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E-commerce events hailed a success

E-commerce advice: Pictured (from left) are Maryem Biadillah, Department of E-Commerce; Jamillah Lodge, of the BEDC; Dr Hamid Chbouki, Canadian-based e-commerce expert; Marisa Stones, Department of E-Commerce; John Zakszewska of A F Smith; and Florence Smith of Butterfield.

A trio of events aimed at boosting the number of online businesses in Bermuda has been hailed a success.

The seminars featured Canadian e-commerce expert Dr Hamid Chbouki, who outlined the best ways to start up an online business.

Dr Chbouki said: “It was a great pleasure for me to share my expertise and experience with Bermudian entrepreneurs.

“The Island has so much potential and it is a great testing ground for technology business models.”

The events were run by Inspire eBusiness, an arm of Government’s Department of E-Commerce and was coordinated by the Bermuda Economic Development Corporation, with support from partners.

Economic Development and Education Minister Grant Gibbons said: “The digital age provides opportunities for many to realise their dreams of becoming entrepreneurs using technology as the enabler.

“The Inspire eBusiness programme is designed to support new and existing Bermuda e-entrepreneurs by providing workshops, resources and other tools to start and help grow successful online businesses.”

Home Affairs Minister Sen Michael Fahy said: “In this day and age, many companies are choosing to incorporate an online presence into their business model and Bermudian entrepreneurs are no different.

“By using e-commerce, our local entrepreneurs can expand their businesses beyond Bermuda’s 21 square miles in order to realise new growth opportunities that contribute to the continued development of a vibrant economy in Bermuda.”

Three sessions were held last month, covering online security, how to start a business based online and the best way to create a business plan and select partners like a developer, bank and payment gateway providers.