Puerto Rican restaurant owner finds success despite economic hardships

In a working class neighborhood outside San Juan, Puerto Rico, you'll find a surprising sense of optimism despite the island's economic hardships.

A restaurant owner said he hasn't had to cut anyone's hours, and he's also given workers a slight increase in pay, although a majority of their money comes in from tips.

Ulises Velasco admits that opening a second business last fall during tough times could have ended in failure. Read More. 

Montana's Entrepreneurial Zeal

Most commonly known for its big and beautiful skies, the state of Montana has made a new name for itself in entrepreneurship. In a recent report from the 2015 Kauffman Index, Montana maintains the highest level of startup activity across the United States.  The state has held this position for the past three years, bringing significant attention to its unique startups and body of entrepreneurial individuals. In his blog, Global Entrepreneurship Week President Jonathan Ortmans discusses Montana's capacity as a startup leader. 

 

Planting the Seeds of Social Entrepreneurship at Impact Hub DC

Beth Flores is a big believer in the power of creative minds to change the world. It's that belief that has powered her career leading and encouraging innovative people, and why she recently took up the role of managing director at social enterprise incubator and co-working space Impact Hub DC.

"It's a garden of innovation," Flores said. "I'm here to tend it and make it grow."

Washington, D.C. is full of people with ideas on how to make the world a better place. You can't throw a rock without hitting some non-profit or organization dedicated to helping others, probably including one for people hit by metaphorical rocks. Impact Hub DC is a particularly expansive example of a place for those looking to make their social enterprise ideas come to life. Technical startups offering non-profits new digital communication and data analytics tools share membership with groups looking to teach technical skills to underserved communities or connect local farms with customers and charities in the city. And all of them can connect to local impact investors and investing firms that have signed up as members. Read more. 

South Florida Resources for Product Entrepreneurs

Get out of the garage — and into a maker space, incubator or entrepreneurship program. For consumer product startups, there’s no reason the journey needs to be solitary.

A growing number entrepreneurial resources are available to help consumer product companies in South Florida. Here are just a few:

Inspiration and collaboration: Maker spaces are popping up all over South Florida. For a membership fee, maker spaces provide the space, tools for designing, prototyping and fabricating your next innovation in a community of like-minded people who can help get the creative juices flowing. They often also provide workshops and events. Read more.