WORKPLACE INDOOR AIR QUALITY AND YOU

Do you suffer from one or more of the following symptoms when you are at work: headaches, lethargy, coughing, sneezing, itchy skin, throat, eyes and nose, skin rashes, increased frequency of sinus and asthma attacks? Do you experience these symptoms only at work? Do they disappear after leaving the building? Then the Indoor Air Quality…

Innovation Facilitation: Developing a Culture of Innovation in SMEs

Date: Thursday 28th July 2016 Venue: CARIRI’s Centre for Enterprise Development (CED), Innovation Avenue, Freeport The Caribbean Industrial Research Institute’s (CARIRI’s) Idea Advisory Service (IAS) in collaboration with the Danish Technological Institute recently hosted an information session entitled, “Developing a Culture of Innovation in SMEs” at CARIRI’s Centre for Enterprise Development, Innovation Avenue, Freeport. This is…

CARIRI hosts the Minister of Rural Development and Local Government at Quality Assurance in Infrastructure Projects seminar

After having a similar session back in April, there was a lot of interest from the Corporations for a specific session on Infrastructure Projects, and CARIRI accepted the challenge to host this seminar.  Achieving quality standards is one of the most important issues to consider when thinking about infrastructure projects and the management of quality…

Reinforcing the concrete structures

Part III :Role of good quality rebars in improving the durability of civil constructions and their endurance to natural disasters As stated in second Part of this series of report, ASTM A615/A615M has no provisions to control higher values of yield strength (YS), minimum tensile to yield strength ratio and  upper limit of tensile strength…

CARIRI and the Engineering Institute of The University of the West Indies – Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

On Wednesday 3rd August, 2016, CARIRI and the Engineering Institute of The University of the West Indies signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which will see greater collaboration between the two institutions.  The general intent of both parties is to cooperate in the areas of Research, Development and Innovation (RDI), Entrepreneurship Development and Commercialisation.  The primary…

Gaining a Competitive Edge: Entrepreneurship and Sports

Business and sports share many common features. The familiar “born or made” debate resonates for both Olympians and entrepreneurs. There are also unyielding obstacles despite talent or skill: a 5ft tall player will not make the NBA Basketball team. Undoubtedly, an Olympian’s mindset is very different from that of a casual afternoon jogger. Not only…

Shifting gears in Entrepreneurship

What does it mean to be an entrepreneur? Is it shuffling from gig-to-gig in an ever evolving free market economy? Is it akin to being an inventor? Is it a mindset, a dream and an idea immersed in your thoughts and you have started to commercialize? Does it begin when you close your first sale…

UNDERSTANDING DIFFERENCES BETWEEN DEBT & EQUITY

As a small business owner, Melba manufactures homemade all-natural fruit and vegetable punches and currently sells them to two health stores in her local community.  Increased demand for her product has encouraged her to expand her business to ramp up distribution to include a popular supermarket chain. In order to do so, Melba requires capital…

Product Pricing strategies and tactics

In the world of business, pricing is a very important component of marketing. This is because the pricing of your product can either make or break your business. Learning how to create a competitive product pricing strategy is crucial, especially if the goal of your marketing plan is to increase market share and survive in…