The Puerto Rico Minority Business Development Agency Center, a nonprofit run by the Puerto Rico Products Association, received funding from the U.S. Department of Commerce to establish a technical assistance program to help minority companies join the aerospace industry supply chain.
The agency received $100,000 to provide the services.
Technical assistance consists of advice and training in skills to do business with aerospace companies, such as obtaining ISO9000 certification and other required by this industry. Areas of opportunity for local businesses and industry needs identified include: calibration services, non-destructive testing, handling metal parts, piece molding, upholstery, paint, collection/recycling of solid waste, cleaning of uniforms, companies specializing in mechanics and maintenance, training, installation and maintenance of fire alarms, aircraft mobilization, preparation and handling of food (catering), among others.
“The certification trainings will be free of charge to participants, subsidized by the MBDA, a unique and rare opportunity for local entrepreneurs,” said Ricardo Cardona, president of the Puerto Rico Products Association.
Meanwhile, Teresa Berrios, Director of the PR MBDA Center added, “This program gives us a competitive advantage in offering assistance to minority businesses in Puerto Rico so they can diversify their products or services and create jobs locally.”
Government agencies including the Puerto Rico Industrial Development Company and Puerto Rico Trade and Export will participate in different phases of the program.
Companies interested in participating in the program should email: firstname.lastname@example.org.