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When my business partner David Johnson and I started our fintech consulting firm in 2009, the U.S. Virgin Islands became our home. It made a lot of business sense for us, considering the incentives the local government offers through its Economic Development Commission Tax Incentive Program. In exchange for those incentives, we committed to contributing to the territory’s economic development.

One of the ways we’ve committed to doing so is by hiring qualified USVI residents to fill vacant positions. But within a small community whose workforce is about 34,650, recruitment takes effort.

As we brainstormed strategies for recruiting top talent…


Charitable Giving that Gives Back

Cane Bay Cares, the charitable giving arm of Cane Bay Partners, hosts a holiday luncheon for the elderly.
Cane Bay Cares, the charitable giving arm of Cane Bay Partners, hosts a holiday luncheon for the elderly.
Cane Bay Partners’ Janelle Royer dances with an elderly woman during a sponsored Christmas lunch.

This past holiday season, many of us filled our Amazon carts with toys, tokens, and gadgets to remind our loved ones of how much they mean to us. The gifts we gave our family and friends were tangible ways to say, “You mean a lot to me” or “I’m invested in you.”

As we move forward in 2021, business owners should be reflecting on ways to say the same thing to our communities.

In fact, that’s one of the first steps toward meaningful charitable giving — seeing your community as an investment.

Investment can come in many forms, but let’s…


St. Croix, VI June 8, 2020 –

When news of the pandemic spread and governments began imposing restrictions, Cane Bay Partners, like many other technology companies, had to rethink how they would function in this new reality. The company’s founders, David Johnson and Kirk Chewning, knew they had to make some quick and hard decisions to protect their employees and their keep business running. They mobilized their leadership, who made the call to begin transitioning it’s staff to work from home.

“Our company’s main concern is the safety of our employees and their families during the coronavirus pandemic,” Kirk Chewning


Kirk Chewning is a top expert in the fintech services sector with a plethora of expertise in consumer and commercial lending, technology architecture and development, data analytics, metric development, financial modeling, and management consulting. He is a co-partner at Cane Bay Partners VI, LLLP, where he serves as co-CEO and assists in tasks such as portfolio risk management.

Before founding Cane Bay Partners, Chewning ran a commercial loan portfolio as VP for a large international bank. In addition, he was a founder and VP of business development for a web application development company. He has also served as a…

Kirk Chewning

Kirk Chewning is a co-founder of Cane Bay Partners VI, LLLP, a financial services, consulting and technology company in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands.

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