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Thirst Park, Georgetown – April 30, 2024 – The Coca-Cola Caribbean System in Guyana composed of Banks DIH Limited and Coca-Cola Central Operations announced that it has graduated Thirty-One (31) entrepreneurs in its Growing Together Small Business Training Programme, an innovative economic empowerment initiative focused on the continuing growth and sustainability of traditional trade businesses. The Growing Together programme is available to small business enterprises, a crucial economic engine for the country and generations of families across Guyana.

“These customers, come from communities across our dear land, from West Demerara to the East Bank Demerara. These customers have shown commitment and turned up class after class for the online training. We congratulate you.” – Carlton Joao, Sales and Marketing Executive- Banks DIH Limited.

Coca-Cola Small Business Training Program Graduation group photo

Nizam Hassan, the Executive Director of Guyana Manufacturing and Services Association offered the following encouragement to the graduates; “…this is only the beginning. The road ahead may still have its fair share of twists and turns, but I have no doubt that you are more than equipped to navigate them. You have the drive, the creativity, and the resilience to overcome any hurdle that comes your way.”

Guest Speaker - Nizam Hassan Executive Director of GMSA

“For the Coca-Cola Company along with our partners, it is always a priority to support all of those who make it possible for us to achieve our purpose of refreshing the world and making a difference. Growing Together with Coca-Cola will help all participants strengthen their businesses and personal development with pragmatic and engaging knowledge specifically related to operating their stores. We reaffirm our commitment to promote the development of the communities in which we operate”. -Lidia Castro, Public Affairs, Communications and Sustainability Director– Caribbean for The Coca-Cola Company.

The Growing Together initiative is a curriculum-based training program that is available to local merchants. The program will be offered through weekly tutor-led sessions for these business owners and will include management topics such as Entrepreneurship, Small Business Finance, Customer Service, and Innovation. The program targets 300 small businesses and runs for about one and a half months. Participants will be awarded a certificate upon completion of the program.

Small shops, traditional trade mom and pops and convenience stores are essential for the communities where they are located. Which is why The Coca-Cola Caribbean System in Guyana is proud to support their growth and development through economic empowerment initiatives like Growing Together with CocaCola which has already graduated thousands of small businesses owners in Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago and the Dominican Republic.

For decades, the Coca-Cola System - Central Operations has positioned itself as the regional leader in portfolio innovation with long-term commitments to a global environmental, social, and governance (ESG) agenda seeking impact on the socio-economic growth of communities throughout the region.

For more information on the Growing Together Small Business Training Program please contact

Telephone: 225-0910 ext 2232

Coca-Cola Growing Together with Banks DIH
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