The Wick Candles and Scents, a local manufacturer of candles, is moving to launch its Island Scents Collection in the United States before year’s end.
Business owner, Kimberley Conolly, told Loop News that she is also working to establish a base in the US, which will be useful in reaching a wider, more diverse, cross-section of customers as she eyes breaking into the global marketplace.
Conolly was recently interviewed for Loop’s feature, Young People in Business KY, where she shared her story of triumph, hard work and progress as she turned an idle comment into a successful business venture.
Conolly who works in the local tourism industry noted that the idea for her business was born out of comments from visitors to the island, who craved an authentic Caymanian-made product.
This desire for an authenticity didn’t just get Conolly’s brain ticking, but forced her to revisit fond memories and scents of her upbringing on the island.
However it wasn’t just an idle walk through memory lane, but Conolly revealed that getting her business off the ground was much more than crafting a meticulous business plan and setting timelines.
Conolly shared some of the challenges she faced in her initial start-up, which included bureaucratic red tape, lack of access to venture capital and limited resources for young entrepreneurs on the Island.
While entrepreneurship is touted as the driving forces of both developing and developed economies, Conolly says it is no easy endeavour but one that can yield great rewards not just in terms of profit but overall community development.