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Woman Entrepreneur takes aged cheese and yogurt manufacturing to another level with assistance from SBA programs and services

In Puerto Rico, more milk is produced than consumed. Almost a decade ago, Wanda Otero took advantage of that excess milk to create the first artisan aged cheese on the island.

In 2009, at the age of 19 and in his second year of Engineering studies in college, upon learning that he was about to become a father Edwin Tirado decided that starting his own business would be the best way to provide for his family.

He began baking in the garage at his parents’ home in Naranjito, a town in the central region of Puerto Rico. Naming the business Charlotte’s Sweets after his child’s mother, Edwin set up shop at a shopping mall in Naranjito, and over the following six months sold cakes and other sweets.

District Office Lending Chart

7(a) Loan Guaranty Program

Lender Namesort descending 7a Number of Loans 7a Loan Amount
Banco de Desarrollo Económico para Puerto Rico 12 1,637,400
Banco Popular de Puerto Rico 76 9,850,700
Banco Santander Puerto Rico 16 848,700
FirstBank de Puerto Rico 6 3,087,100
Live Oak Banking Company 1 1,460,000
Oriental Bank 62 7,337,800
Signtaure Bank of Georgia 2 4,505,000

CDC/504 Loan Program

Lender Namesort descending CDC/504 Number of Loans CDC/504 Loan Amount
COFECC 13 2,490,100
Marketing Small Business Finance Corp. 5 1,033,000
PYMES Financial Partners, Inc. 5 1,659,000

SAN JUAN, PR – Today the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) honored 3A Press Corporation’s leaders, siblings Marie and Angel Alexis Rosado, with the Puerto Rico Small Business Person of the Year Award, SBA District Director Yvette T. Collazo announced.

Collazo presented the team with its award at the Small Business Week closing ceremonies co-hosted by the Puerto Rico Bankers Association, and at which Puerto Rico Trade and Export Company Executive Director Ricardo Llerandi was keynote speaker. 

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May 16, 2019 | 2:00 pm AST - 4:00 pm AST

201 Ave. Algarrobo, Centro Comercial Suite 9, Mayagüez, PR 00682

Topics: Capital Access; Federal Contracting; Rural Development; and Puerto Rico Trade programs. To be conducted in Spanish.

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May 17, 2019 | 9:30 am AST - 12:30 pm AST

175 Ave. Algarrobo, Clínica de Servicios Ambulatorios, Conference Room, Mayagüez, PR 00682

For veterans and members of Puerto Rico's military community. Capital Access; Federal Contracting; Rural Development; PR Trade programs; Boots to Business: Reboot. To be conducted in Spanish. ...

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May 8, 2019 | 9:30 am AST - 12:30 pm AST

273 Ponce de León Ave., Plaza 273, Suite 510, San Juan, PR 00917

For veterans and members of Puerto Rico's military community. Topics: Capital Access; Federal Contracting; Rural Development and Boots to Business Reboot programs. To be conducted in Spanish. ...

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June 25, 2019 | 9:30 am AST - 12:30 pm AST

273 Ponce de León Ave., Plaza 273, Suite 510, San Juan, PR 00917

Upon successful completion of this workshop, students will be able to apply knowledge to market their firms' products and services to the federal government.

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June 18, 2019 | 9:30 am AST - 12:30 pm AST

273 Ponce de León Ave., Plaza 273, Suite 510, San Juan, PR 00917

Learn all about SBA certification programs and how to do business with the federal government.

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June 4, 2019 | 9:30 am AST - 12:30 pm AST

273 Ponce de León Ave., Plaza 273, Suite 510, San Juan, PR 00917

Learn about the requirements and procedures to become certified under SBA's HUBZone Contracting program.

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