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Nov 13, 2018

Entrepreneurship Road Show Kicks Off

Thinking of a business idea, creating a business plan and transforming that plan into a real and viable business can be difficult to successfully accomplish. With the aim to create young entrepreneurs across the country, BETRAIDE kicked off its Entrepreneurship Road Show for its National Entrepreneurship Month. The aim is to create business owners rather than employees and today the students of Anglican Cathedral College were tasked in creating a product or service viable enough to become a business. News Five’s Hipolito Novelo has the story.


Hipolito Novelo, Reporting

As part of BELTRAIDE’s National Entrepreneurship Month and the Entrepreneurship Road Show, more than one hundred students will targeted to encourage them to create a product or service and turn that idea into a reality. Forty eight students of Anglican Cathedral College in Belize City were tasked today in doing just that during a morning session of the Entrepreneurship Road Show.


Ashley Jones

Ashley Jones, Teacher, Anglican Cathedral College

“The students are well excited actually because from the previous workshop that they had the facilitators only gave them information.  However, they are actively participating in this workshop. They are able to use their thinking skills. They are able to show creativity in different activities that they have done so far.”


The students were placed in groups and each group was responsible for creating a viable product its marketing to the class.


Oshira Dennison

Oshira Dennison, Student, Anglican Cathedral College

“I have been learning that being an entrepreneur you have advantages and disadvantages. We could make problems or opportunities like if we see a problem in the community we can make our own plan and we can start a business from that. We can have basically a main idea and we can spring off from that to make it our opportunity.”


Ashanti Rubio

Ashanti Rubio, Student, Anglican Cathedral College

“In the process of creating your own business you have to be dedicated. You will face a lot of challenges but just because maybe at a point you feel that the market is not big enough but you always have to remember that there will always be a demand for the product that you are creating. Once there is a will, there is a way and you should never give up.”


That’s what Armando Perez did. He never gave up and today he is the founder of A and S Covers, a local company which produces phone cases.


Armando Perez

Armando Perez, Founder, A and S Covers

“It started with just an idea, helping a friend with a school project at the time and I had a new phone. I say maybe I had a case out of this. I sewed up something and I did not look good at all. So I said that one, I don’t know how to sew and no way can I make this really quick. So I went out to start to figure out what ways I can make cases. Then I discovered that you can put images on it. I went to doing various different prototypes and went through four different methods and I finally doing the last method that we are currently doing right now.”


With the assistance of SBDC, Perez’s idea took off. He was the guest’s speaker at today’s event and his message was simple:


Armando Perez

“The main point I would want them to take is ‘the best investment you can do is investing in yourself.’ You can’t lose that investment at all.”


According to Business Advisor at BELTRAIDE, the aim of the programme is to steer young men into operating their own business rather than becoming employees.


Lorraine Montejo

Lorraine Montejo, Business Advisor, BELTRAIDE

“The reason we are doing is because you know from a young age we have been taught to work for someone so it is about time to change that mindset. And who better to change it with than young people, young entrepreneur. So our goal is to teach knowledge on how to you can become an entrepreneur. So today we are doing activities on who is an entrepreneur, the characteristics of an entrepreneur and the skills needed to be an entrepreneur.”


The Entrepreneurship Road Show moves next to the Stann Creek and Toledo districts. Reporting for News Five, I am Hipolito Novelo.

Viewers please note: This Internet newscast is a verbatim transcript of our evening television newscast. Where speakers use Kriol, we attempt to faithfully reproduce the quotes using a standard spelling system.

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