The Virgin Islands Small Business Development Center (VI SBDC) appointed a new Associate State Director.  Karen Jones was recently selected from a distinguished group of candidates to serve as the Associate State Director of the VI SBDC.  Jones is a graduate of Union College in Kentucky, where she received her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.  After returning back home to St. Croix, she pursued and obtained a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of the Virgin Islands.

Her professional career includes working in both the public and private sectors, providing financial and human resource management services.  She has been affiliated with the VI SBDC network as the former Center Director on the island of  St. Croix and has over 18 years of experience providing counseling, technical assistance, training and outreach to nascent and existing small businesses within the Territory. 

“We’re excited to bring Jones back home to the VI SBDC in such an important role.  Her experience will not only assist entrepreneurs and small businesses, she will help shape the future of the VI SBDC to better serve our communities”, said, Ted Gutierrez, Virgin Islands Small Business Development Center State Director. 

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