During the last week of September, I travelled to Barbados together with two young Saint Lucian entrepreneurs, namely Mandisa Morrison, managing director of Shoe Rehab, and Monetta Wislon, the managing director of Sayana Yoga.
We embarked on this journey on behalf of the Saint Lucia Youth Business Trust accompanied by Titus Preville, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Labour, Chris Husbands and Agnella Joseph, the chairman and the program coordinator of Junior Achievement Saint Lucia respectively.
It was definitely an inspiring experience. I was able to meet and network with other regional entrepreneurs who market different products and services but share a similar drive and passion for entrepreneurship.
I also had the opportunity to share my entrepreneurial experience with the audience at the summit. I emphasized that doing business is not as easy as it may seem and one needs to be focused and dedicated in order for their business to survive.
Young entrepreneurs also need mentorship from people who have succeeded in business. Grant funding should also be readily available to help them develop and grow their business.
As long Dazzle Magazine exists, we will continue to feature inspiring young Saint Lucian entrepreneurs and professionals. They play an important role in the country’s economic development. By investing their time, energy and resources – and their passion – into creating new businesses they are helping to expand the economy, generate new wealth and create social change. All too often, because of their hard work and commitment to product and service innovation, they are helping to bring about positive changes in the way we live and work, and do business.
Last but not least, they contribute to the development of their communities and they nuture and inspire other like-minded individuals who also dream of starting their own business.
With that said, I wish you happy reading and hope you enjoy yet another great issue of Dazzle Magazine.