Mangaluru, May 29: Rachana, the Catholic Chamber of Commerce and Industry held a members meeting at Mangalore Club on May 28.
Michael Dsouza, NRI entrepreneur and philanthropist was the chief guest and the key note speaker.
D'Souza spoke about the power of perseverance and overcoming adversities in business. He spoke about his own life journey from a small town Puttur. D'Souza started his business at a young age, in Puttur, moved on to Mangaluru city. Later, he crossed the Indian boundery to travel to the UAE.
In UAE, D'Souza did his own research and market study about the business potential in UAE. Real estate business potential was found to be his forte, he started his own business with some local help. D'Souza did well for himself and invested more into business. His sincerity and trust was taken for a ride when his own trusted people duped him in large scale. This brought down his business but not his grit and spirit.
He re-started and kept going forward. His wife Flavy stood by his side like a rock support and they moved on. D'Souza spoke about his integrity and faith in God that did not deter his spirit during his tough testing times.
His advise to the young and not so young entrepreneurs present in the audience was, "Your heart and mind should feel the same as what you talk. Your business should have a financial transparency. Hard work, knowledge about your job and proper management of finance is key to success in business."
He reteriated that one's name as in reputation should be intact even if business fails.
All the Rachana members and family and everyone gathered in the audience truly appreciated the talk.
Vincent Cutinha, president of Rachana welcomed the gathering. Vice president CA Rudolph Rodrigues introduced the guest to the gathering. Leslie Rego, governing body member compered the programme. Treasurer Eulalia D'Souza proposed the vote of thanks. The meeting ended with dinner.