The Business Corner
This week we preview TSTT’s conference “Connect 2019” (Jan 29-Feb 1), which looks at new paths to Innovation and Entrepreneurship through Technology, with Enterprise Marketing Manager, Siobhan Thompson, and event partners – the Entertainment and Shopping Mobile App d’Junction’s designer and innovator Ria Karim, and the business support entity, Launch Rockit’s Gerard Thomas, who talks about a rewarding ‘code challenge’ for star-ups.
Entertainment Lawyer, and Producer of the online series, “The Business of Carnival”, Carla Parris, the editor-in-chief of CultureEGo Magazine, Adeline Gregoire, and Augustus Forde, of the Red Cross Society, organisers, for over 6 decades of the annual Children’s Carnival parade, discuss culture and public/private sector funding.
Architect, Andre James, and Erin Thomas, of AJ Designed, offer help to those seeking to build or renovate on a budget, while Fabien de France speaks of the vision for the swim club, Bluefin Aquatics, set up in 2016 and already boasting a neat trophy collection.
Activities resume for The Business Corner after the Christmas holiday, and a week after Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley spoke on the importance of Management. Economics lecturer at the University of the West Indies Dr. Daren Conrad and Trevor Johnson, General Secretary of the Banking, Insurance and General Workers Union, along with Navin Dookeran, Director of the Executive Masters of Business Administration programme at the Arthur Lok Jack Global School of Business have their say.
With figures showing at least 21 000 more jobless between 2015-2017, followed by 2018’s sizeable public sector layoffs, lecturer in Entrepreneurship at the College of Science, Technology and the Applied Arts of Trinidad and Tobago (COSTAATT), Sajjad Hamid, and Professor Raghavalu Ramella, Dean at the University of the Southern Caribbean’s School of Business, discuss starting a business, even in a downturn.
And we hear of a new online prices comparison platform, ShopAroundTT, from one of its founders, Andrew Nichols.
Fresh from addressing the Guyana Safety Forum in Georgetown, the CEO of the Energy Chamber, Dr. Thackwary Driver, speaks of opportunities for locals in the South American country (with its significant recent oil discoveries), and increased gas production in Trinidad and Tobago for a second straight year.
Dr. Christian Stone and wife, Sophia, recap the 2018 edition of the National Secondary School Entrepreneurship Competition (NSSEC), alongside Alexander Ramlogan, part of the winning school (Presentation College San Fernando) team.
We meet Sharon Francis, who delivers Kin’s Wholesome Goodness (to-order meals), putting her accountant training to good use, and the team of Jeré Andrews and Rawle Rollocks, on a mission, since 2010, to make the region’s main languages – English, Spanish and French are accessible to Caribbean students through Reperio.
And finally, Surin Maharaj, president of the Greater Tunapuna Chamber of Commerce, says that apart from large public sector lay-offs and crime, 2018 turned out pretty decent in that business hub with seasonal sales on the rise.
Launching a successful business begins with a good idea, the boldness to act on it, and then the hard work.
Canada’s High Commissioner to Trinidad & Tobago, Carla Hogan Rufelds, and senior trade commissioner, Andrew Maharaj, come in to talk about a 7-year, Canadian $20 million support programme (financing, expertise and access to markets) for Caribbean start-ups.
The Secretariat Head of the Caribbean Association of Industry and Commerce, Devernan Kowlessar, and professor Anthony Gonzales, an expert in international economics at the University of the West Indies, analyse the recent revived move by regional leaders toward the Caricom Single Market and Economy (CSME).
And with ‘personalised nutrition’ listed by Inc.com among the “8 industries with tremendous potential for growth in 2019”, registered dietician, Shanice Charles, tells of recognising the need in 2016, for Dear Diet, which caters to people living with kidney, and so-called lifestyle diseases such as diabetes.