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Entrepreneurs and small-business owners in the U.S. Virgin Islands – and from around the world – can now access a rich variety of helpful USVI resources housed in an all-in-one online platform. The U.S. Virgin Islands Economic Development Authority (USVIEDA), the lead economic development organization in the USVI, announced the launch of the “USVI Business Hub.”

This platform project and four-day launch is in partnership with the company Startup Space and USVIEDA economic development partners. These partners, including the Virgin Islands Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs (VIDLCA), the Virgin Islands Small Business Development Center (VI SBDC), the University of the Virgin Islands Center for Excellence in Leadership and Learning (UVI CELL) and Startup Space, invited the USVI business community to attend the virtual launch events that took place this week and were shared prior to the events.

According to USVIEDA CEO Wayne L. Biggs, Jr., “The USVIEDA team and I are extremely excited about the development and launch of USVI Business Hub for our business community. This hub will be a tremendous platform that will assist business owners in not only gaining quick access to resources, but in opening the door for numerous networking opportunities. I’d like to thank the USVIEDA team, especially the Marketing Dept., for working closely with Startup Space and our economic development partners to make the USVI Business Hub a reality.”

USVI Business Hub, powered by Startup Space, is created for users to easily find a free, interactive platform of support services, mentors, online peer networks, calendar of events and much more that are based in the USVI. This launch event afforded entrepreneurs, small-business owners and public-private sector stakeholders a dynamic opportunity to get a hands-on experience with this app, ask questions, and communicate one-on-one with stakeholder leaders and the Startup Space Team.

“Working alongside the USVIEDA team has proven to be a successful collaboration for the outcome of the USVI Business Hub. Both the USVIEDA, its partners and the Startup Space team share in the same belief that an entrepreneurship ecosystem is necessary for a business community’s growth, strength and the ability to thrive,” said David Ponraj, founder and CEO, Startup Space.   “My team and I look forward to continuing to work with the USVIEDA to ensure the success of this hub for a spectrum of businesses,” added Mr. Ponraj.