Its been a dream of many people to live and work in the Caribbean but lack of information about the job market has always kept many away from achieving their dream. US Virgin Islands is located in the Caribbean and being a US territory provides peace of mind to its residents with the same quality of Caribbean life one could imagine. For many years finding a job in the Virgin Islands was a daunting task with only limited level of ground resources available to the job applicants. In 2008, a leading technology company in the Virgin Islands, BIZVI launched a completely free job website, www.career.vi , providing free interaction between the job seekers and employers. In a short period of time, Career.VI became Virgin Islands leading job website with thousands of registered seekers and hundreds of employers posting hundreds of jobs. This has not only helped the local population in their job hunt, but also is providing as the premier resource to the people from all over the world to pursue their life’s dream of working and living in the Virgin Islands.
The backbone of any economy, small and medium size businesses (SMEs) comprise of almost 80% of the United States business horizon. Although the importance of small businesses is not bound to diminish anytime in the future, the dynamics that fuel their progress and long term sustainability have been changing with the advent of technology. In today’s rapidly flattening world, small businesses have seen increasingly flexible and expandable factors of production on their disposal. This shift in the operations and scope of small businesses has brought us to the era of small business 2.0, a next generation of SMEs.
Thanks to the growing internet platform, unlike in the past, SMEs today have more resources on their disposal to showcase their products to a larger market segment at a much lower cost. The Internet has truly brought the sense of global village to the SME world by offering lower cost of operations and higher profitability through greater market access.
SMEs from the exotic Caribbean region are also embracing the power of the internet and rapidly welcoming global visitors to both online and offline shores with welcoming smiles and beautiful local products. The high price of prime offline locations in the islands, and higher cost of business operations are other compelling factors behind this move from the brick and mortar marketplace to market-space on the World Wide Web.
If you are a tourist based jewelry business or a home based small enterprise specializing in handmade products inspired by Caribbean culture and history, you can access millions of visitors around the clock through your online store. Of course being online is usually more demanding as you get more visitors on your online store and with greater market access sales volumes are higher. This challenge along with others can be dealt with careful planning and proper training.
Business 2.0 is not just a term to describe 21st century online businesses but can be one of the solutions to the challenge of improving the business sector and economic outlook of islands like St. Croix. Rich historical roots, culturally driven hand made products, an organized and well trained SME sector can be bring Caribbean economies to a new life with the proper integration of business 2.0.
In today’s increasingly shrinking world and flattening grounds, business success stories are no longer confined to one origin. The answer to the challenges posed by the global village lies in joining the online business world by effectively training our SMEs and developing the infrastructure to continuously help grow in business 2.0.
By: Syed Gilani – President BIZVI LLC (Virgin Islands’ leading Marketing, Technology, Training and Research Company)
Job searching in the continental United States were made easy by the gigantic services of Monster, Career Builder, Hot Jobs and many other job searching portals. However, for decades job search in the Virgin Islands was highly dependant on the print media or the Virgin Islands Department of Labor. In 2008, BIZVI, a technology based business solutions provider, launhed Virgin Islands first Job Website, Career.VI. In a very short period of time this job portal became the most popular and the leading job website in the Virgin Islands capturing more than 90% of the market share. Now with thousands of registered job seekers and millions of visitors, Career.VI is the main resource for job search and hiring in the Virgin Islands.
According to Syed Gilani, Founder and CEO of Career.VI, Virgin Islands needed this change and with the provision of this robust service local job market’s efficiency has increased manifold. Under his vision, Career.VI continues to develop into a 360 Workforce Management System.