Sisters' Ink- Doing it for Jamaica
It is said that working with family is hard- but the sister-sister team found that family is the bedrock for achieving their own goals while contributing Jamaica’s further growth. Opal Levy and Allison Levy are the dynamic duo behind business support specialists, Sisters’ Ink.
Described as a driven go-getter, Opal is a finance and customer service specialist and a certified coach with over 15 years’ experience in banking, business and relationship management and product development. She has managed the accounts for a leading bank’s high-income customers. This network of individuals with portfolios in excess of US150 million dollars will lead to her becoming the Network Manager of the Alpha Angels, one of Jamaica’s leading angel investor group.
With 20 years of experience in business management, the practical and supportive Allison Levy formerly worked on the strategic management group of Jamaica’s largest mortgage financing institution focusing on loan creation, customer service and managing corporate and individual compliance. She is also a Justice of the Peace for St Andrew and sits on her Citizen’s Association Committee. The sisters run a soup kitchen together.
“Yes, we are different personality-wise, but we share certain core values that make us a strong team,” Allison opined. Those core values are: an unshakeable belief in God, love and respect for each other’s thoughts and opinion, a strong work ethic and a dedication to getting the job done.
With an eye to achieving Jamaica’s Vision 2030 mandate to make the island “the place of choice to live, work, raise families, and do business”, the Levys recognize that supporting Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SME’s) will help to provide valuable employment to the nation’s youth.
“When we explored this ecosystem, we found that there are a lot of entrepreneurs and small businesses who lack the capacity to translate their ideas and creativity into vibrant and viable businesses,” Opal said.
The team discovered that due to a lack of knowledge, business experience and network support, founders routinely fail to identify and gain information on new ventures and business opportunities, as well as financial and business support.
In response, Sisters’ Ink has become mentors, trainers and business support specialists to assist entrepreneurs in identifying the gaps in their business plans and provide solutions to fulfill their goals.
Here are some of the solutions the team provides at the Sisters’ Ink Empowerment Centre and Capacity Development Lab:
- Provide training, mentorship and guidance that will strengthen and maintain the management competencies that entrepreneurs and SMEs need to be successful.
- Provide and maintain an environment that strengthens the entrepreneurs’ ties within a suitable social network so that they have greater access to information and insights for new ventures and opportunities.
- Convene a one-week entrepreneurial boot camp geared towards capacity building for 200 entrepreneurs, bringing together financiers, mentors, investors and entrepreneurs.
- Assist entrepreneurs in translating business ideas into business plans and through a series of workshops and personal sessions prepare them to pitch before business angels and other investment groups and offer remedial support afterwards if required.
- Widen the investor network.
- Provide access to suitable technology and experts at affordable prices to support business efficiencies.
- Provide any other business support activity that is required.
The fast growing team is situated at Suite 3&5, 70 Half Way Tree Road, Kingston 10. They look forward to working with clients seeking business solutions and interested parties who wish to offer their support.
“While it good to have a vision, people need the right tools and resources to achieve their goals and maximize their capabilities,” Opal said in closing.
Author: Aleathia Marshalleck