SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY) – On Saturday, April 6, Produce Wealth Revolution Agency (The PWR Agency) hosted its first PWR Hour of 2019 and launched its first “Top Islandpreneur Under 40” annual campaign. The event was held at Axum Art Café, which was at capacity with a fifty (50) entrepreneurs, creators, and professionals. Keynote speaker was Leslie Samuel, an international social media expert and professional blogger, who is originally from St. Maarten and based in the US.
Leslie has been featured in publications such as Forbes, Entrepreneur, and Fast Company as a thought leader and experienced practitioner. He shared some of his early challenges with starting his blog, such as poor internet. In contrast, he explained that because he was consistent, he was able to use his educational blog at the time to land him a job as a professor in a doctoral program without the standard credentials.
Two key points shared during the evening were: the five key ways to make money through online and the importance of using social media to grow the business off social media in order to be sustainable. Part of the discussion included the current challenges of getting paid online. Ife Badejo, creator of PWR Hour and entrepreneurship advocate, explained that there are some solutions that are currently on the market and the audience can expect that there will be a course to that will outline what solutions currently exist, pros and cons, and help to identify the best solutions.
The ‘Top Islandpreneur Under 40’ campaign was also launched at this PWR Hour, themed Celebrate PWR. This campaign will be ongoing throughout the year to recognize a diverse group of young persons who are making a difference by their innovative contributions.
Some of “Top Islandpreneurs under 40” who were present and recognized were:
Edsel Gumbs, Manager of Qredits a microfinancing institution; Vincentia Rosen- Sandiford, Director of the Bureau for Intellectual Property St. Maarten; Kenty Lichtenberg, Brand Manager at CC1 and lifestyle blogger; Marvio Cooks, a Civil Servant and techpreneur; Damien Schmidt, Business Development Officer at Princess Juliana International Airport; Loic Bryan, owner of Artistic Drive a premiere creative agency; Jennifer Carty, owner of Altus, an innovative marketing agency; Sagan, a media personality and entrepreneur; Cristal Le Grand, owner of Le Grand Voyages and winner of Present Your Start Up International Competition.
This campaign will recognize a total of 40 individuals and will utilize both on- and offline media to highlight the key ways that these individuals are making a difference. It also aims to inspire our community during the recovery process while building a stronger community of entrepreneurs, creators, and innovators.
As a follow up to the success of the evening, there will be two (2) dynamic workshops taking place in the upcoming days. On Tuesday, April 9 from 7:00 PM -9:00 PM at the University of St. Martin, Leslie will launch for the very first time a workshop called: “Creating the Life You Really Want: A Step by Step Guide”. This workshop is designed to provide a detailed plan to achieving one’s goals. From ideation, to planning, to life hacks, this is the most powerful course Leslie has created yet and guarantees tangible results. Attendees will leave with an actual plan to help them create the life they want as Leslie has done for himself and for thousands of others. In his commitment to giving back to his community, this workshop will be gifted to those who register.
The second workshop is ideal for those who would like to start a profitable blog or are finding challenges in growing their blog and want to take the blog to the next level. The workshop called “Blogger Success” is interactive and attendees can expect to see tangible results. This will take place on Sunday, April 14 from 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM and requires a registration fee of $40 per person.
The evening could not have been possible without the contributions and support of Dr. Alicia M. Jobity of Reign Society Global, SXM Aspiring Change to Impact Our Nation (ACTION), Axum Art Café, Lazy Lizard Beach Bar & Grill. Organizers would like to thank them for their support in making this PWR Hour such a success.