COCI wants businesses to make better use of services

PHILIPSBURG–The St. Maarten Chamber of Commerce and Industry (COCI) wants businesses to tap into the services and facilities offered by COCI to boost their post-Hurricane Irma recovery.

  “Businesses, small ones in particular, are truly the backbone of a country and even more so now after this hurricane season. These are also the businesses that struggle the most. The Chamber of Commerce is here to assist, and businesses must take advantage of this,” COCI board Executive Secretary Annuska Friday-Illis said in a press release on Tuesday.

  COCI’s basic services are known to the community, such as its role as the legal business registry. “But, the Chamber of Commerce can also help businesses and budding entrepreneurs navigate opportunities and gain contacts. The connections the Chamber of Commerce has made at home and abroad are there to tap into,” she said.

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  She said the COCI board is made up of businesspeople who know and understand the challenges faced in the rebuilding and recovery of the country.

  “The challenges of each business, depending on their niche, may be different, but there are commonalities, be it construction and labour cost or restocking the shelves. As a representative of the businesses, I want to know more about the bottlenecks. This way we can use the available framework to tackle these and help with a smoother recovery. As business, we have say in the recovery,” she said.

  COCI has conducted a survey recently on the economy and its recovery. This also forms the basis of the call to businesses to add more of their voices to push the country forward post-hurricane. “As representative on the COCI board, it is my duty to see that businesses come back bigger, brighter and faster. Our community, businesses, and visitors deserve it,” she said.

Source: The Daily Herald