GBPA launching new, lower cost micro-business license in January
- Dec 15, 2020 - 11:52:01 AM
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
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...
Grand Bahama Power announces transition to fully Bahamian-led operations
- Dec 2, 2020 - 8:30:14 AM
The Grand Bahama Power Company (GBPC) is pleased to announce executive
appointments that progress its goals of being a customer-focused, agile,
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
“Since joining GBPC in 2014, Nikita has been an invaluable part of the
team,” said Dave McGregor, President and COO of Emera Caribbean Inc.
GBPA touts the benefits of partner MicroMentor’s Virtual Marketplace to Freeport’s business owners and entrepreneurs
- Nov 3, 2020 - 6:30:22 PM
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
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...
Investors, real estate agents and developers receive the ultmate virtual travel experience in Grand Bahama
- Nov 3, 2020 - 1:03:23 PM
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...
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
Announcement: New Cardiologist arrives on GBI
- Oct 12, 2020 - 3:28:13 PM
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...
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
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...
Grand Bahama Port Authority’s clean-up of derelict vehicles underway
- Aug 17, 2020 - 11:15:46 AM
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
“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...
GBPA donates $25,000 and launches Digital Food Vouchers to support the GB Food Distribution Task Force
- Aug 14, 2020 - 3:00:26 PM
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...
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...
GBPA unveils monument honouring Hurricane Dorian victims
- Jul 17, 2020 - 5:15:07 PM
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
Bahamas Customs Office Grand Bahama closed until Friday July 17th
- Jul 13, 2020 - 3:48:11 PM
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
BRCS/GBPA Kick-Off Entrepreneurial Training for SBR Grant Recipients
- Jun 30, 2020 - 12:55:09 PM
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...
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
BRC and GBPA conclude successful first round of SBR grants; 32 businesses awarded funding
- Jun 17, 2020 - 2:20:46 PM
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
Grand Bahama businesses evolving with the times
- May 25, 2020 - 12:46:50 PM
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
RISE Economic Recovery Grant Programme awards $724k in grants to 76 businesses
- May 23, 2020 - 8:03:12 AM
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...
Elnet Maritime donation to support the health of Grand Bahama’s front-line workers
- Apr 9, 2020 - 9:20:11 AM
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...