The Entrepreneur's Trip

The Entrepreneur's Trip

As your Entrepreneur’s Trip Guides (aka Hosts), we aim to get to the heart and real-life experiences of diverse entrepreneurs, particularly those with a US, Caribbean and Virgin Island connection. If you don’t like the course of your trip, you can always change it…but the essence of the entrepreneur begins and ends with who they are human beings. According to the Cambridge Dictionary, a trip is defined as “a person or experience that is strange or entertaining and exciting.” We are a trip! Collectively we create a dynamic trip of experimentation, exploration, and entrepreneurial ecstasy for those that join us. So, every episode is an unexpected trip, and the entire series is an experience. So, in essence…we be trippin!

Episodes

September 27, 2022

Yep, Brenda is kind of a big deal!   

So, we had to have her back for a 2nd dose with X.T.C. to take the conversation to the next level.   

It’s about taking your entrepreneurial aspirations to the next level.   

She will impact, influence and inspire our listeners to stop playing small, rock the boat a little, and become a better version of yourself.   

She is dropping nuggets like “It is not just to look good but to be good….Don’...

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You may have a main gig or a job, but you always want something ‘on the side’ to diversity your talents, expand your capacity, and bring in the Benjamins $$$$.   

Join our conversation with Brenda Cotto, a serial entrepreneur who is running multiple successful companies simultaneously.   

She worked herself out of a job by engaging with a network marketing company to launching a coaching practice and academy to creating an art stud...

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September 13, 2022 29 min

[‘DING DING DING’]

“FIGHT!” …

Round 2 of the #Collaboration VS. #Delegation debate between the X (Xaulanda) and the T (Tristian) of our crew gets underway in this episode of The Entrepreneur’s Trip, as the C (Chris) attempts to referee this championship bout.

Tune in to this MUST WATCH matchup, as we share real-life stories, analogies, and anecdotes to help sort out the similarities and differences between what it means to collabor...

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(1.) Discipline - (2.) Execution - (3.) Commitment  

These are the 3 things entrepreneurs often lose sight of, according to Joseph Simmons, Founder & CEO of The Center for Micro-Entrepreneurial Training (CMET).  

Joe joins us for a second episode to further explore what makes entrepreneurs successful and how we can enhance both our individual and collective success by working together.   

After all, what do successful entrepren...

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August 30, 2022 36 min

August is Black Business Month!   

So, X.T.C. sat down with Joseph “Joe” Simmons, CEO & Founder of the Center for Micro-Entrepreneurial Training (CMET) to take a trip in U.S. history to better understand the current changes in the trajectory of black businesses.    

Beyond a moment of integration or equality, the current entrepreneurial movement is built on equity, access, and accountability.    

Therefore, entrepreneurs need t...

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August 23, 2022 27 min

Whether you know him as Jamar, Sincere, or Sin, one thing is for sure – he is ‘too legit, to quit!”

Whether it is in starting his business, intentionally nurturing creative collaborations, or being a hands-on Dad, it’s about sharing knowledge, building a network, and investing in your net worth.   

It’s about having that entrepreneurial mindset.

Jamar continues to share, exchange, and engage in small business strategies and how col...

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August 16, 2022 34 min

A true Renaissance man, Jamar wears many hats – serial entrepreneur, rapper, songwriter, photographer, and most importantly, father! 

Jamar, also known as Sincere or Sin, joins X.T.C. to talk about establishing long-lasting collaborations and how when done successfully benefits all parties involved. 

As an example, he shares a collaborative experience on a recent Shot by Sin photoshoot done in St. Croix, USVI. 

Essentially, the tak...

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August 9, 2022 29 min

To Collaborate OR NOT to Collaborate as entrepreneurs? 

That is the question that the X.T.C. crew tries to get to the bottom of in this episode. 

As Tristian suggests, "we have to figure out, WHO it is we collaborate with, WHY we want to collaborate with them, and WHEN is the best time to collaborate with them?" 

As it turns out, we each have our own criteria for deciding whether or not to collaborate with someone. And we c...

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This week we're diving even deeper into the story of how "Joey, the Barber" became a client experience guru.   

As entrepreneurs, we all start somewhere. And many of us, like in Joey's case, begin watching, observing, and learning from other experts in our field.   

It's one thing to emulate the people we learned from and to stop there. But it's a whole other thing to strive to do it even better, to take ris...

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July 26, 2022 31 min

Royalty is loyalty! Joey the Barber takes us on his entrepreneurial journey and creates quality client experiences for his clients. Identifying the need to reduce wait times, ensure guaranteed appointment times, and focus on that one-on-one client experience, he set out to automate the systems of his business, expand the services provided and offer more than just a haircut. As a client Tristian proclaims, “I’ve been more loyal to t...

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Fasten your seatbelt! The entrepreneur and client experience can be a bumpy ride!   

As entrepreneurs, we often rack our brains thinking about "how do we get that first client", "how do we keep our pipeline of potential clients filled", or "how do we identify and attract the type of client we enjoy working with most"?    

What does it take to land our ideal client, onboard them, and continue to nurture that ...

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When we are having a good time, we just have to keep the conversation going! Join X.T.C. with Khnuma Simmonds, CEO & Founder of My Girlfriend’s Closet, for Part 2 of the Culture & Connection conversation as we unpack her [Suit]Case Story. What started out as a love of diverse extracurricular activities in high school translated to multiple businesses and revenue streams in adulthood for Khnuma. She has used entrepreneurship...

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In this episode of The Entrepreneur’s Trip with X.T.C., we’re adding a “K” to the mix. Khnuma is the CEO and Founder of My Girlfriend’s Closet STX boutique in St. Croix, and is the Founder of the global movement, “Girlfriendism”. We brought in fellow entrepreneur, Khnuma, to talk about “culture connection”. So, what does that mean?

Culture connection can take on a lot of different meanings. However, in this episode, we discuss 

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    June 28, 2022 30 min

    All Aboard Trippers!👋🏽…Welcome to Season #2 of The Entrepreneur’s Trip! 

    While planning our itinerary for this season, we asked for your feedback and what topics you would like us to discuss next. 

    You spoke and we listened! This season we are mixing it up with new guests, new destinations, new views, and new experience upgrades! 

    Join us as we look in the rearview mirror from the launch of this podcast in early 202...

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    WOW! What a ride it’s been. Can you believe the Season 1 finale of The Entrepreneur’s Trip is already here? We hope you’ve enjoyed this journey with the X.T.C. crew over the past 16 episodes. Here in the finale, X.T.C. gets in vacation mode with our trippy shirts and the libations flowing, as we reminisce and recap our inaugural season. Whether you’ve been tripping with us the whole season or are just joining us for the first time,...

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    May 17, 2022 71 min

    Join X.T.C. as we unpack the [suit]case of Jet-setting Jerry! A Super Networker that has manifested exciting experiences from canceled music festivals in Alabama, filming people as they cross the US & Mexican border, to near-death encounters in St. John, US Virgin Islands, Jerry Garcia, Founder & CEO of Garcia Media Services and Penguin Death Squad dives deep into sharing stories on how networking has helped to grow his bus...

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    Networking beyond your circle of family & friends and making your “bubble bigger” can be uncomfortable, challenging and rewarding. As an entrepreneur, the same way you may focus on your financial capital, you need to intentionally identify and balance your bonding capital vs. bridging capital to strengthen your network. Take this quick assessment. To evaluate your inner circle, “Who are the 5-10 people you spend the most time w...

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    Networking is really niche-working! Whether you have a specific area of focus where you network, how you expand your type of connections, and the ways you show up in networking situations are indicative of your niche. Whether you are a player, a moderator, or a purist, X.T.C. explores different aspects of networking and ways to connect in person and virtually. We’ve all heard the sayings “It’s not what you know, but who you know” a...

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    April 26, 2022 30 min

    Networking really is about working at casting your social net and making connections with others in a meaningful way. As entrepreneurs, we may approach networking very differently, make connections in diverse spaces, and have a plethora of experiences because we have to put ourselves out there. No matter how we go about it, networking offers the opportunities to exchange ideas, make yourself noticeable, explore new opportunities, r...

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    April 19, 2022 40 min

    Hey, Entrepreneur Trippers! We are unpacking the Guest [Suit]Case of Kisha Christian Pharm.D., Owner of https://www.npvi.com/ (Neighborhood Pharmacy, LLC) in St. Croix U.S. Virgin Islands. If anyone knows about entrepreneurship being a marathon and not a sprint, it’s Kisha. From 2011 to the present (yep, that’s 11 years, folks!), she shares her journey of trials, tribulations, and triumphs of starting a pharmacy in her hometown, gr...

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