Trop­i­cal Ship­ping con­trib­utes to St Lu­cia Youth Busi­ness Trust

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The St Lu­cia Youth Busi­ness Trust (SLYBT) is the re­cip­i­ent of US$15,000 grant from the par­ent com­pany of Trop­i­cal Ship­ping, Saltchuk Com­pany. Saltchuk is a pri­vately owned fam­ily of di­ver­si­fied trans­porta­tion and distri­bu­tion com­pa­nies head­quar­tered in Seat­tle and pro­vides air cargo, do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional ship­ping and lo­gis­tics, marine ser­vices through­out North Amer­ica and the Caribbean. Saltchuk Caribbean Re­gional Giv­ing Com­mit­tee pools re­sources from its op­er­at­ing com­pa­nies and al­lo­cates funds to im­pact youth de­vel­op­ment and post-se­condary ed­u­ca­tion pro­grams.

The grant will be used to as­sist young, promis­ing en­trepreneurs be­tween the ages of 18 to 25 across all sec­tors and back­grounds in launch­ing their busi­ness. El­i­gi­ble par­tic­i­pants will be re­quired to par­tic­i­pate in the SLYBT Youth En­tre­pre­neur­ial Pro­gram.

The St. Lu­cia Youth Busi­ness Trust is a non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion that pro­vides youth, is­land-wide, with the op­por­tu­nity to de­velop their busi­ness ideas and strengthen their ven­tures. Over the years the SLYBT has helped hun­dreds of youth gain eco­nomic in­de­pen­dence through the pro­vi­sion of men­tor­ship, per­sonal de­vel­op­ment train­ing and a ven­ture en­hance­ment series.

The pre­sen­ta­tion was made to the 1st Vice Pres­i­dent of the Cham­ber of Com­merce, In­dus­try and Agri­cul­ture and Trus­tee of the St Lu­cia Youth Busi­ness Trust, Mr. Chris­tian Hus­bands at the St Lu­cia Busi­ness Awards on Satur­day Jan­uary 28th 2017.

In pre­sent­ing the cheque, Is­land Man­ager of Trop­i­cal Ship­ping, Mr. Ger­ard Ber­gasse con­firmed his com­pany’s com­mit­ment in youth de­vel­op­ment stat­ing, “Trop­i­cal Ship­ping is very pleased to be in­volved with the St. Lu­cia Youth Busi­ness Trust. We see this as an op­por­tu­nity in help­ing young peo­ple be­come en­ter­pris­ing, and hope­fully mak­ing them part of the busi­ness com­mu­nity; some­thing we feel will help the youth in the re­gion.”

He went on to chal­lenge in­di­vid­u­als present to sup­port the Youth Busi­ness Trust and help young peo­ple be­come part of the busi­ness com­mu­nity.

Saltchuk made a sim­i­lar do­na­tion of US$10,000 to the Bar­ba­dos Youth Busi­ness Trust and over the last decade has given an av­er­age of $2.5 mil­lion an­nu­ally, to com­mu­ni­ties where it op­er­ates.

Saltchuk com­pa­nies serv­ing the Caribbean in­clude: In­ter­state Dis­trib­u­tor, Trop­i­cal Ship­ping, TOTE Mar­itime, TOTE Ser­vices and StratAir.

Cham­ber Vice Pres­i­dent Chris­tian Hus­bands (left) re­ceives cheque from Trop­i­cal Ship­ping Is­land Man­ager Ger­ard Ber­gasse.

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