Local women entrepreneurs shared their experience and struggles in doing business in a session dubbed Brunei Womenpreneur Network recently.
The network which was held at V Plaza Hotel aimed to inspire women in the community to diversify into tourism, arts and culture education, food and beverage industry, encouraging women to be self-sufficient and pro-business.
A discussion with the theme “Life Begins at the End of Comfort Zone” was led by six inspiring women who talked in front of some 30 attendees about their business journey and things learned along the way.
In the three-hour session, Dk Kemariah Pg Hj Duraman told entrepreneurs to not get intimidated with what they are doing right now.
“It will be your strength to make it different and better than anyone else. You must also know when to say yes and no (to others) and get your family involved in your business,” said the Kunyit 7 Lodge owner.
Nazurah Usop, who is an artist and owner of Doodle and Colours, started her art business when friends and family members asked her to draw something for them.
“I did it for free at first… I drew on motorcycles, helmets and phones, among others. I only do them in my free time and now I thought of pursuing it full time,” said the private company employee adding that the art scene in Brunei is indeed slow but there is demand.
She also shared her aspiration for the nation that knowledge and culture can be sustained economically through sharing art.
On her part, Bahrinawaty Jamal started her event planning and nursery business inspired by the limited places to get party kits for children’s birthday.
“I started off planning for my own son’s birthday bash and realised that it is limited to get the (party) materials in Brunei,” said the owner of Muzzyland Kids Party Service.
She also started her other business Muzzyland Educare based on her own personal experience.
“When I wanted to find a suitable school for my son who has autism, I noticed that most of the facilities are in BSB. So that one time, we had to move there and we chose Kindykare for my son.,” said Bahrinawaty, who then opened Muzzyland Educare in Kuala Belait for toddlers aged 18 months to 3 years old.
The Brunei Womenpreneur Network was co-organised by Supna Rania Karwanamurthi, Managing Director of FLUX O.S., Dk. Kemariah of Kunyit 7 Lodge and Noorhafizah Hj Rashid, the founder of Big BWN Project.
Supna who led the discussion quoted His Majesty The Sultan’s titah during the 33rd National Day that the monarch urged the people to be more agile in producing high results that can contribute to progress and realise the Vision 2035.
“We all need to get out of our comfort zone and not be complacent. In the fast-paced world today, in order for us to sustain and grow our business we need to always be looking at how we can improve so we can be ahead of our competitors,” said the managing director.
Other entrepreneurs at the session include Mari Gonzalez, co-owner of Ricardos Mexican Delivery & Ricardos La Galeria, Hjh Naemah Bte Hj Mahran, owner of Nem Fitness and Hjh Hasnah H A Hamid, owner of Hush Cakes.
For the next network session, it will be hosted by Dk Kemariah at Kunyit 7 Lodge on November 28 starting at 2pm until 5pm carrying the theme “Roles of Women in the Community”, open for free to all women.