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GBPA launching new, lower cost micro-business license in January - Dec 15, 2020 - 11:52:01 AM

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Beginning January 2021, aspiring entrepreneurs on Grand Bahama will have a new, cost-effective option for launching new businesses in the city of Freeport. The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA) is introducing a new Licensee category that will reduce startup costs and bring significant benefits to entrepreneurs looking to start micro-ventures.

The new Micro-Business License (MBL) comes as a result of more than eighteen months of data-gathering during business recovery efforts and grant funding programs that supported hundreds of micro and small businesses...
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Key findings from the REEF Committee’s robust public consultation provide path to a bright future for Freeport - Dec 2, 2020 - 9:29:56 AM

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With input from over 3,100 individuals across Grand Bahama to its public engagement survey, the Revitalization and Economic Expansion of Freeport (REEF) Committee shares the results of its consultation process.

Launched by the Grand Bahama Port Authority Limited (GBPA) earlier this year, REEF’s key priorities are to stimulate, activate and lead growth and change...
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Grand Bahama Power announces transition to fully Bahamian-led operations - Dec 2, 2020 - 8:30:14 AM

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The Grand Bahama Power Company (GBPC) is pleased to announce executive appointments that progress its goals of being a customer-focused, agile, Bahamian-led utility.

Nikita Mullings, a Grand Bahama native, has been appointed Chief Operating Officer (COO) of GBPC, effective December 1, 2020. Ms. Mullings brings a strong safety, operations and administration background to this critical role that oversees all areas of operations and administration for the organization.  Ms. Mullings’ unwavering focus on working safely, her strong leadership capability and commitment to excellence will ensure the company delivers on its commitments to customers.

“Since joining GBPC in 2014, Nikita has been an invaluable part of the team,” said Dave McGregor, President and COO of Emera Caribbean Inc. (ECI)...
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GBPA touts the benefits of partner MicroMentor’s Virtual Marketplace to Freeport’s business owners and entrepreneurs - Nov 3, 2020 - 6:30:22 PM

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Freeport, Grand Bahama: Last week, the Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA) welcomed hundreds of its licensees, entrepreneurs and other interested parties to the launch of partner MicroMentor’s Virtual Marketplace.

On October 28-29, 2020, MicroMentor, the world's largest community of entrepreneurs and experienced volunteer business mentors, with the support of the GBPA, hosted virtual Zoom sessions to share details about the Marketplace and its many resources designed to help local businesses succeed...
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Investors, real estate agents and developers receive the ultmate virtual travel experience in Grand Bahama - Nov 3, 2020 - 1:03:23 PM

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With exotic getaways now seemingly only a figment of one’s imagination amid a global pandemic, DonCar Management, a management, marketing and consulting firm, has partnered with Hibiscus International’s The Real Estate Travel Academy, on October 28 to provide investors, real estate agents and developers the ultimate virtual real estate tour experience on Grand Bahama.

The virtual travelers were given a history of Grand Bahama Island, heard of eight reasons to invest in Grand Bahama...
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GBPA partner MicroMentor brings a first-ever virtual business marketplace to Freeport - Oct 27, 2020 - 4:58:32 PM

Throughout 2020, the Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA) has been pleased to partner with MicroMentor, the world's largest community of entrepreneurs and experienced volunteer business mentors, to benefit Freeport's business owners and entrepreneurs.

Today, we are pleased to share the news of MicroMentor's further stake in Freeport's economic recovery through the launch of its online MicroMentor Marketplace event, a first for the organization and a benefit to Freeport's businesses...
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Announcement: New Cardiologist arrives on GBI - Oct 12, 2020 - 3:28:13 PM

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Dr. Hamid Seyfi, a clinical and interventional cardiologist will be opening his practice at St. Jude's Medical Centre on Coral Road as of October 13th. He comes with a broad scope of experience in cardiac disease consultation, electrocardiogram (ECG), echocardiogram, holter monitoring, blood pressure monitoring, stress testing, cardiac catheterization and all conditions to do with cardiology. Dr. Seyfi will hold clinic from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday. He welcomes all in need of his services.

Dr. Seyfi explains that he came from Venezuela to serve the Bahamian people and to become a part of the Grand Bahama community. Dr Seyfi is a family man with a wife and two children...
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The Grand Bahama Port Authority’s Statement on Grand Bahama Power Company Storm Restoration and Stabilization Charge - Sep 24, 2020 - 4:40:46 PM

With the evolving global pandemic COVID-19, these are unprecedented times and the Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA), in our role as regulator, must balance the need for a healthy electric utility with upgraded technology and infrastructure, against the needs of the consumer and the island’s economy.

As such, the GBPA has worked together with the Grand Bahama Power Company (GBPC) to further delay the implementation of its Storm Recovery and Stabilization (SRS) charge to 2021...
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GBPA introduces Revitalization and Economic Expansion of Freeport (REEF) working committee to establish a plan for Freeport’s economic future - Sep 23, 2020 - 2:30:35 PM

In response to the Prime Minister’s request for new and innovative ideas to revitalize the Bahamian economy, and as a reaction to the economic challenges brought on by Covid-19 and Hurricanes Matthew and Dorian, the Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) Limited launched a working committee entitled the Revitalization and Economic Expansion of Freeport (REEF).  REEF’s key priorities are to stimulate, activate and lead growth and change by engaging with the people of Grand Bahama and the Government of the Bahamas to support and implement its initiatives...
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Grand Bahama Port Authority’s clean-up of derelict vehicles underway - Aug 17, 2020 - 11:15:46 AM

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The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA) is progressing on its initiative to rid Freeport of the unsanitary and unsightly problem of derelict vehicles in and around residential and commercial areas and on verges.

“In June 2020, we advised that the GBPA was partnering with the Royal Bahamas Police Force and Department of Environmental Health to bring resolve to the ongoing issue of illegal dumping of vehicles,” said Ian Rolle, President of the GBPA...
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GBPA donates $25,000 and launches Digital Food Vouchers to support the GB Food Distribution Task Force - Aug 14, 2020 - 3:00:26 PM

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The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA) announces the launch of a digital food voucher programme in the Kanoo Pays app to support the efforts of the Grand Bahama Food Distribution Task Force to provide food for the most vulnerable families on Grand Bahama.

The GBPA, a member of the Food Distribution Task Force’s steering committee, donated $25,000 to be used to enable the programme’s recipients to shop at local grocery stores...
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Scotiabank Employees in Grand Bahama diagnosed with COVID-19 - Jul 28, 2020 - 5:16:21 PM

We can confirm that two employees attached to our Freeport Branch have tested positive for COVID-19. We have been working very closely with the Ministry of Health (MOH) to have all other staff members from that branch tested and in the interim they have been advised to self-isolate for 14 days.

Our top priority at this time is the health and safety of our employees and customers and we are proactively working with MOH officials...
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GBPA unveils monument honouring Hurricane Dorian victims - Jul 17, 2020 - 5:15:07 PM

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Each anniversary of Independence, we honour our forefathers for their invaluable contributions to building this small, but great and proud sovereign nation. It has been a challenging ten months for all Grand Bahamians and, at this time of Independence, the Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA) thought it fitting to honour those who so tragically perished in Hurricane Dorian.

On Tuesday, July 14, alongside the victims’ families, the GBPA honoured thirty-one lives lost last September with the unveiling of an elegant cross at the Sir Jack Hayward Bridge...
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Bahamas Customs Office Grand Bahama closed until Friday July 17th - Jul 13, 2020 - 3:48:11 PM

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PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT THE BAHAMAS CUSTOMS OFFICE LOCATED AT THEC.A. SMITH BUILDING, GRAND BAHAMA WILL BE CLOSED UNTIL FRIDAY 17TH JULY, 2020. ALL ENTRIES SUBMISSIONS AND PAYMENT FOR ENTRIES WILL BE ACCOMMODATED AT THE FREEPORT HARBOUR OFFICE UNTIL THE REOPENING OF THE BUILDING...
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BRCS/GBPA Kick-Off Entrepreneurial Training for SBR Grant Recipients - Jun 30, 2020 - 12:55:09 PM

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Entrepreneurial training for 32 successful recipients of the Small Business Recovery (SBR) grant program began last week in a virtual classroom.  The partnership initiative between The Bahamas Red Cross Society (BRCS) and The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA) grants up to $6,000 in funding and business support for Grand Bahama micro-businesses impacted by Hurricane Dorian.  The assistance comes at a very critical time for businesses struggling to recover from Dorian and now realizing the effects of COVID-19...
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Grand Lucayan Employee Separations: A Fulfillment of Obligation Under Agreement for Sale - Jun 25, 2020 - 4:00:48 PM

A phased separation of employees of the Grand Lucayan Resort commenced, with effect from June 24th, 2020, as a condition of the Agreement for Sale with Bahamas Ports International, executed on March 2nd, 2020.   Under the terms of the agreement the Lucayan Renewal Holdings Limited is obligated to complete the process prior to the transfer of ownership.  

The severance exercise follows the complete exhaustion of all vacation leave bonuses, and the National Insurance Board 13-week unemployment benefit...
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BRC and GBPA conclude successful first round of SBR grants; 32 businesses awarded funding - Jun 17, 2020 - 2:20:46 PM

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Freeport, Bahamas - Earlier this month, executives of The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA) and The Bahamas Red Cross Society (BRC) concluded the first round of their Small Business Recovery (SBR) grant program, awarding over 30 grants to local businesses. The partnership initiative, launched in early May and focused exclusively on micro-businesses including vendor permit holders on Grand Bahama, will award grants of up to $6,000 to qualifying entrepreneurs affected by Hurricane Dorian...
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Grand Bahama businesses evolving with the times - May 25, 2020 - 12:46:50 PM

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How we live and work is changing in this era of COVID-19, and the Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA) is proud to see Grand Bahama businesses evolve to meet our changing needs.

“The ways in which Freeport’s businesses have quickly and responsibly adapted their operations to meet the needs of customers has been remarkable,” said Ian Rolle, President of the GBPA.  “Conducting business in a way that inhibits the spread of viruses like COVID-19 is critical to the success of all businesses and required for the safety of all residents...
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RISE Economic Recovery Grant Programme awards $724k in grants to 76 businesses - May 23, 2020 - 8:03:12 AM

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As government officials work to safely re-open the nation’s economy, many businesses on Grand Bahama are keen to resume rebuilding their operations. This sentiment is especially true for the many companies set to benefit from the Restoring Industry, Sustaining Employment (RISE) Grant Programme. 

RISE is a partnership initiative implemented by The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA), and Mercy Corps, a global humanitarian organization with funding support from the American Red Cross and Bacardi Limited...
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Elnet Maritime donation to support the health of Grand Bahama’s front-line workers - Apr 9, 2020 - 9:20:11 AM

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Generosity and compassion are in great need as we face the current global pandemic health crisis, and Elnet Maritime Ltd. of Grand Bahama has demonstrated a bounty of both.

The Grand Bahama Disaster Relief Foundation (GBDRF), the charitable arm of the Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA), was deeply heartened to receive a donation of $25,000 from Elnet Maritime for the purchase of masks...
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