On Nov 30, Prospera co-hosted with the City of Orlando an all-day event for Puerto Ricans who migrated to Central Florida seeking new opportunities on the mainland after the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria on the island. The event took place at Ana G. Mendez University and attracted 170 small business owners and entrepreneurs who received information, guidance and resources to relocate, start or expand their businesses to Central Florida
“There’s a big lack of knowledge about doing business in the U.S.,” said Angel Lopez, small business entrepreneur in hopes of setting up a bakery here. “With Prospera, it’s been easier.” Our organization is committed to continue to support and bring hope for those who were affected by the Hurricane, they will find in Prospera a business partner for life.
The 170 entrepreneurs took part in the series of seminars offered at no cost for Puerto Ricans who have recently arrived in Central Florida looking to relocate, establish or expand their business. Prospera and the City of Orlando worked together with Florida Blue to provide support and tools to those who have recently relocated, either temporarily or permanently, and are seeking a new start as a result of the hurricane devastation on the island.
This special event took place at Ana G. Méndez University. The business seminars focused on topics that are essential for entrepreneurs and were presented by professional experts from a variety of fields. Information included business plan guidance, information about the Central Florida market, accounting and legal assistance, licensing and permits, small business programs offered by the City of Orlando, the process to apply for minority certification with the City of Orlando, construction and food industry orientations, Prospera services available for free and in Spanish, and much more.
Recognizing the importance of collaboration, the City of Orlando and Prospera joined efforts to support the victims of recent disasters and help them adjust to life and work in Florida. “Puerto Ricans have faced major hardships due to the recent disasters. It is our duty as a community to welcome and provide them with the support they need,” said Prospera Central Florida Vice President Gaby Ortigoni.