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New radio show highlights Bahamian entrepreneurs on the move
Submitted by Barefoot Marketing   
Monday, 18 August 2014 14:38

Billie Bowe, President and CEO of Benchmark Consulting Services Ltd.FREEPORT, The Bahamas -- Young Bahamians are taking leaps of faith and venturing into their own businesses. One of those Bahamains is Davina Rutherford, the host of her new radio talk show program called Minding Your Business. The show will air every Tuesday afteroon from 3:00pm to 4:00pm on ZNS 104.5FM, with its debut show airing Tuesday, August 19th.  

The premise of the show is to provide Bahamians with information and support from other business professionals. One of those business professionals who is no stranger to what it takes to start a business, is Billie Bowe, President and CEO of Benchmark Consulting Services Ltd. She is one of the featured guests on the debut show. With over 15 years experience in business, Mrs. Bowe will offer critical advice to those individuals seeking to venture out on their own. She will share her own personal story of how she made the transition from being an employee to being self-employed.

“Starting your own business can be a daunting experience. It requires a vision, planning, and guts,” said Mrs. Bowe. She noted that she is seeing a positive trend in Grand Bahama where Bahamians are turning their passion into a business opportunity. She said this is very encouraging as small and medium sized businesses play a critical role in the growth and sustainability of the economy of The Bahamas and worldwide.

“In my business as a management consultant, I come across many individuals who want to start a business but lack the resources to make it happen. With this show, Minding Your Business, and many other resources available, those individuals can get the advice needed and stay well informed of what to expect.” She went on to say that, “While capital is an obvious need when starting a business, expertise in the area you are interested in is key. It takes tenacity and  patience, but mostly it requires a solid plan.”  Mrs. Bowe also shared that receiving mentorship and support from other business professionals can assist young persons as they begin the process of becoming self-employed.

Bahamas represented at Ocean Style's Taste of Caribbean in New York City
Submitted by Janet Albury   
Friday, 15 August 2014 07:44

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- On August 6, Chef Tim Tibbitts of Flying Fish and the Ministry of Tourism took to New York City to represent the Bahamas in a Midtown loft as part of an elegant affair called RESERVEDnyc. - Chefs of the Caribbean.  Hosted by Ocean Style magazine, this was an intimate affair, a culinary experience tailored for an audience with an appreciation for fine living and exquisite food. 

The guests had the opportunity to feast on a wide array of different dishes and interact directly with the Chefs.  This chic event featured acclaimed chefs from New York city, St Lucia and the Bahamas.  There was a silent auction in benefit of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) Foundation and The American Friends of Jamaica Inc.

Before the event, the organizer OCEAN Style Editor-in-Chief, Douglas Gordon was quoted saying: “We are excited about the chefs that are participating.  Each chef will prepare and serve 2-3 exquisite dishes and guests will have the opportunity to interact directly with them. Our goal is to create an enjoyable, dynamic and engaging experience for the guests and chefs.”

On offer from Chef Tibbitts to showcase the Bahamas was a modern take on conch salad with his specialty conch chicherone, our freshly-in-season warm water lobster tails with fondant potatoes, roasted cauliflower and oyster mushrooms, mango miso butter sauce.  DeAnn Gibson, Culinary tourism manager for Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, handled many of the logistics of participating in such a large event. 

TEDxGrandBahama talks now available on YouTube
Submitted by TEDxGrandBahama   
Thursday, 14 August 2014 08:30

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- On July 05, 2014, Grand Bahama’s inaugural TEDx event took place at which, four young Bahamian speakers each gave particularly insightful talks under the theme, “Bahamian Development: How can we further it?”  

The at-capacity audience thoroughly enjoyed listening to the talks and having an opportunity to engage with the speakers during the moderated panel discussion.  A number of persons expressed disappointment that they were unable to attend so it is with great pleasure that the organizers of TEDxGrandBahama announce that the video talks are now freely available for online viewing HERE.    

When asked to sum up their talks, the speakers stated:

  • Luckner Timothee, “Simply, the joy found working with soil”
  • Katarvia Taylor, “"Life is a bookshelf: Are you going to leave something on it?”
  • Lemarque Campbell, “Countries will not develop to their full potential, until we have the necessary anti-corruption reforms - along with active civil societies, holding our governments accountable”
  • Joseph Gaskins, “To catalyse true development, we have to think critically about the past”

Panel discussion moderator, Dr. Crystal DeGregory, summed up the talks as follows, “Here's what we know now...Life is a great book of stories, and each one is incomplete without the other. We must write the book of our individual lives with the knowledge that someone else will read it someday--they may even have to write an unfinished chapter. Write anyway. It is a book of sun and soil; of the hope for incorruptible governance that is truly by, of, and for the people; and it is a book of past and future histories, fueled by the boundless power of our Bahamian imaginations.”

BORCO and Kettering University partnership leads to success for young Bahamians
Submitted by Barefoot Marketing   
Wednesday, 13 August 2014 14:19

BORCO Partnership With Kettering University Continues To Grow - Since the Bahamas Oil Refining Company International Ltd (BORCO), began its scholarship programme in 1991, it has funded over $150K in scholarships annually, along with continuing its support of the Kettering University Educational Experience Co-Op Program, which allows students to spend their first four years alternating 3-month semesters attending class on campus and then working for their co-op employers like BORCO. Pictured is 18-year-old Hilniqua GIbson, who is a sophomore at Kettering University studying Mechanical Engineering and currently employed at BORCO. (Photo Courtesy of Derek Carrol for Barefoot Marketing)  FREEPORT, The Bahamas -- Currently 18 Bahamian students are now enrolled at colleges and universities here and abroad after been selected as recipients of scholarships from the Bahamas Oil Refining Company International Ltd (BORCO).

Since its inception in 1991, the BORCO scholarship programme has funded over $150K annually to assist many Bahamians to fulfill their dream of attending university.  One such institution is Kettering University which through its Educational Experience Co-Op program allows students to spend their first four years alternating 3-month terms attending classes on campus and then working for their co-op employers like BORCO.

Hilniqua Gibson, an 18-year-old sophomore studying Mechanical Engineering at Kettering University is currently completing her 3-month co-op work at BORCO as a part of her scholarship requirements. Hilniqua is one of two females, who was awarded the BORCO Scholarship last year and enrolled at Kettering University.

“Coming in I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect but so far I’m enjoying my time here and the experience overall has been a very enriching one,” said Gibson. “I worked very hard to get here and I learn more about engineering here than in the classroom and that is the number one thing I love about being enrolled in this program.”

Kettering University, located in Flint, Michigan is a top ranked USA university and one of the first to offer a co-operative education experience. The goal of the co-op program is to help students develop a strong and positive correlation between the academic program at the school and the educational experience.  While also developing positive work-related habits that integrate the student into a productive and professional role with their employer.

Rotarian and security expert, Gaylord Taylor, speaks to the Rotary Club of Grand Bahama Sunrise on fraud
Submitted by Yasmin Popescu   
Wednesday, 13 August 2014 10:22

Speech by Gaylord Taylor, CEO, AGT Security Services in Grand Bahama

Fraud is a deception deliberately practiced in order to secure unfair or unlawful gain; as a legal construct fraud is both a civil wrong and criminal one.

In The Bahamas, fraud is very prevalent and in fact is on the increase as fraudulent schemes become more complex and diversified. Retail stores and financial institutions such as banks and insurance companies are frequently targeted. The various methods of fraud make it a very attractive method of criminality for enterprising and intelligent individuals.

Fraud rarely attracts the full attention of law enforcement especially in The Bahamas where the common belief is “Thief from thief and God smiles” as most citizens look on this as a victimless crime. In recent years fraud within The Bahamas has affected they so called “common man” as fraudsters look for susceptible targets for their schemes.  Take for example the case of Errol Knowles who was charged with writing fraudulent checks totaling some $32K to various business’ in New Providence or the matter that is closer to home of the alleged prescription drug fraud matter presently before the courts which occurred here in Freeport.

We hear of investment companies licensed in The Bahamas being charging in U.S. Federal Courts or Canadian Courts for fraud related matters daily.  To say therefor that fraud exists in The Bahamas is an understatement.

With the implementation of VAT the motivation to commit fraud will increase. Some economist strongly believe that companies will actively seek to defraud the government as The Bahamas very economic culture has been one of tax evasion stemming from our strength in the banking sector, for decades derived from our tax haven status.

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