ORLANDO, Fla. (June 25, 2018) - The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando (HCCMO) and Prospera presented a workshop in Puerto Rico for business owners who wish to expand their businesses to Florida. The workshop is a result of collaborative efforts with the Puerto Rico Trade and Export Company, led by Ricardo Llerandi.

More than 300 people attended the workshop “Expande tu Negocio a la Florida”  (Expand Your Business to Florida), the workshop provided  essential information about different Central Florida resources and opportunities available for Puerto Ricans to expand their businesses or export their services and products to the Sunshine State.  Among the topics presented were financial assessment, business plans, legal structure, business regulations, market demographics, effective sales planning, and access to capital for Puerto Rican companies to consider when expanding to Florida, as well as a panel on Central Florida economic development and business opportunities comprised of representatives from the City of Orlando, City of St. Cloud and Orange County.

Expande tu Negocio a la Florida  was held at the Puerto Rico Convention Center.  It was  presented in part  by the following local agencies:  The Puerto Rico Trade and Export Company, Centro Unido de Detallistas de Puerto Rico, and the Puerto Rico Chamber of Commerce.

“The Puerto Rican business community, like all of our Hispanic businesses, are vital to the economic growth in Florida. Our Hispanic Chamber remains committed to providing support to those entrepreneurs who want to expand their operations to Central Florida, as well as offering opportunities to Central Florida-based businesses who want to support the economic rebuilding of Puerto Rico,” said HCCMO President Gaby Ortigoni.

Prospera President and CEO Augusto Sanabria stated, “Prospera has helped Puerto Rican entrepreneurs for more than 25 years and there has been a significant increase in demand for services from Puerto Ricans after Hurricane Maria. We remain committed to finding solutions for their business needs and are glad to establish this alliance to collaborate and serve them even more effectively.”

About the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando: The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando (HCCMO) is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to provide leadership and support the economic development of the Hispanic business community of Metro Orlando. Since 1993, HCCMO has strengthened the Central Florida business community by providing quality programs through networking, business & professional development, business exposure and recognition.  For more information, please visit www.hccmo.org or call 407-428-5870.


About Prospera: Prospera is an economic development, nonprofit organization that since 1991 has specialized in providing bilingual assistance to Hispanic entrepreneurs who want to establish or expand their business. In the last five years alone, Prospera has facilitated over $30 million in loans, trained over 23,000 entrepreneurs, provided business consulting to more than 8,200 entrepreneurs, and helped clients create or retain over 13,500 jobs. Its offices are located across Florida’s central, south and west coast regions, and in Charlotte, NC. For more information, please visit www.prosperausa.org or call 407-428-5872.


Media Contact: Jose Luis Dieppa.

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