NOVA is a Standing Committee of the Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce. It 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.
To be the premier facilitator of business opportunities for emerging business professionals and small and 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
The Committee’s strategic initiatives:
- SME Development
Having hosted successful conferences in 2006, 2009, 2012 and 2014 geared towards the SME sector, the NOVA Committee continues to work towards creating similar platforms to engage small and growing businesses. Mentoring small business owners is another component of this initiative.
- Executive Development
The committee has hosted several successful breakfast and workshop sessions over the past five years. Topics covered included Intellectual Property Rights and Financing for Business (the Committee is developing a seven-module programme leading to certification).
- 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. Each year the project assists approximately 100 young persons from across the country to gain valuable work experience.
In 2007, Her Excellency Dr. Jean Ramjohn Richards, First Lady of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, accepted the T&T Chamber’s invitation to be patron of the programme.
By introducing various modules, the Committee continuously seeks to improve the programme. Included currently are: Financial Management, Mentorship, Office Etiquette, Health and Wellness, Entrepreneurship, Life Skills Enhancement, Discipline and Team Building.
T&T Chamber members are invited to participate in this commendable initiative, by assisting with the apprenticeship of at least one candidate from the programme.