USVIHTA Update | September 2019
Greetings Members

Thank you for reading these important updates! You can also share information about your business, special events, promotions and more by sending press releases and photos to kaufmann.laurel@gmail.com .
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 Jazz by the Sea Rescheduled
Coral World Ocean Park will hold its popular Jazz by the Sea event on Sept. 22 beginning at 5 p.m.
Caribbean Hotels Unite for Online Travel Auction
From Aruba to Jamaica and The Bahamas to Bermuda, hotels and resorts have joined with the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) to launch an online action to help support the long-term recovery of the northwestern islands of the Bahamas. Read more .
FEMA Update: National Preparedness Month Week 3 – Teach Youth to Prepare for Disasters
The third week of National Preparedness Month highlights the importance of including youth when preparing for disasters. Between school, sports and social lives, it’s possible that you won’t be with your kids if a disaster happens. Educating them means that when the time comes, chances are, they’ll feel prepared, not scared. Read more .
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Lisa Hamilton 
USVIHTA President 
340-774-6835