Residents encouraged to support Village vendors | THE DAILY HERALD

SOG representatives meeting with booth holders at the Government Administration Building on Tuesday to discuss an upcoming family fun day.

PHILIPSBURG–The small business entrepreneurship programme initiated by Stichting Overheidsgebouwen (SOG) is moving along swiftly; 25 vendors signed up in June to be part of SOG’s vendors programme for the year.

The SOG board wanted to get 15 vendors in the beginning, but due to high demand more small business owners were allowed to sign up and rent one or two booths in Festival Village to sell their products to the public.

The programme is aimed to stimulate entrepreneurship and more usage of St. Maarten Festival Village, while offering vendors the opportunity to sell their products such as drinks, foods, arts and crafts, etc.

Residents have been visiting the Village since June during lunch hour on weekdays and as part of their routine during weekends. SOG, which is charged with the management of St. Maarten Festival Village, continues to work towards creating traffic for vendors while maintaining the village venue.

“The board hopes that corporate sponsors come on board and advertise their businesses on available ad space in the village. Those interested to host an event in the village can call the office during regular working hours and request any information concerning their events,” according to the board on Tuesday.

There is no fee to enter St. Maarten Festival Village during the programmes hosted by SOG, but in the event there should be a concert or any other type of event in the village organised and hosted by a private entity or group, or an event organised by a private group or entity and hosted by the private entity or in collaboration with SOG, an entrance fee will be charged.

SOG commended promoters of the Cooler Fete event which brought thousands of residents to the village last weekend.

The small business entrepreneurship programme runs year-round, but stops for two months to allow Carnival vendors to move in for the Carnival season.

The entire population is urged to become involved by visiting and supporting the vendors. The programme allows the public to eat in the largest kitchen in the Caribbean.

Additional information can be obtained at St. Maarten Festival Village between 9:00am and 5:00pm, or by calling 721-543-0506/07.

Source: The Daily Herald