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March 24, 2006 – Mandatory Health Care – The last Town Hall Meeting on mandatory private sector health care will be held at 7:30 p.m., on Wednesday, March 29, at the UVI Cafeteria. The meeting is sponsored by Sen. Barshinger and Dr. Hoop-Sinicrope. This is a chance to get any questions about Bill #26-0194 answered and to offer solutions and alternatives to mandatory private sector health care. What do you consider a solution: health savings accounts, a new accounts receivable software program for the hospital, or offering more Medicare and Medicaid? Will mandatory health care put you out of business or do you think it should be mandatory? Give us your opinions at mandatoryhealthcare@stxchamber.org
Chamber Business Luncheon – Stay tuned for a more information about the Wednesday, April 5 business luncheon. Alberto Bruno-Vega of WAPA will be the speaker.
Chamber After Hours – Networking, networking, networking. If any business would like to sponsor an After Hours this year, please contact the Chamber office at 773-1435 or send us an e-mail at info@stxchamber.org This is a great opportunity to showcase your new business or reacquaint the community with an old business.
V.I. Homeless—The Chamber was asked to participate in a conference about the homeless in the Virgin Islands. We are working with the Department of Health, Department of Human Services, VIPD, DPNR, HUD, Catholic Social Services, etc. The STT/STJ Chamber and we were the only private sector representatives. Why should the Chamber be concerned about the homeless and what can we do? It was determined that over 50 percent of the chronic homeless are substance abusers, yet there is no detox area in the V.I. Also, emergency housing is being used as permanent housing. Though DPNR and HUD are actively working on correcting this situation, the private sector can help by establishing half way houses and apartments. If you or anyone you know has a building or site that could be donated or renovated to make housing available, it would help with this problem. The Human Services and Health have programs in place to help the homeless but no beds. If anyone has any thoughts or ideas for acquiring housing, please contact us; we would love to discuss this with you. It was also determined that if anyone has a problem or situation with the homeless, the organization to contact is the VIPD; they then respond and determine the department that should be dealing with that individual. The goal is to end chronic homelessness by 2011. Together with the various government organizations, we can achieve this.
Mini-Gusto 2006 – Country Day School will be having min-gusto career interest week April 24-28. Any businesses that would like a student to learn about your business and work along side you for that week, contact Diane Beresford at 778-1974.
Our Town Frederiksted – OTF will be "roasting" Claire Roker along with Thecia Bailey, Anthony Ayer, Osvaldo"Polo" Gittens, Edward Thomas and Bridge Capital LLC on April 22. Contact OTF at 772-3550 for tickets and advertising information.
Jobs Partnership St. Croix – JOBS will be holding a small prayer breakfast at 8:30 a.m., April 12, at Gertrude's Restaurant. A small group of ministers is trying to bring together churches and employers to recruit, train, employ and support the unemployed or underemployed adults to enter and be successful in the workplace. It is modeled after a program that was started in Raleigh, N.C. 12 years ago to much success and expanded to over 40 cities. If you feel that you are a business that can help, contact Daniel Dyer at 778-7526.
Web site – The Chamber's web site http://www.stxchamber.org is getting a face-lift. Look for new content, photos and information available to the community and members in April.

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