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Caribbean Entrepreneur Barnadette "Camille" Warren: St Vincent and the Grenadines

Today i present to you Vincentian Entrepreneur, Camille Warren, we had a very interesting chat and i wish to present some of the things we spoke about. I do hope this will inspire aspiring entrepreneurs and actual entrepreneurs.

Bernadette “Camille” Warren is an entrepreneur from the Village of Belair in St Vincent. She is the wife of Taireen Warren, who is also her business partner. Taireen loves business, He has a degree in Business Administration , has acquired knowledge in management, communication and, organizational skills that is quite essential to starting or having a successful business. Camille is creative, charismatic with keen business insights from her previous work experiences. Their passion for business and helping people gave birth to their business Brio Che. 


1.       Tell me about your business, what is it about?
Brio Che is an eco-friendly brand/business offering an array of natural, handmade, health and beauty coconut products. Brio Che means, “A life of fun and vitality.” We currently offer; Organic Virgin & Pure Coconut oil, Organic Coconut Soaps, Eco Friendly Scented Candles in Coconut Shell, Exfoliating Body Scrubs, and Moisturizing Lip Balms all made from coconut goodness. It is also an agricultural, environmental and health initiative to encourage persons to utilize the natural resources here on our island.

2.      What ignited the spark in you to start a new business venture? How did the idea for your business come about?
The spark was the moment I was at my grandmother’s house and she was busy processing coconut to make coconut oil. It was something she has been doing for over 50 years and seems to enjoy. I got in on the fun as she passed on her knowledge and expertise to me. My fascination has always been to use the coconut milk to make Gelato (Ice Cream) but this was a bigger idea that required much more financing. It wasn’t long before we decided to start Brio Che with a coconut line to make our own natural products as it was also getting hard to keep up with purchasing healthier alternatives.

3.      How many hours do you work on your business a day on average?
Oh wow no sleep, just kidding. 7am-9pm or 9am-11pm, so like 14hours a day, sometimes 18hrs. Hubby has a fulltime job so he has work at work and work when he gets home, exactly what he says all the time.  We do believe working hard and smart is one of the main ingredients to success so it is necessary. I will get up and get dressed in my work overall/attire as if I was going to work, so that I stay focus and discipline.  

4.      What motivates you?
I draw motivation from every positive thing that surrounds me.  God, nature, love, great people, good books, my desire to accomplish phenomenal things in life amidst the challenges and making people happy. It brings such satisfaction to see the smile on someone's face after I've just helped them in some way.


5.      What is your greatest fear, and how do you manage fear?
I despise dealing with overly negative or difficult people. Hubby seems to have a knack for that though so I am learning a lot from him. I can’t think of anything else that I am fearful of right now. I do get nervous about things I don’t necessarily have control over, but at the same time I can manage that by proper planning or improving. I now understand things don’t always go the way you anticipate even with the best plans, so being able to move forward is important.

6.     How do you define success?
Success to me is about being happy with where you are at in life, having accomplished specific or personal goals and making your dreams a reality.  I don’t believe I am successful just yet, but I will be in a few years.

7.      Who has been your greatest inspiration?
Everyone who supports our journey inspires us to persevere.  Happy customers, other business people or organizations that offer their guidance, friends and family that genuinely wants us to succeed inspires us because they believe we can do great things and this gives us the confidence and motivation to always do our best.

8.      What book has inspired you the most? (OR what is your favourite book?)
My favourite book, Wow, i have a ton of favorites, smiling… especially in audio format like Anthony Robbins, he is my source for motivation. However someone lent me a copy of David Novak- “Taking people with you,” which I thoroughly enjoyed. I really need to get my own copy. His book is a unique insight on personal development, and how to bring out the best in others. It is one of the best, most practical hands-on books on leadership I've ever read. My plan is to apply the principles I’ve learnt, to be a charismatic and successful Entrepreneur, and assist other persons along my journey… it really is the only way to make big things happen.

9.      What is your favourite aspect of being an entrepreneur?
What I love about being an entrepreneur is the ability to make the decisions. Though hubby is the decisive one, having my hubby as my business partner, with his great set of skills and keen business perspective is awesome. The flexibility to work from anywhere is my greatest love and knowing the success of our business is up to us. I also think it is quite fulfilling creating an opportunity for ourselves that may someday create opportunities for others.

10.   Do you think that entrepreneurship is important to your local economy and why?
Yes, I think entrepreneurship is good for the growth of our local economy and is very important. One of our goals was to utilize our resources on our island to reduce imports, while inspiring persons to support more locally made products, so more money stays here to develop our communities.  It is high time we as a small island start exporting too. This will intensify competition, create employment, increase productivity, and offer customers value. So entrepreneurship really does benefit everyone along the way.

11.  Where do you see yourself and your business 10 years from now?
I see myself as a very successful entrepreneur by then, with our very own Brio Che, Health Store and Gelato Cafe not only in St.Vincent but several places around the world. I see myself traveling around the world. I will also like to have an establishment that assists other entrepreneurs. I know how hard it can be to have great ideas and not being able to make them a reality.

12.  What three pieces of advice would you give to students who want to become entrepreneurs? An entrepreneur is one who takes initiative, creates his or her own opportunities and accepts some risks…so be prepared to take risks. Secondly being discipline is important I think the hardest part is the discipline it takes to get everything together. Finally, stay motivated and focus on your goals, you have to have a clear vision of where you going or what you want to achieve.  Finally as long as you are passionate about your business and committed to delivering your best, people will notice. The rest will follow.













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10 Brilliant Business Insights i gained from Wayne "Waggy T" Redhead

The Caribbean have some of the most astute businessmen and women and Grenada is no exception.One of the most influential and most prolific businessmen in Grenada is Wayne "Waggy T" Redhead and i have learned so much from just observing the way he does business. Below is an info-graphic showing top Business Insights gained from him.

Photo Credit: weefmgrenada.com



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10 Commandments of Entrepreneurship for Caribbean Entrepreneurs


The Caribbean is filled with many successful entrepreneurs, and many of them understand what is really means to be a true Entrepreneur. However, as talented as many Caribbean Entrepreneurs are, many of them do not do many of the things listed below. The info-graphic highlights the 10 Commandments of Entrepreneurship for Caribbean Entrepreneurs. 


Info-graphic- Why Carnival is Good Business in Grenada


Apart from all the Jab Jab, apart from rubbing ``ole Oil`` on the cat, apart from all the turbo charge and all the good stuff that comes with Carnival in Grenada. Carnival is also good business, Here is an info graphic detailing some brief reasons why.




Up and Coming Caribbean Entrepreneur: Raquel Leid (Grenada)



Today, we feature Up and Coming Grenadian Entrepreneur, Ms. Raquel Leid. Raquel is an Image Consultant, Fashion designer, Make-Up Artist and Vlogger at Always Leid



Always Leid is the fashion design brainchild of Raquel Leid. According to Raquel, it is more than a fashion/clothing design and manufacturing enterprise, Always Leid is a movement that promotes innovative creativity, daring empowerment and expressions of self. They specialize in the production of exclusive, limited edition, marquee clothing and accessories and the provision of quality beautification services including but not limited to professional image, styling and consultancy services. Their designs are centered on bold prints and courageous patterns aesthetically woven to capture imagination, style, and exuberance.

The long term goal of Raquel and Always Leid is to open an institute in Grenada that not only offers a myriad of beautification & fashion related services,but to educate others of ways & means they can channel their talents & creativity into majestic works of art.

Some of her designs are as follows:





Raquel can be contacted at 
Email: raqui.leid@live.com 
Facebook: Always Leid 
Twitter: @alwaysleid, 
 Instagram:  Always_Leid
You Tube: Always Leid

Think Big Work Smart Hustle hard: Business Start-Up Series Part 2

Generating Your Business Idea

Download and save a PDF version of this topic to your computer Your Business Idea 




In part one of this series we took a look at what type of entrepreneur you are or what type of entrepreneur you can be. We also took a look at some of the myth surrounding entrepreneurship, part one of this series can be found here Business Start up Series: Part 1.

In this part of the business start-up series, we will take a look at where business ideas come from and how you can generate a business. Many of us wonder when it is a good time to turn their idea into a business, there is never a right or wrong time for doing this. Some of the most successful businesses have been started in depressions when the economy was not doing well.  Greg Brophy once said `` it’s not the business you’re in, but the way you do business that makes the difference. Every business has a formula for making money; you just have to figure out yours. ``

So how exactly do we start the process of idea generation, one of the first things that are to be done is to do an audit of you, make a list that highlights?

  • ·         Things that you’re  good at
  • ·         Things that you’re  not good at or dislike doing
  • ·         Things you enjoy about your current work
  • ·         What skills you possess, whether you excel at them or not


Once you do this, you should start looking for emerging patterns such as whether or not there is a need for one of the skills you have or whether you can start a business doing one of the things you’re good at.

Hobbies are a great way to generate business ideas. If you like writing, there may be a business in there for you. You may be able to write articles for businesses and other publications or do freelance writing work.

Is there something that you observe that can be improved in your community, maybe your peers and friends and families keep complaining about the way a particular business or company are doing things? How about taking a look at what they are doing and do it differently and better, you will already have a ready market, because these persons are frustrated and will be willing to make the switch to you if you offer a better alternative. Listening to people`s frustration is another way to generate several solid business ideas. Even if persons are not complaining, searching for a better way of doing things tend to lead to some positive business ideas that can result  in being  successful for many individuals.

In school maybe we are involved in certain projects, this is another great source of business, and can a school project be converted in a business. In Grenada, many students leave the Junior Achievers programme having run successful small businesses. Can these businesses be continued even after school? Even if these students do not want to continue these businesses. It is a source of inspiration to visit the JA expose to see what businesses these students have developed and get ideas from this to start your own business.

Many individuals have what I call an AHA moment, maybe they’re in the shower and an idea just came to mind. AHA moments are powerful and once they hit, you should take a look to see how feasible it is to take to the market. Another way the idea can just hit you is by being present in life, being present in life means being fully observant of what is happening around you, going places where you may not normally go and from these great ideas can come. You will also need to think outside the box for many of these.

Business ideas may come in the form of an`` add on`` for a particular product. You may be using a product and wonder, wouldn’t it be nice if this product can have this feature, this works well with technology.  Many technologist are now developing apps and other products that can work well with smart phones and computer programmes, these are a great way of getting a business idea.

To wrap up this second part of this series, I would suggest that you read a lot, meet new people, hear their stories, share your ideas with people you trust, do research, and take a look at your working experience; these are all great ways for generating your business idea. Anyone can start a business; you just need to have that drive that willingness and it can happen, entrepreneurship is not for a very few select people. Steve Jobs said it best when he made this statement

When you grow up you tend to get told that the world is the way it is and your life is just to live your life and try not to bash into the walls too much…that’s a very limited life. Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact—everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you…shake off this erroneous notion that life is there and you’re just going to live in it versus make your mark upon it. Once you learn that, you will never be the same again. Don’t just live a life; build one


Look out for part 3 of this series right here

 
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