(Originally published at OnePaper.com)
St. Thomas, V.I.: The New Image Foundation, St. Thomas, United States Virgin Islands, welcomed TV personality and entrepreneur Barbara (“B.”) Smith as honorary chair of its first annual Awards Gala presentation. The event’s theme was “Guiding Stars on the Road to Economic Success”, and it began at 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 16, 2001 at Wyndham Sugar Bay Beach Club & Resort, St. Thomas. Ms. Smith currently hosts the syndicated “B. Smith With Style”. The territorial Chairperson for the event is Marjorie Rawls Roberts, Attorney at Law.
Smith also spoke at a WNET (Women’s Network for Entrepreneurial Training) gathering at Marriott’s Frenchman’s Reef Island Rooms I and II, on Saturday, March 17, 2001 from noon – 2:30 p.m. The theme was “The Road to Economic Success”.
Pictured: B. Smith on her eponymous magazine cover
WNET is operated in conjuction with the University of the Virgin Islands Small Business Development Center under the aegis of the U.S. Small Business Administration. WNET Roundtable meets the third Wednesday of every month and hosts guest speakers on topics of interest to women in the business community and aspiring business owners.
A major focus of the non-profit New Image Foundation Corporation is its Women Excel program, which creates career opportunities for women in trying circumstances. Since its inception, the organization has complimented this aim with long-term support services, a computer lab, internet access, technical assistance, and self-empowerment seminars and programs. Other programs include Excel Plus Entrepreneur, and Youth Excel Entrepreneurship.
According to founder Cynthia Jerry, New Image Foundation has been responsible for placing 110 U.S. Virgin Islands women into meaningful job situations with combined compensations of $1.6 million dollars over the past 3 years. Since November of 2000, New Image Foundation Corporation has functioned as the St. Thomas division of the St. Croix-based Virgin Islands Women’s Business Center.
The New Image Foundation Awards Gala featured music by the Starlites Band; a cocktail reception was followed by a buffet dinner and fashion show. For more information about this organization, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (340) 777-8883.