St. Ann the Garden Parish of Jamaica is the best positioned parish for investors.
I am very passionate about building the parish of St. Ann. It is very encouraging to see such emphasis being placed on community spirit and small business development in the parish. When President Obama came to Jamaica he focused on Entrepreneurship. If the leader of the free world is focusing on what we in St. Ann are focused on. I am confident that we are on the right track.
Small businesses are critically linked to the overall economy, they have the ability to reduce foreign currency expenditure; to utilize local raw material inputs; and to enhance economic and social conditions. These enterprises are further perceived to be flexible; able to respond rapidly to the market; innovative; and are key sources of employment generation for women and youth.
Many business owners do not spend enough time learning. Learning about the environment in which we operate, the new technologies in the business world, the changing needs of consumers, and the innovations that will help our businesses to grow.
When I look at the facts I do see Jamaica has many challenges. However, investors have recently pumped hundreds of millions of Dollars into St. Ann’s economy by creating more hotel rooms. This is a sign of bigger and better things to come regarding investment possibilities in St. Ann. Our community is growing and we have what it takes to enhance that growth. We need to join together and share our vision for our parish, and then work together to make it a reality. If you are not a part of a social or business group, now is the time to join or start one so we can move forward as a team.
Another name for community is organized society. By its very definition, a community is a group of people who have something in common – and for the business community of St. Ann, that something should be a shared vision for the growth and success of the parish.
A very important aspect of running a successful business, or even competing in the job market, is being on par with technological advances. Technology is a great tool that we need to utilize more effectively.
According to a recent survey, 90% of businesses that are not online will get left behind and eventually die. It is not expensive to have a website for your business, but it will require your time. I built a website for my business last year by utilizing a free website builder called Wix. Marketing your business online is the way to go.
I will share with you a recent review of what made the top 40% of the top business people in the world successful.
- Develop a routine to go through your day, in other words, manage your time well.
- Ensure that you design your business properly to achieve your objectives, and ensure that you have a beautiful design for every aspect internally and externally. Steve Jobs the founder of Apple computers and I phones told his designers after years of trying, “I want a phone that looks so beautiful you want to kiss the screen”.
- Never give in to failure, every no gets you closer to a yes.
- Read as much as possible, never stop learning.
- Believe in yourself, your product and your abilities, be confident.
During the past two decades, issues of local economic growth have come to dominate urban politics and planning in Jamaica and around the world. Local governments have adopted increasingly entrepreneurial economic development strategies of which they are seeing positive results.
Our goal is that St. Ann will not only be known for BOB Marley and Marcus Garvey but we now will have a united community working together to achieve business objectives through successful local economic initiatives spearheaded by the people of the community.
As a realtor, I have seen first-hand, a number of projects and investments that have positioned St. Ann for a taking off to higher heights. One of those worthy of mention is the highway from Kingston through Mount Rosser, coupled with a number of new housing developments throughout the North Coast. How can we take advantage of the expected increase in visitors and residents in the parish? Businesses must continue to work together to ensure that we are ready to capitalize on this massive wave of investment.
This is a great time to be alive and in business in St. Ann and I am extremely proud to be a part of this transformation towards greatness.
Let us try to find new ways of approaching old ideas in making St. Ann the investment hub of Jamaica.