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The Entrepreneur's Trip

As your Entrepreneur’s Trip Guides (aka Hosts), we aim to get to the heart and real-life experiences of diverse entrepreneurs, particularly those with a US, Caribbean and Virgin Island connection. If you don’t like the course of your trip, you can always change it…but the essence of the entrepreneur begins and ends with who they are human beings. According to the Cambridge Dictionary, a trip is defined as “a person or experience that is strange or entertaining and exciting.” We are a trip! Collectively we create a dynamic trip of experimentation, exploration, and entrepreneurial ecstasy for those that join us. So, every episode is an unexpected trip, and the entire series is an experience. So, in essence…we be trippin!


To Grow or NOT Grow Your Biz? with Brenda - Part 1
You may have a main gig or a job, but you always want something ‘on the side’ to diversity your talents, expand your capacity, and bring in the Benjamins $$$$.    Join our conversation with Brenda Cotto, a serial entrepreneur who is running multiple successful companies simultaneously.    She worked herself out of a job by engaging with a network marketing company to launching a coaching practice and academy to creating an art studio.    How does she do it all?    Delegate, collaborate, and knowing how to hire people that are experts in their field so you (as the Owner!) can focus on aspects of your business that only you can do.    Those are just some valuable nuggets of success to determining whether to grow or not to grow your business.    Yeah…she’s kind of a BIG deal!    Check out Part 1 today. #TheEntrepreneursTrip #XTC #Podcast #Vodcast #Videocast #Entrepreneurship
29:35 09/20/2022
To Delegate or NOT To Delegate
[‘DING DING DING’] “FIGHT!” … Round 2 of the #Collaboration VS. #Delegation debate between the X (Xaulanda) and the T (Tristian) of our crew gets underway in this episode of The Entrepreneur’s Trip, as the C (Chris) attempts to referee this championship bout. Tune in to this MUST WATCH matchup, as we share real-life stories, analogies, and anecdotes to help sort out the similarities and differences between what it means to collaborate, and what it means to delegate. Who will you side with? And when is the right time to delegate, if at all? Tune in to this Main Event to find out! #TheEntrepreneursTrip #XTC #Podcast #Vodcast #Videocast #Entrepreneurship
29:20 09/13/2022
Entrepreneur's Legacy with Joe Simmons - Part 2
(1.) Discipline - (2.) Execution - (3.) Commitment   These are the 3 things entrepreneurs often lose sight of, according to Joseph Simmons, Founder & CEO of The Center for Micro-Entrepreneurial Training (CMET).   Joe joins us for a second episode to further explore what makes entrepreneurs successful and how we can enhance both our individual and collective success by working together.    After all, what do successful entrepreneurs like Steve Jobs and Jeff Bezos have in common? They were given the opportunity to fail and then start again.    If you fall down you need a safety net. And that's where your community of fellow entrepreneurs come in ... #TheEntrepreneursTrip #XTC #Podcast #Vodcast #Videocast #Entrepreneurship
39:46 09/06/2022
Black Business Month with Joe Simmons
August is Black Business Month!    So, X.T.C. sat down with Joseph “Joe” Simmons, CEO & Founder of the Center for Micro-Entrepreneurial Training (CMET) to take a trip in U.S. history to better understand the current changes in the trajectory of black businesses.     Beyond a moment of integration or equality, the current entrepreneurial movement is built on equity, access, and accountability.     Therefore, entrepreneurs need to take ownership of their destiny, collaborate intentionally, and build a foundation of business success that leads to generational wealth.     “We can’t count on other people to do it for us, we have got to do it for ourselves” stated Joe.    Check out this episode to learn more.   #TheEntrepreneursTrip #XTC #Podcast #Vodcast #Videocast #Entrepreneurship
36:47 08/30/2022
Jamar's Take on Collaboration - Part 2
Whether you know him as Jamar, Sincere, or Sin, one thing is for sure – he is ‘too legit, to quit!” Whether it is in starting his business, intentionally nurturing creative collaborations, or being a hands-on Dad, it’s about sharing knowledge, building a network, and investing in your net worth.    It’s about having that entrepreneurial mindset. Jamar continues to share, exchange, and engage in small business strategies and how collaborations can help to build generational wealth.    Tune in today! #TheEntrepreneursTrip #XTC #Podcast #Vodcast #Videocast #Entrepreneurship
27:15 08/23/2022
Jamar's Take on Collaboration - Part 1
A true Renaissance man, Jamar wears many hats – serial entrepreneur, rapper, songwriter, photographer, and most importantly, father!  Jamar, also known as Sincere or Sin, joins X.T.C. to talk about establishing long-lasting collaborations and how when done successfully benefits all parties involved.  As an example, he shares a collaborative experience on a recent Shot by Sin photoshoot done in St. Croix, USVI.  Essentially, the takeaway – collaborations have to make sense!  Check out this episode to learn more and via YouTube to SEE the final product of Jamar’s collaborative handy work. #TheEntrepreneursTrip #XTC #Podcast #Vodcast #Videocast #Entrepreneurship
34:57 08/16/2022
To Collaborate OR NOT To Collaborate?
To Collaborate OR NOT to Collaborate as entrepreneurs?  That is the question that the X.T.C. crew tries to get to the bottom of in this episode.  As Tristian suggests, "we have to figure out, WHO it is we collaborate with, WHY we want to collaborate with them, and WHEN is the best time to collaborate with them?"  As it turns out, we each have our own criteria for deciding whether or not to collaborate with someone. And we can be a bit picky too, as we don't collaborate with just anyone. But those whom we do collaborate with have earned it.  Tune in to find out what it takes to get the members of X.T.C. to collaborate on a professional level.  Do you share similar criteria for who you do or don't collaborate with? Are you bringing to the table what is necessary for people to want to collaborate with YOU?   #TheEntrepreneursTrip #XTC #Podcast #Vodcast #Videocast 
29:23 08/09/2022
Client Experience with Joey, the Barber - Part 2
This week we're diving even deeper into the story of how "Joey, the Barber" became a client experience guru.    As entrepreneurs, we all start somewhere. And many of us, like in Joey's case, begin watching, observing, and learning from other experts in our field.    It's one thing to emulate the people we learned from and to stop there. But it's a whole other thing to strive to do it even better, to take risks, challenge ourselves, and find your own style and measurement of success.    It's this work ethic and burning desire to always try to do better for his customers that make "Joey, the Barber" THE GUY that his clients want to keep coming back to.        #TheEntrepreneursTrip #XTC #Podcast #Vodcast #Videocast #Entrepreneurship
31:24 08/02/2022
Client Experience with Joey - Part 1
Royalty is loyalty! Joey the Barber takes us on his entrepreneurial journey and creates quality client experiences for his clients. Identifying the need to reduce wait times, ensure guaranteed appointment times, and focus on that one-on-one client experience, he set out to automate the systems of his business, expand the services provided and offer more than just a haircut. As a client Tristian proclaims, “I’ve been more loyal to the barbers in my life than the women in my life.” To which Joey explains, “It’s a relationship. It’s a friendship. It’s about building a bond.” Now, that’s loyalty that flows both ways. Check out the episode with Joey from Royalty Cutz Barbershop in St. Croix!
31:50 07/26/2022
Buckle Up! The Entrepreneur & Client Experience
Fasten your seatbelt! The entrepreneur and client experience can be a bumpy ride!    As entrepreneurs, we often rack our brains thinking about "how do we get that first client", "how do we keep our pipeline of potential clients filled", or "how do we identify and attract the type of client we enjoy working with most"?     What does it take to land our ideal client, onboard them, and continue to nurture that entrepreneur and client relationship?   Conversely, like any relationship, how do we prepare ourselves and implement failsafes that allow us to exit a relationship with a client who is not working out like we had hoped?   Tune into this episode of The Entrepreneur's Trip as X.T.C. dives deep into the entrepreneur & client experience!
29:18 07/19/2022
Culture & Connections with Khnuma - Part 2
When we are having a good time, we just have to keep the conversation going! Join X.T.C. with Khnuma Simmonds, CEO & Founder of My Girlfriend’s Closet, for Part 2 of the Culture & Connection conversation as we unpack her [Suit]Case Story. What started out as a love of diverse extracurricular activities in high school translated to multiple businesses and revenue streams in adulthood for Khnuma. She has used entrepreneurship to create Girlfriendism (, with over seven different branches of business that were inspired by women of St. Croix, US Virgin Islands and created for women around the world. As such, the 2022 Girlfriendism Retreat will be taking 32 women from the USVI to Greece for a cultural exchange that culminates on National Girlfriend Day. Khnuma is intentionally building her legacy by empowering other women and entrepreneurs to live in purpose and to share HERstory.
30:46 07/12/2022
Culture & Connections with Khnuma (Part 1)
In this episode of The Entrepreneur’s Trip with X.T.C., we’re adding a “K” to the mix. Khnuma is the CEO and Founder of My Girlfriend’s Closet STX boutique in St. Croix, and is the Founder of the global movement, “Girlfriendism”. We brought in fellow entrepreneur, Khnuma, to talk about “culture connection”. So, what does that mean? Culture connection can take on a lot of different meanings. However, in this episode, we discuss  the entrepreneur’s individual culture, the organization’s external cultural environment, and the organization’s internal culture. As entrepreneurs, of course, we bring to our businesses our own individual culture, experiences, and biases. Then there's the collective piece for our organization and the environment in which our organization exists. Where is the business situated? What are our cultural surroundings like? And lastly, there is the culture that exists within our organization. What are the organization’s values? What is the employee culture like and how does that culture translate to or impact our customers? Join X.T.C. … and “K” for this special culture connection episode, to see how your cultural awareness, competency, and connections may be affecting you and your business.
31:56 07/05/2022
Season 2 Premiere!
All Aboard Trippers!👋🏽…Welcome to Season #2 of The Entrepreneur’s Trip!  While planning our itinerary for this season, we asked for your feedback and what topics you would like us to discuss next.  You spoke and we listened! This season we are mixing it up with new guests, new destinations, new views, and new experience upgrades!  Join us as we look in the rearview mirror from the launch of this podcast in early 2022, to where we are now along this entrepreneurial journey!  Let’s celebrate how far we have traveled together!🍻  So pack your bags, jump aboard, and grab a drink 😉…Season #2 is about to be a trip! 😎🧳🛳
30:18 06/28/2022
Season #1 Finale! IT'S BEEN A TRIP!
WOW! What a ride it’s been. Can you believe the Season 1 finale of The Entrepreneur’s Trip is already here? We hope you’ve enjoyed this journey with the X.T.C. crew over the past 16 episodes. Here in the finale, X.T.C. gets in vacation mode with our trippy shirts and the libations flowing, as we reminisce and recap our inaugural season. Whether you’ve been tripping with us the whole season or are just joining us for the first time, this is an episode you’re not going to want to miss!  And don’t worry … we will be back for Season 2 at the end of June! Now, grab your beach chair, pour yourself a beverage of choice, and listen to the Season 1 finale. Then, connect with us and your fellow trippers on our social media channels. Join the conversation, let us know how we can improve, and what you’d like to see in Season 2. We want to hear from you! In the meantime, as we get some R&R, you can relax and repeat your favorite Season 1 episodes. Happy Trippin’! #TheEntrepreneursTrip #XTC #Podcast #Vodcast #Videocast #Entrepreneurship
65:58 05/24/2022
Jerry's [Suit]Case Story
Join X.T.C. as we unpack the [suit]case of Jet-setting Jerry! A Super Networker that has manifested exciting experiences from canceled music festivals in Alabama, filming people as they cross the US & Mexican border, to near-death encounters in St. John, US Virgin Islands, Jerry Garcia, Founder & CEO of Garcia Media Services and Penguin Death Squad dives deep into sharing stories on how networking has helped to grow his businesses and created some lifelong memories. This adventurous and advantage-seeking entrepreneur amps up his value to the services he provides by 1. Showing up and putting yourself out there; 2. being the first to shoot, edit and distribute imagery; 3. infusing compassion and generosity into everything he does; 4. loving what he does while learning “on the fly;” and 5. taking calculated risks with “Jab, Jab, Jab…Right Hook.” He has mastered how to keep his entrepreneur’s trip unexpected and exciting…Jerry be trippin’! Share your networking and entrepreneurial adventures in the comments! #TheEntrepreneursTrip #XTC #Podcast #Vodcasts
71:41 05/17/2022
Collective (Beyond Circle & Global) - Get out of Your Comfort Zone!
Networking beyond your circle of family & friends and making your “bubble bigger” can be uncomfortable, challenging and rewarding. As an entrepreneur, the same way you may focus on your financial capital, you need to intentionally identify and balance your bonding capital vs. bridging capital to strengthen your network. Take this quick assessment. To evaluate your inner circle, “Who are the 5-10 people you spend the most time with?” Then, make a list of your outer circle, which includes the 50+ people that make the most impact in your professional life. If you are spending more than 70% of your time in one of those circles, then it’s time to diversify your network. Remember, your network is your net worth! Join X.T.C. as they share their networking experiences and how they are nurturing their net worth. #TheEntrepreneursTrip #XTC #Podcast #Vodcasts
37:50 05/10/2022
Proxy (Inner Circle) - Connecting Authentically & Nurturing Brand Ambassadors
Networking is really niche-working! Whether you have a specific area of focus where you network, how you expand your type of connections, and the ways you show up in networking situations are indicative of your niche. Whether you are a player, a moderator, or a purist, X.T.C. explores different aspects of networking and ways to connect in person and virtually. We’ve all heard the sayings “It’s not what you know, but who you know” and “It’s not who you know, but who knows you.” What do you think? Come take this entrepreneurial trip of networking with us and share your thoughts today! #TheEntrepreneursTrip #XTC #Podcast #Videocasts
32:40 05/03/2022
Self - What kinda networker are you?
Networking really is about working at casting your social net and making connections with others in a meaningful way. As entrepreneurs, we may approach networking very differently, make connections in diverse spaces, and have a plethora of experiences because we have to put ourselves out there. No matter how we go about it, networking offers the opportunities to exchange ideas, make yourself noticeable, explore new opportunities, reassess qualifications, improve creative intellect, provide extra resources, have support, grow your status and self-confidence, while establishing long-lasting relationships. Based on your network, connections, connectivity, and expansions beyond your current community, your network can become your net worth. Join X.T.C. as they explore how networking is an essential component of business success.  
30:55 04/26/2022
Kisha's [Suit]Case Story
Hey, Entrepreneur Trippers! We are unpacking the Guest [Suit]Case of Kisha Christian Pharm.D., Owner of (Neighborhood Pharmacy, LLC) in St. Croix U.S. Virgin Islands. If anyone knows about entrepreneurship being a marathon and not a sprint, it’s Kisha. From 2011 to the present (yep, that’s 11 years, folks!), she shares her journey of trials, tribulations, and triumphs of starting a pharmacy in her hometown, growing her team, and making a meaningful difference in her community. It is definitely more than just dispensing drugs! It’s about believing in yourself, dreaming big, trusting the process, and genuinely providing great care to the community. Entrepreneurship is not a straight shot, but more of a scenic route where you use the milestones to track your progress and infuse some travel for self-care to manage burnout. Trippers, be aware that those milestones may shift the proverbial “finish line”…only to start another entrepreneurial trip! Join us on this most recent trip with Kisha and get a dose of X.T.C. #TheEntrepreneursTrip #XTC #Podcast #Videocasts
40:10 04/19/2022
Milestones vs. A Finish
In this episode of The Entrepreneur’s Trip, X.T.C. look at Milestones vs. Finish Line. When it comes to starting and running your business, you may use milestones to measure your progress along your entrepreneurial journey. What’s your destination? How do you plan to get there? Who will take the journey with you? When do you plan to get there? We take a stroll down memory lane using the origins of this podcast as an example of how to track your entrepreneurial milestones, trend how well you are doing on the journey, and whether you have made it across the finish line. While the milestones may help you move towards your goals, they can also alter what your finish line looks like. So is your initial finish line, really THE finish line? Or, is the finish line you cross serving to end one chapter, only to start another? Listen to the episode and share with us your entrepreneurial experiences with milestones vs. the finish line.
47:03 04/12/2022
Entrepreneurial Burnout is REAL!
Breathe & Pace Yourself: Entrepreneurial Burnout is real! In this episode, the X.T.C. crew discusses the inevitable burnout that almost all entrepreneurs experience on their journey. We talk about the warning signs and how to identify the burnout, and, more importantly, how to solve it when it happens and get yourself back on track. Because at the end of the day, the ship (your business) can’t sail without its captain (You! – the entrepreneur) and caring for yourself is ultimately caring for your business. So, if you’re feeling burnt out, pop open that lounge chair on the beach and join us, as we learn to take care of our business’ best asset … OURSELVES!  
41:28 04/05/2022
You are in the Race, DON'T TRIP!
We’ve made it to Series #3 of Season #1, where we discuss how being an entrepreneur is like being in a marathon… You must breathe and pace yourself! But now that you’re up and running and in the race, how do you make sure you don’t trip? The short answer, as the X.T.C. crew discusses in this episode, is that you can’t prevent tripping up every now and then. But what you CAN control is how you pick yourself up from that fall. And with the right mindset, you can start to mitigate how often and how hard you fall when you do inevitably trip up. Luckily, you’re still moving forward even when you’re falling. So, get those running shoes on and your band-aids ready, and join Xaulanda, Tristian, and Chris in this exciting race we call entrepreneurship!
42:48 03/29/2022
Warren's [Suit]Case Story: Crucian in Atlanta
We are taking a trip and unpacking the [Suit]case of Warren Mitchell, LCSW! As the CEO of Journey of Self Discovery, LLC, he is a Crucian King living in Decatur, GA. With over 30 years of experience, Warren is a Clinical Therapist, Life Coach, Spiritual Guide, and Clinical Supervisor. Using his model, he helps people, groups, and businesses to operate authentically—especially during times of crisis by taking ownership of the responsibility of their lives and businesses. To wrap up Series 2, Warren joins X.T.C. to talk and trip about the motivations and mindset of entrepreneurs. Come on and take this trip with us!
45:56 03/22/2022
Your External Landscape
1 -2- 3…let’s talk about the Entrepreneur’s external landscape! Best business practices recommend conducting a feasibility study, having a business plan, understanding the economics and engaging with third parties as essential tactics to understand the market and increase market shares for a business. How do entrepreneurs do this? Do they conduct market research and then craft their products or services to align with what the customer wants? Or do they find a gap in the market and seek to fill it? Steve Job, Founder of Apple stated, “Some people say to give the customers what they want. But that’s not our approach, our job is to figure out what they want before they do.” Often it is an external pressure that aligns with an internal desire serving as a catalyst to launch your business or calibrate your offerings, so you have that competitive advantage. X.T.C. shares their perspectives. Listen in and share your perspective on this topic below.
30:53 03/15/2022
Your Internal World
Let’s step into the Entrepreneur’s internal landscape. Building on the previous discussion of whether entrepreneurs are born or made, X.T.C. continues to take a deeper dive into what motivates entrepreneurs to become successful in their businesses. Is it something internal that motivates them? Or, is an external factor play? As the hosts dissect the topic, this conversation takes a quick detour as Rated-Xaulanda and crying Chris trip up on Trustworthy Tristian’s choice of words…Pull out? It will crack you up and give you some insights into what the motivations and mindset of entrepreneurs are. Essentially, entrepreneurship is a lifestyle choice and it requires a distinct mindset. Check out this episode to learn more!
31:25 03/08/2022
Are Entrepreneurs Born or Made?
Kicking off the 2nd series of season 1, the X.T.C. crew talks about the mindset and motivation of entrepreneurship. In this series’ first episode, we’re jumping head-first into the race … don't trip! Tristian hits us right off the bat with the long-debated question, “are entrepreneurs made or are they born that way?” His “dawg”, Chris, believes it’s a combination of nature vs. nurture, while Xaulanda puts on her Ph.D. hat to drop some stats on the various factors that play into our nature and nurture mindsets and motivations. So, what about you? Were you born an entrepreneur or did you become one through circumstance or necessity? Whatever your relationship is with entrepreneurship, it is going to be one hell of a trip!
26:03 03/03/2022
Sami’s [Suit]Case Story: The Entrepreneur’s Entrepreneur
Within each series, we will invite an entrepreneur to share about their Entrepreneur’s Trip, how they got started, the up and down and the lessons learned. For Series 1. Your Unique Entrepreneur's Trip Series, we are stoked and beyond honored to have Samí Haiman-Marrero, President/CEO of (URBANDER), join us to share her journey, insights and lessons learned. As an owner of a Minority and Women Business Enterprise (MWBE) solution-based agency out of Orlando, Florida, with over 25 years in Public Relations, Marketing and Publishing and one the U.S.’s leading experts specializing in the U.S. Hispanic market, Sami has been interviewed by international, national and regional media such as The Wall Street Journal, El Nuevo Día (Puerto Rico), Huffington Post, MSNBC, and others regarding the Latino experience in the U.S. Most recently her nonprofit, SOS Orlando, was featured in the Orlando Sentinel for Casa Culture, a collaborative entrepreneurial development model that serve BIPOC-affiliated organizations in Central Florida. However, to the X.T.C. crew, she is a friend, our cheerleader, our sister from another mister, and our Hot Boricua, who is truly an Entrepreneur’s Entrepreneur. Join us as we unpack Sami’s [Suit]Case Story!
61:54 02/24/2022
The “When”: Is there ever a good time?
When is the right time to start a business? Research shows that over 50% of all adults and approximately 70% of college students say they want to be entrepreneurs. By 2027, 86.5 million of the workforce will be freelancing in the U.S. and an amazing 50% of the workforce will likely start a business. What’s driving these statistics? Is it age? Opportunity? Cash flow? A global economy? Is there ever a right time? The when is as unique as the entrepreneur and their circumstance. As an aspiring or serial entrepreneur, it is about being able to create the right time and be open to the opportunities to jump on the Entrepreneur’s trip. Now is a good time to join X.T.C. and be part of the conversation!
43:44 02/17/2022
The “Who” & “Why” people embark on Entrepreneurship
Who is an entrepreneur? Why are they successful? Learn how failures build character and well-known entrepreneurs apply the lessons learned to become “successful.” (However, “success” is defined for every individual.) Whether they had to jump hurdles to overcome their life obstacles, “permanently halted” your businesses, or challenge naysayers trying to derail their focus on their goals, it was their why that fueled their actions towards their vision. Having a vision bigger than oneself to change the world, before the world knows that a change is needed or coming, is the why that fuels an entrepreneur to go after their dreams. Rumi stated “yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today, I am wise, so I want to change myself.” Your Travel Companions/Hosts debate about what makes a successful entrepreneur and the why. On a side note, what do insects or animals have to do with the attributes of entrepreneurship? Take your dose of X.T.C. and find out!
42:46 02/10/2022
Beyond the "What" & "How" of Entrepreneurship
Business formation in the U.S. and the Caribbean is growing! As people take the plunge into entrepreneurship, our Hosts X.T.C. share what propelled them into starting their own businesses and how the journey has been. This isn’t Xaulanda’s first ride at the entrepreneurship rodeo. Chris quit his job cold-turkey to do a documentary in Puerto Rico. And, Tristian turned a college practicum into a video production business. Without a lot of resources (i.e., funds, time, etc.), but a strong vision, they catapulted an idea into a reality. Regardless of what pushes you into starting your own business and how you went about your journey, entrepreneurship is truly a trip!
29:43 02/02/2022