Access Accelerator celebrated its fifth anniversary with a formal event held at the Margaritaville Resort ballroom on Wednesday.

Asked about some of the highlights of the past five years, Access Accelerator Executive Director Samantha Rolle said, “we’ve come from a humble beginning in 2018 to gigantic strides here now in 2023.  We’ve been able to expand our strategic collaborations not only with financial institutions but very well credible, established institutions like BPL, Grand Bahama Power and Light and others.  And we expect to do even greater things in the near future.”

Minister of Economic Affairs, Sen. Hon. Michael Halkitis was also in attendance at the celebratory event.  He said, “he said when the SBDC (Small Business Development Center) was conceived it was done so with the view that  Bahamian entrepreneurs and potential entrepreneurs needed more support.  Not only support in terms of finance and capital in, you know what people in the business call technical assistance in marketing and setting up their businesses, incorporation or however they want to organize their business, proper accounting methods, marketing, etc.  And so that was apart of the idea of the SBDC to be able to provide yes money for businesses, but also to be able to put in place that support system so when they got the money they were able to make sure that they got enough money and they were able to get assistance in running the business.  And so that is a concept that’s very important and so we’re very happy that SBDC has endured for five years so we’re celebrating with them and looking forward to many more years.”