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Seasonal Prohibition on Fishing or Possession of Queen Conch to Begin June 1

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries reminds the public of the upcoming seasonal prohibition of fishing for queen conch…

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Unemployment Insurance: Businesses Need to Ask for Audit

The former commissioner of the Department of Labor urges V.I. business owners to request audits of their Unemployment Insurance accounts. 

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2016-05-26 15:48:17
Central High Closed Thursday and Friday

St. Croix Central High School will be closed on Thursday and Friday due to an equipment failure that has affected electricity in major portions of the school, according to the Education Department.

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2016-05-25 22:40:55
JFL Hospital Bypassed Board for Questionable Bonuses

Recently ousted JFL Hospital CEO Ken Okolo and the current CFO received bonuses of $25,000 and $15,000 without approval by the hospital's governing board, hospital officials told senators Tuesday.

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2016-05-25 10:02:19
St. Thomas business — St. Croix
SBDC Offers New Contracted Services Through Small Jobs Act Funding

            The Virgin Islands Small Business Development Center recently contracted the services of TIA & Associates through its principal, Dr. Anita Roberts, and Crucian Heritage and Nature Tourism (CHANT) to provide services to Virgin Islands small businesses. Both organizations will offer one-on-one free counseling and specialized low-cost training in the areas of procurement and specialized tourism.
            TIA & Associates will provide assistance in two new specialized areas: 8(a) and HubZone certifications. Dr. Roberts has more than 12 years of experience assisting companies in the attainment of these certifications. Through this collaboration, the VI SBDC expects to grow its newly launched Procurement Division, which will focus on preparing businesses to compete locally and nationally for government contracting.
            Through its collaboration with the Crucian Heritage and Nature Tourism Inc. (CHANT), the VI-SBDC seeks to specifically target small businesses that offer products and services in this new tourism platform. By working closely with existing heritage and nature tourism product providers, as well as by identifying and nurturing new providers, CHANT helps to bring St. Croix’s authentic heritage and nature experiences to visitors. Their goal is to establish heritage and nature as lead tourism products for St. Croix, and as vehicles for sustainable community development. CHANT will offer a range of ongoing support, including the development of business plans and helping small businesses to secure financing.
Funding for these programs was provided under a key provision of the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010, which provided $40 million in grants to SBA’s Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) across the country to support consulting, counseling and training services provided to small businesses.
            For additional information on how to take advantage of these services, call your respective VI-SBDC Service Center: St. Thomas-St. John at 776-3206 or St. Croix  at 692-5270. The Virgin Islands Small Business Development Center is a partnership program of the U.S. Small Business Administration and the University of the Virgin Islands.

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