Who We Are:
Conceptualised and formed in 2020, and is expected to be registered by end of 2023, USAGE Business Support Services Group is first and foremost an IT centered SME Businesses Accounting, Finance And Corporate Services company. USAGE will be seeking to provide outsourced solutions to businesses across the wider English-speaking Caribbean as our primary market, responding to the critical needs of SME companies to process and manage information with efficiency and cost effectiveness.
An important aspect of USAGE’s DNA is the intense focus we place on customer service.
USAGE also seeks to maximize Business2Business (B2B) opportunities from SME CEO’s, Entrepreneurs and Business Owners to grow and expand our mutual businesses.
• “Affordable Quality Monthly Subscription Services For Small And Medium Business”
• “Our Goal Is To Provide SME Businesses With First World Accounting, Finance And Corporate Services, Strategies And Solutions That Go Beyond The Expected, Unleashing Potential And Positively Impacting Their Bottom Line”
Described as SME’s who are challenged with both human and financial resources to maintain proper accounting and financial records.
We help our clients and partners to maximize value and minimize cost from their investments in information technology. This is achieved by providing a range of mission critical outsourced Accounting, Finance And Corporate Services allowing to them to manage cost effectively, freeing up scarce resources to concentrate on managing their business.
The Silicon Mountain Project is run and operated by battle tested entrepreneurs who have done it and still at it. They understand from first-hand experience the complexities of putting ideas into action and scaling them. They will be bringing to the table all their experience, know-how, insights and contacts to help entrepreneurs at all stages of their business development and entrepreneurial journey from idea to building the most successful business possible.
Each year, we hand pick early-stage entrepreneurs with an idea or company to join one of our mentorship-driven incubator or accelerator programme, investing and providing hands-on mentorship and access to The Silicon Mountain Project Network.
So, no matter what phase of building your business you are in… The Silicon Mountain Project can support!
Mentors and resource personnel will come from retired company executives and individuals with workforce experience.
Our network will support entrepreneurs by providing accessibility to capital, mentoring, finding customers, hiring talent, choosing the right infrastructure and so on…
Entrepreneurs will also be exposed to Business and Social Etiquette and Personal development so as to build out a more rounded professional. Too often we see instances of entrepreneurs who do not know how to act at formal occasions, a meeting with other professionals and team members, or with some family members or friends.
As an Incubator, Accelerator and Innovation Hub, with a decided focus on next generation technology, it is expected that entrepreneurs and their business will exit the project contributing in the first instance to the central Jamaica region, expanding out into the wider Jamaica and Caribbean market spaces, leading and contributing to the growth of these economies.
The Silicon Mountain Project:
All entrepreneurs emerging from The Silicon Mountain Project will be required to reach back and share their experience and insights with others in the project and be part of our mentorship programme.
Derek Luk Pat, Corporate Strategist, Business Re-Engineer and Circular Economy Advocate has a conversation with Aldo Antonio Executive Chairman RedPlate Group on the disruption they are bringing to the Public Transportation sector in Jamaica. This was done as part of the Regional Innovators Segment for the recently held Caribbean Strategy Conference hosted by Framework Consulting Jamaica Ltd.
The idea behind RedPlate was hatched somewhere around 2004, over 16 years ago, in an attempt to exploit the wealth of information and insight Jamaican taxi drivers had about the city of Kingston and St. Andrew. They by far knew more about the city than anyone else. So the idea for RedPlate Magazine “Nobody Knows the city better” was hatched. We started to engage the various taxi companies in a strategic partnership to get the magazine distributed freely within their fleet of taxi cabs and to tap into the information of the drivers for content.
As the discussions progressed at a very slow pace, we quickly realised that there were much bigger problems and issues facing the Taxi drivers, the companies they represented, and more importantly the general public, who relied on them on a daily basis to move around. The reputation of Taxis and more specifically the route taxi was really bad, and their attempts to secure much-needed increases in fares from the Government were met with political resistance. The Government could not face the public with an increase without a marked improvement in services and reputation of the taxi system.
As we looked further at the sector we realised that a more lucrative opportunity was emerging that if approached right, would solve much of the problems in the system for the Taxi drivers, the companies they represented, and more importantly the general public.
On the business opportunity side, the Taxi business generated a vast amount of cash each day and was ripe for disruption using available and emerging technology. This was way before Uber, Lyft, and all the rest, so there was no web application or anything like that at the time.
Faced with very limited financial resources and an investment market that would not even consider investing in such a venture, things started to slow down, as more pressing and existing business opportunities required our attention. But we kept the project on the table and kept fine-tuning the model as emerging disruptive technology came on the market led by Uber.
This was the game-changer for us.
The project was now put on the proverbial front burner, as we sought to emulate the Uber business model. We went back to the main players in the sector and met with varying levels of interest. But we kept pushing.
It was about two years ago (2018) we realised that we were only looking at the proverbial tip of the iceberg and that there was a much bigger opportunity to be pursued. Why focus on moving people when you can use the same platform to move goods and cargo around the country. It was some months after this we read that Uber was also moving in this direction. We were very encouraged by this development.
And so The RedPlate Company was formed.
Another major event further refined the business model and would now lead to a major realignment and expansion of the vision of the business… COVID19.
COVID19 caught thousands of retailers and merchants flatfooted, they were not ready for online shopping and delivery. With shutdowns and curfews, business nosedived, as the entire retail and distribution sector was pulled apart.
We quickly identified and formed four (4) key features of the current opportunity and what would be required to capitalise on it.
The Business Opportunity Was Simple – Digitize All Available Space And Capacity In Every Vehicle On The Road
We are now living and writing the next chapter… stay tuned………… RedPlate is “On The Move”
Aldo Antonio, Co Founder & Group President and CEO The RedPlate Group & Executive Chairman, RedPlate Technologies Jamaica Limited.