Cuba Small Business Initiative

Goals and Objectives

Cuba Small Business InitiativeThe goal of the Cuba Small Business Initiative is to identify ways to empower Cubans on the island with the resources and information to start and operate small businesses in Cuba.

Objective 1: To identify resources, technology and information that could be employed today to empower Cuban entrepreneurs on the island.

Objective 2: To identify initiatives that could be deployed in the near future to ensure the growth and expansion of Cuban entrepreneurs.

Objective 3: To identify obstacles to the emergence of successful Cuban entrepreneurs posed by U.S. laws and regulations, and by Cuba’s anachronistic laws governing commercial activity on the island.

About the Summit

On January 19, 2011, the Cuba Study Group in collaboration with the Americas Society/Council of the Americas and the Center for Financial Inclusion at Accion will host the Cuba Small Business Summit. The purpose of the Summit is to bring together experts in the fields of microfinance, business education, and economic development to identify ways to empower small business owners inside Cuba. The Summit is not intended to be a one-time conference, but rather the kick-off of an Initiative that will result in a white paper containing specific recommendations to public and private sector leaders on ways to help empower small business owners in Cuba.

The entire summit will operate under the Chatham House Rule which states that: “When a meeting or part thereof, is held under the Chatham House Rule, participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed." For more information about the Chatham House Rule please visit: www.chathamhouse.org.uk.