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.

Mogul in the Making Stories

Mara Made Designs — bringing life to fallen wood

Harding poses (Bryan Cummings)

The company name Mara Made Designs announces the identity of Tamara Harding’s dream enterprise which, to her is more of a mission — to turn fallen wood into items of art, heart and desire. Leveraging a professional background in business and project management, she has begun her new j ... Read More

Contract employees assembling pump-n-spray devices at AquaFlow’s Dumbarton Avenue location. From drought to blessings – AquaFlow
When Jovan Evans created his first water pump-n-spray prototype, it was to combat the constant water ... Read More

Jamaica Observer Head of Advertising, Communications and
Marketing Natalie Chin-Watkins (left) with Chesna Haber, J
Wray & Nephew business development manager. Moguls in the Making - last blast
All 12 nominees from this year's Mogul in the Making competition where feted and hosted for two furt ... Read More

Founder of Start-Up Robot Winston Wilkins (left), CEO/founders of Herboo Corporation
Javin and Kamla Williams, and founder of Liqy Liqy Sasha Palmer were named the ‘Ones
to Watch’ at the Jamaica Observer Mogul in the Making event on Monday.
(PHOTO: BRYAN CUMMINGS) Herboo, Liqy Liqy and Start-Up Robot are the ones to watch
FOUNDERS of Herboo Corporation Javin Williams and Kamla Williams have been chosen as the 2015 Jamaic ... Read More

It’s Herboo

Tuesday, August 11, 2015    


Managing director of the Jamaica Observer Danville Walker (right); Business Editor Richard Browne (left); Nadienne Neita (second left), director of alternate channels at Columbus Communications Limited; Debra Lopez-Spence (third left), vice-president of small and medium enterprises at Scotiabank; and Blandine Jn-Paul Reid (second right), head of marketing and innovation at Diageo, share a photo op with top awardees of the Jamaica Observer 2015 Mogul in the Making. Winners of the top award were J ... Read More

The 'Moguls in the Making' to watch

Monday, August 10, 2015 10:37 PM    

Observer Mogul in the Making winners (from left) People's Choice award winner Winston Wilkins, CEO of Start-Up Robot; Judges'
Choice winner, chief executive officers of Herboo Corporation Javin Williams and Kamla Williams; and  Business Journalists' choice awardee Sasha Plamer, founder of Liqy Liqy.

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Chief executive officers of Herboo Corporation Javin Williams and Kamla Williams were a short while ago crowned the 2015 Jamaica Observer Mogul in the Making winners. The event, which is now in its third staging, took place at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel and is aimed at promoting and revealing to the world the ideas of young Jamaicans who successfully embody the spirit of entrepreneurism, while making a positive impact on the economy. The brother-and-sister company was ... Read More

Glam Pieces by Cedella

BY KARENA BENNETT Business reporter | Wednesday, May 27, 2015    

(L) Lotoya Scott, founder and CEO of Glam Pieces by Cadella,
outside her store on Portmore Mall, St Catherine.
(R) Some of Scott’s designs.

LOTOYA 'Cedella' Scott never dreamt of owning her own business at 26 years old, but the young entrepreneur is now trading in markets like Japan since the establishment of Glam Pieces by Cedella. An Immaculate Conception High past student, Scott says the venture started after she encountered difficulty finding headwear for her natural hair. In February last year, she started the production of headbands, which had an immediate knock-on effect on the market. "Whenever I wore the headbands I would ... Read More

Asherlee Naturals — From hair to the US

BY KARENA BENNETT Business reporter | Wednesday, May 20, 2015    

CEO of Asherlee Naturals, Sherelle Curtis, shows her line of haircare products.

"I started out of a love I had for hair." Those were the words of 27-year-old Sherelle 'Asherlee' Curtis in describing how she conceptualised the manufacturing of her very own hair products -- Asherlee Naturals. But what started out of love has now grown into a healthy manufacturing business. So thriving is the business that the young entrepreneur is now exporting her products to the United States. "Since 2015, Asherlee Naturals has formed fruitful relations with individuals, retailers, and sa ... Read More

Trendy Treats — designing ethical and ethnic fashions for a material world

BY KARENA BENNETT Business reporter | Wednesday, May 13, 2015    

CEO of Trendy Treats, Stephanie McLean.

STEPHANIE McLean is charting new waters with the launch of her designer platform Trendy Treats. The 29-year-old has created an e-commerce platform that converges global designers into a common space, ultimately allowing individuals to purchase fashionable clothing and cosmetic items from around the world. After successfully honing her skill as a fashion designer, McLean has partnered with a team of 30 international designers, including Jamaican-born designer Ayanna Dixon. "I travelled a lot ... Read More

StartUp Robot — kicking manual start-up processes to the curb

BY KARENA BENNETT Business reporter | Wednesday, May 06, 2015    

CEO of StartUp Robot Winston Wilkins at the StartUp Jamaica location based
at the Jamaica National Building Society on Duke Street, Kingston. (PHOTO:

CHIEF Executive Officer of technology-based company StartUp Robot Winston Wilkins hopes to revolutionise the process of registering a company in Jamaica. The 37-year-old has embarked on a programme that streamlines the process of registering a new company as well as facilitating business compliance. Wilkins, who has been operating StartUp Robot in Jamaica for the past nine months, now plans on expanding his services into the Caribbean markets before tapping into Latin America. "Research has s ... Read More

CraziiSocks expands into pocket squares, bow ties

BY KARENA BENNETT Business reporter | Thursday, April 30, 2015    

(L) Co-CEO of CraziiSocks Aldane
(R) BUCHANAN... we are working
on making our products more
accessible to potential
customers across Jamaica.

LESS than a year into operations, the founders of CraziiSocks are already looking to expand their product line by July. University of the West Indies graduates Kirk Buchanan and Aldane Dawkins are now adding pocket squares, neck and bow ties to their line of multi-coloured socks. Concurrently, they also hope to launch the company's website. "We are working on making our products more accessible to potential customers across Jamaica, the Caribbean and North America by way of online purchases on ... Read More

UMIUM — coconuts for Jamaican chocolate spread

BY KARENA BENNETT Business reporter | Wednesday, April 22, 2015    

June Gottgens, head of UMIUM — coconuts
research and marketing,
UMIUM Ltd, showcases
UMIUM Coconut
Chocolate Spread along
with the planned
Coconut Syrup

June Gottgens is adamant on playing her part in revitalising Jamaica's cocoa and coconut industries. And after two years of research, the entrepreneur decided to launch her very own coconut chocolate spread -- a product she reckons can significantly assist it the growth of Jamaica's economy. "We have to reach a stage where we recognise producing and consuming Jamaican products not just as a slogan but really embracing it as a part of our being. We need to start supporting ourselves," she told ... Read More

Sweetie Confectionery

BY KARENA BENNETT Business reporter | Wednesday, April 15, 2015    

thinking of
how I could
sweeties using

CANDY manufacturer Patria-Kaye Aarons already plans on exporting her locally made sweeties into the Caribbean region after just six months into production. In fact, the young entrepreneur is also looking to expand her hard candy product line to include jujus, toffees and lollipops, but come next year, Aarons will be introducing a sour line of candies. "We have already mastered the art of making hard candies, so we want to introduce new flavours to the market," Aarons told the Jamaica Observer. ... Read More

Ollunid Traders — marching into boots and all things leather

BY KARENA BENNETT Business reporter AFTER 10 years of living in Jamaica, Colombian-born Juan Carlos Corredor is targeting a niche market here with his business of manufacturing leather shoes. | Sunday, April 05, 2015    

Director of Ollunid Traders Juan Carlos Corredor poses with two boots.

AFTER 10 years of living in Jamaica, Colombian-born Juan Carlos Corredor is targeting a niche market here with his business of manufacturing leather shoes. Since inception, Ollunid has been supplying companies such as the Guardsman Group, Millennium Security and GasPro with military and industrial footwear. The company also supplies customised and school shoes, along with the services that include manufacturing and repair of gun pouches, belts, bags, leather picture frames and leather menu cove ... Read More



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