The Puerto Rico Economic Development Bank has selected Hacienda Santa Clara in the town of Yauco as the “Agricultural Company of the Year” by the Minority Business Development Agency as part of the celebration of minority entrepreneur week.
“We’re proud that the
achievements of entrepreneurs who had the vision of building an innovative
company based on coffee cultivation and consumption is recognized. They
exemplify the importance of financial support provided by the Economic
Development Bank,” EDB President Luis Burdiel said.
The company is an EDB client since
2008, when it obtained $100,000 in financing to buy equipment, improve
facilities and working capital for the coffee roasting operation. In addition,
it was awarded an additional $45,000 for the purchase of raw materials and
another $40,500 for the establishment of Cafe Cuatro Sombras.
“We’re focused on
supporting our entrepreneurs and help them accomplish their goals,” Burdiel
Hacienda Santa Clara is owned
by Pablo Muñoz-Zequeira and Mariana Suárez, a married couple, and also operates
Café Cuatro Sombras in Old San Juan and Dorado.
The company employs 25 to 30
people and generates sales in excess of $750,000. The Dorado store was opened
in November 2017 and there are plans to open another in Santurce soon, the EDB stated.