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On November 26th, 2022 – Rachana Catholic Chamber of commerce and Industry organized a program – “Inspire,” for budding entrepreneurs from areas in and around Mangaluru, at the Mangalore Club.

The programme began with an invocation. President of Rachana Mr. Vincent Cutinha welcomed the gathering. Rachana secretary Ms. Lavina Monterio compered. Vice president Mr. Rudolph Rodrigues and joint secretary Mr. Philip Pereira and others were present.

The Moderator of the programme was the General Body member of Rachana Mr. Leslie Rego. Young talented entrepreneurs such as Roshan Anthony D’Souza, Oshin Pereira, Jake Elton Pinto, Jeethan Castelino, Shirly Cutinha, Ashton Jerome Martis, Anup Noronha, Christopher Machado, Royston Pinto, and Prasanna D’Souza shared their experience with Rachana members who graced the event. They shared their journey of entrepreneurship on how they strived to get success in their business, challenges they faced and how they overcame and excelled in their businesses.

Mr. Isaac Vas was the guest of honour. Speaking on the occasion Mr. Isaac said, “In entrepreneurship, either you will win or learn a lesson. The Christian community is a very small community, but it has given employment opportunities for thousands of people.”

He also called upon the community youth to excel academically and as entrepreneurs. “Youths should have a vision. When our youth become good leaders, they can take the community forward,” he added.

He also explained how this small community has pioneered several medical and engineering colleges in the district. It is also the responsibility of the second generation to take their family business forward, he said.

Mr. Isaac also advised that that money would come only with effort and dedication for the task taken up.

Isaac said, “Our community is very intelligent and smart. We should give our children the best education and train them to be entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurship is in our community, we have the best schools and educational institutions, and we should get rid of the crab mentality. We should learn from the Chinese how they encourage their people. We should have a vision for our community.” He wished successful careers for the youths.

The Rachana Catholic Chamber of Commerce and Industry honoured the young entrepreneurs on the occasion.

CAO of Anupama Feeds and Farms Ms. Shirly Cutinha said, “My dad (Mr. Vincent Cutinha) is into the poultry business for the past 35 years. He has been talking, sleeping, breathing, and walking poultry all the time which has influenced my life. Apart from my siblings, Ideal Chicken is my other sibling too. My dad really loves that child as much as he loves us. I joined dad’s firm in the year 2014, and now I manage HR operations, Administration, Quality checks and the IT sector. At present we have 560 employees, and we are proud to say that in the future we will hire more people. I urge everyone to support Ideal chicken”.

Mr. Jake Elton Pinto shared his working experience with humour and said, “The programme is ‘INSPIRE’, but I can see all the successful entrepreneurs. I don’t know whether I must inspire the gathering, or they should inspire me. I am very happy about this opportunity to share my experience. Whenever I google my father’s name, I see a big list of his achievements. Hope today will cover this event and my name will also pop up on google. I graduated in the field of Mechanical engineering in 2013 from St Joseph’s Engineering College, Vamanjoor. I am looking into the operations of our family business. Since I come from a family with a business background, I am naturally involved in the family business. I have used the opportunities to develop my talents and leadership qualities that have shaped me into the person I am today”.

Mr. Jake Elton Pinto further said, “I am blessed to have a very special person, my father who has been the driving force in whatever I do. Prior to working with my father, my friend advised me to start from the bottom before becoming the boss. I went to Dubai and worked for 6 months where I learnt a lot and the experience helped me to understand workplace culture, time management and teamwork. I realized that we need to take risks to move forward”.

The treasurer Ms. Eulalia D’Souza thanked everyone.

Program was covered by Daijiworld and Photos of the events are available in our gallery.