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University of the Virgin Islands

Dr. Laverne E. Ragster

Dr. Al Hassan I. Musah

Dr. Henry Smith
Vice-Provost, R&PS

Ms. Leonor D. Dottin
State Director


To be the premier provider of professional and affordable small business education, technical and management assistance, training and other related services in the USVI, both now and in the future, through sole sources, and collaboration with other public and private sector entities.

To assist in the creation and expansion of emerging and existing small businesses through the delivery of the highest quality of professional business counseling, technical assistance and educational services.

To help small businesses gain a broader perspective of their markets (and how to serve them) in an effort to help expand the growth and stability of the USVI economy.

To assist the United States Virgin Islands residents, prospective and existing business owners with effective planning, management tools, best practices, preventive measures, helpful tips, small business guides and other resources, the UVI-SBDC provides Free Business Counseling Assistance with Business Loan Applications, Business Plans, Marketing Plans, Research, Surveys, Information Gathering, and Many Other Applicable Small Business Areas.

Small Business Development Center Seminars/Training/Outreach Programs are also offered in a myriad of small business areas on a regularly scheduled basis. For more information on the Center's counseling, training, and outreach services, please contact SBDC offices at the following locations:

I first went to the UVI-SBDC for help several years ago when I wanted to open a tailoring business. As it turned out, I opened an alterations business instead, which was a part of the original business plan the SBDC helped me develop. More recently, I wanted to expand my business into embroidery. The SBDC helped me with all the paperwork required to eventually purchase the new equipment, and I'm now able to offer that service.
      Bertram Lowman
8000 Nisky Center, Suite 720
St. Thomas VI 00802-5804
Tel: (340) 776-3206
Fax: (340) 775-3756
Sunshine Mall
No. 1 Estate Cane, Suite 104
Frederiksted VI 00840
Tel: (340) 692-5270
Fax: (340) 692-5629
The Small Business Development Center is partially funded by the U.S. Small Business ADministration. Such funding does not constitute and expressed or implied endorsement of any of the co-sponsors or participant's opinions, products or services. UVI-SBDC is committed to the policy of providing equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate in employment, admissions, programs, or any other educational function and service on the basis of sex, age, handicap, national origin, color or religion.
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