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Chamber Expo to Showcase V.I. Businesses

Oct. 17, 2005 — The St. Thomas – St. John Chamber of Commerce business expo – Expo 2005 — will be held this coming Friday, Saturday and Sunday Oct. 21, 22, and 23 at the University of the Virgin Islands Sports and Fitness Center.
"This consumer trade show affords businesses the opportunity to showcase their business–big or small, " Joe Aubain, chamber executive director, said, in a release from the chamber.
The Chamber Business Expo is the largest networking opportunity in the Virgin Islands, according to Aubain.
A large range of products and services will be showcased at the event including: cellular, long distance and wireless communication systems, office equipment and supplies, business and home financing opportunities, banking, insurance services, automobile, trucks, pleasure crafts, transportation services, security services, computer technology, marketing and advertising services, made in the Virgin Islands products, home and office furnishings, wholesalers, architectural and engineering services, specialty items and services.
The three-day event kicks off at 5:30 p.m. Friday with a special chamber Business After Hours sponsored by The West Indian Co. Ltd. Other Expo sponsors include: welcome bag sponsor First Bank Virgin Islands; reception sponsor Communications Technology Inc., and Gold Sponsors: Ackley Communications, Caribbean Business News and Guardian Insurance.
Along with the opportunity to pursue the more than 40 displays, this year's event also includes several seminars and workshops, all to be held on Saturday.
STAR Consulting Services, LLC will present five workshops throughout the day on Saturday. Microsoft Office 2003 with Share Point; CRM; Excel; Financial & Retail Management Systems; and LAN Management.
Dr. Tom Tyne will present: "Powerful Problem Solving and Decision Making," and Dr. Valerie George will present: "Time Used, Time Wasted, Time Saved, " a three-and-a-half hour time management workshop aimed at providing participants with tips for saving time in the work place.
The following chamber members are participating in this year's expo: Ackley Communications, ADT Security Systems, American Red Cross of the Virgin Islands, Banco Popular, Café Lena, Capital Records Management, Caribbean Herbals, Casa Rustica, Centennial Wireless USVI, Cheryl's Taste of Paradise, Caribbean Chiropractic Center, Choice Communications, Community Motors, Crowley Liner Service, Essentric Shoe Boutique, Fabric In Motion, Firstbank Virgin Islands, First Insurance, First Express, Gift Shopping Service with Anna, Guardian Insurance Company, Humane Society of St. Thomas, Innovative Companies (Telephone, Long Distance, Business Systems, Wireless, PowerNet, Cable TV), Inscriptions, Island Technical Solutions, Jan Mitchell Made on St. Croix, Knight Quality Stations (Radio One, KISS 101.3 & JAMZ 105.3), Murphy's Automotive, Party Lite, Scotia Bank, Skymed Air Ambulance, Spenceley Office Equipment, Spotts, Stevens & McCoy, Star Consulting Services, St. Thomas-St. John Chamber of Commerce, Surf VI, Talk VI, Tropical Shipping, United States Postal Service, United Way, University of the Virgin Islands Small Business Development Center, Virgin Islands Department of Labor, West Indian Company and Working World.
"The businesses participating in Expo 2005 represent a wide cross-section of the Chamber membership," Aubain said. adding the first 1000 adults attending the expo will receive a complimentary copy of Caribbean Business newspaper in their welcome bag.
Saturday's expo will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Sunday the show will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All events are free and open to the public.

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