategies in times of disasters. I have also learnt that it is important to be updated with your book keeping and cash flows as an SME,” said Ms Dyer.
Former ATS staff Lilian Tigarea who had contributed 23 years of her life to the company and was terminated after the global pandemic resorted to the jam business.
“I have a small business of selling jams according to the local fruit seasons in Fiji. Cyclones affect my business as the fruits get damaged and then I have to wait for the season to make jam again and due to that I have ventured into sewing, in case the jam business does not work out for me,” said Ms Tigarea.