- General Manager
- Business startup capital up as a lender of last resort
- Business support grants in the following categories: Go and See, Feasibility and Educational Grants
- Business mentors on a one-on-one, group , specialist and cluster basis
- Services – Needs and Competency Based Training, Personal Development, Networking, Marketing and Promotion, Social intervention / Counselling, Advocacy / Lobbying, Community engagement, Outreach, Internships, Library Services, Internet Café/Kiosk and Incubator
- Creative, diligent and dedicated to getting things done
- Passionate about planning and executing business development strategies in entrepreneurship and youth development
- Enthusiastic and innovative problem-solver with a keen ability to quickly assess diverse situational challenges, develop policy and action plans, and lead a team to meet or exceed goals
- Highly motivated self starter with exceptional interpersonal communications skills that aim to maintain high team morale and service performance.
Barbados Youth Business Trust (BYBT) is a not-for-profit, registered charity (#271) and youth development organisation focused on entrepreneurship. BYBT was started in 1996 by a group of social entrepreneurs to improve the social and economic conditions of young, underserved persons between the ages of 18-35 years old.
We will always be a globally recognized best practice for youth entrepreneurship development.
To provide under-served young people with dynamic programmes, focusing on business mentoring, start-up loans, and entrepreneurial skills development.
Our successful business strategy has been providing an integrated package of business mentoring, start-up loans and grants and other developmental support services to this target group. BYBT is a founding member of the YBI Network and the Barbados host of the Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) initiative. This initiative is aimed at inspiring people to embrace entrepreneurship.
Barbados Youth Business Trust promotes Youth Entrepreneurship Development by providing persons with the essentials to start up a business.
The Trust is a centre of excellence within the YBI network, a regional resource and was a lead programme for the four years IDB/MIF regional project to develop young entrepreneurs. As the lead programme, BYBT has assisted Youth Business Programmes in Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, Belize, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and Dominica to start their operations by training managers, business mentors and young entrepreneurs. Additionally, BYBT is an approved Centre of Assessment under the Technical and Vocational Education Training Board and can therefore assess and issue certification of the Caribbean Vocational Qualification (CVQ), which is a CARICOM approved occupational standards.
BYBT works with several regional partners on projects and programmes relevant to youth development and sustainable livelihood including CARICOM in Haiti.
Cardelle Fergusson is a multi-talented Caribbean National with a passion for entrepreneurship and youth development in general. Currently, she dedicates much of her time and attention to working with and supporting businesses and entrepreneurs in various aspects of business development and training.
Cardelle’s passion for youth development came from her involvement with youth organisations, like the Duke of Edinburg’s Award programme, CARICOM Youths and Youth Ambassadors, as well as her training and experience as a certified teacher. She has further achievement of a Bachelor of Science degree with honours in Computer Science and Management from the University of the West Indies in Barbados. Her studies in business are further affirmed by obtaining her designation as a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) specialising in Strategic Leadership through CMA Nova Scotia and the Caribbean.
Cardelle has sharpened her skills in project management during her position as Project Coordinator for the four years IDB/MIF regional project to develop young entrepreneurs. In this post she was able to improve the activities and offerings to the Young Entrepreneurs and other stakeholders served by the BYBT while ensuring that the project was ‘highly relevant and fulfilled the key objectives’.
Armed with a proficient mix of education and experience, Cardelle is currently the General Manager at Barbados Youth Business Trust (BYBT). She has developed strategic plans by studying technological and financial opportunities; written and received approvals for proposals for partnerships, grants and projects, presenting assumptions and recommending objectives; managed staff in the execution of projects and programme activities in keeping with the company’s mandate.