An entrepreneur is an individual who builds a business, who takes financial risks to make a profit and in most cases, this is the motivation behind starting many small companies and large corporations.
However, there are some people who become entrepreneurs because of their true nature
desire to help others or improve situations.
Whatever the reason for that start, being an entrepreneur is not an easy task or journey. Consequently, for our sixth Year Loop Awards category, we’d like to take this opportunity to recognize some of the hardworking businessmen and women across the Caribbean.
Here are the nominees selected for the Annual Loop Awards Entrepreneur of the Year category, and as always, we’re counting on your votes to choose the top entrepreneur for 2022.
Nominee 1: Eugene Gabriel (Saint Lucia)
Gabriel is credited for formulating and launching his company’s own organic bio-fertiliser called ‘Agromax,’ which is the flagship product of the brand. To date, E&E Agrochemicals has also launched four additional products (Nitro-Pro, Cal-10, Cal-Mag-B and Cal-Nite).
Below are some other big wins for Gabriel and E&E Agrochemicals:
- Their products are sold to major agricultural retailers throughout the island, Grenada and Dominica.
- After launching the business in Grenada, the company also participated in Grenada’s first ever Agriculture Expo.
- They work as active partners in the WUSC Caribbean& Sustainable Agriculture in the Caribbean (SAC) project.
- They are actively involved in farmer consultations and island-wide outreach.
Nominee 2: Barry Collymore (Grenada)
Mount Cinnamon Hotel
After moving to Grenada due to the nature of his work, Collymore stayed at the Mount Cinnamon Hotel in 1999. Now he is the new owner of the hotel and aims to build on the legacy of its previous owner Peter de Savary to do this. one of the best brands in Grenada.
Here are a few more reasons why we believe Barry Collymore should be recognized:
- He intends to introduce significant plans and measures to improve the customer experience at Mount Cinnamon Hotel.
- Collymore launched the West Indies School of Hospitality program last year in conjunction with Cornell University, investing in training and industry development.
- The Mount Cinnamon Hotel is also in the Green Globe Programme, and Collymore is in talks with other environmental partners.
- Collymore plans to work with the Grenada Tourism Authority and other stakeholders to promote Grenada.
Nominee 3: Alwyn Brown (Jamaica)
Shark and Plantation Smokehouse
Brown is the proud owner of Jamaica’s most famous restaurants on the north coast that not only offer delicious food but are also credited with expertly introducing one of the country’s main offerings to visitors.
Self-described as someone who isn’t afraid to take risks, Brown made the Entrepreneur of the Year nominee list because:
- He creatively exposes locals and tourists to quality entertainment, leaving his country’s brand deeply imprinted on visitors’ minds.
- He serves as a motivation for others who want to take risks by starting a business and also perseveres through tough times and uses creativity to overcome challenges.
- Brown opened many locations and, in doing so, provided a livelihood for many Jamaicans.
Nominee 4: Anthony and June Henry (Trinidad & Tobago)
AJ Ice Cream
This husband and wife duo has taken the confection market by storm with their range of unique flavours, such as Pepper Mango and Charcoal Coconut. The Henrys have had tremendous buzz surrounding their products over the years, including winning the 2022 Entrepreneurship Award from the Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce. There are many other reasons to add them to this list of nominees.
- AJ Ice Cream stands out in the Carifesta market, as people flock to their booth to taste the deliciousness that the brand has to offer.
- Since 2017, the Henrys have worked hard to establish their business, which has grown from a table to a tent, then a cart and eventually a shop. This couple is showing the world that it can be made from humble beginnings.
- They are creating a new world of treats that locals and tourists didn’t know they needed and can use their special flavors to celebrate special occasions.
Nominee 5: Allana & Logan Steuart (Trinidad & Tobago)
Berties Pepper Sauce
It’s safe to say that Steuarts made their mark in the spice industry with the introduction of their signature pepper sauces.
In 2004, this couple decided to enter the business world but not to make money for themselves. They did it with the noble goal of earning money to buy a refrigerator for a needy member of their community.
Needless to say, their act of kindness paid off. You might also want to vote for the Steuarts because they:
- Placed second in the Chamber of Industry and Commerce Small to Medium Entrepreneur category of the 2018 Champions of Business.
- Support local farmers by using only local peppers in their sauce recipes.
- In Trinidad and Tobago, Bertie&’s pepper sauce is a popular brand and one of the most commonly available commercial pepper sauces to date.
These five nominees are inspiring, to say the least, and we’re proud to share their stories and accomplishments with you.
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