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The Business Corner – Mondays from 2pm “LET’S GET DOWN TO BUSINESS”
It’s NOW 60 minutes of News, Analysis and Discussions on Finance, Entrepreneurship and Work
with Tips and Advice for New Ideas and Start-Ups on how to move forward and develop a brand
Hosted by Communications and Business Consultant Ms Sandrine Rattan, catch a NEW episode every Monday from 2pm on Power 102.1fm or online at our Home Page
We also have archived podcasts of past episodes available below.

Episode 1 – Aired Monday 22nd May 2017

In this first episode, we discuss the resilience of the local banking sector, with deputy CEO of First Citizens.
And get the first of a regular, weekly series geared toward helping new and/or young entrepreneurs to succeed with their  start-ups.
The lead consultant of of an agency that provides such training explains why the euphoria and excitement of  embarking on such a venture needs equal parts  research, the right acumen and attention to detail.

Episode 1 Part 1 – The Business Corner May 22 2017 – Please note Segments presented in its entirety inclusive of sponsor commercials

 

Episode 1 Part 2 – The Business Corner May 22 2017 – Please note Segments presented in its entirety inclusive of sponsor commercials

 

Episode 1 Part 3 – The Business Corner May 22 2017 – Please note Segments presented in its entirety inclusive of sponsor commercials

 

Episode 2 – Aired Monday 29th May 2017

This week, host, Sandrine Rattan, engages young entrepreneurs and their facilitators about moving from being employees to starting their own business, and turning ideas into something tangible.
Guests include Shedron Collins, General Manager, Youth Business Trinidad+Tobago, Brian Benoit, founder of the Benoit Pan Academy, and Christo Cave, Director of Enterpreneurial Development Support, YTEPP
And the CARIRI Business Hatchery provides another tip for those with ideas for a start-up.

Episode 2 Part 1 – The Business Corner May 29 2017 – Please note Segments presented in its entirety inclusive of sponsor commercials

Episode 2 Part 2 – The Business Corner May 29 2017 – Please note Segments presented in its entirety inclusive of sponsor commercials

 

 

Episode 3 – Aired Monday 5th June 2017

Ahead of Labour Day (June 19), discussions about labour and employment issues begin. Secretary-general of the Communications Workers Union, and the President of  the Federation of Independent Trade Unions(FITUN), Joseph Remy, and Industrial Relations consultant, Lindhurst Murray, along with former trade union leader and Labour Minister,  and current opposition MP, Rudy Indarsingh, weigh in.
Then, the chairman of the Tobago division of the Chamber of Commerce, Demi-John Cruikshank reports on ongoing difficulties with the inter-island sea services. And more sound advice for those with ideas for a start-up from the CARIRI Business Hatchery.

 

Episode 3 Part 1 – The Business Corner June 5th 2017 – Please note Segments presented in its entirety inclusive of sponsor commercials

 

Episode 3 Part 2 – The Business Corner June 5th 2017 – Please note Segments presented in its entirety inclusive of sponsor commercials

 

Episode 4 – Aired Monday 12th June 2017
This week, part 2 of  an extended focus on labour and employment issues, with  Industrial Relations consultant, Lindhurst Murray,Brian Rooplal, Human Resources Head at Guardian Group and a member of Industrial Relations committee of the Employers’ Consultative Association, along with the General Secretary of the Banking, Insurance and General Workers Union, Trevor Johnson.
And, a specially-convened panel with representatives of the Trinidad+Tobago Energy Chamber, the European Union, Lloyd’s Register of  London, and the University of Trinidad+Tobago talk about this country’s plans to get 10% of its energy from renewable sources by 2021.
Episode 4 Part 1 – The Business Corner June 5th 2017 – Please note Segments presented in its entirety inclusive of sponsor commercials
Episode 4 Part 2 – The Business Corner June 5th 2017 – Please note Segments presented in its entirety inclusive of sponsor commercials

 

Episode 5 – Aired Monday 3rd July 2017

The President of the Trinidad+Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce and the CEO of the American Chamber of Industry and Commerce talk about the need for a continuous move toward economic diversification, rather than the stop-start measures that usually accompany changes in government and/or financial fortunes.
The Global Forensic Institute examines measures to combat fraud, estimated to cost companies an average of 5 percent of revenues, annually.
First Citizens’s head of commercial banking stops by to discuss challenges and opportunities. Analysis of the 2017/18 Tobago House of Assembly budget presented in June.
And the CARIRI Business Hatchery underscores the need for proper marketing research

Episode 5 Part 1 – The Business Corner July 3rd 2017 – Please note Segments presented in its entirety inclusive of sponsor commercials

 

 

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Episode 5 Part 3 – The Business Corner July 3rd 2017 – Please note Segments presented in its entirety inclusive of sponsor commercials

 

Episode 5 Part 4 – The Business Corner July 3rd 2017 – Please note Segments presented in its entirety inclusive of sponsor commercials

 

Episode 6 – Aired Monday 10th July 2017
A look back at some of the new and interesting, and outcomes, from the 2017 edition of the annual Trade and Investment Convention, held at the Centre of Excellence, between July 6-9. The Chief Executive Officer of organisers, the Trinidad+Tobago Manufacturers Association, looks ahead.
And 3 young ‘agri-preneurs‘ talk ideas in their different, but complementary areas of endeavor.
Plus, the CARIRI Business Hatchery with another piece of sound advice…

 

Episode 6 Part 1 – The Business Corner July 10th 2017 – Please note Segments presented in its entirety inclusive of sponsor commercials

 

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Episode 6 Part 3 – The Business Corner July 10th 2017 – Please note Segments presented in its entirety inclusive of sponsor commercials

 

Episode 7 – Aired Monday 17th July 2017

Details about the portal launched by the Trinidad+Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce to give young entrepreneurs access to the expertise of its members, and provide alliances for growth in the sector.
An in-depth assessment of the local film industry, and its potential for growth through a ‘value chain’ that includes location, financing, training and services, e-banking transactions, and where it fits into the overall picture, locally,50 years on from the introduction of the first automated teller machine(ATM).
And CARIRI‘s newly-implemented ‘Sustainable Energy Programme‘, geared to help companies improve efficiency and reduce costs.

Episode 7 Part 1 – The Business Corner July 17th 2017 – Please note Segments presented in its entirety inclusive of sponsor commercials

 

Episode 7 Part 2 – The Business Corner July 17th 2017 – Please note Segments presented in its entirety inclusive of sponsor commercials

 

Episode 7 Part 3 – The Business Corner July 17th 2017 – Please note Segments presented in its entirety inclusive of sponsor commercials

 

Episode 7 Part 4 – The Business Corner July 17th 2017 – Please note Segments presented in its entirety inclusive of sponsor commercials

 

 

Episode 8 – Aired Monday 24th July 2017
The country team leader of the Inter-American Develpment Bank speaks about the institution’s major focus areas in Trinidad and Tobago, and what government needs to do in the short and long-term to consolidate finances. Tomas Bermudez also says it’s important to re-structure and improve efficiency at loss-making state agencies, and to push through financial and public service reforms.
An assessment of the commercial landscape in central Trinidad, by the president of the Chaguanas Chamber of Industry and Commerce, which recently strengthened working ties with the CARIRI Business Hatchery and ExportTT.
And the head of the Cashflow Club, which teaches about entrepreneurship and finance, explains why assimilation and the practical approach trumps the classroom.
Episode 8 Part 1 – The Business Corner July 24th 2017 – Please note Segments presented in its entirety inclusive of sponsor commercials
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Episode 9 – Aired Monday 31st July 2017
The Prime Minster of St. Vincent and the Grenadines outlines the focus areas for development, economic stimulus plans,  and measures to eradicate poverty in the country.
In a wide-ranging interview, he also talks about co-ordinated Caricom efforts to improve air and sea transport, and deal with the impact of  non-communicable/lifestyle diseases, in the region.
The founder of the firm named ‘Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year 2016’  by Ernst+Young talks about establishing and sustaining a niche in the ‘marketplace’,  and the importance of overcoming fears of failure.
And the General Manager, Asset Management, at First Citizens explains savings and investment, risk, and providing an enabling environment for new business. Plus the CARIRI Business Hatchery with more advice for those with start-ups…

Episode 9 Part 1 – The Business Corner July 31st 2017 – Please note Segments presented in its entirety inclusive of sponsor commercials

 

Episode 9 Part 2 – The Business Corner July 31st 2017 – Please note Segments presented in its entirety inclusive of sponsor commercials

 

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Episode 10 – Aired Monday 7th August 2017

In July, the Association of Trinidad+Tobago Insurance Companies(ATTIC) advised that people ensure that independent agents and salespersons are licenced, before transacting any business. Vice-President(General Insurance), Jason Clarke, explains why that became necessary, the reasons why premiums vary  and the importance of  underinsurance (to factor increases in property value)
Financial services and planning coach, Jennifer Gibbons-Joseph, says that while challenging economic times often fuels anxiety, they require a culture of saving and budgeting, ways of making extra income, and even family discussions on money and spending.
And, after the creation of an 18 million U.S(120 million TT)-dollar government fund to develop Information Communications Technolgy (ICT) companies, Manager of the Global Services Programme in the Ministry of Planning, Tracy Hackshaw, delves into funding requirements, the setting up of shared-services areas, and the possibilities of offering services to the global market.
Plus the CARIRI Business Hatchery with more sound advice for those with start-ups

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Episode 10 Part 1 – The Business Corner August 7th 2017 – Please note Segments presented in its entirety inclusive of sponsor commercials

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Episode 11 – Aired Monday 14th August 2017

With arrivals to the island already down 70% on 2007 levels, problems on the air, and especially, seabridge has left businesses counting even more losses. Following the cancellation of the Ocean Flower 2 ferry contract, and ahead of the Prime Minister’s proposed meeting with stakeholders on August 21, the Tobago Hoteliers and Tourism Association says a turnaround in fortunes requires the broadest of consultations.
Amidst reports of job cuts, and forecasts of some economic growth by the International Monetary Fund, senior economist, Indira Sagewan-Ali, advises that government reduce expenditure and put borrowed funds into sectors that result in significant financial returns.
Renowned Trinidad+Tobago-born Master Tailor, Andrew Ramroop(of Maurice Sedwell Tailoring on London, England’s famed Saville Row), Elize Rostant, who makes jewellry and accessories, and
leading designer/creative director, Richard Young, a caribbean Next Top Model judge, discuss future commercial opportunities for the region in fashion, art, manufacturing and export.

Episode 11 Part 1 – The Business Corner August 14th 2017 – Please note Segments presented in its entirety inclusive of sponsor commercials

Episode 11 Part 2 – The Business Corner August 14th 2017 – Please note Segments presented in its entirety inclusive of sponsor commercials

Episode 12 – Aired Monday 21st August 2017

A sense of  uncertainty and disappointment prevails after the Government wound up the Tourism Development Company, and effectively retrenched 114 employees. Clyde Elder, Secretary General of the bargaining unit for those affected, the Communications Workers Union, and the President of the Trinidad and Tobago Incoming Tour Operators, Lorraine Pouchet, both claim the Tourism Sector has been set back several years and are concerned about its future.
Maria Borneo and Kristal Manswell, young women who’ve started businesses of their own, catering to different tastes, talk everything from setting and maintaining standards, to support platforms (including mentoring and training) for companies operating in spheres that range from consumables to services.
The CARIRI Business Hatchery offers more guidance for those with start-ups. And the C.E.O. of the Trinidad+Tobago Manufacturers AssociationDr. Mahindra Ramdeen, calls for measures that make doing business easier.
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Episode 13 – Aired Monday 28st August 2017

 

First Citizens ‘M-First’ facility allows businesses to service customers without being tied to any one location. Its Head of Branding and Marketing, Larry Olton, explains how it works, and how the bank’s uses corporate social responsibility to help stimulate economic activity through the ‘Pink Card’ to support causes related to women.
 2 months after assuming the post as President of the Arima Business Association, Reval Chattergoon, speaks of dollars, cents and equally as important, community in improving the fortunes of the Eastern Borough.
And Michelle Low Chew Tung, a business consultant, who co-founded Inveni, the Caribbean’s premier agency facilitating trade with China, on the new and exciting opportunities opening up with the Asian giant.

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Episode 13 Part 1 – The Business Corner August 28th 2017 – Please note Segments presented in its entirety inclusive of sponsor commercials

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Episode 14 – Aired Monday 4th September 2017

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As labour unions continue to agitate, and employers look to dictate, an industrial relations specialist examines to intricate relationship that exists between the two sides. Dr. Jamille Broome, a university lecturer, who also heads an employment consultancy, discusses the growing phenomenon of contracts, the need for updated legislation, and the role of government.
Chocolatiers in Trinidad, Jacklyn and Martin Matthew (makers of Tamana Mountain Chocolate, recently launched this year) and Duane Dove (whose Tobago Cocoa Estate, in production since 2010, won gold at the International Chocolate Awards) speak about their individual journeys, marketing, certification, penetrating the refined chocolates market …and parrots with ‘sweet beaks’.
The CARIRI Business Hatchery offers more advice on ‘developing the business model. And Vivek Charran, just into a 3rd term as president of the San Juan Business Association, wants the authorities to focus on measures improve infrastructure, strengthen and stabilise the environment for large, medium and small firms, and come up with comprehensive anti-crime policy.
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Episode 14 Part 1 – The Business Corner September 4th 2017 – Please note Segments presented in its entirety inclusive of sponsor commercials

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Episode 15 – Aired Monday 11th September 2017

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Young people in depressed communities or areas deemed crime hotspots often need to overcome more than most to succeed, and that includes in business. Once managers in the corporate world, Sonia Scarce, who manages her own accounting firm, and Caron Greaves, founder of Choice Human Resources TT, now help youths in those districts (and elsewhere), to obtain quality education, and maximise opportunities, with a target of at least 25 new, successful entrepreneurs by 2020.
Financial Consultant, Ian Narine, explains “the wisdom of crowds” (as opposed to individual bias), when it comes to the national budget, and why Government’s Annual Statement of Income and Expenditure ought to feature multi-year details.
And, Julie Hotchkiss, Marketing Director (Europe and the Americas) of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, with members and students in 178 countries, says the global professional accounting standards body is about ‘more than balance sheets, and profit-and-loss’, and talks about leadership, law, strategy, governance, and economic development.
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Episode 16 – Aired Monday 18th September 2017

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With the Finance Minister set to present the 2017/18 National Budget on October 2nd, the President  and C.E.O of the Energy ChamberDr. Thackwary Driver, gets into the intricacies of the Supplemental Petroleum Tax (imposed on increases in crude oil production, when the price per barrel goes above USD$50). He also urges more collaboration between stakeholders (and countries) in the key sector.

The people behind two recently launched digital marketing entities – Lisa Hudson, owner of Chirp Digital, and Joshua Mangroo,who founded Nine Breaker Marketing, speak about getting the advertising message out beyond (the still-dominant) traditional media avenues.

And, after Antigua largely escaped the the wrath of early September’s Category 5 Hurricane Irma, that devastated the smaller sister island, Barbuda, the country’s Minister of Economic Development and Tourism,
Asot Michael tells of plans well in train to re-contruct (with stricter building codes), and make it the ‘1st totally green, climate-resilient space in the Western hemisphere’

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