2019 Product Development & Packaging Workshop

GBPA 2018 Small Business Fair & Expo

Thursday, June 28th, 2018
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Canal House at Pelican Bay Resort

Join us for 4 days filled with valuable information from thought-leaders.

Improve your skills and find unique ways to market your products and services at our 2019 Entrepreneurship Week. Hosted by The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited, St. Bonaventure University and the University of The Bahamas.

This FREE seminar will focus on topics such as: STEAM Targeting Teachers, Accounting, Social Media & Consulting.

There will also be a Special Business Plan Consulting for Capital Arena - Cohort II Applicants on Wednesday, January 16th, 2019 from 4pm – 6pm.

Register Now!

Registration for this event has ended.


The event will take place at the Grand Bahama Yacht Club. If you have any questions regarding the event, feel free to contact us using the information below.

Grand Bahama Yacht Club (Midshipman Road),
Freeport, Grand Bahama

Featured Presenter:
Melanie Colpitts

A member of the Aquila Team since 1992, Melanie is a managing partner with the company, playing an active role in Aquila’s strategic planning. She spearheads Aquila’s Center for Cruise Excellence programs, coaching and mentoring tour operators and destinations on providing service excellence to cruise lines. She is a valued member of Aquila’s leadership team, and there is no mistaking her passion for Aquila and for the cruise industry!

Melanie Colpitts
Aqulia Tours

About Aquila

Since opening their doors in 1982, Aquila Tours has been on an incredible journey involving a wide variety of aspects of the travel industry, both in Atlantic Canada and around the world.
Today, Aquila's area of excellence is delivering shore excursions to cruise lines when they anchor in the Bay of Fundy and call on Saint John, New Brunswick. At the encouragement of top executives at major cruise lines, Aquila established Aquila's Center for Cruise Excellence in 2007, offering workshops and customized training programs to Tour Operators, Ports and Destinations around the world. As the official training partner of the FCCA (Florida Caribbean Cruise Association), Aquila has spent much time in the Caribbean and Central America over the past few years, offering certifications to Tour Guides and Tour Operators.

In Saint John, we provide our cruise line clients in our "Living Lab" with a wide array of fantastic excursions for cruise guests - highlighting the Bay of Fundy region's most popular sights and the off-the-beaten-path experiences that only locals can provide. A key to achieving excellence for Aquila has been our dynamic, cohesive team, and throughout our journey, Aquila has held fast to our vision.

Aquila’s fun and energized Team continues to grow and be recognized as leaders in the industry by creating moving experiences with integrity while supporting professional and personal dreams.

This vision will continue to guide us into the future, as there is always something new and exciting happening at Aquila!

Visit Aquila's Website

Event Highlights

Continuing our efforts to promote e-commerce digital payment processes for SMEs, this year’s event will feature a CASHLESS ‘Pop Up Shop Exhibit’ consisting of more than two dozen major merchants, conducting sales/transaction all via digital payments. Come experience the future of shopping locally in a new, exciting and CASHLESS way!
  • Experience e-Commerce and Digital Transactions – via Sun Cash Payment Platform as you send and/or receive payments in real-time
  • Enjoy an amazing shopping experience with many of your favorite local merchants at our Pop-Up Expo!
  • Participate in the launch of the My Grand Bahama App with the Invest Grand Bahama Team
  • See, share and engage with vendors, products and experiences on the exhibit floors
  • Provide real-time direct customer service feedback as you interact with merchants and services providers.

Meet our Exciting Exhibitors!

  • Home Design Center
  • Chef Roxy
  • Treasure Nest
  • Carda Leather
  • Patrice’s
  • Mobile Go
  • Invest Grand Bahama & GBPA Licensing Department
  • SUNCASH Bahamas
  • Mantaray Beach Club
  • ALIV
  • Conet Bahamas 
  • Do It Center
  • Esquire Men's Fashion
  • Chocolatess Island Delights
  • Keep It Clean
  • ALIV
  • Simple Favors Bahamas
  • Star General Insurance
  • BahaBeach Web Development
  • GB Chamber of Commerce
  • Scotia Bank
  • Cost Right
  • New Life
  • Parfum de Paris
  • Seventeen Fashion
  • Columbia Emeralds International
  • Pandora
  • Luxury for Less
  • Island Yogurt
  • CrossFit Island 242
  • Phluid Phactory

*This List is being updated daily!

Finally, unwind from 4:00pm – 6:00pm at our networking happy hour, with excellent opportunities to mix, mingle and collaborate with colleagues, other business owners and entrepreneurs!

Don’t miss this exciting event. Seating is limited: REGISTER NOW!


During this event, you will receive a wealth of resources, tools and practical advice from well-known and local industry stakeholders.
Laura O’Neal

Executive Coach & Trainer,

Henry L. Daniels

Executive Lead - Finance, 
G.E. Aviation & Digital Technology

Arnaud Simeray

Vice President, Strategic Partnerships, 

Valdez K. Russell

VKR Insights

Nicole B. Colebrooke

Customer Relations Manager, 
GBPA Group



Moderator - Trevor Simmons

11:05am | Laura O’Neal – Executive Coach & Trainer, Trainertainment

  • "To Do or Not To Do…Does Strategy Really Matter"

11:50 am | Shopping & Networking Snack Break

12:20pm | Henry L. Daniels – Executive Lead, Finance - G.E. Aviation & Digital Technology

  • "Building Success Through Synergy"

1:05pm | Shopping & Network Break

1:35pm | Arnaud Simeray – Vice President, Strategic Partnerships -  StoreFront,

  • "The Pop-Up Revolution"

2:45pm | Valdez K. Russell, Principal - VKR Insights

  • "Let’s Get Social -Social MediaThe New Branding & Marketing Giant"

3:35pm | Coffee Break 

3:50 p.m. | Nicole B. Colebrooke – Customer Relations Manager – GPBA Group

  • "Business Made Easy –Shared/Registered & Virtual Space Licensees"

4:25pm | Thank You & Wrap Up Remarks - Vote of Thanks - Derek Newbold

Our Presenters