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PHOTOS: Small Business Week 2014 Luncheon

The Virgin Islands Next Generation NetworkMitch Meyerson with viNGN staffers, Inc. co-sponsored the U.S. Virgin Islands Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and United States Small Business Administration (SBA)’s 2014 Small Business Week Award Ceremony & Luncheon featuring a keynote address by noted author, entrepreneur and marketing guru Mitch Meyerson on Thursday & Friday, June 5 & 6 2014 at the Divi Carina Bay Resort & Casino and the Marriott Frenchman’s Reef & Morning Star Resort, respectively.

This year, the awards ceremony was accompanied by a mini-expo of local entrepreneurs displaying their products and services and doing some heavy-duty networking. The Business Showcases opened at 9am, and the awards ceremony began at 11am.  Honorees on St. Thomas:  Just Threads, Cool Signs, Curtis Penn of Caribbean Seashell Vacation Villas, Dr. Michael S. Barrows of Happy Teeth Dental Office, and Banco Popular. In the  St. Croix gathering held on June 5, Arawak Bay: the Inn at Salt River, LLC;  Itiba, LLC;  Marston Adams of Kiki’s Automotive Inc.;  and Angel Diaz of La Reine Chicken Shack were celebrated.

Keynote speaker for the event luncheon Mitch Meyerson gave an inspired and full message, sharing his own circuitous route to becoming a sought-after consultant, speaker and internet marketing guru, including how he asked his way into an appearance on “Oprah” – at the end, he pulled out his well-traveled guitar and had the crowd singing along as he sequed from The Beatles’ “Let It Be” to Pressure Buss Pipe’s “V.I. Nice”, which is now the official anthem of the U.S. Virgin Islands Tourism Department.

Small Business Week was celebrated in the United States Virgin Islands June 1-7 2014. For more information and opportunities for learning and growth for local entrepreneurs, visit the U.S. Virgin Islands SBDC web site at

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The Virgin Islands Next Generation Network (viNGN) was established in 2010 as a public corporation; it is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Virgin Islands Public Finance Authority. viNGN was funded primarily from an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) grant made by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) as part of a federal program to improve the broadband capacity in the United States, its territories, and the District of Columbia. The program is called the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP). For more information regarding viNGN, call (340) 715-8581, or visit


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