U.S. Embassy Hosts Entrepreneurship Program in the Eastern Caribbean












American entrepreneur Dextina Booker

The U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS is pleased to host a traveling program focused on entrepreneurship. The program travelled to Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada, and Barbados, and targeted entrepreneurship students at the tertiary level, and young entrepreneurs.

At each engagement, the film, “Generation Startup” was screened, and the Embassy was thrilled to have on hand, young American entrepreneur Dextina Booker, one of the women featured in the film.  “Generation Startup” is a feature documentary that captures the struggles and triumphs of Venture for America fellows as they launch startups in Detroit. Shot over the course of 15 months, the film is a celebration of entrepreneurship, innovation and economic rejuvenation of Detroit.

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How Collaborating Could Increase Your Profitability












I started my company four years ago without capital.

I didn’t have clients lined up; the marketplace didn’t know my name, so I basically had to build my company from scratch.

The secret to my company earning revenue in its early stages was collaboration. Collaboration is termed as a joint effort by a team of professionals with the intent of providing a service or creating a product, making it ready for consumption.

If you are trying to get your foot in the door per say, this maybe a route you might want to consider, as it is an excellent way to prove your professionalism and guarantee consideration for the next opportunity.

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The World Cheese Awards heats up, as Barbados’ only cheesemaker gets set for San Sebastián





















As anticipation builds for the 29th annual World Cheese Awards, which is being held in San Sebastián this year as part of the International Cheese Festival, awards organiser, the Guild of Fine Food, is delighted to officially announce its first judge for 2016; Andrea Power of Hatchman’s Premium Cheeses, the only cheesemaker in the whole of Barbados. The Barbadian producer’s trip to the Basque Country will be sponsored by Cobblers Cove, a luxury retreat on Barbados’ west coast, as part the celebrations being held to mark 50 Years of Independence for this small and proud nation. Continue reading

The Pitfalls of Working from Home (and How to Avoid Them)












By Corey Pemberton

Working from home sounds awesome.

Daydreaming in your cubicle, it’s easy to get swept up in the fantasy. You imagine rolling out of bed whenever you please, leisurely sipping your coffee, and swapping a strict corporate dress code for pajamas…

Until you actually do it.

It doesn’t take long to discover that, as great as working from home can be, it also has its challenges. We aren’t used to dealing with them while working in the typical office environment.

The sooner you can overcome these challenges, the sooner you’ll be happy, productive, and profitable in your business – even in your pajamas. Continue reading

How to Develop an Abundance Mindset (and Why You Should)













By Corey Pemberton

Want to know why you’re struggling in business?

It’s probably not due to a lack of effort. A staggering number of entrepreneurs put in the blood and sweat and tears – and still end up wondering where things went wrong.

Many of these fledgling business owners obsess over technical strategies and complicated marketing tactics. But they ignore one of the most important elements it takes to succeed: a proper mindset.

Developing an abundance mindset can make the difference between continuing to struggle… or starting to thrive.

Keep reading to find out how!

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Summer Home Gardening















Summer is here, and with it comes children at home and lots of rain.  Let’s marry the two by starting our home garden and engaging the kids. It’s an exciting way to spend time with the kids outdoors, by planning, planting, tending and reaping. Lots of lessons can be learnt along the way and the children will thoroughly enjoy it. They can be rewarded for their participation and responsibility and everyone reaps benefits in the end.

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Lush Sundae- Sweet Fuh Days

















Crop Over 2016 was in for a sweet treat with a new party held by the well-known team of Le Frere International Inc. The concept for Lush Sundae was born during a brainstorming session to revamp and expand on the Lush Lime they hosted previously as a warm up to Lush Cooler Party. Lush Sundae provided interactive games along with sampling of both succulent and decadent treats which proved to be a hit with the patrons!

Many don’t know that Le Frere International Inc is a group of five young entrepreneurs (Joseph Laflouf, Joel Barrow, Dwayne Neblett, Shara Graham and Anton Nicholls) who all grew up in Frere Pilgrim, Barbados. They decided to work on a project that could enhance the Crop Over festival and the overall tourism product that Barbados has to offer. They first introduced Lush Cooler Party in 2012 and since then they’ve added Soca Sunset Cooler Cruise and now Lush Sundae to their suite of events. Continue reading

Scotiabank Places Confidence in Start-Ups with $60,000 Grant

















Scotiabank has shown its confidence in Barbadian entrepreneurs with a $60,000 grant which go towards helping to fund start-ups and small businesses.

The grant, which is part of the commemoration of Scotiabank’s 60th anniversary in Barbados, was made to the Cherry Tree Trust, a charity which makes loans to small businesses that have difficulty securing financing from mainstream financial institutions.

Scotiabank managing director David Noel handed over the cheque to Renee Kowlessar, Sasha Sheehy and Sheila Leacock of the Cherry Tree Trust recently at the bank’s managing director’s office in Warrens.

“Scotiabank is proud to make this donation to the Cherry Tree Trust, which is focused on supporting entrepreneurs and small businesses in Barbados. Small businesses are critical to economic growth and it is important that we play our part in facilitating an environment in which entrepreneurs can start and grow successful businesses,” he stated. Continue reading

Massy United Insurance Ltd. – Manager for a Day Programme 2016















A 19-year-old student at the University of the West Indies has been selected as Massy United Insurance’s student Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for a day.

Diandra Hurley who is a practising undergraduate in Accounting and Economics copped the honour along with 11 other tertiary students to shadow manage senior staff at Massy United Insurance over the next two days.

She will work with Massy United Insurance’s CEO Howard Hall to gain a collective insight on what it takes to successfully manage the Caribbean’s leading general Insurance Company.

The initiative, now in its second year has been a huge success and Hurley was selected from 53 applicants who had to write an essay on why they wanted to become a leader. Continue reading

The Dancing Book Club



The Dancing Book Club
















There’s a new creative workshop for kids, it’s called the Dancing Book Club, a fusion of dancing and reading activities. Behind this venture is Janelle Mitchell of Smart Arts Room and Teila Williams of Ayo Creative Ventures.


Tell us why you decided to start the Dancing Book Club?

The Dancing Book Club was conceptualised as a need and exploration to fuse literature with movement. I decided to start this project as a cocoon for where stories and movement become best buddies. Being inducted into the world of the arts through African dancing as a child, I wanted to connect the dots as a way to link my past (dance) with my present (Smart Arts Room). This workshop series is a branch of what we do in our Reading Seeds programme but giving our smarties an opportunity to embody the stories and be exposed to movement. Another prime reason was for a way to connect with fellow entrepreneurs to provide a synergy as we do what we love and continue to inspire children to believe in words and creativity. It adds to our programme structure which is in the school term as well as another revenue stream. Our legacy lives on through our words whether written or oral and dance awakens the soul by retelling its stories through the soles. Continue reading

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