Monthly News & Updates
January 2020 Issue
This Month at BEDC / The Highlights
BEDC Announces Covid-19 Emergency Relief Grant
The BEDC is providing short-term emergency grant relief to bars, nightclubs, members clubs, and restaurants economically impacted negatively by the most recent Public Health Closure notice issued by the Ministry of Health.

BEDC has set aside a total of $1M out of the $12M in Covid-19 funding support provided by the Government for this emergency relief. As is the case with all BEDC financial products, applications will be reviewed, and funds provided based on need.

BEDC Hosted Webinar:
Payroll Tax - The Basics
Megan Nesbit of Abacus joined BEDC to host a webinar on the basic information that you need to know about payroll tax in Bermuda. The webinar topic proved to be quite popular with 132 in attendance. Megan walked us through the process of filing payroll tax and was able to give the audience a few tips and tricks to make the process a less stressful endeavour.

BEDC Hosted Webinar:
The Next Big Thing
A Follow Up, One Year Later
On January 21st, BEDC was joined by The Premier of Bermuda, the Hon. E. David Burt, JP, MP and a panel of Innovative Bermudian Entrepreneurs: Nhuri Bashir, Tulani Bulford, Marico Thomas & Karen E. Franks for what turned out to be an inspiring discussion. The panel discussed growing Bermuda’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, by entrepreneurs, with entrepreneurs - what this looks like, the challenges and what next steps should be.

BEDC Teams Up With Ministry of Public Works on $13M Construction Stimulus Program
The MPW has partnered with the BEDC to support – independently from MPW – prospective construction industry contractors, tradespersons, maintenance, and any other industry service provision companies with fully understanding what MPW tender pre-qualification documents are required to submit to be fully compliant with MPW’s Request for Statement of Qualifications (RFSQ).

BEDC is hosting Information Sessions for those that are interested.
Things You Should Know
BEDC Covid-19 Business Support Page
We encourage you to browse the BEDC Covid-19 Business Support Page on BEDC's website. Here you will find documents, applications, articles & resources that may assist you at this challenging time.
Entrepreneur Article
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BEDC Product Brochure
BEDC offers a wide range of products to support Bermuda's entrepreneurs. Our products support the organisation’s key objective to assist the Government in encouraging economic growth for Bermuda’s local small and medium sized businesses.
BEDC Small Business Tool Box
The BEDC Small Business Tool Kit is a great source of information, applications, and resources needed throughout the entrepreneurial journey.
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Upcoming Webinars & Events
Think Like an Entrepreneur
The eight-week course is driven by the internationally recognized, award winning, Ice House Entrepreneurship Programme. The entrepreneurship programme provides a challenging learning experience and is designed to reveal new opportunities, ignite one’s ambition, and foster the skills that will empower individuals to reach new heights as an entrepreneur. Ice House draws on eight fundamental concepts that can empower anyone to succeed.

Where? Online via GoToWebinar
When? February 2 - March 23 (6pm -8 pm)
How Much? Was $300, Now $150
Compete to Win!
What can competition teach you about how to do better business? Learn how to use competition to your benefit.


Lyle Butterfield of Natures Gift Hair & Body
Jayde Gibbons of Queendom Heights
Wanneeka Butterfield of Glam Pop
Genelle John of Salt Spray Co.
Happening in the Community
Women's Resource Centre: Pathway to Justice Series
The Pathway to Justice series are 90-minute webinars covering 6 important topics, including:

  • Understanding Maintenance Orders for Men (Mon. Feb. 1 6:30pm - 8:00pm)
  • Understanding Maintenance Orders for Women (Mon. Feb 8 6:30pm - 8:00pm)
  • Understanding Divorce 101 (Mon. Feb 15 6:30pm - 8:00pm)
  • Estates & Will Planning (Mon. Feb. 22 6:30pm - 8:00pm)
  • Landlord & Tenant Rights (Mon. Mar. 1 6:30pm - 8:00pm)
  • Understanding Protection Orders (Mon. Mar. 8 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm)
Authorize.Net Presents: Payments 101 - The Fundamentals
This session will focus on the details of the payments process. There’s a lot to think about when growing your business and payments can often be overlooked. With all the new payment options and channels available today, payments are quickly becoming a top business priority and the complexity can sometimes be overwhelming. 
SailGP Event:
Business & Job Opportunities
SailGP – the sports pinnacle league that is powered by nature and driven by purpose – is seeking the services of local companies with strong sustainability credentials to assist with the operation of the event.

The inaugural Bermuda Grand Prix presented by Hamilton Princess will take place on April 24-25, 2021.

In 2020, SailGP set a new standard as the first climate positive sports and entertainment property, and began delivering actions and innovations that advance the global adoption of clean energy. Underpinning the organization’s purpose-driven agenda is a diversification of the league, with the goal of immediately progressing gender equity and racial inclusivity.

The request for proposals process is now open.
Learn More About The 
WeHealth Bermuda App
To aid Bermuda in closely monitoring the local developments of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Government has launched WeHealth Bermuda, a new, free smartphone application that provides anonymous COVID-19 exposure notifications. It is one of the most sophisticated apps available anywhere in the world for helping to control the spread of COVID-19.

Download the WeHealth Bermuda app in either the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.
WEDCO: Commercial
Space Availability
Built by Royal decree to defend British superiority on the seas, the Royal Naval Dockyard has been transformed into Bermuda’s commercial cruise ship hub and largest, most visited on-island attraction allowing guests to authentically experience the local history, our vibrant culture and the excitement of new adventures! With a critical mass in excess of 10,000 people per day in the summer season; in addition to, panoramic views of the ocean, fast ferry links to Bermuda’s capital city of Hamilton, with its eclectic mix of retail and international business, and the old town of St. George, Bermuda’s former capital and UNESCO World Heritage site, Dockyard provides a plethora of opportunities to assist in taking your business to new heights. Now is your chance to be a part of history, while enjoying all the modern amenities your business requires!

With commercial and storage space availabilities, there has never been a better time to discuss the endless possibilities! For more information or further enquiries, please email WEDCO’s Business Development Team at
Series with Telanna Swan-Jeffers
Telanna is a dynamic presenter who really is engaging and thought-provoking. She is a former two-time WES presenter who has resonated with our sisterhoood—leaving participants asking for more.
Tip & Support Articles
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