BRADES, Montserrat – “Your next business venture is just an idea away,” says author and entrepreneur Nerissa Golden, who will be one of the presenters at the HYPE Entrepreneurship seminar scheduled for September 14 and 15 at the Montserrat Cultural Centre.
Golden, who is the owner of goldenmedia Montserrat, a multi media marketing firm that handles clients in the creative arena and non-profit sector, says there is no one way to start a business.
“A profitable venture can come out of a personal challenge that leads you to create a new invention or start an organization to champion a cause. It could also be a gap in the market that is unfulfilled and you have found a way to do that and earn an income. Many people love to say ‘why doesn’t the government do this or somebody should do that’. When you can see a problem clearly and also a solution, then it is you who have been given the chance to create a business to resolve that challenge.”
The Office of the Chief Minister has endorsed the first HYPE Entrepreneurship Seminar being held at the Montserrat Cultural Centre next Tuesday and Wednesday. This is the latest initiative of the Helping Youth Prepare for Employment (HYPE) programme from the Ministry of Youth Affairs and is expected to be attended by the upper level students in the secondary school, the community college and others from the community between 16 and 30 years. The goal of which is to encourage young people to consider starting a small business to build a more vibrant private sector. T
he author of The Making of a Caribbeanpreneur: Strategies for Overcoming Fear and Building Wealth says that no matter the catalyst which initiated the business, it will take belief in yourself and faith in God to maintain and build a profitable venture.
“No one can succeed without others and we have to be confident that we are bringing something of value to the marketplace. A new venture always contains a measure of faith because it often challenges your comfort zone, may require you to learn new skills for doing business. But it is always worth it to follow your dreams and build a business that brings personal and financial freedom,” explained the entrepreneur.
Golden is the founder of the Young Entrepreneurs Symposium (YES) and has presented at ICT Roadshow Montserrat, the Barbados Youth Business Trust and the Cayman Islands Investment Bureau’s Women Entrepreneurs Forum. She will be facilitating several activities on the two-day agenda including the business brainstorming session on Tuesday morning and Developing your Business Idea and Venture on Wednesday.
Aspiring entrepreneurs can register to attend by calling 491-5703 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.