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Journey To Sweet Success

Journey To Sweet Success is the start of a series of inspirational events hosted by Business Startup Qatar. Basically, the concept is to provide a platform for relaxed networking built around a motivational business related experience. Everyone has a story to tell and during this series we plan on helping others and sharing our knowledge.

First Event

The inaugural guest speaker was Mr Vito Cerabona. He is the General Manager and co-founder of Buono Qatar which is a luxury chocolates and flowers company established in 2010. Business Startup Qatar met Vito through the regular networking session we both attend.

Prior to establishing Buono, Vito was encouraged by his family to go to university and he qualified as a teacher. He moved to Qatar in 2007. Soon after arriving, he got to know an influential local family and was asked to prepare their Majlis for important events. At this time, Vito realised there was a gap in the market for an affordable luxury chocolate brand. Buonos first nut chocolates were brought into Qatar by hand and the company has not looked back since.

What can you learn from Buonos journey?

Vito shared a number of lessons he learnt during his journey.

  • To succeed in business you need strong foundations and the right partnership
  • You need to be realistic about what you want to achieve and how you will get there
  • Are you going to give up? Be confident and give it a go – fear is a natural enemy for the human mind so rise above it and believe in yourself
  • Totally understand the country you are starting business in and fully embrace the journey
  • Never lose sight of who you are trying to serve
  • Surround yourself with the right people and be willing to give your time freely

After 10 years Buono has 5 branches in Qatar with another opening soon. Their corporate sales department has a large portfolio of confirmed agreements. These clients include The Mandarin Oriental, Marriott Marquis, Intercontinental Doha, Park Hyatt, Crowne Plaza and Al Muftah Jewellery.

Overall, Buono employs 72 members of staff from 9 countries. We have no doubt that Buono Chocolates will continue their successful journey and continue to achieve bigger and better things.

Begin your Journey to success with Business Startup Qatar

At Business Startup Qatar we have the knowledge and experience to assist you in any aspect of business here in Qatar. In particular we can help you begin your journey in starting up a business. Allow us to guide you through the process step by step. Indeed Business Startup Qatar can provide many different services for you. Ranging from company formation and legal advice to graphic design, interpretation services, insurance and HR. We believe that you should never be afraid to take a risk and if you believe in yourself, be confident and do your job properly then you will never struggle.

Remember, you never know the difference you are making and you may well inspire others by your actions.

Event Sponsors

Whats more Business Startup Qatar would like to thank Servcorp Qatar for hosting the event and for providing technical expertise and refreshments. Servcorp Qatar provide office space at extremely reasonable rates for local businesses and currently have 3 locations in Doha. Check out their website for further details.

If this post has intrigued you then please come along to our next event. Check out our social media channels for further details. We look forward to meeting you and hearing about your journey!

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