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GBPA Encourages Global Best Practices at Innovation & e-Commerce Boot Camp

As innovation continues to be the driver of business success, executives at The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA), are encouraging Licensees to embrace global best practices, via its upcoming Business Innovation & e-Commerce Boot Camp, slated for Thursday, 8th June at the Grand Lucayan Resort.

According to Ian Rolle, GBPA President, the Business Innovation and e-Commerce Boot Camp will equip licensees with tools to compete both locally and globally.  "Our boot camp will showcase global presenters who will provide best practice insights as to how to effectively start and grow businesses through e-Commerce. There will be an introduction to Shopify, which is a global platform used to promote and sell products, accept payments and help merchants grow their businesses while they sleep.  Shopify is one of a few featured presenters, who will deliver an interactive experience, demonstrating practical tools to empower aspiring entrepreneurs and existing business owners,” Rolle stated.

Rolle also added that in addition to e-Commerce, the event will also be promoting diverse business concepts via a presentation by AeroFarms, global leaders in urban agriculture. “AeroFarms will demonstrate how their patented aeroponic products can grow greens without sunlight or soil. This we believe, can be a transformational opportunity for the agribusiness sector on Grand Bahama," he continued.

The 1-Day event is said to focus on empowerment of licensees, small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs. LaShawn Dames, Business Services Manager for the IGBSBB, notes that the Boot Camp will showcase innovative exhibits from various local businesses. “We have a highly interactive, brain churning event planned for the business community,” expressed Dames. “Participants can expect excellent networking opportunities, the chance to explore powerful methods of customer engagement and satisfaction, as well as an environment for discovering new prospects for business growth and profitability,” Dames continued. “Attendees can expect a highly productive, results driven event.”

As GBPA continues to encourage licensees to take advantage of technology, the e-Commerce boot camp will be an ideal learning environment for participants. Derek Newbold, Sr. Manager of Business Development and Invest Grand Bahama stresses the importance of capitalizing  on another value added benefit of being a GBPA Licensee. He notes, "Within our organization, we are constantly identifying innovative ways to support SMEs, especially our small business sector. This initiative will be another example of our commitment to enhancing business delivery and diversity here in Freeport.”

Persons wishing to participate should register early as space is limited. Information on registration can be found at or by calling 242-350-9000. The boot camp is free to Port licensees and a nominal fee of fifty-dollars ($50) per person for non-licensees.


The Hawksbill Creek Agreement (HCA) gave GBPA responsibility for the development, administration and management, and provision of services within an area called the 'Port Area' (230 sq. miles). GBPA was mandated by this Agreement to build a deep water harbour, an industrial community and required infrastructure for the City.



GBPA has achieved an astonishing amount since its inception in 1955.  When first created it was a Grand Bahamian business conglomerate charged not only with land and commercial development but also with all the regulatory and administrative functions of the Freeport/Lucaya.



Firstly, I wish to thank Joan Albury and the Counsellors for this platform enabling us to share with the Grand Bahama community, the outlook for our island! 2015 marks the 60th year of the birth of Freeport and the Hawksbill Creek Agreement; 60 years of a partnership between The Government of The Bahamas and The Grand Bahama Port Authority. I'm here to raise hopes for 2015 and to lay a few popular myths to rest - For those who don't know me, I am Sarah St George.