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Effect of Sandy on local agriculture

Hurricane Sandy, which visited the island on October 25, was a strange storm: it came sooner than expected, appeared to have left by midday Friday, but came back with a vengeance that same evening with the eye sitting for hours fifteen miles northeast of Marsh Harbour. Apart from severe flooding in some areas of Abaco, the damage did not seem too bad at first: a few fallen trees and broken branches, missing shingles on the roofs and a lot of debris. Many Abaconians rejoiced at first that there was no loss of lives and not excessive property damage

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Trinity Customs Brokerage opens new office

Bradley Reckley has been in business for almost twenty years and in September he moved into his own building on Don Mackay Blvd. next to Agape Dental. When he started his brokerage business in 1994, he left Customs on faith. He opened his office in the Hudson Building where he shared an office with Gordon Hudson. He later moved to the Percy Archer building where his office was located until he moved into his own establishment.

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Ryan Pinder Visits Manufacturers

With a view to better support and encourage manufacturers in Abaco and The Bahamas, Minister of Financial Services, the Hon. Ryan Pinder, brought welcome news to producers that the Industries Encouragement and the Tariff Acts have been amended and that they will be setting up a standards bureau. Mr. Pinder visited a variety of local manufacturers and producers on September 10 including Albury Brother’s Boat Builders, Albury's Sail Shop, Abaco Big Bird and Abaco Neem, in order to get “an understanding of the concerns and also the opportunities that exist for these local manufacturers.”

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BEC appoints new acting manager

Toni Seymour became the new acting manager for BEC’s Abaco Operations on August 6, and although surprised by the appointment, she expressed that she is looking forward to the challenge. It is a notable and historic move on Seymour’s part because a female has never held such a position on the Family Islands before. She explained that the position for manager was advertised internally and externally, and after completing an interview, she was selected for the position. So far, Seymour admitted that she has been overwhelmed by the support received from her colleagues, and she is hopeful that she can live up to their expectations.

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Commonwealth Bank donates to Central Abaco Primary

On Monday September 3, Assistant Manager, Mr. Johnson, and Sharon Dorsette, Senior Credit Officer, visited Central Abaco Primary School during the morning hours at which time they donated four boxes of books and several dozen pencils to the school Guidance Department.

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September 15 Entrepreneur Watch

Infinity No Limit Outlet will reopen at its new location in Marsh Harbour at the Old Lowe’s Building the first week of September. Owner of the store Bekera Taylor stated that when they moved from Archer’s Plaza, they were not sure when they would be able to continue services offered but are thankful that they will now be able to offer the public much more versatile services under one roof. Once they open their doors they will offer barbering services, floral design, event planning, wedding dress and suit rental, and catering. Taylor is excited that she now has all of her businesses under one umbrella of Abaco Myriad Community Center. Affordable home décor, crafts, and gift items will be on sale too. The craft items sold will be made by the students at the center. Infinity No Limit Outlet will be open Monday to Saturday 9am to 7pm. The phone number is 458-6314.

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August 15: Entrepreneur Watch

“Touch” is the meaning of the word Contineo and an appropriate name for the Massage Parlor recently opened by Sheryl Andrews next door to Abacom in Marsh Harbour. Andrews was introduced to the industry in 1997 when she attended a Shiatsu massage workshop-massaging using the feet- in Hope Town.

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Entrepreneur Watch

In this issue's Entrepreneur Watch we feature a couple of fashion stores, including one that offers tailoring, as well a new restaurant and bakery. Check out these new businesses and encourage entrepreneurship in Abaco.

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New Businesses

Rihanna’s Kids Fashion Rihanna’s Kids Fashion opened for business on May 21 in Suite 204 of Dove Plaza. This store specializes in kids clothing and footwear from toddler sizes up to pre-teens. In boys clothing they carry polo brand tops and name brand pants, and all fashionable girls wear. They …

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Gracie’s Boutique and Variety Store

Grace Knowles has opened Gracie’s Boutique and Variety Store in the Corner Value Building. She opened the store on June 22. This store specializes in men and women’s clothing, fragrances, underwear and socks, accessories, bags, work and church wear, including shirt and tie sets for men. She carries a full …

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