Spicing things up - Young entrepeneur set on growing her business
Shanique Samuels, Gleaner Writer
Mahalia Gordon is a young entrepreneur who has just graduated from the Central High School, and, already, she has her sights on operating her own business. She took the initiative of starting her own business, MahGord's, in February this year while she was still a student.
She has created a natural seasoning blend made from a combination of herbs and spices. She said the idea came from her love of cooking, often experimenting with the seasonings until it was the perfect blend.
Rural Xpress caught up with Gordon at the Jamaica Agricultural Society's (JAS) 119th Annual General Meeting, which was held recently on the Denbigh Showgrounds, where she had the opportunity to showcase her product.
Gordon said the seasoning would be on display as well as on sale at the upcoming 62nd Denbigh Agricultural Show from August 1-3. She hopes the Denbigh experience will give her the exposure she needs to put her product on supermarket shelves and even make MahGord's a household name.
According to Gordon, when she began her small business earlier this year, she started with the name 'Gordonna's' but decided to change it after realising that a company registered with a similar name was already in operation, hence her new brand name, MahGord's, with the tag line 'Everybody's Natural Blend'.
Gordon's product has already been tested and approved by the Scientific Research Council in Jamaica.
So far, she said being a young entrepreneur has been a great experience. "The exposure is really great! It is a bit challenging to balance school and business, but to know that you will be getting great results in the end is really worth it."
President of the Jamaica Agricultural Society, Senator Norman Grant, congratulated Gordon on the bold step she has taken to create her own business. "She has great potential and I am encouraging her to continue to market her business and grow and expand her product line in the future. This is a great venture and a very big step in the right direction, especially now that Jamaica's economy is in the state that it is where businesses are concerned."
Gordon will be pursuing her tertiary-level studies at the University of Technology beginning September this year. She will be reading for a degree in food preparation and the culinary arts.
Photos by Shanique Samuels