– as GCCI launches 2nd business forumThe Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) on Tuesday officially launched its Business Development Forum in the hopes that businesses will be given a chance to build their capacity for Guyana’s upcoming economic boom while addressing gaps in marketing strategies.Gary Thompson, a member of the forum’s steering committee; GCCI Executives Richard Rambarran and Timothy Tucker, and Martin Massiah, another member of the steering committeeThe forum was first launched last year. This time around, the forum will be held from September 27 to 28 at Pegasus. According to GCCI Executive Timothy Tucker, the event is a partnership between the Chamber and a number of other organisations.These organisations include the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Ansa McAL Trading Guyana, Republic Bank, and the Ministry of Business. Among the speakers at the event are businessmen Rosh Khan and Vishnu Doerga; Rowen Willabus, and Nigel Deosaran, who will deal with Initial Public Offerings (IPO) (the act of putting company shares on the stock market).“The primary objective of this is to develop businesses. So you want to move businesses from small businesses and grow them, so they can be competitive on the international standard. We have several different large companies coming into the country and the chamber wants its members and the business community to move from where they are”.“Last year’s event covered the small, medium and micro businesses capacity to develop and get ready for export. This year, we decided rather than have it so wide and so many speakers, we have niched it to two categories: marketing and finance”.Gary Thompson, a member of the Forum’s steering committee, explained that businesses are prone to failure when there is a lack of understanding about marketing. Thompson noted that the forum would therefore address this.“If we are to look at agro processing, we would see that most of these players have brands that are ready for the market. But what we see lacking is a clear understanding of marketing and branding. So we have a number of speakers lined up that will be able to speak to these issues. One of the fundamental things in marketing is identifying market opportunities and means”.“What we see lacking is people get into business without a clear understanding as to who is your target audience, your market size, density and dispersion. So the speakers at this forum will disseminate information to the attendees. And of course, $255 is insignificant to the kind of information you’ll be getting from the speakers,” Thompson said.Last year’s Business Development Forum was also held at the Pegasus. The fee at that time was $20,000. The Forum was hosted in partnership with the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA), Nations University, Arthur Lok Jack Global School of Business, Republic Bank Guyana Limited and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).
Andy Pettitte overcame two homers to join Atlanta’s John Smoltz as the winningest pitcher in postseason history, a mark that Smoltz can reclaim for himself when he goes against Roger Clemens in Game 2 today. Houston is trying to beat the Braves in the opening round for the second year in a row, but in a decidedly different manner than the power-hitting team that pulled off a five-game triumph last year. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 That team had Carlos Beltran, Jeff Kent and a healthy Jeff Bagwell. This team is built around the starting rotation: Pettitte, Clemens and 20-game winner Roy Oswalt. “Obviously, we had some pretty big bats last year,” Biggio said. “But this year’s lineup isn’t so bad, either.” The Astros, who led the National League in ERA but ranked 11th in runs, had no trouble scoring on Tim Hudson and the shaky Braves bullpen. Houston pecked away with eight singles, nine walks and two hit batters. Three doubles one of them by Pettitte were the only extra-base hits. The Braves went with Hudson for the opener instead of Smoltz, who’s been bothered by a stiff shoulder. Manager Bobby Cox figured Hudson was just as good a choice, a former 20-game winner who pitched in four postseasons with Oakland. But the right-hander was roughed up for five runs in 6 2/3 innings the most he had allowed since a June 13 loss at Texas, which preceded a stint on the disabled list. White Sox 5, Red Sox 4 Boston needs another big comeback, this time just to get out of the first round. Tadahito Iguchi hit a go-ahead, three-run homer off David Wells after a costly error by Red Sox second baseman Tony Graffanino, and the Chicago White Sox rallied past Boston to take a 2-0 lead against the defending World Series champions in their AL playoff series. “One of the biggest reasons we are here is because of Iguchi,” White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. “He moves guys over. … He hits home runs. … He does everything.” The Red Sox, 14-2 losers in Tuesday’s opener, took a 4-0 lead in the third, then were shut out on three hits for the final six innings by Mark Buehrle and Bobby Jenks. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Houston Astros figured their pitching would have to carry them through the postseason. Instead, the offense came up big in the very first game. Morgan Ensberg had five RBI and 39-year-old leadoff hitter Craig Biggio was in the middle of just about every rally, leading Houston past the Atlanta Braves, 10-5, in Game 1 of their NL playoff series Wednesday.