Dave Bent, founder of Jamaican Fair Trade was born and raised in Milwaukee to Jamaican parents. In this episode, Dave shares how his cultural background has influenced his entrepreneurship venture.
For a long time, Dave had a desire to do something that represented Jamaican culture and bring it to America. It was a trip to rural Jamaica where his mother grew up that inspired him to bring his dream to reality. He created Jamaica Fair Trade and began exporting Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee straight from Jamaica.
Through Jamaican Fair Trade, one of Dave’s goals is to ensure that a significant portion of the export profits goes back into the Jamaican economy. In order to do this, he works directly with small Jamaican farmers. He also wants to expand Jamaican culture through the sale of his products.
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