Strong Faith Helps Entrepreneur Succeed – Jamaica Information Service

Faith and a second chance were exactly what Claudine Campbell-Bryan needed to restore hope of becoming a successful entrepreneur.

After a few failed attempts at entrepreneurship, the mother-of-two received her confirmation of a second chance after visiting a church service one evening and was handpicked into the congregation.

The speaker giving the sermon called her to the front of the church and said, “God has given you business ideas over the years, but you haven’t acted on them, and He’s giving you a chance to more,” she shares in an interview with JIS News.

Although she took no immediate action, she could not ignore the statement that had been made about her life.

One day, on her way to a board meeting from her primary position, she asked, “My God, what am I going to do?” In an instant, a voice said “candles”.

Without any prior knowledge about candles except “if I get a candle, I light a candle and sing a sankey”, she got excited and called her husband to tell him she had a new idea for another company.

Ms. Campbell-Bryan was sitting in the boardroom thinking of a name for her business and almost instantly, “Scentre Yourself” – a name she knew would one day be internationally recognized – permeated her thoughts.

Owner and founder of Scentre Yourself, Claudine Campbell-Bryan.

She did her research and a line of all-natural, handmade soy wax candles was born in 2018.

Having received positive feedback from its customers, its offerings quickly expanded to add a skincare line that includes soaps of all kinds, a men’s beard care line, lip balm, body butter , a body scrub and more.

Before that, her entrepreneurial activities had led her down the path of cosmetology, which she did, simply because she could.

“I remember seeing someone doing nails…. I love nails so I started doing it. I also did hair and makeup, but of course I didn’t ask God for advice on any of those jobs. I just did them because I was good at them,” Ms. Campbell-Bryan notes.

In 2018, she researched the production of pampers because she had two sons who used the product a lot. She did her research and was able to find a foreign supplier.

She even passed the product through the Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ). However, it didn’t take him long to realize that “how much money I would invest and what price I would sell it at wouldn’t make much sense.”

While the market may seem saturated with many natural skincare product options, what sets Scentre Yourself apart is the pride Ms. Campbell-Bryan takes in the manufacturing, packaging and personal delivery of each product. that she sells.

“I’m proud to give the best… I don’t neglect money. If it’s not good for me, it’s not good for the client. For example, if I make a line of candles and look at it and it’s not the best quality, I don’t sell it. I would keep them or give them away,” she said.

An even greater satisfaction for the entrepreneur is when her customers use her products and share their experiences with her.

Although the main goal of any business is to generate profits, Scentre Yourself goes beyond that. The God-fearing woman of purpose uses her line of products to motivate others.

“It’s an inspired business, so it’s not just to sell products but also to change lives. At the moment, I offer soap and candle making classes, which I call my empowerment sessions, where women, mostly unemployed or wanting to increase their income, come and we discuss different topics. , including spirituality, health and so on,” says Ms. Campbell-Bryan.

She encourages people to know that “you can use what God has given you to create wealth for yourself. Other than that too, I also want people to know that every moment in life that you can take to center yourself, take it.

“Don’t go into a business because someone else is doing it and it seems profitable, because you don’t know what hardship they should have been through,” advises Campbell-Bryan.

She encourages aspiring entrepreneurs to “do your research. Look at the market and see where you can sell your products and try to bring in a different product than what someone else is offering. The market is big enough for all of us, so do your best with what you do.”

“Make sure you seek help, you need it. One of the things I will say is to read and do some research because many entrepreneurs don’t know about BSJ which will help people who want to export their products; the Development Bank of Jamaica which offers loans and grants to fund your business; the Jamaica Business Development Corporation, which helps you take your business to the next level; and the Jamaica Companies Office to register your business,” Ms Campbell-Bryan told JIS News.

She hopes to use her business to continue to improve the lives of others and will seek to partner with overseas suppliers and distributors for the future success of her business.

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