The Virgin Islands Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will host informational seminars on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Energy of America program on Tuesday, May 20, on St. Croix and on Wednesday, May 21, on St. Thomas. This program assists agricultural producers and small businesses by reimbursing them up to 25 percent of eligible costs. The St. Croix session will be from 6 to 9 p.m. at the SBDC Center in Sion Farm Shopping Center. On St. Thomas the seminar is scheduled for 6 to 9 p.m. at the SBDC Center in Nisky Center. For details call (340) 776-2206 on St. Thomas or (340) 692-4270 on St. Croix.
The funding cycle for fiscal year 2014 for grants and loans has not been open or available as yet. However, it may, based on last year's funding cycle, fall within the next 90 days. Interested persons should check this site funding details: http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/RD_NOFAs.html.