In-Brief

Puerto Rico Trade opens office to serve eastern region

From left: Eastern Region Business Development Center Director Hilda Ivette Santiago, Puerto Rico Trade Executive Director Francisco Chevere, Fajardo Mayor Anibal Meléndez, and Ángel Iglesias, president of the Fajardo Retailers Association. From left: Eastern Region Business Development Center Director Hilda Ivette Santiago, Puerto Rico Trade Executive Director Francisco Chevere, Fajardo Mayor Anibal Meléndez, and Ángel Iglesias, president of the Fajardo Retailers Association.

Puerto Rico Trade Executive Director Francisco Chévere and Fajardo Mayor Aníbal Meléndez officially opened the new facilities of the Eastern Region Business Development Center with the goal of offering support to the area’s small and mid-sized businesses.

The center is staffed by the agency’s business development specialists who will provide guidance and advice to entrepreneurs and people interested in establishing a new business, including the benefits and requirements to participate in the Jobs Now Act.

“At Puerto Rico Trade our mission is to promote local business development to foster economic growth, competitiveness and job creation on the island,” Chévere said. “With the opening of our offices in Fajardo, we’re meeting the needs of retailers and entrepreneurs in the region by directly informing them on Jobs Now Act incentives and the agenchy’s different assistance programs available.”

The Eastern Region Business Development Center, located at 12 Dr. López Street, will offer advice on how to establish a business, finance consulting services, licensing, business training, business analysis plans and programs to develop or expand businesses, both locally and abroad.

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Business reporter with 25 years of experience writing for weekly and daily newspapers, as well as trade publications in Puerto Rico. My list of former employers includes Caribbean Business, The San Juan Star, and the Puerto Rico Daily Sun, among others. My areas of expertise include telecommunications, technology, retail, agriculture, tourism, banking and most other areas of the economy.

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