US couple shares business tips in Oman
November 20, 2015 | 8:15 PM
by MOBIN MATHEW BLESSON/[email protected]

Muscat: Alaskan Celebrity chef LaDonna Gundersen and her fisherman-photographer husband shared their experiences of fishing and doing business with the small and medium enterprise (SME) owners gathered at the Grand Hyatt yesterday.

Gundersen and her husband Ole Gundersen have spent the last two decades as entrepreneurs. They have launched a business, which combines their passion, with the commercial fishing business.

The Alaskan couple also shared how their passion turned into business, their start-up pitfalls, how they recovered from the setbacks, and how they balanced their business and professional life, with an audience that included small business owners and entrepreneurs from Muscat.

The two also shared many pictures and videos about their life with the audience.

“We spend almost 10 months a year for fishing,” Ole said. The meeting was headed organised by Matthew Andris, economic officer at the US Embassy. The couple are in Oman as part of the US Embassy’s outreach programme to promote American culinary culture, as well as SME entrepreneurship.

The visit will promote US products (ingredients, culinary equipment, and commercial fishing techniques), as well as a fishing and culinary industry full of opportunities for economic diversification.

Culinary workshop

The Gundersens will also participate in several public and private events in Muscat, including a dinner with the Omani-American Business Council at the Grand Hyatt, a culinary workshop with the National Hospitality Institute, and a public event at the LuLu’s Hypermarket in Baushar, among others.

They are also planning to visit the fish market in Quriyat to see and learn things about Omani fishing culture. They will interact with an Omani chef during their visit to the National Hospitality Institute.

“(The) Embassy is pleased to share America’s spirit of entrepreneurship and culinary traditions with the people of Oman through this unique cultural program,” Nancy O’Neal, information officer at the US Embassy said.

“After a week in Oman, Ole and LaDonna will return to Alaska with a wealth of knowledge and experiences about Oman that they can share with their community back home,” she added.

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