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Lacey-Ann Bartley defies the conventional look of the typical carpenter but there is definitely nothing typical or conventional about the strategic and decisive decisions that she has taken, which has led to her current role as Managing Director of Bartley’s All in Wood. 

While there are days when she will be seen donning all the trappings of a carpenter; the overalls, boots and goggles; Lacey as she is more comfortably known corporate spheres, can also be seen rubbing shoulders with the movers and shakers of Corporate Jamaica in a bid to market her family’s business by sensitizing them to the range of wood products available from the establishment.

If you run a small business, it is always good to continually assess your technology needs and create a game plan. Forward-thinking small business owners know they need to stay on top of new technologies to stay competitive. In this edition, we discuss three technologies and explore how they can have an impact on your business.

“There is NO elevator to success. You have to take the stairs.” – Unknown

Entrepreneurship isn’t glamorous. It requires hard work and dedication. It is not a hobby, nor a part-time job. Two core qualities are tenacity and resilience. To ensure that success is achieved, the entrepreneur must always endeavor to create, mold and shape their path. There are particular traits that an entrepreneur must possess in order to achieve and maintain success. Consider the following seven (7) top traits.

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has long been seen as one way in which businesses not only give back but also build lasting relationships with their stakeholders. So popular has this activity become that many large companies in order to streamline their giving have formed Foundations with specific responsibility for philanthropy. Philanthropy is the desire to promote the welfare of others, expressed especially by the generous donation of money to good causes.  These actions are played out daily as big corporations give back to cultural development, education and sports among other relevant aspects of society.

It is fairly common in most countries for government policies to target small businesses for preferential treatment. In Jamaica, small businesses are formally classified into Micro, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (MSMEs). It is somewhat problematic for policy makers to implement polices to assist MSMEs, however, because it is not a straightforward exercise to measure the size of a business. Research studies on MSMEs have relied primarily on two indicators to measures the size of an enterprise: (I) number of employees and (ii) annual turnover/sales. But even these studies have recognized the inadequacy of using these measures to classify the size of businesses. For example, in a 2014 preliminary Report prepared by the Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC) for MSMEs, it was noted that there were some enterprises which would be classified as micro-sized based on their relatively small number of employees, but would be classified as medium-sized based on their relatively significant annual sales/ turnover (JBDC, 2014. Mobile Business Clinic 2014: St James Report- Preliminary Needs Assessment. Page 4).

on 19 January, 2015
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