Caribbean Power Lunch with Kevin Valley
063: Free Your Mind with Douglas K. Gordon

063: Free Your Mind with Douglas K. Gordon

August 13, 2021

Conferences, Cannabis, and Mushrooms.
These seem disconnected, right?
Well, actually, there’s one common factor…

“Five or six years down the line, if I do nothing… have I really been a good Caribbean citizen?” – Douglas K. Gordon.

Douglas is the founder of CanEx Jamaica Business Conference and Expo, an annual business event that connects top cannabis industry experts, and CEO of Silo Wellness, an alternative, and holistic health company focused on functional mushroom and psychedelic opportunities.

In this episode, Kevin Valley speaks with Douglas K. Gordon about the business of natural medicine business while addressing misconceptions and misinformation about cannabis and functional mushrooms.  

Controversial? Perhaps. Informative? Yes!

This conversation uncovers:

  • Strategies used to create, maneuver challenges and expand a premier Caribbean event.
  • The story behind the legacy collaboration with the Marley brand.
  • The mind, body, and soul… Rest, resetting, and restoration through nature.
062: What About Your Mental Health with Jay Blessed

062: What About Your Mental Health with Jay Blessed

August 1, 2021

"Pain will find you, but you determine the length of its visit" - Jay Blessed.

Jay Blessed is an award-winning content creator and host of the In My Head Podcast which focuses on mental health.

In this timely episode, Kevin Valley and Jay Blessed have an open and frank discussion around:

  • Silent suffering, especially among men,
  • Dealing with pain, and
  • The 12-step healing process.
061: Getting eCommerce Right with Kadion Preston

061: Getting eCommerce Right with Kadion Preston

July 23, 2021

When everyone you know is having the same problem, the solution might be a successful business. 

Kadion Preston, Co-Founder, and CEO of CaribShopper saw an opportunity to solve a common problem among Caribbean merchants and consumers by providing an easier way to buy goods from the United States.

When the original business model ran into challenges, the founders pivoted to solve another problem for their customers, now giving Caribbean merchants the opportunity to sell to overseas consumers. This shift, and the drive to find the investment capital to support it, came just before 2020, forcing even further innovation and evolution.

Kadion's journey is an example of the importance of embracing the opportunities presented, overcoming tragedy, and understanding that failure is a big part of the formula for success.

To assess the investibility of your business in under 6 minutes, go to becomeinvestible.com/scorecard

 

050: Make History Everyday feat. Adrena Ifill

050: Make History Everyday feat. Adrena Ifill

February 4, 2020

We all have a story to tell and a lot to learn from one another. Technology makes conversations and linkages possible more easily, as long as we are willing to listen.

In this Season 5 finale, we talk to filmmaker, storyteller and digital media specialist Adrena Ifill, about how to share your story, learn from your history and find your own space in the world and in business. Adrena speaks to the importance of engaging and leveraging the power of the diaspora and making history every day.

Get ready to take notes as she shares wisdom for creative entrepreneurs and all business owners on how to determine your worth, price your services, find and interview your clients, and maintain control and power over your professional journey in these more volatile economic times.

Adrena Ifill is an award-winning digital media producer and lecturer. She takes history off the shelf and makes it come alive!

Her firm, Ifill/DoubleBack Global Group, specializes in preserving and producing culture and history projects. 

049: Why Are You Here feat. Akosua Edwards

049: Why Are You Here feat. Akosua Edwards

January 21, 2020

Who are you?

Why are you here?

These were the questions posed to Akosua Edwards by a female-driven collective in rural Uganda, where she had gone to take her knowledge as a successful accountant to give advice and guidance to grow their business. Little did she know she would be the one who ended up learning the most, uncovering new truths about the meaning of success, purpose and self-love.

The answer, she found, was that “You are here to give out the gift the universe put into you.” Identifying her gift has taken Akosua on a journey from unemployed accountant to successful author and award-winning social entrepreneur. Tune in (LINK IN BIO) to hear Akosua speak powerfully about the impact of a strong community, the freedom that comes from releasing those things that do not drive your purpose, and the role that business can play in creating not only commercial success, but also significant social change.

048: My Money & Me feat. Melinda Belle

048: My Money & Me feat. Melinda Belle

January 7, 2020

Money may not buy happiness but it sure does give you options!

On this episode, financial planner Melinda Belle reveals simple strategies for debt management, and also shares some tips for budgeting, saving, and giving your money purpose and direction. Find out how to improve your “financial self-esteem”, the power of tracking your spending, and why you should really stop comparing yourself with others.

Ever wondered how you can build a business with zero dollars?

Tune in to find out!

047: Bet on FinTech feat. Aldwyn Wayne

047: Bet on FinTech feat. Aldwyn Wayne

December 24, 2019

Aldwyn Wayne is the Founder and CEO of WiPay which provides innovative solutions for e-commerce, online payments and facilitating digital transactions for the unbanked.

In this episode, Aldwyn speaks about the need for challenge and competition in the technology space, and the need for input and innovation to elevate the industry in the Caribbean and beyond.

Tune in to hear the challenges faced when making his place in the financial space, the power of knowing your worth, making your own path and always working toward and expecting success and excellence. Don’t miss Aldwyn’s take on leveraging the potential of the Internet for wealth creation, and his inspiring, practical advice for all aspiring entrepreneurs who may see obstacles instead of opportunities.

046: Digital Entrepreneurship 101 feat. Keron Rose

046: Digital Entrepreneurship 101 feat. Keron Rose

December 10, 2019

Keron Rose returns to Caribbean Power Lunch to share his journey from mobile expert to digital entrepreneur and talks with Kevin about why he was driven to start keronrose.com and where his vision will take him next. Keron pulls no punches as he lays out the reasons why many entrepreneurs are not seeing success, the key steps to building the right brand partnerships, and reveals the systems he uses to find his passions and figure out his next moves as a solopreneur.

Learn about the power of “niching down”, getting specific and being consistent. Do you how to identify the correct online platforms to grow your business and the reason why everyone, even students, should and can have a website? Get ready to take notes for this class on building a digital business, making money while you sleep, and making a business idea a reality in the Caribbean.

045: Journey to Self feat. Angel Joseph

045: Journey to Self feat. Angel Joseph

November 26, 2019

A Journey to Self through the lens of Angel Joseph - makeup developer and owner of Imagine Makeup - a Trinbagonian beauty company that provides makeup services and products for the Caribbean.

Angel bares her soul and tells her truth in a way that she has never told it before. More than makeup, Angel strives to reveal the beauty of her clients - both on the outside and the inside.

Pay Future You feat Charielle Plowden

Pay Future You feat Charielle Plowden

November 19, 2019

In this episode we delve into an idea crafted by a young black woman, Charielle Plowden. Through her upcoming podcast "Positive Paychecks", Charielle desires to become her audience's financial friend as she helps them navigate their spending, investing and money habits. Her personality can turn a mundane topic like finance and make it fun. 

Listen as she uncovers her compelling story of an anxiety-crippled little girl to a powerful presenter as she takes us through her journey to financial education and investment advisory. With four years of experience in the financial services sector and now a licensed TTSEC advisor, Charielle is ready to hit the ground running with her podcast series!

044: Our St. Lucia feat. Jessica Alexander

044: Our St. Lucia feat. Jessica Alexander

November 12, 2019

Jessica Alexander is what we call a Lifestyle Curator. Her company Sa Nou St. Lucia sources and packages the very best of Saint Lucia, both in terms of quality and the look of the products. Sa Nou focuses on what the customer not only wants to get but how they want to feel. The boxes are visually invoking as well as emotionally invoking. For Saint Lucians, at home or abroad, they could be a piece of home, evoking memories and nostalgia. For others, the custom, artistic products, and elegant packaging make people feel special and see the variety of high-quality offerings from Saint Lucia. 

In this episode we discuss:

  • How Sa Nou Saint Lucia Started
  • Quality Assurance
  • How to Identify and Serve Your Market
  • Jessica's Story of the Renegade Pitch
  • What Does Your Support Network Look Like?

 

042: Seeking Value feat. Gabriel Martino

042: Seeking Value feat. Gabriel Martino

October 29, 2019

"Appreciate people", these are the sentiments echoed by Gabriel Martino - a phrase he often heard growing up from his father, a tradesman.

On this episode of Caribbean Power Lunch, we hear how an immigrant investment banker bought a granite company in Maryland after flipping houses in then-distressed Baltimore. Gabriel used his storytelling abilities and his most unique attributes as a means of setting himself apart from competitors to win contract negotiations with top hotel chains across America.

His message is "shoot your shot; you can't hit if you don't shoot". Gabriel shares stories of some of the shots he took (business ventures he pursued) and how they worked out for him. He defied all odds and stuck to his guns. His investment strategy when it comes to real estate: buy low in distressed communities, remodel, refurbish then resell high. As he puts it "where people see crisis, I see opportunity".

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