An entrepreneur is an individual who starts a business by taking financial risks in order to make a profit, and in most cases this is the motivation behind the founding of many small businesses and large corporations.
However, there are some people who have become entrepreneurs because of their truth
the desire to help others or improve the situation.
Whatever the reason for this start, being an entrepreneur is not an easy task or journey. This is already the sixth year Loop Awards category, we want to take this opportunity to recognize some of the hardworking businessmen and women across the Caribbean.
Here are the nominees for Entrepreneur of the Year at the Annual Loop Awards, and as always, we rely on your votes to choose the best entrepreneur of 2022.
Nominee 1: Yevgeny Gabriel (St. Lucia)
Gabriel is noted for formulating and launching his company’s organic biofertilizer Agromax, the brand’s flagship product. To date, E&E Agrochemicals has also launched four additional products (Nitro-Pro, Cal-10, Cal-Mag-B and Cal-Nite).
Here are some other big wins for Gabriel and E&E Agrochemicals:
- Their products are sold in major agricultural retailers across the island, Grenada and Dominica.
- After starting business in Grenada, the company also participated in the first Grenada Agricultural Exhibition.
- They work as an active partner in the WUSC Caribbean & Sustainable Agriculture in the Caribbean (SAC) project.
- They are actively involved in advising and informing farmers across the island.
Candidate 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. Today, he is the new owner of the hotel and wants to use the legacy of its previous owner, the late Peter de Savary, to do just that. one of the best brands in Grenada.
Here are some more reasons why we think Barry Collymore should be recognized:
- He plans to introduce major plans and measures to improve the customer experience at Mount Cinnamon Hotel.
- Collymore launched the West Indies School of Hospitality program last year in partnership with Cornell University, investing in industry training and development.
- The Mount Cinnamon Hotel is also in the Green Globe program and Collymore is in consultation with other environmental partners.
- Collymore plans to work with the Grenada Tourism Authority and other stakeholders to promote Grenada.
Candidate 3: Alvin Brown (Jamaica)
Sharkies and Plantation Smokehouse
Brown is the proud owner of the most popular restaurants on Jamaica’s North Coast, which not only serve delicious food, but are also praised for expertly introducing visitors to one of the country’s premier offerings.
Referring to himself as someone who is not afraid to take risks, Brown was shortlisted for Entrepreneur of the Year because:
- He creatively exposes local residents and tourists to quality entertainment, leaving a strong impression of his country’s brand on the minds of visitors.
- He serves as a motivation for others willing to take risks in starting a business, as well as going through tough times and using creativity to overcome adversity.
- Brown has opened many places and thus provided a livelihood for many Jamaicans.
Candidate 4: Anthony and June Henry (Trinidad and Tobago)
AJ’s ice cream
This husband and wife duo has taken the sweets market by storm with their unique range of flavors such as Pepper Mango and Charcoal Coconut. The Henrys have enjoyed tremendous buzz around their products over the years, including a 2022 Business Award from the Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Commerce and Industry. There are many other reasons to add them to this list of nominees.
- AJ Ice Cream stood out at the Carifesta market as people flocked to their booth to sample the flavors the brand had to offer.
- Since 2017, the Henrys have been working hard to build their business, growing from a table to a tent, then a cart, and eventually a shop. This couple is showing the world that it can be done from humble beginnings.
- They are creating a new world of delicacies that locals and tourists didn’t even know they needed, and their special flavors can be used to celebrate those special occasions.
Nominee 5: Allana and Logan Stewart (Trinidad and Tobago)
Berties pepper sauce
It’s safe to say that Stewart’s has made its mark on the condiment industry with the introduction of its signature pepper sauces.
In 2004, this couple decided to enter the business world, but not to make a profit for themselves. They did it with the noble intention of earning money to buy a refrigerator for a needy member of their community.
Needless to say, their act of kindness paid off. You can also vote for Stewarts because they:
- Second place in the category of small and medium-sized entrepreneurs of the Chamber of Industry and Commerce in the category of business champions of 2018.
- Support local farmers by using only locally grown peppers in your sauce recipes.
- In Trinidad and Tobago, Bertie&’s pepper sauce is a well-loved brand and one of the most widely available commercial pepper sauces to date.
These five nominees are inspiring to say the least and we are proud to share their stories and achievements with you.
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