Small Business Development Thrives through Collaborative Professional Fellows Programme
January 12, Colombo (LNW): In a collaborative initiative aimed at fostering small business development, American small business owners are engaging with Sri Lankan entrepreneurs through a transformative five-week program. Facilitated by the Professional Fellows Programme on Economic Empowerment, an initiative of the State Department’s Educational and Cultural Affairs, this effort seeks to promote mutual growth in both nations.
During a recent meeting, Deputy Chief of Mission Douglas Sonnek learned firsthand about the positive impact of the program, which not only facilitates skills enhancement but also fosters invaluable cross-cultural connections. The initiative has proven instrumental in helping past fellows enhance their businesses, ranging from skincare lines to artisanal ice cream shops, thereby highlighting the tangible benefits of the program for small business entrepreneurs.
In a noteworthy continuation of this collaboration, American business leaders are currently in Sri Lanka, reconnecting with the fellows they hosted in the United States last year. This ongoing exchange underscores the enduring relationships forged through the Professional Fellows Programme and the positive influence it continues to have on small businesses in both nations.