ENTREPRENEURS

General Trading
Mohamad El Saydali
Wasim Chalhawi
Mohamed Amin Zadran
Ahed Samkari

The First Step To | About Us
Entrepreneur, intégration, excellence, création of opportunities and jobs, education and networking. All this comes together in the First Step To.
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Objectives

We strive to let a maximum of 80 “candidate” entrepreneurs who have refugee status (status holder), flow in, in this trajectory annually. Coaching as well as guidance of the starters will happen at one central place. Additionally, they will also receive supporting services and they can make use of each other’s markets, services, networks and other possibilities.

 

The ultimate objective is to guide the entrepreneurs in such a way (“take away their worries”), so that they can focus for the full 100% on their entrepreneurship. Taking away their worries is essential for the realizing of a level playing field for the status holders who we will be guided in entrepreneurship.

 

This group of entrepreneurs cannot speak the Dutch language in the first place, is not familiar with the Dutch customs and does not know how things are going at windows, does not know the Dutch fiscal legislation and the legislation with regard to enterprises, does not have role models etc., etc. That is why they will not catch up the arrears without a boost.

 

Realizing such a profit level by the candidate entrepreneur so that the latter can provide for himself, and the creation of employment, are also matters that belong to the objectives. Beside economic success, it is at least just as important that this group of entrepreneurs integrates or settles in, in the Dutch society.

Vision

Stimulate excellent entrepreneurship and create lasting activity. Among other things by starting an own enterprise that will be accessible for a broader public. Sharing of knowledge and experience(s) herewith, provides that this enterprise is started in a more effective and efficient way.

Mission

Our mission is expressed in deliberately choosing for the starter, the offering of tailor-made work and seeing to it that plans are developed.

Board of Directors

Brief biographies of our firm’s management.

Managing Director

Grace Boldewijn

Grace Boldewijn was born in Paramaribo, Suriname. She is the founder of the engineering company called BoCari. BoCari has offices in Breda, Paramaribo and Curaçao. In 2002/ 2003 Grace Boldewijn was awarded European Black Business Woman of the year. That was for her decisive to coach and advise companies/government and entrepreneurs . After winning the title, she is frequently asked to lecture.

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Director Finance

Astrid Belgrave

Astrid was born and raised in Suriname. She is a chartered accountant with over 25 years of experience in the (International ) Financial sector. She held different senior within the private and public sector. She is the co-founder of Diaspora Consulting Group. Astrid her motto is that “Success is not to play in an existing game. Success is to create a whole new game”.

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Director Operations

Romano Krenten

Romano is a professional with over 20 years of experienced as a Management Controller, Financial Planner, Compliance Officer, entrepreneur and coach. In addition to the above-mentioned, he also is a business consultant, entrepreneur and coach for start-ups. He is the co-founder of Diaspora Consulting Group, a business consultancy firm.

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