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Caribbean Power Lunch

Caribbean Power Lunch

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Interview series featuring black entrepreneurs packed with stories and lessons that everyone can learn from.
35 Episodes
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030: The Hardest Part is to Start with Toni Thorne
Who is Toni Thorne? Entrepreneur who started her first business at age 7.Self-starter: “If I say I’m going to do something, I find a way I get it done.”“The hardest thing is to start.”Pursue what you are interested in and what will energize you: “You have to be very clear in what you want from life.”Motto: “Be true to yourself.” – you are your own biggest obstacle.Experience of Business Pursue Your Interests:Know Your Business Inside OutBelieve in YourselfAlign Your InterestsFinding a MentorUnderstand and Embrace FailureFavourite Failure Story.Black EntrepreneurshipThere is a mindset issue which is keeping Caribbean businesses, particularly Black businesses, from growing as they should: “People would rather own 0% of nothing than 5% of something.” – instead of collaborating and supporting one another, they would rather compete.The Black experience in Barbados, a predominantly Black country, is one in which Black people are treated as minorities and racism is an endemic issueUpper financial class does not reflect the racial composition of the country, which affects the level of entrepreneurship and business entryExperiences of being Black worldwide are unique experiencesA study on the business loan process conducted by Harvard University revealed Black entrepreneurs in the USA have to deal with much more stringent policies and procedures than White entrepreneurs with similar or lesser qualifying requirements. This experience of different rules for Black business owners and Black entrepreneurs is also true in Barbados and serves as an obstacle which Black entrepreneurs have to determine how to overcome.Black parents have until recently tended to be more conservative, encouraging children to follow a more secure, traditional path and may not have supported entrepreneurship as it seemed too riskyThis stems partly from a historical experience of oppression and disadvantage which has caused them to be more risk-averse.That mindset is slowly changing, which is necessary to spur on generational wealth and generational business growthWhite peers may have a different upbringing and exposure to family businesses and business mindset earlier onBlack entrepreneurs must recognize that although social structures may cause them to be at a disadvantage, they can and must then make their own paths to success, be creative in how they pursue structuring and financing their businesses and set their own goals for measuring success.
025 - Social Innovation with Candice Lela Rolingson
Here we take a deep dive into Social Innovation in the Creative Sector with Candice Lela Rolingson. Candice is an accomplished innovator and business developer who’s always been passionate about tourism, creative industries, and technology. She has successfully launched ventures in film, fashion, beauty, wellness & lifestyle, in addition to facilitating business model development and branding strategies to various business products and individuals. An international award-winning Executive Producer with a talent for research methods, Candice has developed exceptional skills in project managing the production of documentaries, feature films and commercially-branded entertainment for web & television advertisements, events, media and motion pictures. Moreover, she specializes in Caribbean Film Locations and Tourist Destination Management for international productions. In this episode, we discuss:The concept of Social Innovation;Why Social?;The vision, creation and production process, and impact of the film "Positive and Pregnant";Rollywood;Location Management;"Our Ethiopia" short film series;Building awareness of local creative projects; andThe Caribbean's role in Global Diversity. Links:Candice's Production Reel - on YouTube.Trailers for "Our Ethiopia" SeriesCandice's thesis on Behavior ChangeCandice on LinkedInCandice on TwitterCandice on Instagram Related Episodes:Listen to Episode 020: Social Entrepreneurship with Sian Cuffy-YoungListen to Episode 013: Rankin Morgan - Dazzle Magazine Subscribe To This Podcast:iTunesStitcherCastboxRSS Feed
024 - Sports Management Done Right with Kyle Lequay
 Kyle Lequay is a Sports Marketing and Business Development Specialist with over eleven years' experience in the industry. As President of the Beach Soccer Association of Trinidad and Tobago, Kyle is responsible for the development and promotion of beach soccer in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. Beach soccer has made significant advancements with Kyle at the helm, including generating sport tourism activities such as the annual Tobago Beach Soccer Championship, which has brought in players from more than twenty countries since inception. As Strategic Marketing Manager for WI Sports Limited, Kyle envisioned, developed and implemented concepts to increase viewership and audience engagement, strategies that significantly and positively impacted the Company’s presence. Kyle also held the position of Marketing Manager for the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA), concurrently with the post of Project Manager for FIFA’s Income Generation Program. Under his stewardship, the FIFA Program successfully implemented its deliverables and acquired significant public and private sector sponsorships, an activity that has contributed to cultivating critical relationships for the TTFA. Kyle boasts of an impressive list of significant sporting contributions locally and internationally including:Sponsorship Manager for the Caribbean Premier League (CPL);Marketing Manager for the Local Organising Committee for the FIFA Women’s U17 World Cup 2010;Program Coordinator for the DC Scores, Washington, D.C.; andSport Marketing Officer for Digital Sports DC/Kimsey Foundation, Washington DC. He is also a Certified Arena Operator for the U.S. Indoor Sports Association, a Member of the North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM) and a Member for the Sport Marketing Association.Kyle is also a graduate of Howard University, School of Business, Washington D.C.  In this episode, we discuss:The origin of Beach Football (Soccer) in Trinidad and TobagoThe Sports Tourism model and its impact on a country's athleticsThe transition into Cheerleading - Cheer in the SunFinding opportunities in Sports EntertainmentA lesson in Resilience - how Kyle acquired the World of Dance Franchise; andWhat you learn from managing a Sports Bar Links:Lequay Edge on Facebook Related Episodes:Listen to Episode 001: Osei Wright-Alexis - Why Not Try?Listen to Episode 003: You Have to be "All In" with Kerrie-Kim KirtonListen to Episode 010: Make It POP! Event Management 101 with Brendon BraithwaiteListen to Episode 022: Proper Talent Management with Andre Jeffers 
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