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VIEDA partnering with the U.S. Small Business Administration, V.I. Small Business Development Center for the 2022 U.S. SBA National Small Business Week activities in the USVI

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, St. Thomas, U. S. Virgin Islands – May 3 , 2022 — The Virgin Islands Economic Development Authority (VIEDA) will participate in the “Women in Business Expo 2022” on Thursday, May 5, 2022 from 10AM to 3PM during the U.S. Small Business Administration’s National Small Business Week 2022. This in-person expo will be held at the V.I. Small Business Development Center (VISBDC) Training Facility at 8666 Lindberg Drive, St. Thomas, USVI 00802 (The former location of the West Bay Supermarket in the direction towards the University of the Virgin Islands).

The VIEDA and representatives of women-owned businesses will be available as vendors with booths to share information about their programs, services and resources at this one-day expo.  This expo will also provide networking opportunities for vendors to build and expand their network by connecting with prospective customers, women entrepreneurs, community leaders and professionals within the business community.

The VIEDA is also encouraging women business owners in the community to register for the “Women in Business Expo” by sending an email to; or by calling (340) 227-4992 for more information.

“Small businesses certainly deserve special recognition every year for their contributions to our community and the economic development of our Territory,” said Wayne L. Biggs, Jr., chief executive officer, VIEDA. “The products and services they provide are true examples of how small businesses are the engine of our economy, so we are proud to partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration and the V.I. Small Business Development Center this year for the U.S. SBA’s National Small Business Week Activities. We are equally proud to celebrate our women entrepreneurs during the ‘Women in Business Expo’ this year,” added Mr. Biggs, Jr.

During the U.S. SBA National Small Business Week, the VIEDA will launch a series of videos that will highlight locally-filmed VIEDA-client stories along with a series of 30-second business tips. These videos can be viewed across VIEDA’s social media platforms, including Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, & Twitter; and on its website at starting Monday, May 2, 2022.

According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, National Small Business Week has been celebrated by the U.S. SBA for more than 50 years recognizing “the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners.”  The National Small Business Week Virtual Summit will be held from May 2-5, 2022.

For more information on the “Women in Business Expo”, individuals can also send an email to . 

To learn more about the VIEDA, its programs and services, visit

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