Positive Signs For Local Business

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The eighth annual Saint Lucia-Taiwan Partnership Trade Exhibition held over the weekend was definitely a sight for good business and for good reasons, too.

For starters, the 59 businesses – 54 from Saint Lucia and 5 from Taiwan — showcasing their wares constituted a record number of exhibitors in the event’s history. Also, many exhibitors The VOICE spoke with expressed that they were able to reap some rewards, including sales and networking with other businesspeople.

For many patrons, the exhibition was an avenue that introduced them to most of the local and Taiwanese companies on show during the November 27-29 event held at the Johnsons Centre in Rodney Bay. And with Christmas already in the air, both exhibitors and patrons alike have already made plans to do some business.

Organized by the Ministry of Commerce, Business Development, Investment and Consumer Affairs and the Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan), the trade exhibition has caught on with many entrepreneurs over the years. In fact, when it first began in 2008, just a handful of businesses participated. Over the years, however, the exhibition has been moved from previous locations since it had consistently grown in size.

In these photos, The VOICE captured some of the companies that have already experienced positive signs at this year’s trade exhibition.

Stan Bishop began his career in journalism in March 2008 writing freelance for The VOICE newspaper for six weeks before being hired as a part-time journalist there when one of the company’s journalists was overseas on assignment.

Although he was initially told that the job would last only two weeks, he was able to demonstrate such high quality work that the company offered him a permanent job before that fortnight was over. Read full bio...

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