first_imgPublic relations officer of the Dominica Manufacture’s Association Severin McKenzieJunior Achievement Dominica, in collaboration with the Dominica Manufacturers’ Association (DMA) and the Youth Development Division, introduced the first two participants of the ‘Make Something to Sell Concept’ on Wednesday July 2, 2014 at the National Development Foundation of Dominica (NDFD).They are Magalie Telemaque and Martel Daniel both of whose products are sweet local treats.Executive director of Junior Achievement Dominica, Natasha Yeeloy Labad said the concept is an entrepreneurial oriented drive which focuses on productivity, creativity and innovation.DMA’ public relations officer, Severin McKenzie said the competitive was conceptualized in an attempt to encourage persons to participate in the manufacturing sector.Make something to sell, he said, is also a follow up initiative of the Buy Dominica Campaign which focused on local products already thought to be in existence.The difference between the two is that Make something to sell is “giving people the encouragement to actually introduce new products, be innovative, be creative and manufacture today for tomorrows future”.Magalie Telemaque from Wesley, whose line of products includes ginger cookies, said that upon hearing about the Make something to sell initiative she signed up to see where and how far she could get in the competition.“I’m very interested and I’m really looking forward now that I’m hearing how far this thing is going to go…I’m really looking forward to see how far I can get in this competition and maybe even win this competition.”Her product is a family secret recipe not made in the same manner as other well-known ginger biscuits or cookies.Magalie Telemaque“There is no added preservative, it is all natural ginger, the milk in it is coconut milk along with some coconuts and sugar”.“The biscuit is really nice when you taste it you will enjoy it, everybody who has tasted it so far is amazed,” she explained.She said the product is viable and worthy of being on shelves not only in Dominica but other islands across the Caribbean.“I’m looking forward to the testing, the packaging and even working Dominica Manufacture’s Association in making this viable and even seeing it on the shelf.”Telemaque added further that her cookies are a healthy alternative for snacks for children.“When we think about snacks for our children we have the corn curls, the cheese sticks and everything else and if you can buy this for your children to give to them for their snack it is a very healthy snack and it is much better and it will sustain them…if we’re talking about healthy we have to start even right now.”The second participant introduced at Wednesday’s press briefing was Martel Daniel, entrepreneur of M & M Variety Products.Magalie Telemaque’s ginger cookies and Martel Daniel’s gooseberriesHe said his small business which began in 2012 makes a variety of local products such as gooseberry jams, guava jams, tamarind leaf jams and sorrel jams.He decided to enter Make a product to sell to expose his business as well as gain experience.“I see it as an opportunity to advertise my product and also to gain the experience as an entrepreneur.”His products are made without additives in order for the natural and pure taste of the raw materials to be what the consumer receives.He expressed plans to increase his business product line with local rums.“I plan to go into making of rums and try to be a little bit different… So instead of the normal rums like peanut and coconut I will probably try to venture into making grapefruit punch and different varieties.”The winner of the Make something to sell competition will receive $2000 from NDFD and this prize is expected to boost the winning concept.Every other week two new participants along with their concepts will be introduced via press briefings.The Make something to sell grand finale is expected to be held during the week of August 12 to 14, 2014.A trade show will be held during that time at the Roseau market where products from young Dominicans ready for consumption will be on display.Dominica Vibes News 83 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Tweet Sharecenter_img LocalNews Two ‘make something to sell’ participants introduced by: – July 2, 2014 Share Sharelast_img