SMILE launches National Business Card catalogue | THE DAILY HERALD


PHILIPSBURG–The Sint Maarten Innovation, Initiatives and Industries Event (SMILE) has launched its National Business Card, a digital catalogue that will contain information about all event participants.

The business card will be shared with businesses present at the event and will serve as a reference guide to foreign entities seeking a local partner to do business with. It is expected to showcase St. Maarten companies and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs).

“As it is already known that all projects going through the World Bank Trust fund will be open for international tendering, the SHTA hopes that the National Business Card will serve foreign specialised companies with an easy overview of local skills and experience including contact details and general information of participating companies willing to participate in joint ventures,” the St. Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association (SHTA) stated in a press release on Monday. “SMILE participants are included in the National Business Card free of charge.”

SMILE, a non-profit event, will be held at University of St. Martin (USM) on November 2 and 3. The event is organised by SHTA in collaboration with ORCO Bank, Global Resourcing, the St. Maarten Chamber of Commerce and Industries (COCI), University of St Martin and 360º of Innovation.

SMILE is expected to highlight how “we can do things differently after Irma with emphasis on innovation and sustainability.”

The event also seeks to provide information to St. Maarten-based entities on how they can participate in National Recovery Projects. “As such World Bank Procurement presentations will be a key feature of the event. Organisers hope that by connecting local knowledge as well as goods and services with opportunities to participate in the recovery process we can keep more of the Recovery Trust Fund recirculating on island to go further in recovery,” it was stated in the release.

“By timely linking up potential international businesses with St. Maarten companies both parties experience an advantage. Knowledge and experience of the St. Maarten economy is a demand in many of the World Bank tenders. St. Maarten companies can provide just that and create an opportunity that otherwise would perhaps have remained overseas.”

The document will be actively spread to international partner networks such as the Caribbean Employers Confederation (CEC) and the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) and the Dutch Caribbean Chambers of Commerce (DCCC).

Interested domestic and foreign companies may contact SMILE’s project office at: or call tel. 542-0108. More information can be found at:

Source: The Daily Herald