The Bradley B. E. Roberts Foundation is pleased to offer two (2) annual $500 awards per year to young Bahamian entrepreneurs. Two aspiring young entrepreneurs, will be chosen each year, from anywhere within the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, who are Bahamian citizens, ordinarily resident within the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, between the ages of 16 to 25, who can present, in writing, a compelling and workable business plan, for a business they are currently operating or hope to begin shortly, as a young entrepreneur.

Entrepreneur = Innovation. Skills. Leadership. Assertiveness. Knowledge. Strategy. Goal

“I would now like the opportunity to speak to the next generation of young, up and coming business men and women in the Bahamas.
I personally did not go to business school. However, I was lucky enough to have some wonderful mentors, some really hardworking and ambitious people as friends, and a little bit of common sense earned from some hard knocks early on.
Starting a business in the Bahamas, trying to be a successful entrepreneur in a small island nation is not for the faint-hearted or those without a measure of guts and stickability.”

From the book, “Big Bad Brad, The Autobiography of the Honourable Bradley B. E. Roberts”

“Lesson ONE of Bahamian Business 101 – It takes more than just money to succeed.
In the various businesses that I have been privileged to be a part of, I saw how there were times when we were pumping more and more money into a company only to see it operating at even more of a loss every month. When Commonwealth Brewery was initially losing money only for us to discover that we should have been recycling the bottles to cut manufacturing costs, it was one of the best lessons in business for me. We were very close to walking away from the brewery business. It was only after we learned that you could use one bottle, up to 6-8 times before discarding it and launching a special recycling program we called , ‘Return and Earn’ that we began to see the turn around.
We hadn’t looked at the business from all of its angles. We were pouring money in. We knew our customer. We knew our marketing was effective. We had our production process operating as efficiently as possible. But, we missed a vital costing element. We had to learn quickly from our mistakes.
Once you have an idea for a business, you must study your market, no matter how small, you must look at your competition and importantly, you must look at the business from all angles including the two C’s – customer and cost.
It doesn’t matter what your business is, if you are selling tarts on Montague Beach or hotdogs on Goodman’s Bay or perfumes on Bay Street or houses on Paradise Island, every business has a customer and the customer is king – You must know them. “

From the book, “Big Bad Brad, The Autobiography of the Honourable Bradley B. E. Roberts”

Bradley Roberts, President of Bahamas Blenders, 1977
Photo courtesy of the Estate of Bradley B. E. Roberts

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Terms and Conditions

No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. One award only per person.
Applicants must submit a business plan.
Submission requirements: A minimum 200 word personal narrative answering the stated question(s).
Entries will not be returned.
Only entries post marked or emailed submitted to bradleyberobertsfoundation@gmail.com, on time using the form above or mailed to P. O. Box N-8208 Nassau, Bahamas will be considered.

Recipients will be selected by independent judges and recipients will be announced by December 1, 2019. Money will be presented on January 10th 2020.
The Bradley Roberts Foundation will offer two $500 per year.
Employees and immediate family of employees of The Bradley Roberts Foundation are not eligible for the Young Entrepreneur Award.
No correspondence will be given regarding the competition itself and the selection of the judges is final.
If selected as a recipient of the Young Entrepreneur Award administered by The Bradley B. E. Roberts Foundation, you agree to allow your name, excerpts from your personal narrative, and your photograph to be utilized in news releases, online media and publicity materials of The Bradley B. E. Roberts Foundation.
All entries must be received or postmarked by August 31, 2019. All required components for the scholarship must be included with your application. Nothing postmarked or received via the internet after this date will be accepted.