Ep. 020 Kelli-Dawn Hamilton: The Opportunity Mindset

The Transformation Blueprint 020 Kelli-Dawn Hamilton

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This week I sit down with Kelli-Dawn Hamilton (@kellidawnh)! She and I spoke to a group of young aspiring entrepreneurs late last year in the parish of Clarendon and the moment I heard her speak at the lectern, I knew I needed to have her share her message on this podcast.

Kelli-Dawn is a serial entrepreneur. She is the founder of Let’s Assist, a virtual assistant company and iCourage, a motivational speaking company. She is also the Director of Investor Relations of Jamaica’s Special Economic Zone Authority, which we will get into some details of on this episode.

In this episode you’ll also learn about:

  • How to mentally switch the idea of pitching yourself
  • How to build a successful mindset even when your self-confidence is low
  • How to build systems to automate your business
  • And so much more!

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CONNECT WITH KELLI

Jamaica’s Special Economic Zone Authority (SEZ) website: jseza.com
Email: [email protected]
SEZ Phone: 876-619-7392
Instagram: @kellidawnh
LinkedIn: Kelli-Dawn Hamilton

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KELLI-DAWN’S BLUEPRINT

  • Kelli-Dawn introduces herself, what she does and how she is giving back to Jamaica
  • Her role in the Jamaica Special Economic Zone Authority
  • Kelli talks about the origin story of her business Let’s Assist and helping “well endowed” women
  • How having a stroke at 21 lead her to an opportunity to start her brassiere business
  • Kelli-Dawn the Bra Consultant
  • Her mother’s message “You can be EVERYTHING you want to be” and the pros and cons of how that translated for her
  • The power of self-confidence and being in an environment where its engrained in you
  • Paul talks about 2004 Usain Bolt and his re-mergence and dominance after his defeat
  • What do you do when you don’t have the self-confidence and you didn’t have that turning point “back against the wall moment”?
  • Where some people lose sight of their vision and jump from idea to idea, never starting anything seriously
  • How Kelli-Dawn began to automate her Let’s Assist business
  • “What happens if you’re sick for 3 months, what happens to the business then?”
  • How to mentally switch the idea of pitching yourself and the best way to pitch yourself
  • The specific systems Kelli-Dawn implemented into her business
  • Kelli introduces her other business iCourage as a part of her system to do outbound marketing
  • Paul talks about the big issue handling international payments in Jamaica and Kelli speaks to how she used a creative way to deal with it
  • Kelli-Dawn talks about the Special Economic Zone and when she started working with them
  • The benefits of the SEZ and its connection to the local economy
  • The tax reduction under the SEZ and how that compares to the Free Zone predecessor
  • The establishment period for existing businesses to join the SEZ
  • SEZ’s push to have developers build and declare their developments special economic zones
  • Kelli-Dawn talks about how we can move up the value chain as a country
  • Jamaica’s logistics master plan and how it compares to the rise of Singapore
  • Kelli’s passionate plea to give back to the company
  • She talks about the inner workings of iCourage
  • “I don’t believe that you should be complaining about a job…. Then leave”
  • A message she was given from her mentor on investing
  • How can we connect with Kelli-Dawn
  • The people who make up her inner circle

MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE

  • 2004 Usain Bolt at his first Olympic games
  • Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce – now called Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture & Fisheries
  • World Trade Organization – an intergovernmental organization that regulates international trade.
  • Coronation Market – largest market in Kingston, Jamaica
  • Jamaica’s Logistics Hub – more information as provided by the Jamaica Information Service (JIS)
  • Hubspot – a developer and marketer of software products for inbound marketing and sales. It was founded by Brian Halligan and Dharmesh Shah in 2006
  • Paypal – a worldwide online payments system that supports online money transfers and serves as an electronic alternative to traditional paper methods like checks and money orders.
  • Freshbooks – provides cloud-based accounting solutions for small business owners.
  • Chronixx – Likes

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