Historias de Éxito

Sean perseverantes, enfóquense en una meta y adquieran los conocimientos necesarios para alcanzarla.

María De Jesús 

 

La empresa Hidrocultivos Carolinenses se dedica al cultivo hidropónico de hortalizas, produciendo una gran variedad de lechugas, hierbas y especies, entre éstas, arúgula, albahaca y cilantrillo. Su propietaria, María De Jesús, comenzó el negocio en el 2009, y aunque siempre tenía en sus planes establecer su propio negocio, tuvo que adelantar los mismos al ser desplazada. Comenzó vendiendo artesanalmente a supermercados, vecinos y amistades con el apoyo inicial del Municipio de Carolina, Extensión Agrícola y la Compañía de Comercio y Exportación. En el 2011 el programa Acción Social la incentiva para que invierta en equipo y nómina. Es en ese entonces, cuando comienza a operar a pequeña escala comercial. Farm Services y el Departamento de Agricultura le financian y parean fondos para lograr la ampliación del proyecto. María es una empresaria muy activa y participa en los eventos y convenciones anuales de las principales asociaciones. Fue una de las primeras cinco galardonadas del programa “Mujeres de éxito”, una iniciativa de Doral Bank. María es muy apasionada con lo que hace y exigente en cuanto a la calidad, frescura y presentación de sus productos. Actualmente tiene la meta de llevar la marca Verdeés y otros “private labels” a toda la Isla, y reducir las importaciones de lechugas al máximo para proveer al consumidor puertorriqueño un producto de su tierra con excelente calidad y frescura.

Raymond Rivera established Gamers Relay on August 2017 in Muñoz Rivera Avenue in Ponce in a 440 square feet location.  Raymond has a bachelor’s degree in Science in Education from the IAUPR San Germán.  He has experience in customer services, and repairing and managing computers. The idea to establish the business was motivated for the desire of Raymond and his wife, to bring a comfortable place and environment where gamers could find their videogames and to grow in the gaming industry after the closing of Game Stop video gaming retail stores in PR. Today, they sale videogames, game consoles, accessories and repairs service.  They also have a game room where they carry out different events and activities. 

In 2017, Mr. Raymond Rivera received assistance in the San Germán SBDC to start the new business.  Consultant Ravel Bonilla prepared the business plan including marketing strategies and financing proposal of $22,304 for a microloan with Pathstone and a capital investment of $4,500.  The recommendation was emphasizing in customer quality services and maintaining control of business expenses.

 

Revenues decreased in 2017 due to Hurricane Maria.  For various months they operate the business without power and in 2018, the sales increase for more than $50,000.  In 2019 the business continues to grow and attracting new clients. As part of the business strategy, they have the gaming area for clients and TV screens that shows the new releases of games.  As a marketing strategy, he uses social networks to attract and retain customers. They know how to treat their customers and how to identify which kind of games are better for them.  One of the factors of business success has been the responsibility and determination to give the best every day. In the future, Raymond would like to move to a bigger establishment to offer more options of inventory and services.

“Emprender vale la pena y nos sentimos valiosos pues aportamos a   nuestra comunidad”
 
Laboratorio Neoclínico Inc.  ofrece servicios de laboratorio clínico a residentes de la zona donde se localizarán sus oficinas en el Bo. Cadelaria Arenas de Toa Baja, a residentes de la periferia, visitantes y personas que transitan por la Carr #2. Se realizan pruebas tales como: hematología, químicas, serología, urinálisis y bacteriología.  Además, se ofrecerán todos los servicios de toma de muestras a domicilio en el área geográfica propuesta especialmente a personas con impedimentos o con alguna condición temporal que le imposibilite el acceso al área de servicio.
 
La Sra. Darling Pantoja es enfermera licenciada especialista en problemas en la piel y actualmente estudia tecnología médica en la Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico. 

After Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, and with their jobs being affected, Damaris Febus and her husband, Fernando Toledo, decided to undertake a new path and build on their dreams with the establishment De la Isla Café, on July 3, 2021. De la Isla Café is a container car located at a Gas Station, on 888 Street in Cataño,PR. They offer coffee, sandwiches, pastries, breakfasts, and ice cream. The location is excellent since it is in front of the Ferry from Cataño to San Juan terminal and is minutes from the Mayor's Office of the municipality. It is in this area that the economic activity of Cataño is generated, where thousands of people transit daily, and tourist and artistic activities are constantly carried out. The container car is a donation from Hispanic Federation, a Latino non-profit organization that offered assistance to individuals interested in starting small businesses after Hurricanes Irma and Maria. The container car 's equipment includes a sink, a ventilation / exhaust hood, solar panels, and a rainwater collection system. The approximate value of the container car with the equipment is $ 35,000. 

 

In late 2019, Mrs. Febus contacted the Puerto Rico Small Business and Technology Development San Juan Center (PR SBTDC-SJ) for assistance in acquiring funding to establish her business.  With the assistance of Fernando Echeandía, Business Consultant for the San Juan Center, Mrs. Febus was able to complete a business plan to present to institutions.

 

In January 2021, Mrs. Febus received a $6,000 CSBG grant from Instituto Socio Económico Comunitario, Inc. She also invested $20,000 of her own to open the business. Thanks to Mrs. Febus entrepreneurial spirit, De la Isla Café provides services to its community, while creating 5 jobs.