US Virgin Islands

St. Thomas,  VI 
Virgin Islands (US)
http://www.usvieda.org
  • Booth: 6308

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                                                                                                    Semele A.C. George

    Marketing and PR Specialist

                                                                                 St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands

                                                                                                                     Tel. No.:  340-714-1700, ext. 258

    NEWS RELEASE                                                          August 6, 2018

    For immediate release

    11 USVI small-manufacturing entrepreneurs

    to promote locally-made products in New York City

    USVI Economic Development Authority officials to lead delegation at NY NOW Summer 2018

    CHARLOTTE AMALIE, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands – August 6, 2018 – Representatives from the U.S. Virgin Islands Economic Development Authority (USVIEDA), along with the USVI State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) will sponsor and lead a delegation of 11 U.S. Virgin Islands small-manufacturing entrepreneurs to NY NOW Summer 2018, the leading market for home and lifestyle products.   NY NOW Summer 2018 will be held from August 12-15, 2018 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, 655 W 34th Street, New York City, New York.  

    This trade show event will allow these small manufacturers to showcase and promote their design-driven products - that were made in the USVI - to buyers from around the world as they network among more than 20,000 buyers from 66 countries.  Nearly 40 percent of NY NOW buyers only source NY NOW for products.  This will be the first time the USVIEDA and the small-manufacturing entrepreneurs will attend the event.    

    The following USVI small-manufacturing entrepreneurs will attend NY NOW Summer 2018:

    No.

    Entrepreneur:

    Business Name:

    USVI-Manufactured Products:

    1.

    Jason Budsan

    Caribbean Herbals

    Candles

    2.

    Christa-Ann Molloy

    Christa’s Art Gallery

    Prints on bath and home accessories

    3.

    Ramone Reid

    Cultured Naturals Body Care

    Organic hair and body products

    4.

    Deborah Sun

    Debbie Sun Art Studio

    Art printed on fabrics and other gifts

    5.

    Clemenceau Perry

    DTC  Recycling  d/b/a Perry’s Glass

    Glassware items (Dinnerware)

    6.

    Linda Bailey

    Home Grown Farm

    Tea

    7.

    Aquannette Chinnery

    JDNatlady’s Creations, LLC

    Soaps and hair products

    8

    Peter Gonzalez

    Pita Art Studio

    Metal embossed wall hangings

    9.

    Toni Downs

    Queen CariBEE

    Soaps and honey

    10.

    Linda Bailey

    Harmony Bath & Body

    Soaps and scrubs

    11.

    Diego Kean

    Studio VI Photography

    Photographs of tropical images printed on postcards, wall stickers, decorative wall/window paper wrap, etc.

    The STEP program is authorized by the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). 

    “These local, small-manufacturing entrepreneurs will also be featured in targeted magazine publications within their respective industries.  This delegation is a tremendous opportunity for these entrepreneurs to gain exposure, and for the USVI to showcase its local talent and the unique products that exist within our Territory”, said Wayne L. Biggs, Jr., assistant chief executive officer/chief operating officer. 

    Held twice a year – in August and February - NY NOW is “the leading market for home and lifestyle products. NY NOW features three collections—HOME, LIFESTYLE and HANDMADE and is produced by Emerald Expositions”, a leading operator of business-to-business trade shows in the United States.

     “We’re excited to assist another group of small businesses to grow through export marketing.  These quality products unique and authentic to Caribbean will be on display to the world”, said Nadine Marchena Kean, USVI STEP Project Coordinator and Director of Enterprise Zone Commission.

    Funded by a grant from the SBA, STEP is a one-year program trade initiative that is designed to help small businesses grow, increase their exporting activities, and raise the value of the products and services.  Through SBA’s competitive State Trade Expansion Program (STEP), $18 million in funding has been awarded to 44 State international trade agencies to support export growth among U.S. small businesses.

    In 2017, through the USVIEDA, the U.S. Virgin Islands applied for a grant to administer this program in the Territory and was awarded a grant in the amount $125,000.  The Hon. Kenneth E. Mapp, Governor of the USVI, designated the USVIEDA as the agency to administer the STEP program in the Territory.

    In 2013, USVIEDA representatives led trade missions with local, small manufacturers to the New York City’s 59th Annual Summer Fancy Food Show, and to SIAL Brazil: The Latin American Food Marketplace - a food trade event held in Sao Paulo.

    To learn more about NY NOW Summer 2018, you can visit https://www.nynow.com/ .   To find out more about USVI STEP, contact Nadine Marchena Kean at 340-714-1700, ext. 256; or send an email to info@usvieda.org .


 Products

  • JDNatlady's Creations
    High-quality, hand-created soaps, natural hair and bath and body products made in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Come fall in love with the colors and local Caribbean flavors of my bath and body line....

  • Natural soap. Handmade. Plant-based ingredients.

  • Caribbean Herbals
    Beautifully placed handmade candles. Bring the ocean to you....

  • Night rain candle inside of conch shell.

    Mango spice candle insideo of conch shell.

  • Debbie Sun
    Debbie Sun pillows and silk scarves. There are also wall hangings and note cards as a beautiful stationary gift....

  • IMAGINE with TEXTILES! That is exactly what Virgin Island's textile designer, Debbie Sun, is doing with her refreshing perspective on textiles for décor and fashion with gorgeous wall hanging, stunning pillows and exquisite silk scarves. Originating from her silk paintings, the distinctive designs capture an effervescent spirit and unique vibrancy. These beautiful prints are also available on creative note cards and a variety of merchandise. 
  • Christa's Art Gallery
    Christa's Art Gallery coasters and shower curtain. Unique gift for the bathroom or living room....

  • IT’S A CELEBRATION OF ART AND CULTURE.  The United States Virgin Islands and the Caribbean’s rich cultures are evident in Christa’s artwork and art products. She uses vibrant colors to depict and capture these expressions. CHRISTA-ANN DAVIS MOLLOY, founder and artist of Christa’s Art Gallery was born in Trinidad. For the last 28 years she has lived on St. Croix and has been an educator for 27 of those years. Christa finds painting to be very relaxing. She enjoys painting local scenes/events, portraits, Caribbean scenes, historical images and old houses. Her work can be seen in her solo and other exhibits, several businesses and homes in the Virgin Islands, Trinidad, Miami, Boston, Maryland, Australia and other Caribbean islands.  Christa-Ann paints in watercolor, oil, ink and acrylic. She also designs art products to include cultural designs with her artwork. Christa keeps her creative mind at work as she showcases, stone coasters and trivets, shower curtains, clocks, bags, mats, throw pillows, umbrellas and more with her artwork. www.ChristaArt.com

  • Crucian Mead
    Our Meads are individually blended with herbs, spices and honey for sweetness and flavor.<br />Our honey mustard dressings are a savory blend of herbs and spices combined with Virgin Islands honey and locally made raw honey vinegar....

  • Mead: Our Meads are individually blended with herbs, spices and honey for sweetness and flavor and allowed to ferment naturally.  They are slowly aged (at least two years) to achieve a balance of body and bouquet.  Ours are “melomel” or fruit based Meads that may be served as a digestif – desert or after dinner wine.  They are made from all local fruits, (Yellow Plum, Carambola, Passion Fruit, Guava, Mango and Suriname Cherry), that have been nurtured by Crucian sunshine and showers, selected for perfection and picked at the peak of ripeness. 

    Fruit, Greens, & Other Things (Honey Mustard Dressing):  Our honey mustard dressings are a savory blend of herbs and spices combined with Virgin Islands honey and locally made raw honey vinegar. It is a versatile garnish that adds lively, sweet, & tangy accents to fresh fruit or mixed green salads. It brings out the piquant when used as a drizzle or to add a glaze to cooked veggies, meat or fish dishes.  It also serves well as marinade before cooking, as a seafood cocktail sauce, or to enhance your favorite appetizer.

    Company Bio: The Wright Apiary, located in St. Croix, USVI, has been in the business of keeping bees for more than twenty years.  Our hive count varies from 6 to 25 at any given time for any number of reasons.  For the past twelve years we've focused on developing value added products from honey; most notably, meads or honey wine, aptly named “Crucian Mead”and a honey mustard vinaigrette named “Fruit, Greens and Other Things”.

  • Perry's Glass
    Intricately hand blown glass in a variety of artwork, dishware, and other professional gifts for men and women....

  • Caribbean. Handmade. Made in the USA. One of a kind. Dishware, tissue boxes, frames, and other personalized gifts.

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