USVIHTA Update | October 2020
Greetings Members,

We're excited to be rebooting our What's Going on Wednesday promotional emails! If you missed our notice regarding the reboot and submission guidelines, click here to view and start submitting today!

We will continue to include major updates from members, such as press releases and important news, in our Friday updates. These submissions can be any length as we can link longer submissions to our site. We ask that submissions for our Friday updates be sent by close of business Wednesday each week.

Submission guidelines and deadlines are different depending on whether it will be included in our Wednesday promotional email or Friday member update, so feel free to email kaufmann.laurel@gmail.com if you have questions about your submission. We look forward to continuing to share your updates, promotions and more to help you grow your business!
COVID-19 Update
Please click the links below to read our recent updates. Keep in mind that statistics are changing daily as we learn more, so some of the information from our updates may have changed. You can also visit doh.vi.gov/covid19usvi for more information. To receive updates, alerts and notifications on COVID-19 in the USVI, TEXT “COVID19USVI” to 888777. If you suspect you have symptoms or if you have questions, please call the Health Department’s Epidemiology Division Hotline: 340-‪712-6299 (STX) and 340-‪776-1519 (STT & STJ).

USVIHTA COVID-19 Communications:
CEDS and Tourism Master Plan Town Hall Meeting Nov. 5 - Register Today!
You are invited to a Town Hall Meeting on Thursday, Nov. 5 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. in support of the creation of the 5-year USVI Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) and the Tourism Master Plan (TMP). The Government of the USVI has engaged the University of the Virgin Islands, Center for Excellence in Leadership and Learning (UVI CELL) in the creation of the CEDS and the TMP. The CEDS is a locally-based, regionally-driven economic development planning process and document that allows regions to identify strengths and weaknesses and brings together a diverse set of partners to generate jobs, diversify the economy and spur economic growth. The TMP will capture and address post-hurricane and post-COVID-19 impacts on the tourism industry and identify ways to make the industry less vulnerable to economic downturns and natural disasters. The goal is to develop a TMP that lays out the path to a more competitive, diversified, sustainable and resilient tourism industry for the territory. Your participation and feedback are critical to the development of the USVI CEDS/TMP. 
 
HTA Members unable to participate in the Town Hall may provide feedback via our online survey: https://forms.gle/jYBmELE5E6DLrm4i7
 
Register in advance for this meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Extended Through Nov. 6 - Special Financing Offer from Little Switzerland
Now extended through Nov. 6, we are offering two very special financing plans with reduced minimum purchase amounts plus $25 off your first purchase for new cardholders. 12 months interest-free -- $295 minimum purchase (was $995); 24 months interest-free -- $1,995 minimum purchase (was $5,995). To learn more about our flexible financing options and the benefits of being a Little Switzerland cardholder watch our latest YouTube Live video, https://youtu.be/fX4trlUTZxQ. If you are not a current Little Switzerland credit card holder, click here for more details and to apply.
Find Your GoPro at Boolchand's!
Find the Hero8 GoPro at Boolchand's in Havensight Mall for $349.99 and get a free 32 GB card with your purchase! Click the flyer above to expand for contact information.
The Hills Saint John Holiday Availability
Click here to view The Hills Saint John holiday availability.
VISBDC Wants Webinar Ideas from You!
Assisting small business owners and entrepreneurs is very important to us. We want to ensure we are providing an exemplary service and resources so your small business can be successful. VISBDC understands 2020 has been extremely challenging, and if you have not been in contact with our staff, we encourage you to reach out to us for assistance with securing financing, stabilizing operations and safely welcoming back customers. Click on the link below and take the poll. You may choose as many business education ideas as you like. Your responses are completely confidential. Only take this poll once. Overall results from this poll will influence the effectiveness and importance of VISBDC trainings for the future. We ask that you respond quickly so that we can continue providing consulting and business training as a public service. Click here to participate.

More local and regional news:
Sailing and Selling with the Marine Vocational Program
Big things are happening at the MVP! A week ago, we promised students a huge surprise and it came on Saturday when Capt. Doug McLean arrived at the office mooring at 11 a.m. on his IC24. Eleven students sat for a chalkboard learning session and after a big lunch - half hopped into the sailboat and the others onto our 28' power boat. Both vessels wound up at Happy Island where students traded places - one group going snorkeling, while the others took off sailing. The plan (budget possible) is to offer sailing lessons every other Saturday. The secret goal (don't tell anyone) is to someday see our MVP students racing against the St. Thomas Yacht Clubbers! Read more from MVP.
Do Your Holiday Shopping with My Brother's Workshop!
My Brother's Workshop is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing hope and purpose to at-risk and high-risk youth, ages 16-24, in the U.S. Virgin Islands. MBW's holistic approach of mentorship, education, mental health counseling, on the job training and job placement has helped over 1200 young people choose a better path, further their education and ultimately change their lives. MBW is beginning to take orders for the holidays and we thought you and your company may be interested in these personalized items for your employees or clients. All of the products are laser engraved at the MBW Workshop by trainees and all proceeds from orders go back into furthering the mission of the program. If you have any questions please let us know. You may contact MBW directly to place your order at communications@mybrothersworkshop.org or by calling 340-715-2769. Click the flyer to the right to expand. Click here to view the MBW Booklet.
CFVI Awards $312,750 in Scholarships to 224 Virgin Islands Students
In an effort to provide support and encouragement to Virgin Islands students in their pursuit of higher education and achieving their educational goals, the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands (CFVI) has awarded $312,750 in scholarship awards and grants to 224 Virgin Islands students, eclipsing last year’s amount of $205,000 for 87 students. Read more in CFVI's Fall 2020 Newsletter.
Save the Date
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