Dunn Vineyards

Since 1979, Randy Dunn and family have owned and operated Dunn Vineyards and Winery and continue to produce one of the best Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain and the Napa Valley.

Randy’s son, Mike Dunn, has been working at the winery full time since 1999, each year taking on more and more responsibilities. Today Mike is both Cellar Master and Assistant Winemaker at Dunn Vineyards. EFactor spoke with him about the benefits and disadvantages of running a family business, the reason why he left his job at the bike shop to join Dunn Vineyards, and what it takes to make it in the wine business nowadays.

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Igor Beuker

On Tuesday, March 22nd and Wednesday, March 23rd, successful serial entrepreneur Igor Beuker is coming to Aruba and Curaçao for an interactive fireside chat on emerging marketing, media and tech trends. Hosted by EFactor, ‘New Trends in Business – Emerging Marketing’ is a free seminar for entrepreneurs, business professionals, students and individuals with an interest in marketing and media. Pre-registration is required at EFactor.com as space is limited.

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FactorPlus has put the Dutch Caribbean on the global map by being the first factoring company internationally to obtain the “International Certification of Factoring Services”. The certificate was granted by the International Factors Group (IFG) to FactorPlus after an intense audit of the company. Curaçao, where FactorPlus started in 2006 and where most employees reside, is very proud of being the first globally to get certified.

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Whether you’re an entrepreneur seeking to build a subscription publishing business, an individual expert seeking to profit from your knowledge, or an organization seeking to better share information with members, SubHub can make it happen. EFactor spoke with Louise Hewlett, Product Manager of SubHub, about the services that SubHub offers, the clients that they work with and the challenges she faces.

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2016

The year 2015 has passed quickly and Christmas is almost here once again. For some it’s time to hang up the business suit and put on the reindeer sweater, while for others start-ups, now is the time to ramp-up sales–not to relax. But that doesn’t mean entrepreneurs can’t find time for a little holiday cheer. EFactor quizzed three entrepreneurs about their holiday season and their plans for 2016.

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Boris De Jong, Owner 3WW

In September 2010, Boris de Jong founded Triple Word Score (3WW); a team of professionals in writing and editing, with a collective legacy of creative and corporate content that goes back to 2000 and beyond. 3WW offers fully bilingual services, being able to converse and write fluently both in English and Dutch.

“Could you write that piece again? And this time… make it more boring, please.”

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Stephen Arinitwe, CEO Aristeph Entrepreneurs Centre: “I Started With A Capital Of Fourteen Dollars

Young visionary Stephen Arinitwe knows all too well the struggles children in Uganda face on a daily basis. However, rather than feel self-pity, Arinitwe decided to start his own business with the main purpose to give the children of his homeland both hope and purpose.

“I was not inspired to start with something good. What inspired me was a bad situation, but as an entrepreneur problems and challenges are a source of opportunities…”

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Looking Back

In law school, Mary Juetten was shocked by how many businesses ignored or accidentally infringed on others’ intellectual property (IP). She learned that these behaviors were due to a lack of understanding IP and a fear of attorney costs. So Mary launched Traklight – a simple and affordable way to identify, manage, and protect valuable intangible assets including IP.

“I fell into entrepreneurship without really thinking about precisely what I was doing. I saw a need to help inventors and entrepreneurs with their valuable intellectual property and thought I would find someone to help me code my solution.”

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Passionate

Michael Beck is the Founder and President of Michael Beck International. He is passionate about helping companies and their leaders bring out the best in others, and utilizes executive coaching to improve their effectiveness, broaden their strategic thinking, and maintain their focus on execution.

“When the economy crashed, my business suffered, which required me to rethink what I was doing. After a good deal of thought, some soul searching, and a few starts and stops, I landed on a focus I was passionate about.”

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