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SBA Loans to USVI Small Businesses Increase in First Six Months of FY 2017

Release Date: 
Monday, April 24, 2017
Release Number: 
Angelique Adjutant (787) 766-5570

ST. THOMAS, USVI – The U.S. Small Business Administration approved $4.9 million in loans to Virgin Islands small businesses during the first six months of fiscal year 2017, a $3.35 million increase over loans delivered during the same period in fiscal year 2016.

“These loan results for the second quarter of fiscal year 2017 reflect the dedicated efforts of our staff and resource partners to help foster the Virgin Islands small business community,” said SBA District Director Yvette T. Collazo.  “These numbers also confirm that entrepreneurship is at the core of the islands’ economic development and continues to be instrumental in achieving self-sustainability.”

As of March 31, 2017, loans in the Virgin Islands were delivered under the SBA’s 7(a) Loan Guaranty program. The agency’s primary lending vehicle, the 7(a) program provides long-term financing to acquire equipment and machinery, inventory, fixtures and accessories, renovations, purchase land, build new buildings, purchase existing businesses, and for the repayment of debts. 

“The SBA is committed to helping Virgin Islands entrepreneurs gain access to the financial assistance they need to get started, grow and create the jobs that will help the economy move forward,” Collazo said. “We continue strengthening our strategic alliances with local community-based organizations and government agencies to provide the necessary resources to existing and potential small business owners.”

The SBA counts with two offices in the USVI. The senior area manager for St. Thomas-St. John is Hipólito ‘C.J.’ Castro, and he may be reached at (340) 776-3206, ext. 3004.  In St. Croix, Senior Area Manager Wayne Huddleston may be reached at (340) 718-5381.

Also, individuals interested in business counseling and technical assistance, may contact the Virgin Islands Small Business Development Center, led by State Director John Osoinach, at (340) 776-3206.

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