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June 29, vol xv, number 6
VI Businesses Featured During Small Business Week
Cloclwise: Representatives from Addelita *- .
Cancryn Jr. High School, the Ist place m
winners of the Innovative Youth Business M,
Concept Competition; St. Croix Sm.ill
Business Person of the Year Maxine Hart;
St. Thomas Sn.ill Business Person of the
YearAshley L I. 1l1,, Sr
Despite tough economic times, businesses in the Virgin
Islands faced challenges and survived. Some of those
businesses were featured during VI Small Business Week,
observed June 1 through 5. Sponsored by the Small Busi-
ness Development (SBDC), the University of the Virgin
Islands and the U.S. Small Business Administration, the
week included seminars and business boot camps.
The week's highlight was the Small Business Annual
Awards ceremonies on St. Thomas and St. Croix. The St.
Croix ceremony was held on June 4, at Gertrude's Restau-
rant in conjunction with The Rotary Club of St. Croix-
Mid Isle. The St. Thomas ceremony was held on June
5, at the UVI Administration and Conference Center
in conjunction with a St. Thomas/St. John Chamber of
Commerce Business After Hours Reception. Awards were
given in several categories, including the Small Business
Person of the Year.
SBDC and SBA 2009 Awards
St. Croix SBDC Awards
* Small Business Person of the Year: Maxine Hart, A Touch
of Max Beauty Salon
* Entrepreneurial Success: Dr. Anthony D. Ricketts and Dr.
Emmanuel 0. Delano, Flagstar, LLC Healthcaree)
* Nascent Business of the Year "Emerging Woman Entre-
preneur" Award: Annie Day Henry, Ladiday Enterprises,
LLC (clothing manufacturing)
* Youth Entrepreneurial Advocate: Ruth Williams, St. Croix
Educational Complex High School
St. Thomas SBDC Awards
* Small Business Person of the Year: Ashley L. Allen, Sr.,
Smooth Kreationz (graphic arts/tinting)
* Woman-Owned Business: Michelle Joshua, New Horizon
* Small Business Advocate of the Year: Josi Penn, The Penn's
Corporation, (real estate and car rentals)
* Entrepreneurs of the Year: Alisonia Griffith and Julie Mer-
rifield, A&J Enterprises LLC, DBA Commercial Water
* Nascent Business of the Year: Karen Bowry, The Mail
* Small Business Development Center Contributor of the
Year: FirstBank Virgin Islands
* LaVerne E. Ragster, Ph.D., President, University of the
* Carl Christensen, Small Business Administration Project
Officer for the USVI
Innovative Youth Business Concept Competition
* 1st Place Addelita Cancryn Junior High School, Men-
tors: St. Clair Potter and Wendy-Ann Diaz
* 2nd Place Charlotte Amalie High School, Mentors: Ad-
lyn Williams and Vandel Percival
* 3rd Place Tutu Church of God Academy, Mentors: Ish-
ma Liverpool and Kenrick 0. Bukle
USVI US Small Business Administration (SBA) Awards
* SBA Bank of the Year: FirstBank Virgin Islands
* SBA St. Croix Small Business Person of the Year: Neil L.
Bruan, N.R. Electric
* SBA St. Thomas Small Business Person of the Year: How-
ard Bowring, Caribbean Food Service, Inc.
UVI Professor to Spend Months Researchinq in the Pacific
STVI biologist and professor Dr.
UJNasseer Idrisi was chosen to
participate as the HBCU Educator at
Sea on the Integrated Ocean Drill-
ing Program (IODP), Expedition 324
,.. the Shatsky Rise Formation in the
it i Pacific Ocean. IODP is an interna-
Dr. Nasseer Idrisi tional research program that explores
the history and structure of the earth
as recorded in seafloor sediments and rocks. The expedi-
tion will begin in Yokohama, Japan on Sept. 4 and end in
Townsville, Australia on Nov. 4.
According to its website, IODP builds upon the ear-
liet successes of the Deep Sea Drilling Project and the
Ocean Drilling Program, which revolutionized the view
of earth history and global processes through ocean ba-
sin exploration. IODP represents the latest generation of
these successful scientific ocean-drilling initiatives and
seeks to expand the reach of these previous programs by
forming a collaborative union between the United States,
Japan, and the European Union.
"I am excited about this opportunity, and I hope to
be able to further education in science in the USVI and
other HBCU's," Dr. Idrisi said.
UVI. WTJX and Aa. DeDt. to Partner for TV Series
W hen the VI Public Television System, WTJX
Channel 12, pitched the idea of a local gardening
show to the University of the Virgin Islands Coopera-
tive Extension Service (CES), it was an opportunity for
CES to continue its mission. CES teamed up with WTJX
Channel 12 and the VI Agriculture Department to launch
"Home Grown" a 30 minute television series that will
show different types of gardening and techniques. The
outreach project and television program is designed to
address several critical issues, including the extremely
high cost and poor quality of fresh vegetables imported
into the Virgin Islands, a desire to encourage healthy eat-
ing habits, and an effort to help Virgin Islands' residents
save money by producing some of what they consume.
Virgin Islands residents with an interest in growing
their own fresh foods, were invited to apply for the chance
to participate in "Home Grown." The selection process is
currently underway. Carlos Robles, acting district super-
visor of CES, said that gardens selected for participation
on the series will demonstrate gardening in a variety of
growing conditions in the territory. It will also show three
gardening categories container gardening, raised bed/
boxed gardening and open space gardening.
The overall idea of the program is to disseminate
general information about gardening and growing food
in the territory, Robles said. But the series will also make
specific recommendations for growing in particular areas
and under particular conditions. "As you watch you may
not see your particular growing environment at that time,
but you will over the period of the 13 to 16 weeks of the
program," Robles said. Viewers will get to see "an array of
gardening techniques and types," he said.
Taping for the show is scheduled to begin in Septem-
ber with the series airing in January 2010.
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