News Release: HAMILTON, Bermuda – On Friday, July 21st, the Bermuda Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) will host a Meet & Greet on the City Hall Lawn from 11am – 2pm for the Summer Student Entrepreneur Program participants. This will be an opportunity for the participants to introduce their businesses to the community and gain valuable experience selling and promoting their goods and services.

This year’s nine successful participants have demonstrated their eagerness to work and grow their businesses. Participants include:

• Essence Davis: Oh My Cake Bakery – A homemade bakery business focused on cakes, cupcakes, cinnamon rolls, and more.

• Jahmir Celestine: The Nail Medic – A nail business specializing in acrylic, gel x, manicures, and pedicures services. • Jazarah Codrington-Edmead: Serene Scenes – A design studio making custom comic strips, pet portraits, landscape, and scenery art.

• Marcus Simons-Rewan: Special Misfits – A futuristic lifestyle brand offering innovative and unique products to the Bermuda marketplace. • Nico Bean: Flow by Nico – A business offering acrylic poured paintings and Christmas ornaments, also aiming to provide designed skateboards and accessories like notebooks.

• Shammai Smith: Forever Green – a lawn mowing company providing affordable, high-quality lawn care.

• Teneik Wallen: Dolled by Neiks – A hair care business offering hair services to both males and females, comprising of natural hairstyles, extensions, and sew-ins.

• Zanna Minors: Braidz by Za – A hair care business offering braiding, corn rows, box braids, ponytail extensions, and more.

• Zea Swainson: Paintz – A face-painting and body art business with curated face designs for all ages, events, and themes.

Following the success of the last five years of the program, with participating students gaining valuable insights and earning money, the program is continuing again this year. The Summer Student Entrepreneur Program (SSEP) is an eight-week program designed to develop young Bermudians into the Island’s next wave of entrepreneurs. The program, which started July 3rd, allows participants ages 13-23 to learn practical business skills such as earning revenue, creating a business plan, conducting SWOT analyses, and much more!

“As we enter week four of the eight-week program, we begin to see how the students’ businesses take shape, and this event aims to increase awareness of the program and allows the students to strengthen their business skills,” says Deshun Simmons, Program Coordinator. He continues, “We’ve been able to assist the students with the necessary exposure due to the generous sponsorship of the City of Hamilton waiving vending fees for the Meet & Greet and a Washington Mall location due to the generosity of the Washington Properties. The students also can participate in Harbour Nights with the Chamber of Commerce, generously waiving fees for the students as they continue to support our budding young entrepreneurs.”

The public is encouraged to come out to City Hall this Friday from 11am – 2pm to support these young entrepreneurs. For more information on the Summer Student Entrepreneur Program and the 2022 Participants, please visit, contact, or call 292-5570.