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The U.S. Virgin Islands Economic Development Authority has a variety of financing options in place to help entrepreneurs in the Territory start a new business or grow an existing one.

Here’s a quick overview of some of the available loan programs, administered by the VIEDA’s Economic Development Bank.

  • State Small Business Credit Initiative: The State

One of the crucial elements of starting a new corporation is drafting its bylaws. Bylaws are the rules by which the corporation will be governed on a day-to-day basis and typically cover such matters as what is required of shareholders, directors, and officers.

Bylaws should typically be drafted as early as possible, typically prior to

Business LoansIf you own or operate a business, it will likely be necessary to, at some point, apply for a business loan to cover short-term costs and resolve any cash flow challenges you may have.  In fact, borrowing effectively can represent the difference between a business’s success or failure, especially if your company is young.

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Does your company have confidential information? What about trade secrets? The concept of owning and protecting confidential information or trade secrets may not have occurred to most businesses. Yet, if you have a client list, pricing formula, particular device or pattern of installation, you have intellectual property worth protecting. This information is no less important to your business than your star employee or your brand name, and it deserves the same diligent protection.

In the U.S. Virgin Islands, a trade secret is considered to be information used in a business that is secret and gives a competitive advantage. It may be a formula, pattern or device, a compound, a manufacturing process, a pattern for a machine or a customer list.


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What is a Registered Agent or a Resident Agent, and why does my company need one?
A registered agent is the individual or company that serves as the corporate entity’s contact to receive service of process in legal matters in the U.S. Virgin Islands. All corporate entities are required to have a registered agent on record with the Secretary of State’s Office or in the case of the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Office of the Lieutenant Governor.  


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The high cost of energy, along with isolated grids and an abundance of renewable energy resources have motivated island communities around the world to investigate alternatives to fossil fuels.  Many have set ambitious objectives to reduce oil consumption—the primary fossil fuel consumed on most islands.  According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Virgin Islands has emerged as a leader in the effort to reduce oil imports and stabilize electricity costs. 


Continue Reading U.S. Energy Department Maintains Agressive Energy Efficiency Obtainable in U.S. Virgin Islands