is your problem?
A female business entrepreneur from Jaffna reads the column
on "Surviving the Entrepreneurial Spirit" and asks
for some tips. Another young man from the south looks for help
to start a business. The "Business at Home" columns
have generated a lot of public response in recent times with
many seeking information on small businesses including those
from the US, Canada etc. This raises a fundamental issue - is
there enough information from any source in Sri Lanka to help
those starting a business or engaging in self-employment? The
Sunday Times FT would like your views on this.
- Business Editor
is a word I do not tolerate. I always replace it with “challenge”
every time I encounter it. So, then, why use it as the title for
Many an entrepreneur remains just a dreamer due to some or other
challenge they encounter in their quest to enter the world of business.
And quite a lot of them have not learnt to replace “problems”
with “challenges” purely because it does not occur to
As the spirit
of this series of articles is to lend a helping hand to entrepreneurs
and to those dreaming of their own business, we decided to talk
about those issues that can stall the progress of entrepreneurship,
as a way of researching into such issues, as a way of providing
a forum for discussion and as a way to enhance the content of this
series to be more meaningful to our readers.
We do not ask, “What ails your business?”
ecause we know
the answers we will receive. The world economy, government policy,
bad times, weather, taxes and even terrorism will fill the bin if
we open it up. We must remember that despite bad times and other
negative factors, businesses and entrepreneurs will go on. Even
in Cuba small businesses are thriving. Just because economic conditions
and other factors are bad, consumers will not give up life or hope.
So, if the citizens
of the world are to go on with their lives, businesses everywhere
will have business in providing goods and services. Of course, it
is a matter of what business you go in for. This article is however
intended to bring out those self-built and real factors that prevent
an entrepreneur from starting a business or stall the progress of
a small business.
Today, we pose
a few questions to those dreaming of starting their own business.
Please take your time to fill in the answers and forward to us this
little questionnaire. You may request for the questionnaire by email.
What do you do now?
a) I am employed
b) I am
staying at home (housewife/house husband/retired)
c) I am studying
d) I am looking for a job
Why do you want to go into business?
a) For the money.
b) For the satisfaction.
c) Because I am from a business background.
d) I like it.
e) Other reason or combination of above (please specify) ……………………..
In selecting a business idea you
a) Considered only one idea.
b) Considered several before making a choice.
c) Became paralysed because choices are so many.
d) Are unable to select what is suitable for you.
e) Other (please specify) ……………………………What
is the biggest obstacle to starting your business?
e) Other (please specify) ……………………………
What factors worry you most when considering starting a business?
(Please list in order of importance)
of expertise do you think you need to develop in order to succeed
in business? (Please list in order of importance)
If there were three things that you would change with respect to
the business environment today, what would they be? (Please list
in order of importance)
Please take a few minutes to answer these questions and provide
us feedback. We will treat all your answers with complete confidence.
The answers will be published in summary form with no reference
If you wish
to receive the questionnaire by email, send in your request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have specific questions on choosing a business idea or starting
a business, we look forward to hearing from you. You can reach us
on email@example.com or call on 074-304112.
is the Managing Editor of Athwela Vyaparika Sangarawa (Athwela Business
Journal), the only Sinhala management monthly targeting the small
and medium sized business operators and its English version, Small
Business International magazine.
products now available in Sri Lanka
Scientists have proved that Far Infrared Rays (FIR) which is also
known as bio genetics rays could promote the growth and health of
living cells especially in plants animals and human beings - a part
of the sunlight spectrum.
over the years are destroying the protective ozone layer and our
dependence on FIR through sunlight is getting lessened. Bio-ceramic
is the product which is made out of various kinds of ceramic mixed
with mineral oxides like silica, aluminium, etc. - 26 ceramic and
mineral oxide powders are mixed, pre-heated to 1,600C and this mixture
would emit FIR. Once it is cooled down bio-ceramic is capable of
waves that originate from the sunlight spectrum are absorbed as
far as 5 cm inside the human body, enhancing the micro circulatory
system, strengthening its metabolism function, relieving stress
and improving resistance to a range of severe aliments including
cancer, diabetes, gastric ulcers, high blood pressure and heart
and blood vessel diseases.
water molecules in the body, improve oxygen level, warming and eliminating
fats, chemicals and toxins from the blood and thus smoothening the
blood flow, elimination of other waste from the body, reducing the
acidic level and improving nervous system.
There has been
extensive studies and testing in Japan, China and Korea in FIR.
For the first time in Sri Lanka, the pain relief through electromagnetic
waves (FIR) in the form of ConyBio Health Product imported from
Malaysia, will be marketed by S Santhosanadar & Sons, Colombo.
are also manufactured in the same process using 26 ceramic and mineral
oxide powers and absorbed in to these products that come in the
form of wrist bands, ankle braces, knee braces, elbow braces, headbands,
waist belts, slippers, ladies brassieres, bed sheets, pillow cases
and pillow pads, men's briefs, T shirts, men's socks, and ladies
Bra helps prevent breast cancer, promotes circulation and strengthens
mussels and enhances resilience in the breast. In the same manner
wearing these products would improve blood circulation, relaxation
of nervous system easing facial tension, reducing facial fatigue,
relief from headaches and migraines improve quality of sleep, stimulates
acupoints of the foot/enhances the functions of various body organs,
relief in pain and inflammation. (QP)
invites CCI to revitalize road sector
Minister of Defence and Transport, Highways and Aviation, Tilak
Marapana, at a recent meeting held at the Ministry of Highways,
stressed the need to involve the Chamber of Construction Industry
(CCI) in the planning, designing and construction of the national
out that the members of the chamber have invested a lot of financial
resources in acquiring plant, equipment and other assets involving
modern technology, and noted that a public-private partnership arrangement
should be seriously considered for this purpose.
of the Asian Development Bank, John Cooney said the chamber is the
ideal vehicle for this purpose as its membership includes consultants
comprising planners, architects, engineers, valuers, surveyors and
other allied disciplines needed for the purpose. In addition, ancillary
workers such as contractors, construction material suppliers, developers
and a host of others in the heavy engineering field are also available
as members of the chamber.
Surath Wickramasinghe proposed that since the southern highway was
about to commence construction, it was also necessary for a highway
to be constructed to link Colombo with the north and the east. Secretary
to the Ministry of Highways, Upasena Senanayake and other officials
while supporting the single highway concept pointed out that the
National Physical Planning Policy incorporating the integrated transport
system and other proposals are also presently under consideration.