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As a child, Yoel Rivera never imagined that one day he would be the owner of a successful one-of-a-kind business.

Like most, upon graduating high school he attended college; in his case the University of Puerto Rico’s Mayagüez Campus, acknowledged throughout the world for producing some of the best engineers.

Shortly after obtaining his degree in Industrial Engineering in 2002, Yoel began working with one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the nation, developing standard operating procedures, and later maintenance plans.  The validation aspect of a manufacturing process had always interested him, however, and he moved on to a company that provided this type of service to the pharmaceutical industry. Yoel began conducting validation services in the area of packaging, the final quality-control aspect any production line.

“I loved it,” Yoel says. “Due to market demands, packaging is constantly changing so that products continue appealing to the consumer... Read More

American author Napoleon Hill once said that patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.  Perhaps no other words have rung as true for businessperson Michael González. 

Born in New Jersey to Puerto Rican parents, González arrived in Puerto Rico at the age of six, when his father was transferred to the island. As any other child, González was involved in many after-school activities, and expressed great interest in music and theater.  

Ready for college in the early ‘70s, González chose the Carroll College at Waukesha, Wis. to pursue studies in Education, and after obtaining his bachelor’s degree, he went on to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where he obtained his master’s degree in Cultural Foundations of Education.  In 1979, he married his wife Dolores, who’s originally from Mexico, and a year later they moved to Puerto Rico, where González began teaching at a top-notch private school in San Juan. 

In the meantime,... Read More

 “Wherever the art of medicine is loved, there is also a love of humanity.”—Hippocrates

It takes a special kind of person to offer a healing touch to someone suffering from a chronic or catastrophic disease.  To nearly 4,000 individuals in Puerto Rico, that person is Enid Santiago-Aponte. 

Born in New York City, Santiago arrived in Puerto Rico at the age of four, and was raised in her parents’ hometown of Florida –the last town on the island to be named a municipality.  Santiago knew she wanted to be a pharmacist since she was in the seventh grade and in 1987, after graduating from the School of Pharmacy of the University of Puerto Rico’s Medical Sciences Campus in Río Piedras, she provided a government-required year of public service as a pharmacist to the Manatí Area Hospital. 

“I met medical sales representatives on a daily basis,” Santiago says.  “Two months before I completed my service, one of them suggested that I would be good in that field, and I went... Read More

MOROVIS, PR -- For almost two decades, Edwin Ortiz has dedicated his professional life to the business of supermarkets.

In the heart of Morovis, a town with a population shy of 30,000 in the central mountainous region of Puerto Rico, Supermercados Selectos Mr. Cash serves close to 2,000 customers a day.  Its success is largely due to Edwin, who bought it from his brother Ovidio in 1995 and turned it into a service-oriented, customer-friendly shopping venue.

The supermarket wasn’t always thriving.  In fact, Ovidio acquired it at public auction in 1983, shortly after its previous owner declared bankruptcy. Ovidio saw an opportunity to re-establish the store as a profitable business and named it Mr. Cash. True to its namesake, the supermarket generated $6,000 in sales on opening day and began growing steadily, employing 30 people.  Soon after, Mr. Cash required additional space, and Ovidio moved it to a bigger commercial lot across the street. Mr. Cash had... Read More