Now that summer is here, hopefully most of us are planning our vacations. Although most summers, I return to my native Puerto Rico to visit family and spend some time at the beach, I’m always reading the newspaper (digitally these days) to look for new places to travel. If you’ve been reading the news over the past several months, there have been quite a few articles about a new Caribbean destination for travelers: Cuba. (more…)
Beautiful weather and golfing for a worthy cause makes for a fantastic Friday! Today is the Third Annual Hispanic Business Initiative Fund (HBIF) golf tournament in Tampa, Florida. In addition to Shumaker’s sponsorship, I was happy to sponsor a foursome. Proceeds from this event will be used for services that help create and retain jobs in Florida. Some of the other event sponsors include Bank of America, Chase, PNC, Wells Fargo, Walt Disney World Resort, Suncoast Credit Union, Impact Industrial Supplies, Telemundo and UPS.
HBIF was first established in 1991 in Tampa, by community leaders and government officials who identified the need for bilingual technical assistance and support for Hispanic entrepreneurs in the area. Today, HBIF is recognized as the state’s leading nonprofit, economic development organization specializing in providing bilingual assistance to Hispanic entrepreneurs. In order to increase the number of viable, fiscally sustainable businesses, create jobs, and help the community prosper, HBIF offers a variety of services to Hispanics who wish to start or grow their business in Florida. With offices in the West Coast, Central and South Florida regions, all HBIF services to clients are free thanks to corporate donations, government grants and special fundraising events. In the last five fiscal years, HBIF has helped clients create and retain 5,287 jobs in Florida.