When your business is helping other businesses become better

Nine years ago Erica Wynter decided, during the height of the recession in Jamaica, to buy a business. And as she went along negotiating with business owners, she realised just how many business owners did not have proper documentation, had nowhere to go for guidance in setting up their... Read More

Financing the small business community through tranformational leadership
The average credit union member would most likely consider themselves hardworking and purpose-driven. A sense of community is the hallmark of the credit union movement and has driven this subsector of the financial services industry for decades.... Read More

Bearing billions, bike bearers stand the risk — the business of road safety
Revving up over $10 billion in annual beverage sales, one company relies almost exclusively on its own motorcycling sales reps islandwide. That company leads a local trend towards greater efficiency of two-wheeled operations. Branson Centre entrepreneur Tarik Kiddoe is...... Read More

Call centres feel scammed by labour 'laws'
“Had I known that Jamaica's labour laws were like this, I would have taken my business elsewhere.”... Read More

The business of travel

Wednesday, March, 14 2018    

Jamaica's Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett wrapped up his European tour with a live interview on CNN with its prominent news anchor Richard Quest on his show Quest Means Business . Bartlett, Director... Read More

Yello Media pushing for greater involvement in Jamaica's tourism sector

BY BALFORD HENRY Senior staff reporter balfordh@jamaicaobserver.copm | Wednesday, March, 14 2018    

Digital media and marketing solutions leader Yello Media, has announced plans to become a major player in Jamaica's tourism industry through the forging of strategic new partnerships with key players in the sector. Read More

Looking beyond the numbers for financial professional leadership

by Sharon Donaldson | Wednesday, March, 14 2018    

Leadership means different things to different people. For some, it's about being good at your job and being well liked. For others, it's all about being in charge of everyone. Read More

The strategic sales organisation

Herman Alvaranga | Wednesday, March, 14 2018    

“The strategic sales organisation is an attempt to capture the range of changes which may transform the traditional sales organisation into a strategic force, impacting both on the ability to implement marketing strategy, but also providing leadership in the shaping of that... Read More

It's all about the business plan

BY DENNISE WILLIAMS Contributor | Wednesday, March, 14 2018    

UWI researcher Dr Carolyn Hayle says that business owners do not pay enough attention to their business plans. Each month, Hayle says, the plan should be looked at to determine if it needs to be updated. Read More

Blockchain can cut mortgage approval times

Wednesday, March, 14 2018    

Newly appointed president of the Realtors Association of Jamaica (RAJ), Howard Johnson Jr reckons that streamlining mortgage transactions through the block- chain technology system could reduce mortgage approval turnaround time to half the current 90-day waiting period. Read More

Self-checkout for Hi-Lo?

BY KARENA BENNETT Business observer | Wednesday, March, 14 2018    

Conglomerate GraceKennedy (GK) Group hopes to include self-checkout machines at its Hi-Lo Food Stores across the island in keeping with strategic goals to become a global consumer group. Read More

OECD urges world to play by trade rules as tariff row rages

Wednesday, March, 14 2018    

PARIS, France (AFP) — Governments should stick to established rules of trade and avoid escalating disputes if they want to safeguard economic growth and protect jobs, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) said yesterday. Read More

Does Europe unfairly tax US imports? A detailed look

Wednesday, March, 14 2018    

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — US President Donald Trump claims American exports face unfair duties when they reach European shores. But are they truly at a disadvantage? THE BASELINE Read More

British economy facing Brexit-induced struggle

Wednesday, March, 14 2018    

LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — Britain's economy will face sluggish growth in the coming years on the back of Brexit fallout, finance minister Philip Hammond revealed yesterday in a key budget update. Read More

Pro-France Brexit advert banned on London metro

Wednesday, March, 14 2018    

LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — An advert aimed at attracting London's business community to France after Brexit has been banned from the city's metro over its controversial message, the capital's transport authority said Monday. Read More


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