In observance of International Women’s Day, the British Virgin Islands Office of Gender Affairs offered presentations to eighth grade female students at the Elmore Stoutt High School to celebrate women in male dominated careers.

USDA Rural Development’s Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant Program for 2020 is now open. The grant program helps rural communities acquire the technology and training necessary to connect educational and medical professionals with the teachers and medical providers who serve rural res…

Anjali James has been making hot sauce since the age of 11, but it wasn’t until the age of 18 that she was allowed to apply for a business license and actually start selling Anji’s Flavaful Heat Hot Sauce. Almost two years later, her business is steadily burning.

Trinidadian Brian Frontin is the newly elected president of the Caribbean Society of Hotel Association Executives, an independent organization established by the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) to support the professional development of the national hotel and tourism associati…

The new Thrifty Stationery Store held its grand opening on Friday in the Old Clarence Thomas Building, across from the traffic lights in Pasea Estate on Tortola. The store is a one stop stationery and gifting supply business that will offer a wide range of items from various brands at afford…

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Florida/U.S. Virgin Islands has announced two new grant opportunities. The first seeks to spur community and economic development, while the second promotes increased access to clean, reliable water for rural households.

The next generation of entrepreneurs is beginning to come to the forefront and many of these determined and talented young business leaders are women. In celebration of Virgin Islands History Month, Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day, The Virgin Islands Daily News will featu…

Talented chefs and bartenders are encouraged to apply for a position on the award-winning USVI Culinary Team. Open team positions include two chefs, a pastry chef and a bartender.

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Virgin Islands residents with medical issues are well aware that it can often be difficult to get premium health care on island, particularly when it comes to specialists, and the expense of airfare and lodging to get medical attention in the states may prevent seeking treatment altogether.

Merchants Commercial Bank has been given approval by the U.S. Small Business Administration to provide financial assistance to small business owners under SBA’s 7(a) Loan Guaranty program, SBA District Director Yvette T. Collazo announced.

Utilizing the latest smartphone technologies, the British Virgin Islands Tourist Board & Film Commission has announced the launch of BVI Now, a free app available for download from the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store. It is believed to be the first travel app of its kind in the world.

Cigar aficionados love nothing more than to relax with a good cigar and watch the game, but smoking laws prohibit that simple pleasure in most places. With the opening of the Pelican Shop on the St. Thomas Waterfront, cigar lovers will have their own place to indulge freely.

A new tourism brand was unveiled by the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism for the island of St. Croix at a recent press breakfast at the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association’s Caribbean Travel Marketplace in Nassau, Bahamas.

CC One Virgin Islands, LLC has announced the acquisition of Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits of the Caribbean, LLC, an alcoholic beverage distribution company operating in the Virgin Islands. The acquisition took place on Friday.

A Financial Services Business Forum, hosted by BVI Premier Andrew Fahie and BVI Finance, was held last week to bolster BVI’s financial services industry.

As St. John rebounded after the devastating 2017 hurricane season and businesses and rental villas continued to reopen, eyes eventually turned to the Cruz Bay waterfront, where Wharfside Village — home to several bars and restaurants popular among visitors and residents alike — remained in a…

ST. THOMAS — Those who have enjoyed sharing a small plate or two and craft cocktails at The Longboard in Cruz Bay, St. John are in for another treat by the team at the other end of the ferry ride to and from St. Thomas, their new restaurant called The Easterly. Convenient for those coming ov…

ST. CROIX — The once sleepy town of Frederiksted is slowly being awakened, as new businesses have been opening in the town in recent months.

The British Virgin Islands Tourist Board & Film Commission received both platinum and gold Adrian Awards at the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International Awards Gala last week in the largest global marketing competition recognizing excellence in advertising, marketing a…

The comment period for the proposed rule in the Federal Register to consolidate SBA’s Mentor Protégé Programs has been extended an additional 21 days by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

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ST. THOMAS — One of the major costs of doing business is not the product or service being provided, but the office space itself, a cost that makes many would-be entrepreneurs think twice before starting their own business.

Caribbean Journal has announced its Caribbean Travel Awards for 2020. This year’s awards include winners in 21 categories, including Best Destination, Best Cruise Destination and more. The winners were selected by Caribbean Journal’s editorial staff and contributors. This is the sixth year t…

ST. CROIX — At its annual Holiday Hope benefit, held at the Sion Farm Distillery, the St. Croix Hotel & Tourism Association raised funds to support the Richard Patrick Henry Hospitality Scholarship, CASA of the Virgin Islands and Caribbean Centers for Boys & Girls of the Virgin Islands.

Unite BVI and the government of the British Virgin Islands recently donated to the Marine Training Program at the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College funding totalling $300,000.

For many years, the charter yacht business has been Capt. Jan Robinson’s meal ticket — quite literally. Former charter captain and author of several cookbooks based on charter yacht recipes, Robinson, a resident of Water Island, was recently inducted into the Charter Yacht Brokers Associatio…

Southwest Airlines has announced its summer schedule for 2020, with expanded service to key hubs in the mainland U.S., Puerto Rico and other Caribbean destinations.

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ST. THOMAS — Every business has to deal with the often confusing and time-consuming issue of payroll for its employees. Sometimes it’s easier and more secure to turn to a professional like Payroll Vault, the new online payroll company serving the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Broadband VI, an internet service provider in the U.S. Virgin Islands, has announced that it has acquired the USVI-based business operations and assets of Florida-based Surge Communications, LLC, which operates in the territory, to be known as Surge Broadband.

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ST. THOMAS — “It’s time for something new, something younger, a newer vision and I think it’s our time. We ‘80s babies, it’s time for us to step up and take over and take back a piece of our beautiful island.” That’s the call to action from the owner of the new Shama’s Specialties Caribbean …

The U.S. Virgin Islands was granted accreditation from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners during the organization’s meeting earlier this month.

The Historically Underutilized Business Zone Program will be more attractive to small businesses and encourage them to invest in HUBZone communities and hire HUBZone residents with a new U.S. Small Business Administration final rule implementing several changes to the program.

ST. THOMAS — Imagine skimming the water without actually touching it, gliding in the breeze at a speedy 25 mph, surfing without the waves. Meet the eFoil, the latest in watersports fun. With VI Foils, owner Jeff Schneider brings this brand-new technology to St. Thomas for some thrill-seeking…

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