We are in Bali Indonesia for an amazing culture experience. Today is New Years day where everyone must stay at home, remain silent and no lights are allowed.
This is a wonderful experience and something we should do in the western world with all our distractions of mobile devices and social media. Last night we experienced Bali’s New Years parade as the locals carried life size character figures of evil spirits that were taken to the beach and burned to celebrate the elimination of evil and good things to come.
There is almost a zero percent crime rate in Bali and the people are extremely kind, honest, hard working, humble and probably the nicest people I have ever met.
Entrepreneurship is thriving in Bali and we were fortunate to meet Made Damri owner of Dabumito restaurant who recognized an opportunity and started his own business. Made’s neighborhood was thriving with luxury Villa’s housing tourists and expats from all over the world, but there were not any neighborhood restaurants.
Tourists would have to drive 15 to 20 minutes to the closest restaurants and Made saw the need for a place where folks could walk from their Villas and experience the neighborhood culture. Made, who looks like he could be a Mexican also recognized the opportunity for Mexican food and creating a festive cultural environment – so he opened Dabumito restaurant serving Mexican and Balinese food.
We will be airing an interview with Made Damri on SBR over the next couple of days and he will share how he started this business, greatest learnings, challenges and vision for success. Stay tuned for the showtime.
Thanks for listening,
John H. Martin – Host of Small Business Roundtable – The entrepreneurs source to learn, grow and succeed.