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Recognize small man’s role in building VI economy - Local businessman

A local businessman who said that he is very sure that at the moment he is a voice for all small business entrepreneurs, has made an appeal to the Government of the Virgin Islands (VI) to recognize the significance of the ‘small man’ in developing the economy. Photo: VINO/File
The businessman further stated that the untimely payment for works done for government needs to be given some redress and timely review. Photo: VINO/File
The businessman further stated that the untimely payment for works done for government needs to be given some redress and timely review. Photo: VINO/File
The businessman said that while he has many other wishes for the Territory for 2014 one of his greatest wishes is for the partnership between the small business sector and government to get better. Photo: VINO/File
The businessman said that while he has many other wishes for the Territory for 2014 one of his greatest wishes is for the partnership between the small business sector and government to get better. Photo: VINO/File
EAST END, Tortola, VI – A local businessman who said that he is very sure that at the moment he is a voice for all small business entrepreneurs, has made an appeal to the Government of the Virgin Islands (VI) to recognize the significance of the ‘small man’ in developing the economy.

“At this instance my name is not what is important, this appeal is what is important, we need the government to show us some more respect because we play a major role in developing this economy and from my experience year come, year go, we keep being treated as we are of very little significance,” the businessman told Virgin Islands News Online.

Choosing to remain anonymous, he alleged that he has been the victim of discrimination in the past after being candid on issues that touch on government. “I was told in the past that I going pay for my big mouth and trust me they (a named government ministry) didn’t give me a single job for a long time and a certain person from them said is because I talk things in the media,” he alleged.

The businessman who operates a small trucking service out of East End, Tortola and a merchandizing store in Road Town related that he, like several others, has been constantly complaining about the lengthy time payments for work done for various government departments take after service would have been rendered.

“We are not like the big businesses who have the fat pocket and clout with banks and other lending places to get cash to carry their business in the clouds on a daily basis, we depend on small profit margins, steady turn over and things like that to make it on a daily basis,” he related as he sat done to speak of his deepest wishes for his business for 2014.

He expressed the view that the VI has got a long way to go as it relates to persons expressing their personal opinion candidly and have it taken objectively.

The businessman further stated that the untimely payment for works done for government needs to be given some redress and timely review. “[Small businesses] account for a great portion of the employment sector in the is Territory. We provide jobs, well needed jobs especially for the small man, the woman with many kids and persons who need a side job and people like those,” he told this news site.

The businessman admitted that there were many occasions, including this holiday period, where he has been guilty of not being in a position to pay his workers on a timely basis. “I don’t sport around, I don’t engage in wasteful spending, the times hard and I have a family too to maintain, bills to pay and all those things. So it pains me bad when I have to tell my staff, especially those women, that I have to delay their payment.”

He said this occurs more often than not when most of his services go to government. “This is a very small place and doing jobs for government is almost unavoidable you have to take the business from where it is available but government got to pay faster we can’t and shouldn’t [have] to wait for months for payments,” he noted.

The concerned businessman said that he had on several occasions shared ideas with senior government and other functionaries of the Territory on possible systems that can be implemented to reduce the long waiting periods for payment. “All you get in response is to say that’s how government systems all over the world go; it’s not at a click of a finger.”

The businessman said that while he has many other wishes for the Territory for 2014 one of his greatest wishes is for the partnership between the small business sector and government to get better. “Pull the ace card for us NDP, you have two more years, win our vote for the next term, pay us faster and you can’t go wrong, don’t let the cries of the small man fall on your shoulder or your shoes. Let’s pray for a better economic situation for 2014.”

6 Responses to “Recognize small man’s role in building VI economy - Local businessman”

  • big bird (31/12/2013, 08:34) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Here we go again with this!
    • 2 left (31/12/2013, 14:46) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      if we have not died in the first two years of the NDP we can survive the next two
  • wise up (31/12/2013, 09:09) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    Talk is cheap; how much more talking can the people of the BVI do; we went to the “voting” booth in 2011 and elected these guys….how much more talk!!! can we afford to chat and chat and chat for another 365 days….. I am the owner of family owned companies and it remains “my personal” opinion the current administration intend to make this BVI the play-ground for the “so-called” rich white investors and “WE” have to put a halt to that…..we as a people do to much taking…less talk more action !!!!!!...we can not get paid for work which we have done yet a member of the house takes a trip for some 20,000.00( what did the BVI get from this trip…how beneficial was this trip in term of VALUE for MONEY)…just saying : “we” are not being paid in a timely manner BUT the consultants get paid upfront and for what( we have paid large “SUMS” of money towards consulting BUT to this days where are the projects for which these funds were paid(we may or may not see them yet someone has taken the BVI tax payers money)… it is also my “personal” opinion there is only a “very thin line” between the VIP & the NDP political parties ( six of one, half dozen of the other)…..pick your poison come 2015 ??????????

  • voter (31/12/2013, 09:37) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Two years left of this crap
  • red man (01/01/2014, 08:37) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    The vip is the party of the little man
  • wise up (01/01/2014, 12:54) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    come 2015 lets all vote VIP


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