FirstBank has announced that Valdamier Collens has joined the bank as senior vice president and U.S. Virgin Islands region executive. In this position, Collens will be in charge of spearheading and continuing FirstBank’s strategic growth in its USVI business operations on St. Thomas, St. Joh…

The U.S. Small Business Administration is now accepting nominations for its 2020 National Small Business Week Awards, including the annual Small Business Person of the Year. For more than 50 years, National Small Business Week has celebrated the achievements of America’s small businesses and…

The four contractors working on the Elmore Stoutt High School L-shaped building project have donated $10,000 each to the continuing development of the school. The building, which was badly damaged by the 2017 hurricanes, has been named after veteran educator Lillian Adorothy Turnbull and was…

Nicole Barry Travis, originally from St. Thomas, has been named a 2019 Tampa Business Woman of the Year. Director of community and economic development, Travis was the first female to be promoted to an executive leadership position with the city of Lakeland, Fla.

Whether you are considering opening your own business or are a longtime business owner who needs help to grow and remain relevant, the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is ready to assist you with one-on-one consulting, workshops, online training, access to capital and other resources…

A USVI delegation attended the Toronto International Film Festival, one of the largest publicly attended film festivals in the world, to bolster tourism from Canada and attract more film productions to the territory.

You might think that, being a U.S. territory, starting a business in the U.S. Virgin Islands is exactly like starting a business in any state. While most of the process is similar, there are differences that business owners need to be aware of.

Starting a business can be difficult, especially for first-time business owners. In an effort to encourage the growth of the technology industry in the U.S. Virgin Islands, the University of the Virgin Islands Research and Technology Park, known as the RTPark, has initiated its first 12-week…

The British Virgin Islands shared its response to the challenges of planning for sustainable development as a multi-island state in recovery at the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean’s 17th meeting of the Regional Council for Planning in Montevideo, Urugua…

The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) has teamed up with one of the world’s leading environmental organizations, The Nature Conservancy, to help create a more resilient Caribbean, where tourism thrives while communities benefit and natural resources are used sustainably.

ST. THOMAS — Hurricane Dorian was nothing new for Peter James, owner of the new Pistol Pete’s Power Washing Services on St. Thomas. He and his family survived Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, La., in 2005, and can certainly empathize with those of us who went through hurricanes Irma and Maria.

ST. THOMAS — For Dr. Enrico Wensing, St. Thomas Dental isn’t just about healthy teeth. “Dentistry done beautifully” is a motto that reflects both the dental work and the experience of his patients. This brand-new practice pairs state-of-the-art equipment with well-thought-out details to make…

National Geographic, one of the leading magazines on science, geography, history and world culture, has featured the University of the Virgin Islands’ Agriculture Experiment Station in its August 2019 issue.

ProHealth Urgent Care, LLC and Baptist Health International, a part of Baptist Health South Florida, have announced a strategic partnership between the two organizations. The agreement solidifies their affiliation and licenses the Baptist Health International brand for an urgent care center …

Virgin Islands National Guard supporters were recognized during the Virgin Islands Committee of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve annual St. Thomas Employer Awards and Recognition Dinner held at Victor’s New Hideout.

The former Sirenusa vacation villa property in Cruz Bay has reopened after extensive renovations and upgrades by a new management group and is rebranded as The Hills, Saint John.

The UVI Research and Technology Park (RTPark) has announced its cross-promotion partnership with Brinc, an internationally recognized technology accelerator program, in an effort to build a global network of support for RTPark clients to tap into and expose international tech firms to the be…

In anticipation of 2020 funding, the Rural Energy for America Program’s Renewable Energy Systems & Energy Efficiency Improvement Loans and Grants Program encourages those interested to start preparing their application in advance. Funding is expected in the fall/winter.

ST. THOMAS — DiamondRock Hospitality Company, owner of Frenchman’s Reef Resort on St. Thomas, has announced that Aimbridge Hospitality, an independent hotel investment and management firm, will manage the opening of the property, slated for mid-2020.

American Airlines was named among the Best Places to Work for Disability Inclusion in the Disability Equality Index (DEI), with a top score of 100 for the fourth year in a row. The index, a joint initiative of Disability:IN and the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), use…

The brand new Aria on the Bay in Miami, Fla., offers luxury bayfront residences. The development firm, Melo Group, from Argentina, has built a number of condo and apartment buildings in Miami since 2001.

An overwhelming majority of Caribbean hotels are reconsidering using Booking.com as a result of a new commission policy which they claim is aimed at generating additional revenue for the online giant at the expense of consumers, the region’s destinations, hotels and employees.

ST. THOMAS — The Virgin Islands Port Authority announces the opening today of the new two-story parking garage at the Urman V. Fredericks Marine Terminal in Red Hook.

ST. THOMAS — Like what you do — and do it well. That’s the business philosophy of Charlotte Oliver, longtime owner of V.I. Bridal and Tuxedo Center, specializing in wedding gowns, bridal party outfits and evening wear for pageants, proms and introductory nights. With a new location in Havens…

ST. THOMAS — V.I. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kim Chisholm, together with Senior Litigation Counsel Howard Stewart of the Justice Department’s Environmental Crimes Section, were recently awarded a gold medal for exceptional service during a ceremony in Washington, D.C., according to U.S. Attorne…

The UVI Research and Technology Park announced last week that it has entered into a technical assistance contract with the National Development Council to support, develop and assist in the implementation of economic and community development programs and prepare proposals to expand access t…

St. Maarten hotel association executive Wyb Meijer, Aruban guest experience supervisor Berlinda Engelhardt and Puerto Rican security supervisor Luis de Jesus were named among three Caribbean tourism industry stakeholders who have exemplified excellence across the region’s bread and butter in…

Scrub Island Resort, Spa and Marina in the British Virgin Islands has earned the prestigious Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator for the wine program at the resort’s signature fine-dining restaurant, Cardamom & Co. The Wine Spectator Restaurant Awards is an international competition …

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