The Nova was established in October 1991 by the Board of Directors to forge a link for collaboration amongst current and potential business leaders in Trinidad and Tobago.
Vision: To be the premier facilitator of business opportunities for Emerging Business Professionals and Small / Micro Businesses in Trinidad and Tobago.
- To facilitate the provision of business opportunities for NOVA members
- To provide NOVA members opportunities to collaborate and network with business leaders
- To facilitate the development of emerging business professionals
To manage the future business environment through the execution of sustainable development projects:
- JumpStart Programme
One of the major projects of the NOVA Committee is the JumpStart Student Apprenticeship Programme which is facilitated annually from June to September. The project aims to assist 100 young persons from across the country to gain valuable experience in a working environment. In 2007, Her Excellency Dr. Jean Ramjohn Richards First Lady of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, accepted the Chamber’s invitation to be the patron for the programme. Members are invited to participate in this worthwhile initiative, by assisting with the apprenticeship of at least one candidate from the programme.
- Focus on SME Development
Having hosted two successful conferences geared towards the MSME sector in 2006 and 2009 respectively, the NOVA Committee proposes to host similar initiatives on a regular basis. Among many other developmental issues, the focus will include practical aspects of starting and growing SMEs. Mentoring small business owners is another component of this initiative.
- Executive Development
The continued professional development of its members is a key element in NOVA’s strategic plan. The Committee has already hosted a well received breakfast session on Intellectual Property Rights and has scheduled other sessions on Security Issues and Financial Matters.