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US Dept. of Labor awards $100K to One Stop Career Center of Puerto Rico Inc.

The U.S. Department of Labor announced the award of $100,000 to One Stop Career Center of Puerto Rico Inc. to expand its fidelity bonding program, which supports employers that hire workers considered “at-risk” due to prior involvement in the criminal justice system, as well as those in recovery for substance abuse. These workers often face barriers in their attempts to return to the workforce. The agency’s Fidelity Bonding...

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AAFAF opens applications for summer internship

The Fiscal Agency and Financial Advisory Authority (AAFAF, in Spanish) announced it has opened the call for applications for its José M. Berrocal Summer Internship, a work and learning space that promotes research and professional development of university students of law, finance, economics and accounting. The mission of the AAFAF summer internship is to promote that the selected students acquire theoretical and practical knowledge...

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FEMA earmarks $18.4M to repair Roberto Clemente Stadium in Carolina

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) approved an obligation of some $18.4 million for permanent repairs to the Roberto Clemente Walker Stadium, a sports facility managed by the Municipality of Carolina. Aside from its sociocultural importance, the home of professional baseball’s Carolina Giants team “plays a very important role in Carolina’s economy,” the federal agency stated. The stadium, named after one of the...

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USDA opens grants cycle to fund rural transportation system upgrades

The US Department of Agriculture announced the availability of grants to improve rural transportation systems under the Rural Business Development Grant program. Eligible applicants are organizations seeking to provide rural communities with training and technical assistance to improve transportation services and facilities. USDA does not provide funding directly to individuals under this program. News is my Business learned that the...

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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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HughesNet expands Puerto Rico footprint to serve increased demand for broadband

Satellite technologies and networks provider Hughes Network Systems LLC announced it has secured additional capacity over Puerto Rico for its HughesNet satellite internet service. The capacity increase — on the existing Hughes 63 West satellite payload — seeks to improve customer experience for current HughesNet subscribers across Puerto Rico and enable Hughes to serve more customers on the island with “affordable, reliable...

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Puerto Rican businesses in Orlando on a growth curve

Orlando, FL — The growing Puerto Rican and Hispanic population is reflected in the growth of businesses in Orlando. Interest had remained steady during the pandemic, as many businesses opened their doors, while the City of Orlando offers a series of incentives and workshops in Spanish focusing on business development that led to more opportunities and success in Hispanic-owned operations in Florida. Luis M. Martínez-Alicea, deputy...

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Practical Techie: Maps by Google add useful eco-friendly data

Google has become more environmentally friendly with its map platform, adding some 100 new features, all powered by artificial intelligence.  The improvements include real-time views (Live View) of streets and landscapes with climatic and environmental factors, announced Carlos M. Rivera-Cuesta, of Partners Communications, a Google spokesperson in Puerto Rico. “Live View uses augmented reality data to avoid confusion. It works with...

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Treasury Dept.: Jan. collections at $817M, beating forecast by $62.3M

Net income to the government’s General Fund during January — the seventh month of Fiscal 2021 — totaled $817 million, while accumulated collections from July to January, reached $6 million, compared to the $5.9 billion on record for the same period of Fiscal 2020. January collections beat the agency’s fiscal forecast by $36.3 million or 5%, Treasury Secretary Francisco Parés said. “For the first time this fiscal year,...

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Gov’t offers up to $10K in incentives to co.’s on export track

The Department of Economic Development and Commerce announced two calls with more than $425,000 available to encourage local companies to export their products and services. The initiative includes an Export Accelerator to train participants and financial incentives to pay for export initiatives of up to $10,000, said agency Secretary Manuel Cidre. “In Puerto Rico there are many small and medium-sized companies (SMEs) that have great...

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Spanish Broadcasting System, Katz Radio Group announce multi-year partnership

Spanish Broadcasting System Inc. announced it has teamed up with Katz Radio Group, which will now serve as SBS’s national sales representative under a multi-year agreement. Under the new partnership, Katz divisions — Christal Radio and Katz Radio — will manage SBS’ national spot business along with the creation of multicultural audio marketing campaigns across SBS’s major markets: New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago, San...

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Sol Puerto Rico launches Shell SmartPay pay-at-the-pump option

Sol Puerto Rico Limited, distributor of Shell fuels and Pennzoil lubricants in Puerto Rico, announced the launch of Shell SmartPay, a new application that gives local customers a contactless pay-at-the-pump option at more than 45 stations participating in the program. “Shell SmartPay offers the easiest, fastest and safest way to pay for your gas at the network of participating Shell Stations,” said Mayra A. Blancovich, the...

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Coro Global Inc. unveils app in Puerto Rico that allows transacting in gold

Florida-based fintech firm Coro Global Inc. announced that its subsidiary Coro Corp., has been granted a US Money Transmitter license in Puerto Rico, allowing it to launch its CORO mobile payment app to the island, allowing users to exchange, send and save gold and dollars. Coro Global is “on a mission to support people in understanding the value of using gold as resilient money,” it said in a press release. “Coro democratizes...