Episode 14: Tapping Into Barbados' Billion-Dollar Energy Sector

In this episode, we speak to William Hinds BJH, SCM, Chief Energy Conservation Officer in the Ministry of Energy and Water Resources. We discuss the opportunities that exist in the emerging renewable energy sector for both individuals and companies as well as the change his ministry plans to bring to Barbados in the coming years.

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Episode 13: A Spotlight on Entrepreneurship

We open the year 2019 with a discussion on entrepreneurship featuring the General Manager of the Barbados Youth Business Trust (BYBT), Cardell Fergusson. Do we have a true understanding of what entrepreneurship really is? Are we confusing entrepreneurship with self-employment? Will a failure to understand this difference be to our detriment in the long run, especially as there is a current drive to herd retrenched workers into the direction of entrepreneurship?

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Episode 12: Educate, Cultivate, Facilitate, Then Watch Them Dominate

In this episode, our host Collis Williams engages in a very passionate and high energy discussion with Belizean Egbert Irving, Program Manager at the Sagicor Cave Hill School of Business & Management. Egbert's role puts him in a position where he has access to the fertile minds of young people from across the region and as such, he is considered to be a critical person in the strategy for safeguarding the sustainability of our Caribbean people.

As a moulder of minds, Collis charges Egbert with repositioning the mentality of our youth to help them to understand not only how important it is to get in line as an entrepreneur, but also to be part of the agitation to facilitate the mastery of their own destiny. There is also a strong appeal to our youth to push their way through the contagion of old staid ideas that currently remain intact and ultimately hamper their progress.

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Episode 11: The Role of Financial Technology in Facilitating the Caribbean E-commerce Entrepreneur

It's not just the logistics of getting products to the international customer that poses a problem for Caribbean entrepreneurs but also the financial logistics of trading with that same international customer base.

In this episode we feature financial technology (FinTech) professional Rasheed J Griffith who helps us to understand these challenges and sheds light on ways that we can go about fixing them. You'll walk away with an understanding of:

  • The specific structural dilemma facing the Caribbean as it pertains to internet payments

  • How we can get past this structural dilemma

  • Why in today's world cash is no longer king

  • How we can potentially reduce our perceived financial structural risk using preexisting infrastructure

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Episode 10: The Platform Must Be Immediately Created for the Evolving Caribbean Entrepreneur to Thrive

In this episode we hear from Jannene Inniss, co-owner of the small agro-processing company, Groen Leaf. Jannene knows the challenges faced by Caribbean entrepreneurs all too well and shares some of her personal experiences with us. Together with our host, Jannene pleads for the paradigm shift needed for our region to create the platform that facilitates the evolving entrepreneur and allows them to both export their talents to the world and be competitive.

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