Puerto Rico Gov’t Opens Entrepreneurship Center
SAN JUAN — Entrepreneurs can have their questions answered as they receive comprehensive guidance on matters related to incentives and permits, and services provided by the Puerto Rico Economic Development and Commerce Department (DDEC by its Spanish acronym) at the Single Service Center (CUS by its Spanish initials), the agency’s secretary announced Tuesday.
“This initiative responds to the need to have a space where entrepreneurs or future entrepreneurs can, in the same place, receive help, resolve and initiate procedures on the services, incentives and permits necessary for business development,” DDEC Secretary Manuel Cidre said. “We have personnel specialized in permit management, advisory services, guidance for new business development and guidance on incentives for young entrepreneurs, innovative small and midsize businesses, artisans, export companies, among others covered by the Incentives Code. The Single Service Center was created with micro, small and midsize enterprises in mind; it will be a one-stop-shop to launch any business project.”
The center, whose concept originated and was created under the administration of former DDEC Secretary Manuel Laboy Rivera, will be staffed by employees from the Permits and Endorsements Management Office (OGPe by its Spanish acronym); Business Development, Incentives, Trade and Exports Program; and the Labor and Youth Development Office, among others.
“For Gov. Pedro Pierluisi, it is time to provide our companies with all the tools available so that they can successfully undertake and begin to create economic activity that fosters the creation of jobs and generates internal wealth,” Cidre said. “I urge all those entrepreneurs who want to make their business plans a reality or those companies that wish to expand or export to other markets to go through our Single Service Center to help them start a business.”
The center, which is located in the Puerto Rico Industrial Development Co.’s (Pridco) building at 355 Roosevelt Ave., will open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Entrepreneurs will be able to make an appointment through the TurnosPR.com under CUS. Visitors will be required to follow health-safety measure put in place to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.