Moving to Vieux Fort for the second of many Entrepreneurship Meet-Ups, Invest Saint Lucia played its part in bringing entrepreneurs together to network, showcase products and gain information on intentionally handling legal aspects of running an enterprise as part of the 5th Annual Business Month.
The Southern Business Association was a key partner in bringing this event to fruition and many of its members came out to showcase products and services.
Of notable mention was Shop D’ Caribbean’s display and owner Darrion Louis who recently won the Entrepreneur of the Year Award presented by Invest Saint Lucia at the 2019 Saint Lucia Business Awards. He said, “The presentation hit home especially the intellectual property rights part. It’s a big issue and having someone to shed some light on it is really beneficial. It is important that entrepreneurs who are starting off get this opportunity because this would have been so useful if I had it three years ago. It will save red tape, headaches and money.”
The Entrepreneurship Meet-Up, Louis says, is something which should be implemented several times in the year as a sort of rejuvenation exercise for business owners trying to “keep motivated in the journey”.
Harnel Mathurin of Agro-Boost—a local producer of household cleaners and fertilisers—said that Theobalds’ session was timely as he is considering exporting his products. “It was so nice for someone to provide advice on copyright and trademarks,” he said, “For folks like myself, we tend to concentrate on the product rather than the business. Coming to these events you really get to understand that it’s not just about your product. If you have a business, it’s much more than just having a great product. That’s one of the reasons why I loved this event. I think it’s time to get a lawyer!”