Macro hotdog eyes franchise ownership

─gets startup push from govt

DPI, Guyana, Thursday, January 23, 2020

An enterprising Guyanese youth is hoping to soon have his own franchise in the hotdog business and will be using the support received from the government to move in this direction.

Ryan Wharton of Mandela Avenue, Georgetown warmed the hearts of thousands of Guyanese at home and the diaspora, when he introduced his new business on a Facebook post. In that post, he requested assistance to move his business forward, and the government did not disappoint.

Today Minister of Natural Resources Raphael Trotman met with Wharton at his Mandela and Go-Slow avenue business and presented him with a cheque for $100,000.

The Minister remarked that Ryan has captured the attention of thousands of people with his “enterprising and innovative skills.” According to Minister Trotman, he received calls from as far as the United States with offers of support to help Wharton expand his business.

“We look forward to seeing him grow from strength to strength and no doubt, he will have a franchise and we will see macro hotdogs all across the country,” Minister Trotman stated.

Wharton is just one of the thousands of youths across Guyana who have been going the entrepreneurial route.

“He stood out as a good example and there are thousands of examples like him. Government has been reaching thousands of young people, providing opportunities for training, support through the HEYS and SLED programme. We have decided to come to the spot where his business is located to commend him and make this contribution today. He is a good example of what the young enterprising spirit represents,” Minister Trotman relayed.

Ryan told DPI that he spent three months in neighbouring Venezuela in 2015, where experienced the “street food culture” from a different perspective. Taking what he learnt he customized his venture to suit the market here.

“This makes me feel overwhelmed by the amount of support I have been receiving. I plan to invest it into the macro business so that I can create a franchise, create employment for other persons,” he told this publication.

He had some advice for budding business minds like himself.

“I would tell them it is not easy but it worth it. Being an entrepreneur is not about  money but freedom. Freedom to be our own boss, and generating income for yourself and family and eventually creating employment and give back to society. While it requires a lot of discipline. It is totally worth it,” he said. Be consistent as much as you can.”


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