Boost microbusinesses in Puerto Rico

by CMV Casa sin Fronteras, Inc.
Boost microbusinesses in Puerto Rico
Boost microbusinesses in Puerto Rico
Boost microbusinesses in Puerto Rico
Boost microbusinesses in Puerto Rico
Boost microbusinesses in Puerto Rico
Boost microbusinesses in Puerto Rico
Boost microbusinesses in Puerto Rico
Boost microbusinesses in Puerto Rico
Orientacion Municipio de Vega Baja
Orientacion Municipio de Vega Baja

Business Training

The first completely virtual cycle of the Semillas Business Training concluded on Saturday, August 28, 2021 with the graduation activity of all participants.  We will continue to provide personalized mentorship to each of these brave entrepreneurs until they can set up their businesses.

During this year we have made an agreement with the Municipality of Vega Baja to carry out a cycle of Semillas Business Training in this municipality. We held the first orientation on Friday, April 1 with a large participation. On Saturday, April 23, we held a second orientation. We hope to be able to start the workshops during the month of July.

Capacitación Empresarial

El primer ciclo completamente virtual de la Capacitación Empresarial Semillas concluyó el sábado 28 de agosto 2021 con la actividad de graduación de todos los participantes.  Continuaremos brindándoles mentoría personalizada a cada uno de estos valientes empresarios hasta que puedan establecer sus negocios.

Durante este año hemos hecho un acuerdo con el Municipio de Vega Baja para llevar a cabo un ciclo de Capacitación Empresarial Semillas en este municipio. Realizamos la primera orientación el viernes 1 de abril con una nutrida participación. El sábado 23 de abril realizamos una segunda orientación. Esperamos poder comenzar los talleres durante el mes de julio.

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Nuestra consejera Lariana Garcia
Nuestra consejera Lariana Garcia

The 32 entrepreneurs who were trained in our first Virtual Cycle of Business Training, offered by the Incubadora Semillas for microenterprises, have completed their period of individual mentoring with our business consultants.  Some have already started operating their microenterprises and others are about to start.  To help these and other entrepreneurs, on December 8 we held the workshop "Captivate the look with your Instagram".  Laura Otero Teruel of the company Contrapunto led this workshop with 26 participants.  We had an afternoon of a lot of learning in the use of this tool that helps them promote their microenterprises in an agile and effective way. 

As part of the development of Casa sin Fronteras, our counselor Lariana García was certified as an incubator administrator for community and solidaric microenterprises.  Along with leaders from other incubators in Puerto Rico, she took part of the workshops offered by the Fundación Comunitaria de  Puerto Rico and ConsultCom.  We are proud of this achievement that will benefit our participants.

Lariana has also been active in promoting services and programs of our organization in different towns of the island, always seeking to reach a larger population. 

We move forward with great enthusiasm in this new year, that we hope will bring many good things for everyone.  Grateful for your contribution, we wish you many blessings, health and solidarity in the new year 2022.

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Graduacion Capacitacion Empresarial
Graduacion Capacitacion Empresarial
El sábado 28 de agosto 2021 concluimos nuestro primer Ciclo virtual de Capacitación Empresarial, ofrecido por la Incubadora de microempresas Semillas de Casa sin Fronteras.  Celebramos con la entrega de certificados en una actividad híbrida, presencial y virtual. 
32 empresarios y empresarias culminaron meses de trabajo intenso, dándole forma a sus planes de negocios, estrategias de mercadeo, destrezas de administración y aprendiendo lo esencial para desarrollar sus negocios con éxito y con un enfoque solidario y comunitario. En este grupo se han desarrollado microempresas de alimentos, de servicios, de la industria de la aguja, de servicios de salud, de cuido de infantes, entre otros. 
Durante los meses que siguen continuaremos ofreciéndole a este grupo de empresarios mentoría individual y personalizada para apoyarles en la implementación de sus negocios.  Todavía queda un camino por recorrer, pero ya se va viendo la forma que cada uno le va dando a su micro empresa. 
La Incubadora Semillas y Casa sin Fronteras está muy orgullosa de todos y todas estos emprendedores, que contra viento, marea y pandemia han trabajado arduamente por lograr ser autosostenibles mediante sus micro empresas. También agradecemos a quienes han apoyado este proyecto con sus donativos a través de GlobalGiving. Nos ayudan a hacer el sueño realidad para estos compañeros. 
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Semillas Microbusiness Incubator Virtual Workshop
Semillas Microbusiness Incubator Virtual Workshop

“Today I learned that you can make business with different goals and you can add the concept of solidarity to each component of your enterprise.”

“In this process I feel more skilled, and I have developed a new conscience and perspective as an entrepreneur.”

“I have realized the opportunity I have of improving, and of overcoming the fear to socialize and interact with people, which is a key skill to be able to grow your business.”

“I understand that I am more in line with where and how I want to take my idea to create my business.  Even listening to other peers’ suggestions to my project gives me more ideas and concepts that I can integrate.”

These are some of the experiences shared by the participants in the Virtual Cycle of Semillas Microbusiness Incubator.  Entrepreneurship 101, Creativity and Innovation, The Economy and Businesses, What is a Solidary Business, Anatomy of a Business, From the Idea to a Business Model. These are some of the workshops that all the 37 budding entrepreneurs have been working on since March 20, 2021 when we started the 6th cycle of our Semillas Microbusiness Incubator. This is also the 1st time we hold a virtual cycle using digital platforms.  Every Saturday until August 2021 they meet via digital platform to learn, think, share, dream and work on their microbusiness.

68% of participants are women.  The status of local economy makes people get creative in the different ways they can generate an income for their families. Some of the businesses they are working on are bakery, restaurant, swimsuit line, embroidery shop, uniforms, optic shop, a conflict mediation service office, soapmaking, costume jewelry making, childcare services, home cooked meals, among others. Some of them do not have a clear idea of what they want to do, and as they learn and share their thoughts with others during the workshops, develop a clear notion of their path in the microbusiness world.

We are proud of these friends who have the courage to think outside the box, make sacrifices, and look at the challenges of the times as opportunities for themselves, their families, and their communities.

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During this time of lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic we at Casa sin Fronteras have found different ways to continue our projects and services.  The Incubadora Semillas, our microbusiness incubator program, was running its fifth cycle when it had to be interrupted in March 2020.  We sent a questionnaire to our 12 participants to know the status of their business ideas and identify their current needs.  Four businesses had already started operations or were ready to start, so we began an individualized online coaching process with them. These four microbusinesses are the following:

  1. online music lessons,
  2. preparation and selling of kombucha (nutritional drink),
  3. a camping and excursion farm,
  4. preparation and selling of home-cooked meals (Con Cuchara). 

The other 8 businesses are in preliminary stages of development.  To help all of them to further improve their business skills we held two workshops, via Zoom platform:

  1. Issues to consider when starting a business today
  2. Using Facebook as a marketing tool for your microbusiness

We were able to celebrate a graduation ceremony via Zoom platform to close this fifth cycle of Incubadora Semillas.  It was heartwarming to listen the experiences and growth of all 12 entrepreneurs.  Each one of them received a certificate stating the contact hours of training and coaching in the program. 

During the following months we will continue to support the four microbusinesses established with individual coaching.  For this new year we are planning new approaches to continue helping to boost microbusinesses in Puerto Rico.  We are very grateful for your support and the GlobalGiving partnership.


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