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This Week We Feature Young Professional Denisha N. Whyte

Denisha N. Whyte has a very unique business, she sells sleepwear in the Virgin Islands through the company ‘Her Treats’. At just 17-years-old, our young professional has used her experience as a salesgirl to bolster her entrepreneurship ambitions. Photo: Provided
According to Denisha, the most challenge part or running 'Her Treats' is balancing orders along with running the business and going to school. The business sells sleepwear such as onesies and two piece under garments. Photo: Provided
According to Denisha, the most challenge part or running 'Her Treats' is balancing orders along with running the business and going to school. The business sells sleepwear such as onesies and two piece under garments. Photo: Provided
By Ron O. D'Avilar

Denisha N. Whyte sells sleepwear in the Virgin Islands, through the company ‘Her Treats’. At just 17-years-old, our Young Professional has used her experience as a salesgirl to bolster her entrepreneurship ambitions and carve out a very unique niche.

Education & Beginnings

Currently living in Long Trench, Tortola, in the Virgin Islands, Ms Whyte attended the BVI Seventh-day Adventist School- Primary Division and is currently mastering her last lap in her senior year at the same school.

“I will be attending HLSCC as soon as I graduate,” she told Virgin Islands News Online (VINO), noting that the plan is to pursue an Associate's Degree in General Studies.

While our Young Professional is still a student, she said her business will support her along the path of a law enforcement career.

“Her Treats is a business that is reliable and dependable, which reaches and satisfies our customer's needs. Here we have a variety of onesies and two pieces in different colours, sizes, and styles which match our customer likening,” she said.

“I enjoy satisfying my customer needs and being able to handle a little business at my age, this opportunity gives me the ability to work with other kids and open my mindset at a level of maturity,” Denisha added.

Challenges 

According to the young entrepreneur, the most challenge part of running 'Her Treats' is balancing orders, along with running the business and going to school.

“My biggest life lesson was making people take advantage of me and thinking I couldn't be anything. I overcame it by praying, and being motivated by a couple of close friends,” she said.

“I took up Her Treats because I realised that I can be so much better, and wanted to show other people that I have the potential in me.”

Currently, Danisha also works in Cane Garden Bay as a vendor and salesperson, “This position helped me to become interactive with people and know how to put my mindset into something I love. “

Even though Denisha has lots on her plate, she said family and friends keep her focused as well as doing what she enjoys most, which is helping people. "I wish to see myself persevering for excellence,” she said.

Business & COVID-19

Turning attention to the coronavirus pandemic, she said while the impacts of the virus has affected many families, hers was spared because of advanced precautions and preparations.

“It didn't affect my family as much as other families because my family took the necessary precautions that were needed to protect themselves from the virus.”

She said in her personal life; however, the virus has added more stress pertaining to school and everyday life. 

“I think that the government should not open the borders because it is putting everyone in the territory at risk. This measure will help in the reduction of this virus,” she further said.

Parting Advice

In parting advice, our Young Professional said, “No matter what you are going through, whether it is a hard time or in between, if you love something then go after it.“

“Pursue your dreams, make sure to preserve for excellence and then you can say what a job well done. If you feel down or not too sure about this experience, talk to someone in the field already and this can help you to be motivated." 

Denisha encourages young people to pursue dreams from a young age, “because it gives you the morals that you need  in pursuing any dreams that you want in life.”

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