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Grant for small businesses is a 'jump start' - Karia J. Christopher

- said $250,000 already disbursed
From left: Mrs Valencia Brathwaite, Vina Brathwaite, Junior Minister for Trade and Investment Promotion Hon Marlon A. Penn (R8), Valina Brathwaite, Premier Dr The Hon D. Orlando Smith (AL) and Director of the Department of Trade, Investment Promotion and Consumer Affairs Mrs Karia J. Christopher. Photo: VINO
Kadeem Hodge, centre, owner of the butcher shop 'Hodges Chophouse', receives his cheque. Photo: VINO
Kadeem Hodge, centre, owner of the butcher shop 'Hodges Chophouse', receives his cheque. Photo: VINO
Prominent farmer Ms Moviene F. Fahie receives her cheque. Photo: VINO
Prominent farmer Ms Moviene F. Fahie receives her cheque. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN Tortola VI - "This grant is not seen as a replacement for the business sales. We don't expect that the funds enclosed in this envelope would be able to get you exactly where you have been," said Director of Trade, Investment and Consumer Affairs Mrs Karia J. Christopher.

She was at time addressing persons at a simple presentation ceremony on January 18, 2018 at the Department of Trade, Investment Promotion and Consumer Affairs, where three businesses were presented cheques with undisclosed amounts of monies to aid them in their recovery after suffering destruction during the last hurricane season.

Under the $1.5M loan guarantee and grant support programme for businesses, some $250,000 has already been disbursed.

Among those present at the ceremony were Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL) and Junior Minister for Trade and Investment Promotions, Honourable Marlon A. Penn (R8).

The recipients were the owners of VI Airlink, the territory's lone home grown air carrier company, prominent farmer Ms Moviene F. Fahie and Kadeem Hodge, owner of the butcher shop 'Hodges Chophouse'.

More businesses encouraged to apply for grants

According to Mrs Christopher, "We know that in whatever we do we will get some criticism, and we are able to receive that as well, as we can and look to see how we can improve ourselves."

She said the department has tried it's best to make the opportunity (grant/donation) available to every business operating and trading legally in the territory. "So this is an opportunity for those persons that are on the ground to come into the department, because that is what our purpose is [but] we must be a legal trader within the British Virgin Islands to be able to get some of the benefits."

The aid is given under the cap "Financial assistance recovery programme".

"I have been saying this for as long as I have been in this job, small businesses are the heartbeat of the economy and we know that many of our small businesses had a hard hit and the Premier and Honourable Marlon Penn endorsed this.

According to Mrs Christopher, in the near future the department intends to roll out some "exciting stuff" for the betterment of the territory's small businesses."

Premier Smith said his government recognised that businesses suffered greatly by the hurricanes "and so recognising the importance again of the small businesses in the development of the economy we thought it was important to give some donation to help in the rebuilding."

17 Responses to “Grant for small businesses is a 'jump start' - Karia J. Christopher”

  • SMH (20/01/2018, 10:30) Like (12) Dislike (2) Reply

    Same Ms F**** who curse the Government every chance she get and to every fly that set. Wow!!

  • NDP must go (20/01/2018, 11:06) Like (11) Dislike (4) Reply
    the buy out of the people continue
  • True (20/01/2018, 11:35) Like (25) Dislike (4) Reply
    Now I like VI Airlink but all their craft were elsewhere and have been flying so why are they getting funds? Is it an apology for giving BVI Airways the $7.2million. There are many businesses that were destroyed including mine with losses of about $100k but not one word or even a phone call even though the bigger places have been called and offered, so much for helping the little guy
    • Observer (20/01/2018, 14:44) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
      @True if what you said is true why assume a fictitious name? I will come right out with my real name and confront the powers that be. On the other hand guess you are afraid of what we all do .....Victimization.
    • lmaooo (20/01/2018, 14:46) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
      So for the program it clearly said businesses should apply and here you are awaiting a phone call? From who and for what? WTF really wrong with some of you?
  • wow (20/01/2018, 11:45) Like (9) Dislike (7) Reply
    Does anyone, anyone need further clarification of why most BVI citizens HATE and DON'T TRUST the government of the BVI?
    Everything for them is show and tell
  • Liat 521 (20/01/2018, 12:18) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
    The NDP needs to wake up and realize that the BVI is NOT their Corporation or their private business.
  • Bull (20/01/2018, 12:39) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
    Government need pay company’s an persons they o for services that will help to
  • @True (20/01/2018, 13:43) Like (2) Dislike (5) Reply
    Did you try reaching out to the Government, Karia is a good and decent girl, I'm sure she'll do what she can to help you out.
    • Reply (20/01/2018, 16:56) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
      she has her favorites too, let she stay their kissing up to the NDP when the government changes let's see what happens to her
  • fish (20/01/2018, 21:02) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Lets make the BVI great again.
  • Barbara (21/01/2018, 12:07) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    I hope it’s not too late to apply. That’s what I’ll do now.
  • Very hurt (23/01/2018, 21:49) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    I just read about this on Saturday and went into trade today Tuesday and was told that the deadline for this grant ended Friday and I would have to apply for a loan from them. Number one, nowhere in this story does it say there was a deadline. Number two, my entire business was destroyed and I cannot afford a loan. Number three, I am a senior citizen who could not afford insurance because I only live on social securiy and pension and this was my little extra to make ends meet. Number four, I would like some answeres because I had a serious surgery and cannot do this on my own. Can someone please tell me what to do now, I need help.
    • naomi (24/01/2018, 22:40) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ Very hurt. Omg! I feel your pain. This is how they treat their seniors who have contributed for years? SMDH. Always the ones who have get even more while the needy gets nothing.
    • Local (26/01/2018, 16:29) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      I've apple and didn't get not a help was one of the first ten to apply smh
  • Lady Dee (24/01/2018, 22:36) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    They are just advertising this now and already they stopped the applications for a grant and making poor people who have nothing apply for a loan? This really sucks the big one! Is this even legal? So the Grant was just for their friends and the truly needy gets shafted. This place sucks!!!!!
  • young bvi business owner (26/01/2018, 16:27) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    wow. who need help the most ain't get help but the help went by popular last name smh

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