Katalyxt’s 2017/18 Youth Innovators’ Competition: Seeds of Entrepreneurship

Dear readers, my favorite people at Katalyxt have just completed their Seventh Annual Youth Innovators’ Competition – a very special competition for high schools intended to encourage innovation and creativity in business. The youthful entrepreneurs compete with presentations, displays, and demonstrations of the products and services they have been working on. Two products will be … More Katalyxt’s 2017/18 Youth Innovators’ Competition: Seeds of Entrepreneurship

Jamaican Heads IFC Operations in English-Speaking Caribbean

Congratulations are due to Jamaican Judith Green on her appointment to head IFC, an important player in development financing in the region. Here is today’s World Bank press release. In Washington, DC: Vanessa Bauza Phone: +1 202-458-1603 E-mail: VBauza@ifc.org In Kingston, Jamaica: Gerry McDaniel Phone: 876-260-3329 E-mail: gmcdaniel@worldbank.org   IFC Appoints New Head for Jamaica … More Jamaican Heads IFC Operations in English-Speaking Caribbean

Tivoli Gardens Report, Homophobic Unpleasantness and UWI Drills Wells: Jamaica on Thursday, June 16, 2016

Well, the week’s not over yet, and it has been pretty intense. News arriving daily, at home and from abroad, has made us sit up and say “What?…Oh, no!” The rain has gone and summer is settling in. I am huddling over the fan. If air conditioning were to fall down from the sky, it … More Tivoli Gardens Report, Homophobic Unpleasantness and UWI Drills Wells: Jamaica on Thursday, June 16, 2016

Managing our Solid Waste: Solutions to the Problem of Plastics and Styrofoam

Now is the time for action! We are all gradually (finally) becoming aware of a tidal wave of plastic and styrofoam that threatens to overwhelm the island – although some of us have been writing about it for years. We have been talking about it for years, too. Recycling efforts have come and gone with … More Managing our Solid Waste: Solutions to the Problem of Plastics and Styrofoam

Meet The Bold Ones: National Bakery Gives New Manufacturers a Boost

This phrase The Bold Ones always reminds me of that long-running soap opera, The Bold and the Beautiful. These Jamaican entrepreneurs may or may not consider themselves beautiful, but they are certainly an inspiration. Setting out on the entrepreneurial road in Jamaica has its challenges. These seven enterprises were recognized recently at the launch of The … More Meet The Bold Ones: National Bakery Gives New Manufacturers a Boost

Fluff and Bluff, Nuh Guh Deh and a Hotel Times Three: Wednesday, April 29, 2015

A high pressure ridge is over Jamaica, which means considerable heat, no rain and a wind that offers no respite. I am almost hugging the fan right now (and no, air conditioning is not an option for us, although I would like to explore the possibility of solar a/c). We have a thick haze over … More Fluff and Bluff, Nuh Guh Deh and a Hotel Times Three: Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Stories of the Year, Best/Worst Ministers and Prices at the Pumps: Tuesday, December 23, 2014

This will be my last news post before Christmas. You can expect another one after I have recovered from the surfeit of food and drink that is yet to come. I am looking forward to Boxing Day and to those empty few days drifting up to New Year, when I can collect my thoughts, make … More Stories of the Year, Best/Worst Ministers and Prices at the Pumps: Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Katalyxt Business Development Conference 2014: Keeping Youth in Focus

Katalyxt, a division of Mint Management & Financial Services Limited that supports the growth and development of small and medium enterprises in Jamaica, will hold its 2014 Business Development Conference at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston on May 14 – 15. The broad theme is “Business Growth Through Increased Innovation and Efficiency,” and there is a … More Katalyxt Business Development Conference 2014: Keeping Youth in Focus

“Are the country’s best days behind us or ahead of us?”

I don’t often reproduce speeches on my blog. But at the National Bakery’s launch of its remarkable “Bold Ones” initiative in support of upcoming Jamaican manufacturers, President of the Jamaica Manufacturers’ Association of Jamaica Brian Pengelley gave a hard-hitting presentation that made me sit up and think. Apart from the strong points that he made … More “Are the country’s best days behind us or ahead of us?”

Making a Bold Move: Jamaican Manufacturers Step Forward

“We all rely on each other.” So said President of the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica Christopher Zacca this morning. A simple and true statement. We had better start believing in it. And today, a large and successful Jamaican firm, National Bakery, joined hands with eight new entrepreneurs. These are the “Bold Ones,” the appointed … More Making a Bold Move: Jamaican Manufacturers Step Forward