USVIHTA Update | September 2019
Greetings Members

Thank you for your support and concern as we continue to receive news about our friends in The Bahamas. If you are interested in making a donation to their relief efforts, please click here to view our email blast with more details about how you can contribute.
MicroMentor Caribbean Innovation Challenge Offering up to $5000 for Small Businesses
In partnership with Bacardi and MercyCorps, MicroMentor (a free and easy to use online platform for entrepreneurs to connect with experienced business mentors around the world) is offering the Caribbean Innovation Challenge 2019 as part of their efforts to promote economic recovery in the USVI after the 2017 hurricanes. The goal of the challenge is to support licensed small businesses throughout the USVI. The contest is free to enter and 25 winners will receive a cash prize of up to $5,000 USD. All USVI entrepreneurs are also invited to join the MicroMentor platform to find free mentoring in our global community. The Challenge launched on Aug. 15 and concludes on Sept. 30. Submit your application today ! If you have any questions, please contact the MicroMentor team at challenge@micromentor.org .
Coral World September Update
Click here to view the September 2019 update from Coral World Ocean Park.
CHTA Members and Industry Partners Helping to Drive Support for the Abacos, Grand Bahama
The Caribbean tourism industry and its many friends around the world are responding to the call for support for the storm ravaged islands of the northwestern Bahamas - The Abacos and Grand Bahama. CHTA is appealing to its membership, travel industry partners, national hotel and tourism associations and all Caribbean tourism interests to support the islands of the northwestern Bahamas following the devastation wrought by Category 5 Hurricane Dorian. Read more .
Department of Human Services Urges Virgin Islanders to Be Ready 365
The Virgin Islands Department of Human Services (DHS) is reminding residents that disaster preparedness is not just something to think about during hurricane season. With Hurricane Dorian now in the rearview mirror, it’s even more important for residents to reflect on how prepared they are for the next disaster. Read more .
FEMA Update: National Preparedness Month - Save Early for Disaster Costs
Each September, National Preparedness Month reminds us to prepare ourselves, our families and our communities for the disasters and emergencies that could happen where we live, work and visit. The first week of National Preparedness Month highlights sound financial defense against disaster - saving money for emergencies and having insurance. Read more .
DLCA and IRB Sign Agreement to Expedite Licensing Process
The Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs (DLCA) is pleased to announce that we have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Virgin Islands Bureau of Internal Revenue (IRB), which authorizes the DLCA to issue business licenses to businesses with completed renewal applications that are pending tax clearance from the IRB. Read more .
Save the Date
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Lisa Hamilton 
USVIHTA President 
340-774-6835