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Husband and Wife duo making strides in the Farming Industry

by Taryn St.Louis, July 20, 2020

The effects of covid-19 can be felt worldwide. Most persons who were previously employed and living comfortably have been thrust into financial uncertainty. The same can be said for businesses. The owners of both large and small enterprises have had to find creative ways to keep their businesses afloat. Some have been successful, others not so much, and the remainder have had to deviate to new ventures in order to keep food on their tables and their bills paid. This husband and wife team have taken the necessary initiative and deviated into the farming business.

Meet the Huntes

Marlon and Tavia Hunte reside in Swetes Village on the beautiful island of Antigua with their two children, Tequon, age 21 Serenity, age 12. This married couple are both seasoned innovators; Marlon is an AC Technician, and Tavia is a Performing Arts Lecturer at the Antigua State College. She is also renowned on the island as the owner/director of the Shiva School of Dance. Their businesses both took financial hits when covid-19 struck the island in March 2020. Marlon, as the head of his household, saw the impact this could have on his family and quickly began the process of educating his wife on the art of backyard gardening. This did not progress well for Tavia, and they both soon realized she just wasn’t cut out for watering plants.

A New Plan

After realizing that backyard gardening may not be the ideal, Marlon came up with a new plan – A Chicken Farm. Although she was skeptical at first, Tavia decided to place her trust in their team and through productive communication, they both executed the plan successfully. Hunte Chicken Farm was established and they both may just have found the winning formula for business.

It’s Hard Work, But Worth It

“The labor of killing and cleaning chickens requires early morning preparations and being on your feet literally the entire day.” According to Tavia, they both have had experience in raising and preparing poultry for their own family events, but entering the chicken farming business definitely required detailed execution. Tavia therefore conducted her own analyses and research to ensure the business would be viable. As an added bonus, they were both successful in the subject area of Agricultural Sciences in Secondary school, and this aided them both in developing a top notch, innovative process to raising a high-quality product for distribution.

“Our mission is to provide a fresh a product that conveys our care and love for community as well as create a thriving industry to help build and sustain our local economy”.

Tavia Hunte

Fresh, Smoked or Seasoned!

At Hunte Chicken Farm, you can have your poultry prepared your way.

  • Fresh: So that you can season and prepare just the way you like it.
  • Seasoned: Skillfully seasoned with their very own blend of savory herbs and spices, (NO MSG) and ready to cook!
  • Smoked: Cooked in a specially designed smoker oven prepared with their our own blend of herbs and spices, (NO MSG)… and topped off with their very own Hunte’s Farm Barbecue Sauce made from scratch no PRESERVATIVES!

Customers must place their orders in advance. They however receive a call from the farm before distribution, for updating purposes. Any other necessary details are also discussed in advance, inclusive of delivery/collection details and costs. For your convenience, Hunte’s chicken is now available for delivery on the packed app!

The way forward

Marlon and Tavia’s poultry farm continues to grow by leaps and bounds despite the odds. Their family unit IS their team, but they have welcomed overwhelming support from friends and well-wishers. According to Tavia, they did their first distribution of poultry on the last weekend in May and were sold out by the Sunday with little advertising. They are now set to triple their production batch as they have been receiving lots of interest from new customers. Their vision is to expand, so they have hopes of receiving assistance in acquiring lands (preferably government allocated) for lease so that increased technical infrastructure can be put in place.

“A business is about transformation, once you are filling a need you are making an impact and that makes all the difference in how you prepare and distribute your product its about energy. It’s about love.”

Tavia Hunte

Solid Business Advice

This team stands firm in the belief that it is time for black owned businesses to unlearn many of the perceptions and misconceptions that have caused us not to advance economically. Long term benefits, including legacy building and generational wealth should be the main goals. They believe more focus should be placed on investments, and the stronghold of consumerism within our communities needs to be addressed.

Coming together to fight the many negative habits that have held us back for generations requires commitment. Commitment to ourselves, commitment to our families and commitment to future generations whom we have not yet met. Marlon and Tavia Hunte are doing their part to ensure that a new legacy is built. With their passion and perseverance, their business can only progress to unimaginable heights as they stand strong in their motto, “From our farm, to your hands.”

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How to get a High Paying Job in Tech

BY TARYN ST.LOUIS, JULY 02, 2020

Top paying tech positions are going unfilled due to lack of skilled tech workers. Now is a great time to:

  • Learn to code,
  • Get a job in tech,
  • Learn to create apps,
  • Own the Tech you create.

According to Glassdoor, you don’t need to be technical to land a job at one of the top tech companies, but for those who develop their technical skills, the rewards can be vast! As an added bonus, there are a wealth of free online courses available today.

Their latest report breaks down the highest paying tech jobs in the industry, based on an average salary. Here are the top 10:

10. Information Security Engineer: $131,300

9. DevOps Engineer: $137,400

8. Enterprise Architect: $144,400

7. Technical Program Manager: $145,000

6. Software Architect: $145,400

5. Applications Architect: $149,000

4. Infrastructure Architect: $153,000

3. Software Development Manager: $153,300

2. Data Warehouse Architect: $154,800

  1. Software Engineering Manager: $163,500

How do I start?

Lean to code for free! There are free courses available for beginners and intermediates that can kick start your new career.

Some of these programs, like Scratch, allow the student to program their own interactive stories, games and animations and share their creations with the world. Scratch is designed specifically for ages 8-16, but it is generally used by people of all ages.

Get your children started with a great interactive learning experience on their journey to coding. Codecademy is an online interactive platform that offers free coding classes in 12 different programming languages including Python, Java, Go, JavaScript, Ruby, SQL, C++, Swift, and Sass, as well as markup languages HTML and CSS. All the courses on Codecademy are free. The free course catalog features hundreds of hours of content that help learners develop skills in their desired programming language. However, CodeCademy offers a “pro” option that allows tailored lessons and tutorials for the user as well as live tutoring.

Check out some other interactive learning platforms:

Is coding hard to learn?

According to Paul Larkin of Career Karma, the simple answer is “No.” “Coding is not hard to learn. Much like learning any other skill, it will require time and persistence. How hard it is to learn will depend on the programming language itself and what kind of software you’d like to make.

If you love the idea of having a great income while doing something fun and interactive, a job in Tech may just be right for you! You may just have the next big idea sitting in the corners of your brain. Start the ball rolling by learning to code.

How long will it take to learn?

According to Joshua Weinstein of Career Karma, The following table sums up the duration, however, “Generally, it takes about 3 to 6 months to learn the basics of coding. You can learn coding faster or slower depending on your pace.

LEARNING METHODTIME TO LEARN CODING
Self-Study6 – 12 months
College Degree4+ years
Coding Bootcamp3 – 6 months
Summary of time it takes to learn coding according to learning method

If you have no interest in Tech, learning to code is still a great choice!

  • It will make you more self sufficient: No need to wait around for technical assistance when you need it.
  • It will teach you how to think. Heather Stenger, Senior Director of Communications at American Wood Council states: “Coding forced me to start out with a plan, identify potential trouble areas, and troubleshoot, troubleshoot, troubleshoot.”
  • It will improve your collaboration and communication skills. Many tech courses require collaboration as Projects are rarely created in a vaccum.
  • It can take your present career to new heights! Coding can open a whole new world of options for you, and your new skills will mostly like prove very valuable to your employer.
  • If you’re thinking about starting a new company, having technical knowledge can make your startup more feasible, and can be the factor that gets you that launch!

What are you waiting for? It’s time to break barriers, and learning to code may just be one way for you to attain financial freedom.

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Google’s program for Black Founders to launch August 2020

BY TARYN ST.LOUIS, JUNE 29, 2020

If you are an entrepreneur, you are most likely constantly seeking resources to aid not only in education, but also tools to help you maximize your profits. In 2011, Google launched Google for Startups (formerly known as Google for Entrepreneurs). It consists of over 50 co-working spaces and accelerators in 125 countries, offering hands-on lessons for aspiring entrepreneurs.

In August 2020, a new program will be launched. Google for Startups Accelerator for Black Founders is a 3 month-long digital accelerator program for high potential seed to series A Tech Startups based in the US.

The program is designed to bring the best of Google’s programs, products, people and tech to Black Founder communities across the USA. In addition to mentorship and tech support, the program will include deep dives and workshops focused on product design, customer acquisition and leadership development for founders.

You need to get on this train now, as the program starts in August 2020. The first series of this program will comprise approximately 10-12 top US headquartered startups.

The format of the program will be as follows:

Three months with digital workshops, programming, and mentor ship taking place each week. Selected founders will outline the top tech challenges facing their startups, and will then be paired with experts to help solve these challenges. Startups will also receive deep mentor ship on technical challenges with an emphasis on data and machine learning, as well as connections to relevant teams across Google.

Who should apply?

Selected startups should have a minimum of 10+ employees, and both the founder and selected team members must be available to join all program elements of their series. All Startups should aim to leverage AI/ML tech in their product, service or operations and/or show interest in leveraging these in the future.

What are the benefits?

The program offers a wealth of benefits, to include

  • Equity -Free Support
  • Exclusive Invitations to Tech Boot camps hosted by Google
  • Personalized mentor ship & Tech support from Google experts
  • The opportunity to provide feedback to Google product teams
Here are some more of Google’s tools for Entrepreneurs you can check out:
  • The Accelerate with Google Academy is a 12-week program designed to help businesses like yours start marketing online, and then be great at it! As a participant, you’ll get all the tools and training you need to advertise on the web, including live help and private consultations with dedicated experts. The program is customized, so by the end of it, you’ll be ready to start meeting your businesses unique goals and making the most of the web.
  • The Google for Entrepreneurs platform consists of well managed tools and resources to help jump start your business.

Wherever your startup is, from concept to scaleup, Google for Startups can help move your business forward.

What do you need to get done?

Here are some useful tools that Google for Entrepreneurs can provide:

  • Get support and build and run killer apps and sites
  • Better understand your customers by getting focused insights and analytics
  • Get great hosting and storage
  • Increase the productivity of your team
  • Learn how to market your product wisely
  • Monetize your product by creating various revenue streams

Making use of the knowledge and resources available will put you ahead of the competition. There can be no progress without education. Start Today.