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Organizations to Compete for SBA Funding to Provide Training for Women Veteran Entrepreneurs

(SBA) has announced that nonprofit organizations, state and local agencies, and institutions of higher learning are eligible to compete for funding of up to $300,000 to deliver entrepreneurship training to women service members, women veterans and women military spouses.
VIHFA Executive Director Daryl Griffith testifies before the V.I. Senate. (Photo by Barry Leedam for the V.I. Legislature)

VIHFA Disburses $31 Million in Payments to FEMA STEP Contractors

The STEP program, which was implemented after hurricanes Irma and Maria, caused devastating destruction throughout the U.S. Virgin Islands in 2017, has been plagued by funding delays, but it was successful in repairing over 6,500 homes in record time.

Caribbean Tourism’s ‘Pulse’ Remains Strong as 2020 Starts on Positive Note

Consensus, backed by data, was that the Caribbean on the whole continued its decade-long growth pattern, showing increases in stopover visitor arrivals, airlift and key hotel performance indicators.

DLCA Releases Latest Fuel Price Survey

Fuel Price Surveys were conducted on Feb. 14 on St. Croix, St. Thomas and St. John. Fuel surveys are included for comparative viewing and transparency.

DLCA Informs Public of Revised Market Basket Survey Results

The Market Basket Survey is designed to inform consumers of which stores have the best prices, no matter the brand, on staple grocery items.

Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Foundation Continue to Provide More Scholarships, Training

Building on the success of its 2019 training initiatives, the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association Education Foundation (CHTAEF) is planning to expand its hospitality training programs and scholarship support in the Caribbean this year.
Founder Akil Petersen welcomes cigar aficionados to The Pelican Shop lounge, now open in A.H. Riise Mall. (Source photos by Teddi Davis)

Pelican Shop Cigar Lounge Open on Charlotte Amalie Waterfront

The recent opening of The Pelican Shop has created a new chapter to downtown Charlotte Amalie’s retail history. Though smoking bans dominate modern social norms, this dedicated lounge is the exception to the rule.

Caribbean Hotel Association Executives Elect Trinidadian Brian Frontin President

Trinidadian Brian Frontin is the newly elected President of the Caribbean Society of Hotel Association Executives, according to a release from the association.

Viya Payments Now Being Accepted at Credit Unions

Effective immediately, payments for all Viya services can be processed at the following Federal Credit Unions on St Thomas and St. Croix.

DLCA Implements Self-Reporting on Monthly Food Price Lists by Merchants

Wholesalers, supermarkets and retail establishments will be required to submit prices on specified basic food commodities offered for sale via electronic means on a bi-weekly basis.

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