Freeport, Grand Bahama – With a renewed focus on growing small businesses, economic stimulation and job creation on Grand Bahama Island, members of the Freeport business community were given the opportunity on Tuesday, to participate in the Freeport Economic Empowerment Development (FEED) Conference held at the Pelican Bay Resort.

The day-long event featured some of the country’s brightest economic minds, international motivators as well as giving service providers sponsorship opportunities to showcase how their businesses benefit the community. As an organization and fundamental service for any business, BTC attended and supported the event in full force.

New Vice President of BTC in the North, Eldri Ferguson-Mackey, also the first female to hold this post noted in her interviews with local media that “We know that communication and the ability to connect with one’s customers is paramount to any business success. At the heart of any good business strategy and operation is an effective and reliable communications platform,” said Ferguson-Mackey. “BTC’s mission, particularly for small and medium sized enterprises is to ensure that entrepreneurs, and small business owners have a reliable and affordable phone service that can meet their current needs and grow with them as their business does as well.”

On hand at the event were BTC business salespersons who used the FEED opportunity to talk about their current and new phone plans with customers. Mrs. Ferguson-Mackey, has spent the first month of her time in Grand Bahama reviewing the hurricane repair situation, meeting local business owners and understanding the immediate needs on the ground for consumers.

“Phones are and will remain the imperative key to business in the new millennium. We were pleased to note that during the aftermath of Hurricane Mathew our services became the lifeline for many – especially those trying to maintain business and get back to work,” added Ferguson-Mackey. “Our services are not back to one hundred percent, and as you many have seen in last few days, we are struggling with copper theft, but we hope to be there soon and are thankful for the positive feedback that our cellular services provided last year to this community.”

In addition to supporting this event, over the past few weeks, field Teams from BTC’s SME (Small, Medium Enterprises) department have been working to ascertain the needs of the local business community. They are also striving to meet those needs by offering products that offer convenience, improve efficiency and fully address the specific needs of companies operating on Grand Bahama Island.