Developing and Sustaining Small Businesses

The relevance of the small business sector is often overlooked.  This sector plays a vital role in the socio economic progress of any country.  The sector allows for the use and development of entrepreneurial skills which leads to gainful employment.  In many developing countries like Saint Lucia with high unemployment and limited resources, the development of this sector is critical in addressing socio economic issues.


The Government of Saint Lucia established a Small Enterprise Development Unit (SEDU) in September 1994.  The public...

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Consumer Rights and Responsibilities

The eight rights as defined and promoted by the international consumer organization - Consumers International, are as follows:

  • the right to satisfaction of basic needs; ...

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Opening a Business in St. Lucia

Trade Licences 

All foreign individuals and companies who intend to conduct business in St. Lucia require a trade licence which is issued by the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Consumer...

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Marketing vs. Advertising: What's the Difference?


You will often find that many people confuse marketing with advertising or vice versa. While both components are important they are very different. Knowing the difference and doing your market...

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CARICOM Single Market and Economy

The CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) is the Region's response to the evolving
international environment in areas such as trade liberalisation, globalisation, etc.
The CSME is essentially...

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