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VIEDA Free Informational Webinar to be repeated for USVI Small Businesses (Resources Re Coronavirus Pandemic) on April 2nd

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, St. Thomas, U. S. Virgin Islands – March 30 2020 — The Virgin Islands Economic Development Authority (VIEDA) will repeat its free, highly -popular informational webinar at 11AM on Thursday, April 2, 2020 for USVI small business owners in relation to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak via Zoom, a software-based platform for video and audio communications. 

Small business owners can register for the webinar at

As the Territory and its global neighbor continues to increase the use of online resources during the coronavirus pandemic, the VIEDA organized this webinar to provide small business owners with information, updates and resources for their current business needs. 

Over 200 individuals registered for the first webinar that was initially held on Thursday, March 26, 2020.

This webinar will cover the following topics:

  • Most credible information resources for small businesses regarding updates related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) in the USVI
  • Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Program from the U.S. Small Business Administration for small businesses impacted by COVID-19
  • Updates on the economic impact of COVID-19 on the Territory and Tourism Industry
  • VIEDA Business Impact Survey Results

Webinar will feature the following experts from the respective agencies:

  • Richard Motta, Jr., Communications Director, Office of the Governor
  • Wayne Huddleston, Senior Area Manager (U.S. Virgin Islands) U.S. Small Business Administration (U.S. SBA)
  • Ted Gutierrez, State Director, Virgin Islands Small Business Development Center (VI SBDC)
  • Alani Henneman-Todman, Assistant Commissioner, USVI Department of Tourism 
  • Dr. Mark Wenner, Chief Economist, Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Division of Economic Research (DER)
  • Cusa Holloway, Incubator Program Manager, VIEDA Business Incubator Program                                                       

Moderator: Wayne L. Biggs, Jr., VIEDA Assistant Chief Executive Officer/Chief Operating Officer

For more information contact Shanell Petersen, VIEDA Managing Director, Marketing and Vision 2040 at

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