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Rotaract Club of East Nassau successfully holds its 5th Annual Entrepreneurship Panel
By Rotaract Club of East Nassau
Jan 25, 2017 - 11:12:34 AM

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(left to right): Patrice “Puppy” Robinson (Founder of Pupstar Entertainment), Tiffany Smith (RCEN Vice President & Professional Development Director), Candace Russell (RCEN President), Jarrel Hall (CEO, Relish), Alexandra Maillis-Lynch (Managing Director, Events by Alexandra), Charles Johnson (CEO, Crossfit Potcake), Lincoln Deal II (CEO, JetLink Adventures), Jason Kinsale (President, ARISTO Development)

New Providence, The Bahamas – On 19 January, 2017, The Rotaract Club of East Nassau (RCEN) hosted its Fifth Annual Entrepreneurship Panel Discussion, under the theme “Entrepreneurship: The Leap of Faith!” at The Nassau Yacht Club. The event was moderated by Patrice “Puppy” Treco Robinson, Founder of Pupstar Entertainment and a proud Past President of RCEN. Patrice “Puppy” Robinson engaged the nearly two hundred attendees in a thought provoking discussion with panelists on the topics discussed.

This year’s diverse group of Panelists included: Alexandra Maillis-Lynch (Events By Alexandra/Festival Rum Bahamas), Charles Johnson (Crossfit Potcake), Jarrel Hall (Relish), Jason Kinsale (Aristo Development) Lincoln Deal II (JetLink Adventures)

The Panelists brought a great deal of experience and gave invaluable insight into their motivation to take the “leap of faith” by starting their own business and, indeed, maneuvering the challenges of operating a successful business in The Bahamas. The panel discussion focused on topics such as the transition from being an employee to being self-employed, the ease of doing business in The Bahamas, classic pitfalls in business and, all importantly, tips for those attendees contemplating taking the “leap of faith” themselves. The event was brought to a close with a lively Q&A session between attendees and the panelists and was followed by a raffle. Raffle prizes included a handbag kindly donated by Bahama Handprints and a harbor cruise kindly donated by Barefoot Cruises.

This year’s event could not have been made possible without the extremely generous support of its sponsors, as follows. Diamond: Aliv, Platinum: Superwash, Mcvities (Bahamas Wholesale Agencies), Nassau Tile, Gold: Fun Foods Wholesale Ltd., NUA Insurance Agents & Brokers, Bahamas Waste, Bahamas Reality, United Shipping Company Ltd.

The event was deemed by all to be a resounding success with approximately 175 attendees, mostly between the ages of 18 and 25, and was organized under the leadership of Vice President & Professional Development Director Tiffany Smith, Fundraising Director Brock North, and President Candace Russell. The Members and Board of RCEN are energized and excited to plan an entrepreneurship event on an even larger scale next year and wish to thank the Panelists, Sponsors and general public for their continued and overwhelming support.

The Rotaract Club of East Nassau meets twice a month on Monday evenings at Lifestyles Bar & Lounge/ Bacardi Bar (East & Bay Streets). Fellowship begins at 6:00 pm and meetings begin at 6:30 pm. Rotaract is a service based organization for young professionals aged 18 to 30. Rotaract East Nassau is sponsored by the Rotary Club of East Nassau, and is a member of Rotary International which consists of over 9,000 clubs and 200,000 members. Rotaract is focused on providing service for its local community, professional development for its members and support for the international community.

Should you have any interest in joining the club, email rotaract.eastnassau@gmail.com or visit the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/RotaractEastNassau/.

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