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Nov 17, 2011

Reading List: Doing Business and Retiring in Belize

Earlier today a high profile group gathered for a press conference in Belize City. The guest list included Ralph Fonseca, former Prime Minister Said Musa, current Minister of Housing Michael Finnegan, the Novelo brothers David and Tony and prominent members of the business community including Bob Hotchandani. What pulled all newsmakers into a small room below the offices of Musa and Balderamos? Believe it or not it was a book launch at the Image Factory.   The book is called Business and Retirement Guide to Belize. It is written by Bob Dhillon and Fred Langan. Bob Dhillon made his first million dollars when he was twenty one, owns a two thousand seven hundred acre island in Belize, and calls all those newsworthy individuals, friends.

Bob Dhillon, Author

“My relationship is with all Belizeans and they were given an invitation to come and they came from many spectrum of Belize. For example: Ken Gillett, the surveyor, business people, small businessmen in San Pedro. And that’s what made me happy that school teachers, professors and so forth and many prominent members like mister Finnegan came.”

Jose Sanchez

“Retirement Guide to Belize—retirement and business. Why Belize? We’ve been getting some bad press with regards to crime lately.”

Bob Dhillon

Bob Dhillon

“Well it’s a micro-challenge that we can deal with. I mean you have to compare apples with apples. Let’s look at the crime rate with some of the other Caribbean countries without bashing Jamaica, Guatemala and Honduras, right? We’re not comparing Belize to Beverly Hills. Let’s see who we are comparing it too. Yes it is something that needs to be addressed; we can’t put our heads in the sand; we got to go out there and address the crime issue and solve it.”

Jose Sanchez

“And what is the main issue in regards to doing business in Belize and retiring here?”

Bob Dhillon

“The main message here is that it is a lifetime opportunity for the world to explore Belize and that’s the purpose of this book to expose Belize to the world. It wasn’t a money making venture, this is a blueprint to success. Belize itself and the world getting to know Belize. It is more of a reference book with a soul exposing it to the world.”

Jose Sanchez

“When it comes to your own success, why should people want to know about Bob Dhillon’s guide to Belize?”

Bob Dhillon

“To be honest, I don’t have a big ego and I don’t want people to know Bob Dhillon, but sometimes people want to read books from successful people. So if I can use what modest success I’ve had to promote this book, actually promoting Belize; I’m gonna use that as an advantage to promote Belize.”

Jose Sanchez

“In addition to having it available locally, what other markets, other venues can this book be accessed?”

Bob Dhillon

“That’s a good comment. Amazon.com, Chapters, all the book stores in Canada have it, all the libraries have it. This book has been taken over one of the biggest publishers in Canada so it is widely exposed to every city in Canada right now. And now the next step is United States, Europe and Asia and the rest of the world. Although I’m not born Belizean, but I love Belize. This is my gift to the country and I hope the world reads this book and get a glimpse of this paradise that it is.”

The co-Author Fred Lagan worked for many years as a business reporter and television host for CBC Canada. The Business and Retirement Guide to Belize is printed and bound in Canada by Dundurn Publishers.

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5 Responses for “Reading List: Doing Business and Retiring in Belize”

  1. Bulba Martinez says:

    Business is business Senor and I won’t knock you for that. More success to you from the Jewel and an eye opener to all Belizeans. Foreigners, unu cumeen, wi economy depend pa unu. Cost a living cheap, labour cheap, unu money dubble, and Govt. gat unu back like weh de want do da Barranco. According Bob, this was not a money making venture, just a blue print to success. Statement is vvery true, depending on who will successfully benefit from it, we’ll see. You can fool some of the people some of the time but you can’t fool all of the people some of the time my friend. I have to give it to you though, you gawn da di right people dem, “Politicians”.

  2. R.T. in Vegas says:

    Joe, get me a copy of this book.

  3. Jimmy Criminal says:

    Belize is a rat hole and is full of crooked people looking for a way to rip you off. The expats who come to Belize are all broke and looking for children to abuse.

  4. bgroovy says:

    ha, Novelo brothers… i thought these clowns were in jail…

  5. Bgroovy says:

    Look da who he invite…novelos

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