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Discover Puerto Rico pulls local biz reps into new advisory board

In an effort to collaborate with local business leaders in the tourism, events, and advertising sectors, Discover Puerto Rico gathered a group of key local leaders to support its initiatives through a Local Advisory Board. The group’s mission is “to work together strategically to continue growing local businesses and improve the economic health of all 78 municipalities of Puerto Rico through tourism,” Discover Puerto Rico CEO...

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’21 SME Digital Awards competition submission deadline is April 9

The Puerto Rico Sales and Marketing Executives Association (SME, in Spanish) announced that advertising and digital design agencies, brands, media and startups have until April 9 to nominate their best digital campaigns and initiatives for this year’s edition of the SME Digital Awards. Because the 2020 competition was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this time campaigns that have been executed in the periods from January to...

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Popular Bank, Latin Business Today partner on initiative to empower small biz entrepreneurs

Popular Bank, the stateside subsidiary of Popular Inc., and national multi-platform small business advisor Latin Business Today, LLC, announced the development of an education initiative “to tackle the unique and pressing challenges” facing Latino small businesses amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The initiative launched in summer 2020 and seeks to reach millions of Latinx small business owners and entrepreneurs nationally, the...

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Puerto Rico Cocktail Week makes ‘Tip Jar’ emergency fund permanent

One year after the world was paralyzed by COVID-19, which dealt a blow to most economic sectors, Puerto Rico Cocktail Week (PRCW) announced that its Tip Jar emergency fund will be established as a permanent initiative. The goal is to be able to address industry needs and particular situations such as illnesses, financial support and attention to unexpected situations that impact and change the lives of professionals in the hospitality...

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Puerto Rico Community Foundation grant helps repair 8 homes in Salinas

On March 4, One Stop Career Center of Puerto Rico recently began the rehabilitation of eight homes in the Playa community, in Salinas, affected by Hurricanes Irma and María as a result of a philanthropic investment of $140,000 from the Puerto Rico Community Foundation. Most of the homes to benefit are made of wood and concrete that have roof leakage problems, as well as electrical and plumbing issues. Some have bare interior walls and...

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USDA grants $780K to town of Dorado for heavy equipment

The U.S. Department of Agriculture granted $780,000 to the town of Dorado, to buy of vehicles and heavy equipment that will serve rural residents, Luis R. García, acting state director for Puerto Rico, confirmed. “The acquisition will allow the municipality to better address health, safety and security needs of its constituents,” he said. The funding is part of a global allocation that the federal agency announced, through which...

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Youth entrepreneurship program Lemonade Day slated for June 12

Lemonade Day Puerto Rico is now accepting registrations from students wanting to operate their own business and earn their own money to participate in the third edition of the program to be held June 12, 2021 throughout the island. Registration is free for participants of Lemonade Day to learn how to: set up and operate their own businesses; become part of Puerto Rico’s economic rebirth; earn money; develop responsibility,...

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Convention District to host financial assistance orientation for entertainment workers

Show promoters, artists, theater operators, among other entertainment industry professionals may qualify for financial assistance from the U.S. Small Business Administration, for which the Convention District Authority will be hosting an orientation session on how those who lost income due to COVID-19 may get aid. The orientation session will take place Mar. 24, at 9 a.m., at the Puerto Rico Convention Center, when Joseph Harrison, a...