A Look Into The Virgin Islands: St. Thomas

St. Thomas is an island in the eastern Caribbean Sea. Along with St. John and St. Croix, it comprises the United States Virgin Islands (USVI), an unincorporated territory of the United States. The islands are part of the Virgin Islands archipelago and are located in the Leeward Islands of the Lesser Antilles. Although St. John is only 32 square miles, it has the reputation of being the most “cosmopolitan” of the three US Virgin Islands. The territory’s capital city, Charlotte Amalie, is both a bustling port and a city pulsating with activities and nightlife that brings many visitors to St. Thomas.

As the most-visited port in the Caribbean, there are countless things to do in Charlotte Amalie. Thanks to the numerous cruise ship visitors, there is an abundance of duty-free shopping. Restaurants and cafes abound. Visitors who appreciate learning about history will enjoy wandering around Charlotte Amalie, as Danish colonial architecture exists from centuries ago when St. Thomas was a part of Denmark. Many streets and buildings have maintained their Danish names. For the truly adventurous, there is the St. Thomas Skyride, a gondola that takes visitors to a mountain peak 200 meters above the city. There are spectacular views from the summit, and on clear days, islands such as Vieques and St. Croix can be seen on the horizon.

Pirates played an impressive role in St. Thomas’ past, and their legacy lives on in the various landmarks commemorating them. Blackbeard and Bluebeard, both infamous pirates with large mythologies surrounding them, have castles that can be visited on St. Thomas. Beyond the pirates’ castles, the beaches and waterfronts of the island are teeming with activities. From scuba diving to snorkeling to fishing, water sports are plentiful. The most popular beach on St. Thomas, Magens Bay, is a 1.5 kilometer stretch of white sand and sparkling turquoise water that will captivate every beach lover. 

Enjoying the natural world is easy on St. Thomas. Coral World Ocean Park allows visitors to swim with sea lions and feed lorikeets. Baby turtles hatch at the turtle nesting grounds around the island. The Butterfly Garden hosts beautiful butterflies from around the world. Tropical birds flourish on the Magens Bay Nature Trail hike. St. Thomas is a paradise for visitors who love the outdoors and care about the environment.

About Edward McKenzie
Edward McKenzie is an Entrepreneur and the Owner and Manager of the commercial real estate development and management business, EMCO Management, LLC in the Virgin Islands. He brings many years of professional experience, which makes him known as a leadership in his industry. Learn more about Edward McKenzie by visiting his website!

How to Know if The Destination You Are Traveling to is Safe Amid COVID-19

Traveling amid COVID-19 leaves people vulnerable to the coronavirus, which is why only business travelers have been encouraged to travel. Everyone else has tried to defer anything other than essential travel. In addition, when people travel to a particular country, they first have to see that they can do it. In some countries, they have made it illegal for people to enter the country except under special circumstances. People should know if they qualify first.

Stay at Home if Possible
In all 50 states, people have died because of COVID-19. That shows that the problem is prevalent throughout society, and people must take precautions against it. Staying home is the best way to stay safe, but sometimes people have to go somewhere for whatever reason. 

For Traveling
Anyone who does travel should first take precautions and only travel if they must. If they have to travel, they should wash and clean their hands often. This means washing the hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water. This is known to kill the coronavirus. If a person can’t find soap and water, they might use hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol in it to kill off the virus. 

At a minimum, people should remain 6 feet apart, and they should avoid touching their hands and mouth because this helps to prevent it. With coughs and sneezes, people should cover them because this lowers the risk that it will spread.

Types of Travel
Individuals have a few different types of travel that include:

  • Bus travel
  • Plane travel
  • Train travel
  • Car travel

The coronavirus doesn’t spread on planes as easily as what people think it does. However, being in close proximity can make it dangerous. On trains and buses, people should remain at least 6 feet apart. Car is probably the safest, but it can still be hazardous, making stops at gas stations for food and gasoline. 

Be aware during the travel process that state and even local governments might put travel restrictions in place with certain areas. People should remain alert to the potential updates to know where everything is headed.

About Edward McKenzie
Edward McKenzie is an Entrepreneur and the Owner and Manager of the commercial real estate development and management business, EMCO Management, LLC in the Virgin Islands. He brings many years of professional experience, which makes him known as a leadership in his industry. Learn more about Edward McKenzie by visiting his website!

What Makes The Virgin Islands a Great Travel Destination?

The U.S. Virgin Islands are a popular travel destination for a good reason. They offer a sliver of paradise that makes the perfect spot for a getaway from the states. There are many activities to keep you busy in the Virgin Islands, including sunbathing, swimming, hiking, exploring, and of course, lots of tropical drinks! 

Sit Back and Relax
If you’re in desperate need of a relaxing day, Jack Bay and Isaac Bay are a great place to start. They are both located on the easternmost point of the United States, and the bays are two empty beaches on St. Croix. Although, beware that you’ll have to work a little to get to this private paradise. To reach Isaac Bay, hike through a steep overgrown trail to find a pristine white beach home to nesting turtles. Jack Bay is connected by a trail at the end of the bay. Remember to bring along food and water as there are no facilities at these private beaches. 

Explore Caves
If you’re feeling a bit adventurous, visit The Baths on Virgin Beach. Note that if the beach itself is overcrowded, and the water is rough, but you’re not there for the beach. Once you crawl through a small opening, you’ll find yourself surrounded by giant granite boulders. You can climb through the rocks and explore tide pools that naturally develop between the rocks. 

Experience the Local Culture
Redhook is a port town that is home to some great restaurants on the island. Additionally, the port town has lively music and fun clubs to visit in the evening. A bonus is that there is very little service to get back to the British Virgin Islands. 

Try Your Hand at Sailing
You won’t have to sail the boat, but you can take a sailboat tour around the islands. This is the only way to experience the islands that are isolated from the main area. It is a bit pricey, but it is a once in a lifetime experience to see a new part of the Virgin Islands! 

Hit the Forest
When an adventure is calling, lace up your sneakers and head to the Reef Bay Trail, which leads to a beach at the end where you can cool off! On the way, you’ll see stone ruins, old sugar plantations, and ancient petroglyphs.

About Edward McKenzie
Edward McKenzie is an Entrepreneur and the Owner and Manager of the commercial real estate development and management business, EMCO Management, LLC in the Virgin Islands. He brings many years of professional experience, which makes him known as a leadership in his industry. Learn more about Edward McKenzie by visiting his website!

Keep These Things In Mind While Looking At Commercial Real Estate Properties

Commercial real estate development is a wide area for investment opportunities. Beginning commercial property investors have a lot of things to take into consideration. Do you want to invest in retail properties, mixed-use, or apartment buildings? Maybe you’re looking at industrial properties or an office building. What are your financial goals? 

Long Term Vs. Short Term Financial Goals
How will you handle your cash flow? Of course, you want to make as much money as possible. Are you looking for a steady income over a long period of time? How soon is it necessary for that money to start coming in?

When you start earning on one property, that will free up more money, and you can use to invest in your next property. This is an important factor. 

In some situations, it can be beneficial in the long term to take on a property that does not start earning for a while. For example, you may purchase an apartment building where you need to make improvements before you can start renting, or before you can start renting at a higher price. 

How soon do you need your commercial property to start offering returns? What do you really need those returns to be?

Some people may prefer to take on a property that will appreciate over time and hold on to it for the foreseeable future. Others may prefer to take on a property, improve it, and flip it under a year. These strategies work to accomplish different short term and long term financial goals. 

The Amount of Work You Need To Do
Will you be hiring people to help you manage your investments? Many beginning commercial property investors prefer to take on the challenge themselves. Realistically, how much time do you have? How much experience? The experience will help give you more insight into how long tasks will take you. 

Some commercial investments will require more time but possibly cost less cash upfront, like purchasing a building in need of renovations. Others may cost more, but be ready to rent immediately to get cash flowing. 

You may also earn less income by hiring people to take on renovations or manage the property. However, having that time may be more valuable for you if it opens your schedule up so you can work on your next investment property.

About Edward McKenzie
Edward McKenzie is an Entrepreneur and the Owner and Manager of the commercial real estate development and management business, EMCO Management, LLC in the Virgin Islands. He brings many years of professional experience, which makes him known as a leadership in his industry. Learn more about Edward McKenzie by visiting his website!

The Most Common Leadership Mistakes To Avoid

Mistakes happen. Hopefully, by learning some of the most common leadership mistakes others make, you can learn these lessons without having to go through them all yourself. 

Remember, though that if you do make a mistake as a leader, one of the best things you can do is acknowledge it and move forward with the appropriate changes. We’re all human, and mistakes are part of the process. 

The best leaders are always learning, adapting, and growing their skills, which brings us into the first leadership mistake to avoid!

Forgetting To Help Them Grow
Your role as a leader isn’t only to get your group through the current project. You have to keep an eye on the overall goals of the team and the company in the long term. Every project you work on together is another step toward goals far in the future. Your team has to keep growing, so the company keeps growing. They also have to keep learning so that they stay happy and motivated in their jobs. 

It’s easy to lose sight of this and focus just on today. Who has time to motivate a team or sign them up for training? It’s easy to start to believe that it’s not your job to help them advance, but that’s a mistake. The best leaders know this. 

So how do you avoid this? By encouraging your employees to do well and try new things when they’re ready, and to provide training opportunities for them. You can also reward your team members, even just with praise, when they are doing well at their jobs.

Not Communicating Goals To The Team
This may seem obvious, but poor communication can have a significant impact on a team’s long-term success. If this is continuously happening, and it’s happening with more than one person, then the communication problem is probably you. 

Check-in with your employees to make sure they understand what their goals are on this project and the next. It’s easy for your team to lose sight of the overall goals when they’re stuck in the minutiae. It’s your job to help remind them of this through clear communication. 

Failing to Delegate
You have a team of experienced people working for you. Yes, you may know how to do it best. Yes, you may trust your work more than you trust others. And yes, it may be faster and less stressful for you to do it yourself than to delegate it to someone else. This circles back to the tip about giving them opportunities to grow. 

You can’t do everything yourself, and more than that, you shouldn’t. It’s important that you trust your team and give them opportunities if they make mistakes, hey! They’ll learn from them, just like the rest of us.

About Edward McKenzie
Edward McKenzie is an Entrepreneur and the Owner and Manager of the commercial real estate development and management business, EMCO Management, LLC in the Virgin Islands. He brings many years of professional experience, which makes him known as a leadership in his industry. Learn more about Edward McKenzie by visiting his website!

Why Is It Important For Entrepreneurs To Continue Learning Throughout Their Career?

Throughout recent years, the way that the business world functions has seen significant evolution because of continued innovation in areas like technology. Another area that has helped transform the workplace is the emergence of entrepreneurship. As part of an entrepreneur’s role, it continues to be vital for them to continue learning throughout their careers. Below are some of the most compelling reasons why entrepreneurs should continue to actively learn throughout the course of their careers.

Opportunities For Growth
When thinking about how the business world continues to evolve, it is likely not surprising that continued learning provides excellent opportunities for growth. Professionals who dedicate time to learning through things like business books, conferences, or online presentations will not only increase their understanding of their industry but about business as a whole. Continue to look for ways to learn and improve in your role as an entrepreneur and leader. 

Stay Updated On Important Trends
In today’s fast-paced world, business trends can shift seemingly overnight, and it is important for entrepreneurs to remain informed of any changes. Staying updated on current news and trends in both your industry and within the general business world will help you stay ahead and make any necessary adjustments to your business plan. Staying current on business trends can also help you anticipate anything that could impact your industry directly.

Build Tech Skills
With more industries becoming technology-focused in recent years, it is only more important for businesses to dedicate time to learning about technology. Entrepreneurs should continue to improve their technical skills as they move throughout their careers, as these skills can help them thrive long-term. Not only can this be practical for the general success of a business, but it can also help a workforce to be as efficient as possible. 

Entrepreneurs should always strive to not only improve their skills as a professional but should focus on improving their approach as a leader. Continuous learning can help entrepreneurs achieve success as both a business professional and a leader. 

About Edward McKenzie
Edward McKenzie is an Entrepreneur and the Owner and Manager of the commercial real estate development and management business, EMCO Management, LLC in the Virgin Islands. He brings many years of professional experience, which makes him known as a leadership in his industry. Learn more about Edward McKenzie by visiting his website!

Tips for Entrepreneurial Success During the COVID-19 Crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way the business world works. Some people have seen this as a huge catastrophe. They’re worried about changes to industries like travel and hospitality. They throw around statistics and compare this event to the Great Depression. However, the flip side of this is that any crisis also creates windows of opportunity. Right now, medicine and technology are seeing rapid innovation by savvy entrepreneurs. Artificial intelligence is a particularly expansive field right now.

There are plenty of new niches being uncovered due to the coronavirus crisis. Entrepreneurs who want to take advantage of these openings need to think carefully about solving problems for the current landscape. For example, it’s important to create more frictionless solutions for companies right now. With many people working from home, it’s hard for workers to get overrides to access the information they need. Building systems with less silo-ing is one avenue to success right now. Finding ways to keep information accessible but secure is a very important skill at the moment.

The second tip is to really listen to feedback from clients at this time. They’re experiencing new pain points and they’ll be willing to work with people who can help provide solutions for these. Adapting to the restrictions that came along with COVID-19 has been a challenge across a multitude of industries. Many companies need similar solutions. New businesses that succeed in the long term will be the ones that find ways to solve these issues. Remember, everyone will be emerging into a new normal. The lessons of coronavirus are not likely to be forgotten soon. No one is going back to the old way of doing things.

Finally, the coronavirus has presented many challenges. It’s tempting to try and find ways to fix everything for everyone right now. But that’s an unrealistic approach. The best thing for entrepreneurs to do at the moment is to try and do one thing, and do it well. Adjust as needed when customer feedback raises new issues. But keep refining one offering. Don’t take on too much. It’s important to have a duck’s back at this time, too. People are frustrated. Don’t take on their burdens. Listen and empathize, but don’t become totally enmeshed with them.

About Edward McKenzie
Edward McKenzie is an Entrepreneur and the Owner and Manager of the commercial real estate development and management business, EMCO Management, LLC in the Virgin Islands. He brings many years of professional experience, which makes him known as a leadership in his industry. Learn more about Edward McKenzie by visiting his website!

4 of the Best cities for Cuisine in 2020

San Francisco, California
Los Angeles, move over— The City by the Bay has got a whole lot more to offer than just Lombard Street and the Golden Gate Bridge. From Fisherman’s Wharf (clam chowder in a bread bowl and succulent Dungeness crab are a must) to Chinatown (think traditional dim sum and Instagrammable matcha ice creams), San Fran is slinging a little bit of everything. 

Nashville, Tennessee
It’s not just a music city anymore. From signature delights like hot chicken and a filling breakfast of hot biscuits and juicy country ham at The Loveless Cafe, to more modern dishes like vegan BBQ jackfruit nachos and passion fruit pomegranate cocktails, rest assured that you’ll have enough culinary options for fueling upon prior to taking that tour of the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Napa Valley, California
For most people, Napa Valley, California is most widely known for its expansive wine country, but this destination also contains delicious cuisine. With a number of options for international cuisine throughout Napa Valley, travelers with every taste will find something to enjoy. If you are looking for a fine dining experience, look no further than Michelin Star recipient La Toque, which is highly regarded in the area. Anyone who wants something a little more casual will also enjoy Genova Delicatessen, which is well-known for its delicious sandwiches. 

Asheville, North Carolina
Maybe there’s just something in that Blue Ridge Mountain water, but Asheville, North Carolina, is an understated force to be reckoned with when it comes to the culinary world. Dubbed a “regional-food powerhouse” by Yelp, this romantic mountain town is as teeming with inventive platters as it is quirky street art (which is to say, it has a lot of options). Check out Rhubarb for dressed-up versions of southern classics, like fried hominy and seared shrimp with grit cakes and green tomato relish. Charcuterie enthusiasts will lose it over the Ploughman’s Platter from The Bull and Beggar, which pairs perfectly with the upscale eatery’s lemon risotto and ricotta fritters. Asheville is also home to a large community of experimental brewers, so be sure to down an ale or two when you visit.

Originally posted on EdwardMcKenzie.org.

About Edward McKenzie
Edward McKenzie is an Entrepreneur and the Owner and Manager of the commercial real estate development and management business, EMCO Management, LLC in the Virgin Islands. He brings many years of professional experience, which makes him known as a leadership in his industry. Learn more about Edward McKenzie by visiting his website!

3 Tips To Remember When Starting A Company

One of the most difficult things about starting your own business is deciding what kind of business you want to open. This can be tricky because it is an extensive process, but necessary if you want to ensure your first year of business will be a successful one. Here are a few things to consider if you’re looking to start a business of your own. 

Keep It Simple
Many businesses start because they are looking to fulfill a need, whether it be a simple fun idea, or a unique solution to an everyday problem. It’s best to start small, and be sure not to overcomplicate things. When things become complicated, they can quickly become expensive as well, so start with a narrowed focus. 

Focus On The Market
One of the keys to launching a successful business is by keeping an eye on the market. It’s easy to over rely on your product and think that will be enough to drive sales, but timing is crucial! Focus on producing something that there is a market for, that people are willing to buy. Without a market, it will be extremely difficult to drive sales. Start with some market research and go from there!

Make The True Commitment
Before you decide to get into the process of starting your own business, it’s important to first understand the level of commitment you are getting into. Running a business, especially a successful one, takes time and dedication. This is not only in terms of the financial commitment you are making, but also understanding that your everyday life will now essentially revolve around your new business. 

Starting a new business takes drive and determination, but can be an incredibly rewarding career. If you are mentally and financially prepared, be sure to check all your boxes, and stay true to your goals and visions.

About Edward McKenzie
Edward McKenzie is an Entrepreneur and the Owner and Manager of the commercial real estate development and management business, EMCO Management, LLC in the Virgin Islands. He brings many years of professional experience, which makes him known as a leadership in his industry. Learn more about Edward McKenzie by visiting his website!

A Deeper Look Into The Self Storage Association Of America

Throughout the United States, the need for self storage spaces continues to become more important for a variety of reasons. Because of its increasing demand, more self storage companies are constantly being created to meet the need. To ensure that the companies and professionals in the self storage industry are properly represented, the Self Storage Association of America was created. 

What Is The Self Storage Association Of America?
The Self Storage Association of America (SSA) is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization that was originally created in 1975. The SSA was created as a way to not only represent the best interests of both self-storage companies and professionals but to increase awareness of self storage around the country. This helps further the industry’s visibility within the professional sector on higher levels. The SSA has affiliations with 40 states throughout the United States and works with nine international self storage organizations as well, showing their substantial reach.

Why Is Their Work Important For The Self Storage Industry?
The SSA has been an integral part of the self storage industry since its inception for many reasons. In addition to raising awareness, the organization has been involved in helping a number of laws that provide additional protection for those in the self storage industry. According to the data from the SSA, they were able to help ensure laws about a number of issues, including tenant insurance, reasonable late fees, and how to deal with abandoned storage units. 

Education & Training
Because the self storage industry is often considered a unique area to focus on in one’s career, additional focus has been put on education and training. To help professionals within the self storage industry achieve long-term success, the SSA holds a number of education and training programs throughout the year. Professionals can learn more about important trends and hear from industry leaders at the SSA’s two national annual events. For those who are interested in ongoing training programs within the self storage industry, the SSA offers education and employee training programs throughout the year as well.

While this is some of the work that the Self Storage Association of America does to help the self storage industry, their impact goes much further. To learn more about the Self Storage Association of America, make sure to visit their website at www.selfstorage.org.

About Edward McKenzie
Edward McKenzie is an Entrepreneur and the Owner and Manager of the commercial real estate development and management business, EMCO Management, LLC in the Virgin Islands. He brings many years of professional experience, which makes him known as a leadership in his industry. Learn more about Edward McKenzie by visiting his website!

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