The Sint Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association (SHTA), in conjunction with ORCO Bank, Global Resourcing, the Chamber of Commerce and 360° of Innovation proudly presents the program for the upcoming innovative networking conference SMILE (Sint Maarten Innovation, Initiatives & Industries Linkup Event). The event will start off with a kick-off mixer held the evening of November 2nd, followed by a full day networking event taking place November 3rd at University Saint Martin’s Campus.

Amongst the events addresses will be: the internationally acclaimed “Future of Work” contribution by Aruban innovation agency 360° of Innovation, including a chapter on what the blockchain economy can and will mean for the Caribbean; The Heineken Regatta Foundation will present its brand-new vision as the renowned event’s 40th anniversary approaches in 2020; as well as the long-anticipated launch of Waste2Work, a collaboration between Netherlands Red Cross and Open-House Foundation. Its Incubator SXM Innovation Hub —provides space for maximum 15 Sint Maarten Startups, establishing a collaborative industrial campus focused on reuse to reduce waste streams and other sustainable solutions.

Last but not least, the World Bank will provide workshops providing clarity on ongoing tenders and how Sint Maarten companies can take part.

Event tickets cost $ 75. As the organizers see it key that all Sint Maarten companies are informed well regarding the World Bank tenders, one additional World Bank workshop is available for companies not having the funds available to join SMILE right after the event ends at 5 o clock.

SMILE Workshops will focus on Doing business differently after Irma – both more innovative and sustainable. Within the workshop settings, Sint Maarten managers, NGO’s and entrepreneurs are offered expert workshops on how to further improve their operations in the post-Irma economy. Workshops will be provided on Social Media Strategy, Customer Experience, SXM Tendering Law, Tax Compliance, Digital Business on Sint Maarten, CPR Training, making your operations more sustainable (Eco-Labels), International and Caribbean business networking, Hydroponic Agriculture and Applying for Qredits funding for Small and Medium Enterprises. Amongst others, updates will be provided on the ORCO Housing Project for Professionals; the Harbor Group of Companies; the Maho Group and the new sustainability initiative: GreenBox.

The SMILE event is open to private sector professionals, Government officials and USM students. Attendance is expected to be high, so reserve your space now!

Interested companies both domestic and foreign can take up contact with the SMILE project office at or call 542-0108. More information and the full program can be found at or visit the Facebook page at

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