USVI Community Business Forum

PART IV: "THEY'RE COMING BACK! ... What to Expect"

9 am - 11 am | June 16, 2021

Join via or view it LIVE @ Facebook.com/GovernmentHouseUSVI

CBF-IV Agenda

WELCOME & OPENING REMARKS

Office of the Governor:  David Bornn, Esq., Chief Legal Counsel

THE RETURN OF THE CRUISE LINES

Royal Caribbean Group:  Jayne Halcomb, Director of Business Development & Destination Development: Caribbean & Americas

BUSINESS WELLNESS CERTIFICATION

VI Department of Health: USVI Health Commissioner Justa Encarnacion

A BARRIER-FREE TERRITORY: ACCESSIBLE BUSINESS INCENTIVES

Office of the Governor: Julien Henley, Territorial Americans with Disabilities Act Coordinator 

USVI Department of Tourism: Keezi Pinney, Marketing Coordinator

REMARKS

USVI Governor Albert Bryan Jr.

Lt. Governor Tregenza A. Roach, Esq.

Q & A

Shaine Gaspard: President, St. Thomas-St. John Chamber of Commerce

Akeel S. Jean, Esq.: Chair, St. Croix Chamber of Commerce

Anthony Murray: Member, St. Thomas-St. John Chamber of Commerce

Q & A

General Audience

 CLOSING REMARKS

ABOUT THE USVI CBF SERIES

COVID has impacted the US Virgin Islands economy in ways we could have never imagined. But the USVI is on the path to recovery and it is time to start a new conversation about putting our businesses, and our livelihoods, back together. 

The Community Business Forum series an initiative of the Office of the Governor, the VI Economic Development Authority, and the VI Department of Tourism, in partnership with the Royal Caribbean Group, to help USVI businesses adapt to and innovate in a new COVID environment. 

Join us monthly for open discussions with Royal Caribbean Group, VI business leaders, and decision-makers about being ready for what’s next in 2021.  Also hear from local entrepreneurs about how they survived in this COVID economy. Everyone is encouraged to ask questions and to share their thoughts and best ideas. 

Albert Bryan Jr. | Governor of the US Virgin Islands

CBF-Part 3 Agenda Highlights

FINANCIAL SERVICES AND SOURCES

University of the Virgin Islands School of Business
VI Small Business Development Center
US Small Business Administration
USVI Economic Development Authority
UVI Research & Technology Park

HOUSING RELIEF PROGRAMS

Virgin Islands Housing Finance Authority
Emergency Rental Assistance Program
Homeowner Assistance Program

CBF-Part 2 Agenda Highlights

PREPARING CRUISE LINE-FOCUSED BUSINESSES

Royal Caribbean Group: “Return to Service”
USVI Department of Health: “Healthy” Certification Program 
USVI Port Authority: “Two-Port Incentive” Program

ADAPTING & INNOVATING FOR COVID19: “USVI BUSINESS SURVIVOR STORIES”

Ramone Reid-Ventura, Owner, Cultured Naturals Body Care, St. Croix

Sandy Colasacco, MSN, FNP-BC
Family Nurse Practitioner/ Executive Director, Island Health & Wellness Center, St. John

Nilsa Serrano, Owner, Live- Love-Laugh Transportation + Taxi Services, LLC, St. Thomas

Oriel Blake, Executive Director, VI Professional Charter Association, St. Thomas

 

USVI Business "Survivor"

The CBF series is proud to feature stories about US Virgin Islands business owners and organization executives who have adapted and innovated their operations, products, and services for COVID-19.