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Business Ideas to replace Ross University

There has been a lot of talk about Ross University's departure from Dominica in the past few days, a lot of talk.. 

Yet, the most pertinent question remains, what will become of the economic state in the north of the island?

Picard, Portsmouth the location of the above mentioned University campus, was a prominent Business hub of Restaurants, Apartment complex and various Businesses alike. Benefitting from the influx of foreign exchange, the Students, Professors and Personnel who resided in the area.

With that gone, a lot of local Businesses will feel it's effect. Yet, we believe all is not lost. If the Government of Dominica, or some miraculous big time VC could come up with some alternative business ventures as a possible replacement, Portsmouth economy could return to where it once was.

Below we've complied a list of possible Business ventures that could be set up in Ross University's absence :

A Mall complex with Boutiques, Restaurants, Foreign franchises and tourism Duty free shops

Uwi extension

Specialized Hospital

A Cinema...

A theme park

Let us know what else you think could be added to this list and let's build back with Action and less Talk... 

How to make your own Pepper Shaker (in Pictures)

Have an old Pepper shaker laying around somewhere? Unscrew the cap, and refill with dried pepper beads, which can be purchased from a local food market or selected stores.

It's that simple ...

How to make Ducuna (Sweet Potato dumpling with Coconut shards)

Growing up in Antigua, this was one of my favourite dishes, Ducuna and Saltfish... And I attempted to recreate this childhood love of mine, over the weekend.

I did a quick Google search online to see if there was a recipe for this dish, and to my surprise there were.

The recipe is pretty simple as you can see from the image below. The only main ingredients are Sweet potatoes and Coconut shards.

You can purchase Coconut (unsweetened) already grated in stores... that was the option I resorted to, as Hurricane Maria made coconuts here in Dominica "obsolete".


  • 2 cups shredded coconut
  • 2 cups finely grated sweet potatoes
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup sugar (or to taste)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 cups flour


Combine all ingredients. Adjust seasonings to your desired taste. Traditionally, Ducana is wrapped in banana leaves. If you don’t have banana leaves, use heavy duty foil paper (See image below). A 10×12 piece of foil should work perfectly. Place a scoop of Ducana mixture into the center of the foil and begin to wrap the foil 1/3 of the loose piece at a time to form a secure seal. Add the wrapped Ducana to boiling water to cover and boil for 30-45 minutes. Remove one, carefully open to check if the Ducana is fully cooked.


Blending the Sweet potatoes rather than grating them makes the dumpling much finer and lighter.

BudgEat’s emoji slider is a new way to share meals

Along with our new update: now there's an emoji slider that lets you easily represent your meal with an animated emoji on a sliding scale.

The sliding scale allows user to choose a collection of Food based emojis to add context to what they are posting. The emoji will animate as you drag it up or down the scale, and the one selected (the emoji you settle on) will be added along with your post on submit.

BudgEat's emoji slider is available as part of the latest update for Android. Get it here


List of BudgEat item partners:

  • Third Wheel Beverages
  • Berta's Confectionery (Coconut Tablets, Raspberry Jams, Home-made sweets ... )

List of BudgEat Loyalty program partners

  • Guiyave


BudgEat aims to redefine the way traditional loyalty programs work and allow food vendors of varying scopes (small-large) to advertise in the most natural way possible; through word-of-mouth.

We get this done through the process of Gamifying, aided by the sharing of meals and trivia; each time a user participates in one of these activities, they earn one instant point *.

Each instant point represents $0.50 and can be cashed in for physical goods or services, from our Partnered Food vendors.

The emphasis on word-of-mouth advertisement is very important to us due to the fact that

“it's one of the most credible forms of advertising because a person puts their reputation on the line every time they make a recommendation and that person has nothing to gain but the appreciation of those who are listening –

Why Mobile loyalty?

With all the problems surrounding today’s societies, why did we choose mobile loyalty as our main focus? The answer to this is simple. We love the idea of loyalty cards, rewards and getting back from a business which we have created value for.

Most businesses try to give back to its customers in one way or another. Many still follow the traditional route and do this through a loyalty program, however, the way in which loyalty programs have been crafted and manipulated for instant gratification to us is extremely disheartening.

“Now-a-days, we the younger generation, want things fast... Instant....”

A loyalty card which makes a customer wait 20+ punches to gain at the most a free drink, doesn't quit grab our attention or do the trick.

At BudgEat, we have flipped the concept on its head by making your loyalty points worth MORE. Within the BudgEat mobile app, once a customer shares a meal (at any food vendor in your location), they automatically receive a point. After accumulating a set number of points, the customer can then redeem those points for, BudgEat items (Goods) or Services (In the future).

A bit of History

  • BudgEat was originally named "Get's you what"!
  • After the cancellation of Bagit app, BudgEat was founded by Austin Lazarus in 2016
  • The Developer was awarded #6 Caribbean Innovator of the year – 2016

- Footnote

Instant point: Is the definition we've devised for Points allocated to a user from any of our in-app activities, which can be redeemed for Goods or Services in the quickest way possible.