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Bulletin Board for May 3, 2011

Entrepreneur Kiril Sokoloff Donates $5 Million Gift to UVI

The University of the Virgin Islands has received a $5 million gift commitment from investment strategist and entrepreneur Kiril Sokoloff. Mr. Sokoloff, the founder of 13D Research (USVI) LLC (13D), has pledged $1 million annually to UVI over a period of five years. His gift will be one of the largest donations ever received from a single donor in the University's history.13D is a company that was attracted to the Virgin Islands through the efforts of the University's Research and Technology Park. Mr. Sokoloff is also a member of the advisory board for the University's newly launched Caribbean Green Technology Center.

A news release, with photos from the May 2 news conference at which the gift was announced, is available on the UVI homepage - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

Dateline: UVI Features Look at Miss UVI and Visits the UVI Wellness Center

The April issue of the monthly newsletter Dateline:UVI has been published and is available from the Public Relations page of the UVI website - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link. The issue takes a closer look at the UVI Wellness center and its new coordinator Lorenzo Donastorg. It also features the newly crowned Miss UVI Daniella Henry and Susan L. Taylor, the 2011 Alfred O. Heath Distinguished lecture Series speaker. Limited printed copies of Dateline:UVI are distributed monthly.

End of Semester and Service Awards Ceremony for Part-time Faculty Set May 5

UVI will honor 11 part-time faculty members with an End of Semester and Service Award Ceremony at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 5. Those to be honored, and their years of service, are:

College of Science and Mathematics: Basil Williams (20), Kodzo Ekpe (10) and Mario Golden (10); College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences: Claritza Castro (15), Charles Peters (15),Gayle Dancy-Benjamin (10), Gerard Emanuel (10), LaVaughn Belle (5), Martha Joseph (5) and Shanelle Warner (5); School of Education: Winona Hendricks (10).

The University community is invited to attend and support the part-time faculty. The ceremony will be available via videoconference in Business Room B 110 on St. Thomas and in Evans Center Room 401 on St. Croix.

University Community Invited to Join UVI 2011 Carnival Troupe

Members of the UVI community are invited to join the UVI 2011 Carnival troupe which will participate in the St. Thomas Carnival Adult's Parade on May 7. This year UVI goes green with the theme: "Let our Cultural Spirit Enliven Carnival 2011 as UVI Goes Green."

Details and a registration form are available from the St. Thomas Student Activities section of the UVI website - www.uvi.edu - and from these direct links: Carnival Information | UVI Carnival Registration Form.

The first practice is scheduled for 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 5, at the UVI Sports & Fitness Center. St. Croix Students who wish to participate can get information on housing from Aneka Francis at (340) 693-1110.

For more information contact Leon Lafond in Student Affairs at 693-1120 or Kyza A. Callwood via e-mail at kyzawood3@yahoo.com.

HR Statement Regarding Carnival Administrative Leave/Personal Time

UVI's Human Resources Department has issued the following statement in regard to the St. Thomas carnival:

The Human Resources Department is delighted to announce that in keeping with the Spirit of Carnival, President Hall has authorized up to two (2) hours of Administrative Leave to any employee who wishes to attend the Cultural Food Fair on Wednesday, May 3, 2011.

Additionally, two (2) hours of personal time (to be charged to Annual Leave) has been approved for employees who wish to participate in J'ouvert on Thursday, May 4, 2011. This work schedule would allow employees to report to work by 10:30 a.m. as the University is officially open on both days.

In order to maintain appropriate department coverage campus-wide, each employee is required to obtain prior approval from their supervisor for the specific two-hour block to be used on Wednesday and Thursday to participate in these cultural activities.

We wish everyone a safe and most enjoyable Carnival.

Financial Aid Office Releases Summer 2011 Financial Aid Update

UVI's Office of Financial Aid has announced the release of the Summer 2011 Financial Aid eligibility criteria and documentation. With the passage of the FY 2011 spending bill by Congress, the second scheduled Pell Grant award will remain in effect for the Summer 2011 term, only. The second scheduled Pell Grant will be eliminated for Summer 2012.

Please visit the Financial Aid Section of the UVI website - www.uvi.edu - or click the following direct links: Pell Grant and Direct Loan Program Information | Summer Pell Grant Application Form.

For additional information concerning Summer Aid, please contact UVI's Financial Aid Offices on St. Croix at (340) 692-4193 or on St. Thomas at (340) 693-1090.

UVI Ad Club President Wins Best of Show in 2011 USVI ADDY Awards

Recaldo Richardson, president of the UVI Ad Club, received the Student Addy Award for Best of Show at the 2011 ADDY Awards, presented by the American Advertising Federation (AAF) of the U.S. Virgin Islands, on Saturday, April 30. Richardson won for his student project advertising campaign titled "I Am Drama: School of Theatrical Arts." UVI Ad Club members celebrated on stage with Richardson while receiving a standing ovation from the audience. UVI Ad Club members assisted the AAF USVI to organize the 2011 event, serving as red carpet photographers, award delivery ushers and at the registration and payment table. Photos from the event are featured on the AAF UVI Ad Club Facebook page.

UVI Libraries Announce Intersession Hours

UVI Libraries will observe intersession hours from Wednesday, May 4, through Sunday, May 15, 2011. The St. Thomas library will open at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 5. Both UVI Libraries and the St. John Academic Center will be closed on Carnival Friday, May 6. Regular hours will resume at 8 a.m. on Monday, May 16. Intersession hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Closed: Saturdays and Sundays.

All student computer labs, except those in the Library will be closed for maintenance during intersession. For details, contact the UVI Help Desk at helpdesk@uvi.edu or call (340) 693-1466.

St. Thomas Campus National Library Week Short Story Winners Announced

Kaleah Brewester, Tanasia Monsanto and Hannah Joseph have been announced as the winners of the National Library Week 2011Short Story Contest, hosted by the St. Thomas campus literary club R.E.A.D. (Reading Encourages Academic Development). Students were asked to submit an original work of fiction between 500 and 1,200 words in length. The judges chose Brewster's "Beyond the Mirror" as the first-place winner, awarded honorable mention to Monsanto's "To Sit in the Sun," and gave the third-place award to Joseph's untitled piece.

The contest's grand prize is a $50 (online) gift certificate to Barnes and Noble. All other writers will receive gifts for participating. Entrants are welcome to visit the Library's Help Desk with a current UVI ID card to claim their prizes.

Senior Class Notes...

Graduating Students Participation in Exit Interview Process

UVI's Offices of Counseling and Placement and Institutional Advancement are collaborating on the Exit Interview process for all UVI graduating students. Information on the process and exit interview forms from Career Development and Alumni Affairs have been provided, via e-mail, to all graduating students. Members of the UVI community are asked to encourage any graduating students they may know to respond in a timely manner to these important surveys.

Appreciation Dinner, Ball for 2011 Graduates on St. Croix Slated for May 7

An appreciation dinner and ball for the 2011 graduating class at UVI Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 7, at the Great Hall of the North West Wing. The ball is scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. The evening is designed to give special recognition to the parents, spouses, family, friends, faculty and staff who have aided the upcoming graduates on their academic journey. Attire for the event is formal. Admission is $25 for graduates, $30 for general admission, and $10 for persons age 10 and under. The deadline to purchase tickets is May 5. They are available from Necola Charles in the Campus Executive Administrator's office, Sana Hamed, Miguelina Valdes, Joel Dorsett and Sasha Green.

Graduation Ball 2011 Set Sunday, May 8, on St. Thomas

The 2011 St. Thomas campus Graduation Ball will take place at 7:30 p.m. at the Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort. The deadline to purchase tickets - which are $55 - is today (Tuesday, May 3). For details and to purchase tickets send e-mail to: uvigraduatingclass2011@gmail.com. Students can now make their ticket payments at the UVI Bookstore.

Student Testing Notes...

UVI Schedules Placement Tests for English and Mathematics

The following schedule for English Placement Tests and Math Placement Tests have been announced by UVI.

St. Thomas Campus

Date: Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Place: Sports and Fitness Center, Room 222

Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m. - English 100 (writing)

2:30-3:30 p.m. - English 101 (reading)

4:00-6:00 p.m. - Math

Date: Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Place: CA 305 and 307

Time: 4:00-6:00 p.m. - Math

Date: Monday, June 13, 2011

Place: Sports and Fitness Center, Room 222

Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m. - English 100 (writing)

2:30-3:30 p.m. - English 101 (reading)

4:00-6:00 p.m. - Math

St. Croix Campus

Date: Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Place: Rooms Q 100 & R 100 (Nursing area)

Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m. - English 100 (writing)

2:30-3:30 p.m. - English 101 (reading)

Date: Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Place: Rooms Q 100 & R 100 (Nursing area)

Time: 4:00-6:00 p.m. - Math

Date: Monday, June 13, 2011

Place: Rooms Q 100 and R 100 (Nursing area)

Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m. - English 100 (writing)

2:30-3:30 p.m. - English 101 (reading)

Students should bring two blue or black ink pens, pencils for math and a photo ID. Students should plan to arrive 30 minutes prior to any test in order to register. For more information contact Linda Wymer (340) 693-1346 or send e-mail to lwymer@uvi.edu.

Other Current Items...

St. Thomas Campus Bookstore Sets Book Buy Back Dates

The Book Buy Back program at the St. Thomas campus UVI Bookstore will be available from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, April 28 and 29, and again Monday through Wednesday, May 2 to 4. Students who wish to return books must present a student ID and a UVI Bookstore receipt. For more information, contact the Bookstore at (340) 693-156l.

National Library Week Essay Contest Winners Announced on St. Croix

The National Library Week (NLW) Committee at UVI's campus on St. Croix has announced the winners of the St. Croix 2011 NLW Essay Contest. The contest theme was "Create Your Own Story @ Your Library." The winners and their prizes are: 1st Place - Ayoko Allen ($75 UVI bookstore gift certificate and a jump drive); 2nd Place - Vanessa Allahar ($25 UVI bookstore gift certificate and a jump drive); and 3rd Place - Rochella Davis (Portfolio and a jump drive). All entrants will receive prizes for participation. Winners and participants should visit the library circulation desk with photo-ID to collect their prize. For more information, contact Judith V. Rogers at (340) 692-4132.

Golden Key Inducts 26 Students on UVI's Albert Sheen Campus on St. Croix

The Golden Key International Honour Society on UVI's Albert Sheen Campus on St. Croix inducted 26 new student members and four honorary members in a ceremony on Tuesday, April 26. Golden Key is the world's premier collegiate honor society. Golden Key recognizes outstanding academic achievement and connects high-achieving individuals locally, regionally and globally with lifetime opportunity, reward & success.

More information is available in a news release on the UVI homepage - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

'The Caribbean Writer' Issues Fourth National Poetry Month Newsletter

UVI's "The Caribbean Writer" (TCW) continues its celebration of National Poetry Month with the release of a fourth newsletter. This issue - TCW April 27, 2011 - includes a Virgin Islander portrait of First Lady Cecile deJongh. It also features an article on UVI First Lady Marilyn Brathwaite-Hall. Among the student poetry featured are works by St. Thomas English major Latasha S. Martin and St. Croix English major Ramona D. King. The newsletter has been distributed via e-mail and is available from this direct link: TCW Newsletter - April 27, 2011.

View the earlier newsletters released this month from these links: TCW Newsletter - April 20, 2011 | TCW Newsletter - April 13, 20ll | TCW Newsletter - April 6, 2011. The newsletters are also available from "The Caribbean Writer" Facebook page.

National Safe Boating Course Underway at Nisky Center on St. Thomas

The St. Thomas Sail and Power Squadron is now offering the free National Safe Boating Course to interested persons. Classes are offered each Mondays and Wednesdays at the Small Business Development Center training facility in Nisky Center. The comprehensive course covers everything from boating basics to the latest in electronic navigation. There is an $80 charge for materials, which include several books, CDs and navigational plotting equipment. Successful completion of the course is a requirement for individuals registering or renting boats according to instructor Tom McCoy. For more information, contact McCoy at (340) 774-2715.

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet to Perform May 21 at the Reichhold Center

The widely acclaimed Aspen Santa Fe Ballet will bring exhilarating dance to UVI's Reichhold Center for the Arts at 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 21. The company's presentation is described as contemporary ballet with a European twist. The Aspen Santa Fe Ballet features 12 dancers and is led by directors Tom Mossbrucker and Jean-Philippe Malaty. It performs year-round home seasons in both Aspen and Santa Fe, and has made landmark appearances at the famed Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, the Kennedy Center, New York City Center's Fall for Dance Festival, the American Dance Festival, Wolftrap, and the Joyce Theater in New York City, as well as performing in virtually every corner of the United States.

Tickets are available from the Reichhold Center Box Office and from Urban Threadz, V.I. Bridal & Tuxedo, Essentric Shoe Boutique, Home Again and the UVI Bookstore on St. Thomas. They can be purchased from Connections on St. John. Residents of St. John are encouraged to sign-up for the discount shuttle service offered between Red Hook and the Reichhold Center. For details, call (340) 693-1559. The performance is supported by International Capital & Management Company, the V.I. Lottery, the Virgin Islands Council on the Arts, the Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority, the V.I. Department of Education, FirstBank, Frenchman's Reef and Morning Star Resort, and Innovative. For more information visit the Reichhold Center website at www.reichholdcenter.com.

Scholarships Available for Advanced Degrees, Cultural Projects

The board of directors of the Virgin Islands Academic & Cultural Awards Endowment Scholarship is accepting applications through May 16, for its scholarship program. Virgin Islands residents pursuing advanced degrees are encouraged to apply. Funding is also available for VI residents conducting research and projects designed to promote cultural awareness in the territory. Recipients may receive up to $10,000 per year.

The scholarship program was created by the Virgin Islands Legislature in 1970 to assist residents with financial support to advance their academic and professional studies. On-line applications are available from the UVI website's - www.uvi.edu - Institutional Advancement page and from the Scholarship page in the Financial Aid section, and from this direct link. A news release is available from the UVI home page - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link. For more information and eligibility requirements contact Ardrina Scott-Elliott at 693-1040.

TMCF Seeking Scholarship Applications for 2011-2012 School Year

The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) has opened its scholarship application process to all students seeking financial assistance for the 2011-2012 school year. TMCF scholarship recipients are awarded annually to students meeting the TMCF eligibility criteria for scholarship. Awards are made per semester based on a verification process designed to ensure students are meeting academic expectations and have an unmet financial need. All classifications of students are invited to apply for a TMCF scholarship.

TMCF scholarship requirements and programs accepting applications are featured at this link: http://www.thurgoodmarshallfund.net/student/scholarshipprograms.

UVI Accepting Applications for the Master of Arts in Psychology Program

The University of the Virgin Islands is accepting applications from students interested in enrolling in its Master of Arts in Psychology with a concentration in counseling program for the Fall 2011 semester. The MAP program is designed to provide students with the necessary academic knowledge base, problem solving skills and experiential opportunities to allow them to work in a variety of social service and counseling settings. This graduate Psychology program seeks to prepare practitioners to use the science of psychology for the promotion of human well-being, specifically in the provision of psychological services to children, adolescents, and families in the mental health, judicial, and educational systems. It provides some with a stepping stone toward licensure.

Details on the program and admission criteria are available from the UVI web site website - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link. Interested applicants can also contact Dr. Lucia DiMeo on St. Croix at (340) 692-4264 or Dr. Angela Adams on St. Thomas at (340) 693-1258 for more information.

UVI Accepting Applications for 'Math Behind the Science' Free Summer Program

UVI is accepting applications for its 2011 "Math Behind the Science" summer bridge program. The free program (previously called Summer Bridge2Calculus) is designed to enhance the mathematics preparedness of college-bound students who are interested in pursuing careers in science, mathematics, engineering, technology or medicine.

Math Behind the Science will prepare students to enter UVI's introductory calculus course and provide a foundation for success in that important course. Field trips, guest speakers and workshops are integrated into the five-week summer program. Sessions begin on June 20, and end with an awards ceremony on July 29. Recent high school graduates and current Math Skills students are eligible to participate in this program.

Applications for the program are due by May 25. More information and an online application form are available from the Summer Programs tab on the Emerging Caribbean Scientists web page - http://ecs.uvi.edu - and from this direct link. Click here for the application form.

UVI Accepting Master of Marine and Environmental Science Program Applications

The Master of Marine and Environmental Science program at the University of the Virgin Islands is now accepting application for the Fall 2011 semester. For more information please visit the web site: http://mmes.uvi.edu.

CELL Notes...

UVICELL to Offer Basic QuickBooks Course on St. Thomas Beginning May 10

UVI's Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (CELL) Center will offer a course for individuals and small businesses who are interested in learning to use the full-featured small business accounting software QuickBooks beginning May 10. Introduction to QuickBooks sessions will be held 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at the CELL Center on UVI's St. Thomas Campus. Participants will learn how to set up a standard list of accounts, manage accounts receivable and payable, reconcile bank accounts, track credit card transactions and much more.

For more information on the program or how to register, contact the UVICELL at 693-1100 or visit UVICELL on-line at http://cell.uvi.edu.

CELL Offers Intermediate Quickbooks Course on St. Croix Beginning May 14

UVI's Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (CELL) Center is offering a course for experienced users of the full-featured small business accounting software QuickBooks. Intermediate QuickBooks will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays beginning May 14. Sessions will be held at the UVICELL Center in Frederiksted, St. Croix.

The training is a continuation of the material covered in the Introduction to QuickBooks course. Participants will gain a better understanding of their financial records and how to utilize this information to make managerial decision for their companies.

For more information on the program or how to register, contact the UVICELL at (340) 693-1100 or visit UVICELL on-line at http://cell.uvi.edu.

UVICELL to Begin Grant Writing Series of Seminars on St. Croix on May 14

UVI's Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (CELL) Center will offer a series of grant writing seminars for individuals interested in developing successful, fundable grants.

The first course in the series - Grant and Proposal Writing Skills - Module 1 - will be offered from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 14 and May 21, 2011. The sessions will be held at the UVICELL Center in Frederiksted, St. Croix.

The course will provide seasoned and beginning grant writers with effective grant-writing strategies to craft successful grant proposals. Participants will learn how to organize the grant writing process, prepare the basic elements of a grant application, locate funding sources and much more.

For fees and more information, call the UVICELL Center at 693-1100 or visit http://cell.uvi.edu.

CELL Plans Workshops on Managing Change in Organizations on May 18

UVI's Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (CELL) Center will host one-day workshops on St. Thomas and St. Croix titled "Planning and Managing Change" on Wednesday, May 18. The workshop will center on the importance of proactively managing change in organizations and avoiding knee-jerk reactions that undermine efforts to deal change. The workshops will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at both islands. On St. Thomas, it will be held at the CELL Center on UVI's St. Thomas campus. On St. Croix, the workshop will take place at the Joseph A. Simpson Building, #23A Hospital Street, in Frederiksted.

The workshop is part of a series offered by UVICELL in conjunction with the American Management Association (AMA). Participants will learn to manage the change process; help others move successfully through the process; diagnose the impact of change; determine key success factors; monitor change implementation and much more. The AMA - a recognized leader in management education for more than 75 years - provides a full range of management development and educational services to individuals, companies and government agencies worldwide, including 486 of the Fortune 500 companies.

For more information on the program or to register, call (340) 693-1100 or visit UVICELL on-line at http://cell.uvi.edu.

SBDC Notes...

How to Start a Business in the V.I. Seminars Offered by SBDC on St. Thomas

A series of step-by-step seminars on how to start a business in the Virgin Islands is being offered by the Virgin Islands Small Business Development Center on St. Thomas. The one-hour seminar covers business licenses and fees, business structures, insurance, tax considerations and financing. The fee is $10 for individuals who pre-register and $15 at the door.

Three sessions are offered at the SBDC Service Center at Nisky Center on the following schedule: May 11 at 6 p.m.; May 19 at 6 p.m. and May 25 at 9 a.m. For more information call the SBDC St. Thomas/St. John Service Center at (340) 776-3206 or send email to sbdcstt@uvi.edu.

SBDC to Offer Free St. Thomas Training Session on the Export Business on May 9

The Virgin Islands Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will conduct a special training for individuals interested in starting or developing export businesses. The training, which is free, is slated for 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, May 9, at the SBDC St. Thomas Service Center at Nicky Center. The session will cover the basics of export, important markets, the Denmark Trade Mission and how to "go global." For more information contact the SBDC at (340) 776-3206.

Author, Entrepreneur and Columnist Rhonda Abrams to Present SBDC Seminars

The Virgin Islands Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will host seminars by author, entrepreneur and nationally syndicated columnist Rhonda Abrams on St. Thomas on May 23 and on St. Croix on May 24.

Abrams, a widely recognized expert on small businesses and entrepreneurship, writes the nation's most widely-distributed column on the subjects, appearing weekly in USA Today and quarterly in the Costco Connection. She has written more than a dozen books on small business, which have been translated into more than 30 languages. Among her best-selling works are "Successful Business Plan: Secrets & Strategies," now in its fifth edition, and "Six-Week Start-Up," "Business Plan In A Day," "What Business Should I Start?" and "Successful Marketing: Secrets & Strategies." Her work has been adopted by more than 600 business schools throughout the U.S. - including UCLA, MIT, University of Arizona, Cornell, University of California, Berkeley and USC.

Abrams has started three successful companies and is currently president and chief entrepreneur of The Planning Shop, a publishing endeavor that creates content for small businesses. Her real-life experience along with her broad view of entrepreneurship gives her a unique understanding of the challenges and rewards of being an entrepreneur.

Her seminar - "The Leap: Going from Income to Wealth" - will focus on growing a business and sharing success strategies with small business owners and potential entrepreneurs. The St. Thomas session is set for 6 to 8 p.m. at the Marriott Frenchman's Reef on May 23. The St. Croix seminar will be offered at 6 to 8 p.m. at the Theatre (Evans Center Room 401) on UVI's campus on St. Croix on May 24. Admission is $25 at the door or $20 in advance. For details, visit the SBDC website - www.sbdcvi.org- (340) 692-5270 for St. Thomas/St. John or (340) 692-5270 on St. Croix.

Media Marketing to Represent Territory During National Small Business Week

Jennifer Sibilly and Rita Jones, owners of Media Marketing of St. Thomas, have been named the 2011 Virgin Islands Small Business Persons of the Year on the national level by the U.S. Small Business Administration. They will represent the territory at National Small Business Week events to be held in Washington, D.C., on May 18 through 20. This is the first time that the Virgin Islands will be represented at the national level. The formal placement of the territory's representative at the national level was made possible by the Office of Congresswoman Donna M. Christensen and the Virgin Islands Small Business Development Center.

"Jennifer and Rita exemplify the true entrepreneurship spirit," said Leonor Dottin, state director of the Virgin Islands Small Business Development Center. "As our small business clients, we are honored to have nominated Media Marketing for this distinguished recognition. Their efforts and dedication to continuously grow their business, while maintaining the high quality standards they offer, are in itself reasons for them to have been nominated by the VI SBDC."

Sibilly and Jones founded Media Marketing in 2003. Their business publishes Places to Explore, the official digest publication of the USVI Hotel & Tourism Association, the Marine Guide, Places to Eat Maps for St. Thomas and St. Croix, and specialty products. Media Marketing also represents HCP/Aboard Custom Publishing in Miami with the DISCOVER magazine, the hard-cover, in-room guide for the Hotel & Tourism Association. For more information regarding National Small Business Week, visit the website: www.nationalsmallbusinessweek.com.

V.I. SBDC Sets Dates for Annual Awards During Small Business Week May 23-27

The Virgin Islands Small Business Development Center (SBDC) has scheduled its local 2011 annual awards ceremonies during V.I. Small Business week which will run from May 23 through 27. The ceremony on St. Croix will be held on May 26. The St. Thomas Ceremony is set for May 27. For more information call (340) 776-3206 on St. Thomas or (340) 692-5270 on St. Croix.