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The Jamaica Observer believes that entrepreneurs are the grass roots of the economy and that they should be encouraged to take the risks needed to build our country’s future. So we have published the stories of 20 businesses that were nominated for our Mogul in the Making programme. We hope their example will inspire others to take the plunge too.

All of our nominees are winners by virtue of the imagination, initiative and courage they’ve demonstrated in starting their own enterprises. But we’ll be choosing three of them for special attention and we’ll be asking you, our readers, to select one of those three, the people’s choice.

Please take some time to look at the nominees we’ve profiled.


  • A special night for young businesses

    Wednesday, July 17, 2013
    It was a night of celebretion for young entrepreneurs at the Jamaica Observer Mogul in the Making awards ceremony at the Courtleigh Auditorium last Wednesday.This year's Mogul in the Making programme, ...more
  • VIDEO: Reach, SIEAE, SolWind are Mogul Ones to Watch 2014

    Friday, July 12, 2013
    REACH Academy, SIEAE, and SolWind Energy are the Jamaica Observer Mogul in the Making programme’s Ones to Watch for 2014. The People’s Choice, chosen by online voters, went to the early c ...more
  • Academic hopes to journey to the region

    Wednesday, June 26, 2013
    HAVING gone through challenges and failures of his own in high school, Mark Scott decided to find tools to make students realise that examinations aren't difficult. Academic Journies is ...more
  • Strictly Events lights it up with furniture

    Wednesday, June 26, 2013
    MARC Laird started to rent tents for events while he was in university six years ago. But last year, when he realised that his business, Strictly Events, was facing a stagnant market, he sought innov ...more
  • Sweet dreams for Maureen Williams

    Wednesday, June 26, 2013
    MORE than a decade ago, Maureen Williams had a "crazy dream" that she would run her own chocolate shop. Having conquered that, her sights are now set on having a brand as strong as Cadbury or Charles. ...more
  • Ideal Nutrition addressing Jamaica's obesity

    Wednesday, June 26, 2013
    IDEAL Nutrition Jamaica was established to address the growing problem of obesity and its related health issues, such as diabetes and hypertension. The weight loss clinic, which conducted its first w ...more
  • OX promises natural fabulosity

    Sunday, June 23, 2013
    SUZANNE Wilson's well-kept hair is perhaps testament to the products that she makes. Using the all natural, OX branded oils, preconditioning treatment, and rejuvenating mist that are produced by ...more
  • Kacy's Chateau stems from a passion for wine

    Sunday, June 23, 2013
    KACY'S Chateau is a niche within a niche. The micro-distributor operates in a small segment of the wine market, which in itself is small yet growing. The business started last year, when wine fanati ...more
  • SolWind looks to cut those energy bills

    Friday, June 21, 2013
    LLEANA Benjamin set up alternative and renewable energy company SolWind Energy two years ago, to meet a need for curtailing rising electricity costs. Even then, she believes that consumers are yet to ...more
  • Arthur's Metal refines finishes

    Friday, June 21, 2013
    ARTHUR Harriott always had a passion for artistic metalwork. He would dabble with it on the side when working in the construction of heavy duty metal structures. But when he was made redundant at hi ...more
  • Tent rental company goes for greater coverage

    Friday, June 21, 2013
    CONRAD Allen reckons most persons don't see the many opportunities for business in Jamaica. It may be that the tough economic environment may make it more difficult than it needs to be to become an e ...more
  • Theo Smith merges love for food and business

    Wednesday, June 19, 2013
    AS far back as he can remember, Theo Smith always loved cooking. He decided in high school to pursue a career as a chef. "When I was younger I wasn't too sure about the (future) job I wanted; it was ...more
  • SIEAE: the digital arm for marketers

    Wednesday, June 19, 2013
    ROBERT Farr plans to revolutionise the way Jamaican marketers engage their audiences through his mobile application development company, SIEAE. SIEAE, an acronym for Seeing in Everything Augmented Ex ...more
  • Academy reaches for variety in child education

    Wednesday, June 19, 2013
    THERE aren't many schools in Jamaica that cater to the varying learning needs of each student. That's the reason four entrepreneurs built Reach Academy. It took months of meetings and even merging a ...more
  • Mogul in the making nominees

    Wednesday, June 19, 2013
    Today we publish the stories of six nominees in the Jamaica Observer's Mogul in the Making programme. The programme will feature 20 start-up businesses between June 14 and June 26. See the next issue ...more
  • Metis brings the Tata Nano

    Wednesday, June 19, 2013
    HIS Portuguese accent and the fact that he doesn't have a head office just yet leave some people with mixed feelings. But Joe Ferreira is here to introduce an affordable choice to the auto market wit ...more
  • From zumba to pole dancing, Chai Studios is expressive fitness

    Wednesday, June 19, 2013
    MARRYING fun with fitness may have been the idea behind Chai Studios. But the boutique fitness studio located in Barbican Business Centre has also become an expressive place for women (albeit not exc ...more
  • Speed factors in need

    Wednesday, June 19, 2013
    DAVID Brown has had a love of cars from the age of seven, growing up with his father who liked the faster variety of automobiles. So it's no wonder the IT professional, who also spent the last 11 yea ...more
  • Campus hustle to corporate: Balcostics helping big business with intelligence

    Sunday, June 16, 2013
    LUWAYNE Thomas and Abi Gaye White started out helping fellow students with data entry and analysis for surveys on the University of West Indies campus at Mona. Friendly gesture soon turned into "camp ...more
  • Lash by Lash, Lavish fuses

    Sunday, June 16, 2013
    MELISSA Clarke didn't want to do just hair and nails. Unlike the typical beauticians, she is more like a surgeon operating on a patient -- wearing a head-light visor with tools in both ha ...more
  • Are you financially focused?

    Sunday, June 16, 2013
    WHEN it comes to personal finances, many women find themselves floundering. We are often caught between our desire to enhance our financial wealth and our lack of knowledge of where to begin. The resu ...more
  • VIDEO: Fusing 2 dreams into a café

    Friday, June 14, 2013
    TWO long-time friends with opposite personalities may not sound like the perfect mix for a business. On the contrary, it's the contrasting traits of the owners of Café Fusion that built the st ...more
  • Mogul in the making nominees

    Friday, June 14, 2013
    Today we publish the stories of the first three nominees in the Jamaica Observer's Mogul in the Making programme. The programme will feature 20 start-up businesses between June 14 and June 26. See the ...more
  • Marketing duo takes leap of faith

    Friday, June 14, 2013
    ESTABLISHING a trusted and recognised marketing firm is no easy feat. And building a name in development of advertising campaigns and management of social media content are tireless tasks. But Krist ...more
  • VIDEO: SMS: from paint to smartphones

    Friday, June 14, 2013
    DANE Spencer, managing director of Smart Mobile Solutions (SMS), admits that it was the push of his business partner, Marlon Hudson, that got the business started. Both men worked in the information ...more
  • Mogul in the making participant launches Language Cradle today

    Tuesday, May 14, 2013
    MOGUL in the Making 2012 participant Nadine Boothe-Gooden continues to soar with the official launch tomorrow of the local branch of the Language Cradle which she founded in Hong Kong, China in 2006. ...more
  • Nominations open for Mogul in the Making

    Wednesday, April 10, 2013
    THE Jamaica Observer's Mogul in the Making programme aims to bring entrepreneurs from all over the island front and centre, celebrating their accomplishments and encouraging others to emulate them. N ...more
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