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New technology for shrimp farming in Panama

February 9, 2016
New technology for shrimp farming in Panama BOQUETE, Panama -- Disease in shrimp farming has cost the industry many billions of dollars in the past ten years. In Central America there have been billions of dollars in losses to shrimp farms in the countries of Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, and Panama from a viral disease known...

Marketing Strategies Today: The top ten reasons to become an entrepreneur for life

February 8, 2016
Marketing Strategies Today: The top ten reasons to become an entrepreneur for life When you hear the term entrepreneur, it is important to understand what that means. It means that you have a lifestyle as well as options that will allow you to be flexible as well as have access to freedom as well as success that are in your own hands. Although I am a newer entrepreneur...

Bahamas discusses small business development assistance with OAS

February 6, 2016
Bahamas discusses small business development assistance with OAS WASHNGTON, USA -- Dr Elliston Rahming, Bahamas ambassador to the United Nations and the Organization of American States (OAS), and Dr Eugene Newry, Bahamas ambassador to the United States, on Thursday met with director Maryse Roberts and Renee Penco of the OAS...

Let's Talk Business: Metaphorically speaking, what type of leader are you?

February 3, 2016
Let's Talk Business: Metaphorically speaking, what type of leader are you? In business, the quest for defining leadership or identifying what makes a great leader can be quite elusive. After all, leadership has been the topic of discussion for centuries and it will continue to be. It’s hard to imagine that, after so many books, research, formulas, steps and the like...

Marketing Strategies Today: How to advertise on Instagram: A complete Instagram ads guide

February 1, 2016
Marketing Strategies Today: How to advertise on Instagram: A complete Instagram ads guide With all of the celebrities and the entire world that is opening on Instagram, is it any wonder that there are currently over 400 million people who are on Instagram. It is quickly becoming the next Facebook as more and more people are going to the platform and are seeking to be a part of the...

Puerto Rico trade community familiarized with transition to single reporting system

January 30, 2016
Puerto Rico trade community familiarized with transition to single reporting system SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) San Juan Office of Field Operations on Wednesday hosted the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) Symposium to familiarize the local trade community about the transition to a single window for import and...

Antigua-Barbuda PM warns of correspondent banking crisis

January 28, 2016
Antigua-Barbuda PM warns of correspondent banking crisis QUITO, Ecuador -- During a plenary debate on Wednesday at the fourth summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) in Ecuador, Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne highlighted to his colleague heads of government the clear and present danger...

Foreign investment expands in Cuba

January 27, 2016
Foreign investment expands in Cuba HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Over 40 new foreign investment projects are currently under negotiation with Cuban authorities, following the approval of a multimillion business with the Dutch multinational Unilever. Deborah Rivas, an official with the Cuban foreign trade and investment ministry, said...

Cayman Islands governor struggles to explain offshore finance sector

January 27, 2016
Cayman Islands governor struggles to explain offshore finance sector GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- Quizzed over what the Cayman Islands and its offshore finance sector means to the people of Britain, Governor Helen Kilpatrick struggled to answer reporter Jacques Peretti in a documentary aired on the BBC in the UK on Friday evening.

Let's Talk Business: Is outsourcing the right move for your business?

January 27, 2016
Let's Talk Business: Is outsourcing the right move for your business? Outsourcing is certainly becoming more popular and honestly a great option especially for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). SMEs rarely have multiple departments or people handling the day-to-day operations. Usually there is a small team of individuals, with the owner likely...

Marketing Strategies Today: New tools to manage Facebook communication on your page

January 25, 2016
Marketing Strategies Today: New tools to manage Facebook communication on your page It used to be that Facebook business pages were rather static, what that meant was that people would post updates and people would like your page but not much else would happen there. Every business owner knew that he or she had to have a page, but they did not know what else to expect...

Special economic zone adds US$70 million to Cayman Islands economy

January 22, 2016
Special economic zone adds US$70 million to Cayman Islands economy GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- Cayman Enterprise City (CEC) officials say that the special economic zone (SEZ) in Grand Cayman has attracted 60 new companies over the past year, that its impact to the Cayman Islands economy since its creation is nearly US$70 million.

Regional Economics: Another financial crisis?

January 22, 2016
Regional Economics: Another financial crisis? After years of global economic expansion in most countries since the last financial crisis, it seems we have another potential crisis looming. This is especially bad for a handful of countries whose economies never got going in that period, such as Venezuela, Russia, Barbados and a few others.

Marketing Strategies Today: How to adapt to Twitter's newest updates

January 21, 2016
Marketing Strategies Today: How to adapt to Twitter's newest updates When it comes to the fastest and easiest way to reach anyone these days, it is Twitter. On this site, news services are now looking for stories that are trending before the wires have even picked them up. It is not uncommon for stories to break here before anywhere else. Twitter is a network...

It is over, says former Bahamas megaresort board member

January 16, 2016
It is over, says former Bahamas megaresort board member NASSAU, Bahamas -- The defunct Baha Mar multibillion dollar resort development in The Bahamas remains in limbo and, while the Christie administration continues to take a positive public stance on the prospects for the resort, former Baha Mar board member Dionisio D’Aguilar told Guardian...

New and exciting local products and services for expanded Expo Jamaica in 2016

January 16, 2016
New and exciting local products and services for expanded Expo Jamaica in 2016 KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) is currently recruiting international and local buyers of Jamaican products for a larger and improved Expo Jamaica 2016, which will be in its 43rd year at its next staging. The Caribbean's largest trade exhibition will be held on...

Netherlands expresses interest in trading with Cuba

January 15, 2016
Netherlands expresses interest in trading with Cuba HAVANA, Cuba -- Guido Landheer, deputy minister for foreign trade relations of the Netherlands, expressed on Tuesday in Havana, Cuba, his country’s interest in trading with Cuba in areas such as renewable energy, water resources and agriculture. Landheer is part of a Dutch mission that...

Let's Talk Business: Four steps to staying on track with your 2016 business goals

January 13, 2016
Let's Talk Business: Four steps to staying on track with your 2016 business goals Every year companies set business and financial goals, at least they should. Sadly, akin to personal New Year’s resolutions, the steam often runs out pretty quickly when unforeseen challenges enter into the equation. Be prepared isn’t a cliché, it is paramount, especially for small businesses.

Marketing Strategies Today: When do I use trial closes?

January 11, 2016
Marketing Strategies Today: When do I use trial closes? If you were to ask, most people familiar with selling would say that the most important event in the sales cycle is the closing of a deal. And some people believe that a sales person is either a closer or they are not. Or there is the belief that the harder we work, the more aggressive we are, and...

Bond insurers file suit to stop Puerto Rico's 'clawback'

January 9, 2016
Bond insurers file suit to stop Puerto Rico's 'clawback' HAMILTON, Bermuda -- Bond insurance subsidiaries of Assured Guaranty Ltd (together with its subsidiaries, Assured Guaranty) filed suit on Thursday challenging the constitutionality of the revenue clawback instituted by Puerto Rico late last year. Assured Guaranty believes the clawback of revenues...

Expanded incentives for FDI open up new investment opportunities in Costa Rica

January 7, 2016
Expanded incentives for FDI open up new investment opportunities in Costa Rica SAN JOSE, Costa Rica -- Costa Rica's rapid rise in the last decade to become a global hub for foreign direct investment is spurring a new wave of investment opportunities in trending sectors, boosted by an expanded tax incentives package. Costa Rica is already home to more than 275...

Regional Economics: Predictions for 2016

January 7, 2016
Regional Economics: Predictions for 2016 From the pleasant predictions of economic prosperity for emerging economies to the grim predictions of regional conflict and the next world war, we all love predictions. We also love to look back and contemplate where we went wrong or right with those predictions. Every year, companies...

Iowa legislators to lead trade mission to Cuba

January 6, 2016
Iowa legislators to lead trade mission to Cuba HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Two legislators from the US state of Iowa are planning to visit Cuba this week, leading a delegation interested in fostering bilateral links for future trade exchange. According to local media in Iowa, Sen. Steve Sodders, D-Marshalltown, and Rep. Kirsten Running-Marquardt...

Marketing Strategies Today: Podcasting persuasion

January 4, 2016
Marketing Strategies Today: Podcasting persuasion Podcasting is a relatively new communication medium. Its growing popularity and low cost of entry make it a great communication and promotional channel for companies to experiment with. Podcasting is online audio content, and sometimes video content, which is delivered via an RSS feed.

Marketing Strategies Today: Do I pay for traffic or rely on SEO?

December 28, 2015
Marketing Strategies Today: Do I pay for traffic or rely on SEO? Search engine optimization, or SEO, and pay per click advertising, or PPC, together comprise the bulk of search engine marketing, or SEM. SEO is all about boosting page rankings on search engines through third party links, articles, directory placements, and other means. PPC, on the other...

Marketing Strategies Today: Networking steps

December 21, 2015
Marketing Strategies Today: Networking steps What is networking? Definition: In the world of computers, networking is the practice of interfacing two or more computing devices with each other for the purpose of sharing data. Computer networks are built with a combination of hardware and software. Computer networks can be categorized...

Suriname bank signs agreement to assist move to Shari'ah compliant operations

December 16, 2015
Suriname bank signs agreement to assist move to Shari'ah compliant operations PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- Trust Bank (TB) in Suriname has signed an advisory services agreement with the Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD), the private sector arm of the Islamic Development Bank Group (“IDB”), in order to process and support its...

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