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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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

Episode 6 Part 2 – The Business Corner July 10th 2017 – Please note Segments presented in its entirety inclusive of sponsor commercials

 

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
Episode 8 Part 2 – The Business Corner July 24th 2017 – Please note Segments presented in its entirety inclusive of sponsor commercials
Episode 8 Part 3 – The Business Corner July 24th 2017 – Please note Segments presented in its entirety inclusive of sponsor commercials
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

 

Episode 9 Part 3 – The Business Corner July 31st 2017 – Please note Segments presented in its entirety inclusive of sponsor commercials

 

 

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 10 Part 2 – 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

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