Dazzle Magazine Barbados Issue 9

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By Ryan Wills

A popular saying goes gain in your 20s, build in your 30s and chill in your 40s.  For this issue I thought that we should look at the “gainers” and highlight entrepreneurs 25 years and younger.  Starting a business full time from young has its benefits but also includes some ultimate sacrifices such as not having the pleasure of “work experience” or even completing university.  One of the real gems I believe in starting so young is being able to take risks and in the event of failure, bouncing back and going again. 

I’m really heartened to have met and interacted with these young entrepreneurs to see the good they are doing in their own spaces.  Most of the time the youth are always blamed for being deviant and not actively contributing to society. 

So who’s in this issue? We have the winners of our 2015, Dazzle Entrepreneur Toolkit Competition, Mark Ramsay and Ariana Green of Couple Six Inc. They have been making steady strides in game development, an uncharted field here in Barbados. On the cover is Damien Gooding, who despite having major setbacks at a young age has persevered to start KeDrew Inc, a media, marketing and talent management company and can boost of having worked with some big international names.  Firhanna Bulbulia is definitely bridging the gap and at the time of this publication will be a proud recipient of the Queen’s Young Leader Award for her work in forming The Barbados Association of Muslim Ladies.  Latisha King of GOME Clothing is only eighteen years old and has her sights set on taking her clothing brand regionally and internationally.

Wow is all I can say, we have some home-grown talent set to do big things.   Encouraging young people to reach their fullest potential as a nation is the least we can do to secure our future.  Happy Reading.

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