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Angeline4
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We are moving to St. Croix around Aug or sept. We are in the process of forming our corporation in the islands. I am looking for a Resident Agent. Also we are either going to be buying a business or starting one, any suggestions on what would be a unique business for the island that you would like to see in the area of Christiansted?

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Topic starter Posted : April 3, 2015 3:41 pm
CruzanIron
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How about a shoe store? There is only one on the island.

How much are you willing to spend? Have you considered a franchise?

Someone asked 2 weeks ago for suggestions as well. Searching the archives might help.

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Posted : April 3, 2015 4:05 pm
speee1dy
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i would love a nice shoe store too. one that sells naot, born, mephisto and the like. i have not been able to find a source for my naot sandals since tradewinds closed. for those i am willing to spend more than 100 a pair. they were the most comfortable sandals ever.

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Posted : April 3, 2015 4:24 pm
ms411
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Trade winds was a great store. You can get all those brands online.

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Posted : April 3, 2015 4:39 pm
speee1dy
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yeah, i can but i dont have an old pair and i can not remember which size i am in the naot.
i like to try them on first.

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Posted : April 3, 2015 4:45 pm
terry
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franchise stores seem to have a hard time trying to meet the fees required and making ends meet.
I would not buy or start anything that takes large amounts of electricity as WAPA seems to be the downfall of many businesses.
I know of a day sail ( sail boat ) charter business that is for sale.

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Posted : April 4, 2015 1:25 pm
Exit Zero
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Operating a daysailing boat will require a USCG Captains license.

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Posted : April 4, 2015 1:48 pm
OldTart
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I would not buy or start anything that takes large amounts of electricity as WAPA seems to be the downfall of many businesses.

I do think that this is an oft-repeated fallacy. Anybody who opens a business here is (or should be) aware that the cost of utilities is an important factor in the business plan - more so in some businesses than in others - and has to be accounted for in projected operational costs. Along with a generator ... Many of the businesses I've seen come and go over the years have used the catch-all "WAPA Excuse" for their failure which is far from the reality.

My advice is not to buy or start any business here until you've lived and worked here for absolute minimum of one year and preferably more.

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Posted : April 4, 2015 1:48 pm
sheiba
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St Croix could use a childcare facility for children under school age.

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Posted : April 4, 2015 2:14 pm
St X
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Operating a daysailing boat will require a USCG Captains license.

Or an employee with one.

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Posted : April 5, 2015 1:15 am
Exit Zero
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Operating a daysailing boat will require a USCG Captains license.

Or an employee with one.

Even on a Multipack Inspected vessel you will be paying some serious salary if the owner can not run the boat,

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Posted : April 5, 2015 4:14 am
sheiba
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St croix could also use an assisted living type facility for elderly.

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Posted : April 5, 2015 10:03 am
vicanuck
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A 10 Minute oil change...can't miss.

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Posted : April 6, 2015 11:03 am
Pdmargie
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A 10 Minute oil change...can't miss.

You could make use of the used motor oil to power a generator which would significantly reduce your WAPA bill.

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Posted : April 6, 2015 11:10 am
CruzanIron
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A 10 Minute oil change...can't miss.

You could make use of the used motor oil to power a generator which would significantly reduce your WAPA bill.

Please send me a link or source of a generator that runs on used engine oil. I have never heard of one.

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Posted : April 7, 2015 12:23 am
Pdmargie
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A 10 Minute oil change...can't miss.

You could make use of the used motor oil to power a generator which would significantly reduce your WAPA bill.

Please send me a link or source of a generator that runs on used engine oil. I have never heard of one.

http://www.environmental-expert.com/products/phoenix-model-10-waste-oil-electrical-generator-system-210494

http://www.phoenixpowergroup.com/phoenix-generators/phoenix-10-generator/

http://www.cnet.com/news/generator-maker-sees-used-motor-oil-potential/

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Posted : April 7, 2015 12:38 am
ms411
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And here's another.

http://criticalpower.com/company-profile/articles/waste-oil-fuel-the-future-of-diesel-generators/

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Posted : April 7, 2015 12:39 am
Pdmargie
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The generating system probably isn't cheap,.....BUT,.....one of the articles states payback time of 36 months,......using mainland electic prices. Using WAPA prices payback would be much shorter,....like 2 weeks! LOL!!!

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Posted : April 7, 2015 1:15 am
JohnnyU
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A 10 Minute oil change...can't miss.

You could make use of the used motor oil to power a generator which would significantly reduce your WAPA bill.

Please send me a link or source of a generator that runs on used engine oil. I have never heard of one.

http://www.environmental-expert.com/products/phoenix-model-10-waste-oil-electrical-generator-system-210494

http://www.phoenixpowergroup.com/phoenix-generators/phoenix-10-generator/

http://www.cnet.com/news/generator-maker-sees-used-motor-oil-potential//blockquote >

They are not available.

I guess if its on the web, it must be true

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Posted : April 7, 2015 1:31 am
Pdmargie
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A 10 Minute oil change...can't miss.

You could make use of the used motor oil to power a generator which would significantly reduce your WAPA bill.

Please send me a link or source of a generator that runs on used engine oil. I have never heard of one.

http://www.environmental-expert.com/products/phoenix-model-10-waste-oil-electrical-generator-system-210494

Expected to be for sale by end of 2015.

http://www.phoenixpowergroup.com/phoenix-generators/phoenix-10-generator/

http://www.cnet.com/news/generator-maker-sees-used-motor-oil-potential//blockquote >

They are not available.

I guess if its on the web, it must be true

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Posted : April 7, 2015 10:55 am
vicanuck
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WAPA rates have come down and apparently will continue to decrease. I'm as skeptical as most residents but its not nearly as bad as it once was.

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Posted : April 7, 2015 11:20 am
Exit Zero
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And we are now saving money on our WAPA bills with rotating outages turning the meter at the house off a few hours a day!

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Posted : April 7, 2015 3:04 pm
Pdmargie
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A 10 Minute oil change...can't miss.

You could make use of the used motor oil to power a generator which would significantly reduce your WAPA bill.

Please send me a link or source of a generator that runs on used engine oil. I have never heard of one.

http://www.environmental-expert.com/products/phoenix-model-10-waste-oil-electrical-generator-system-210494

Expected to be for sale by end of 2015.

http://www.phoenixpowergroup.com/phoenix-generators/phoenix-10-generator/

http://www.cnet.com/news/generator-maker-sees-used-motor-oil-potential//blockquote >

They are not available.

I guess if its on the web, it must be true

True,....not immediately available, but if they do go to market and works as advertised, every 10 minute oil change business that can afford one will want one. Maybe WAPA will even look into it! LOL! : )

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Posted : April 7, 2015 3:37 pm
CruzanIron
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Thank you for the info. Not your everyday generator that we can afford.

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Posted : April 7, 2015 4:59 pm
Pdmargie
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Thank you for the info. Not your everyday generator that we can afford.

I know, but I still want one! Lol! I hope it comes to market. Here in the NE US I know many automobile garages that have waste oil heaters to heat their garage spaces in winter. That technology has been around for a long time. figuring out how to use that energy to generate electricity must have been daunting or someone would have done it a long time ago. The steam system mentioned is kind of elegant from an engineering perspective.

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Posted : April 8, 2015 11:25 am
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