Officials from the ministry of economy held a ceremony Tuesday night to award seven local entrepreneurs with cash prizes for their exemplary success stories.
The Premio a la Excelencia en el Empresariado Local was presented by President Laura Chinchilla to owners of very small, self-started businesses, according to a press release from the Ministerio de Economía, Industria y Comercio.
Each of these seven businesses also received a $2,500 prize as part of the award, according to the release.
The annual awards ceremony is organized by the ministry along with the Citi Foundation and the Adry Association. This is the sixth consecutive year that these firms have given out these awards.
The businesses that won are part of a ministry program that gives loans to local entrepreneurs who do not have alternative means to put their business ideas into practice.
Ministry officials said that the ceremony is meant to highlight the successes of entrepreneurs with small, start-up businesses and demonstrate how other Costa Ricans can create their own successful stores.
The winning business are Caribbean Kalisi Coffee Shop, Osvaldo Valverde Campos, Turrialba Gurmet S.A., Productos Morrjons S.A., Banco Mujer Nuevo Amanecer, Banco Mujer Santa Marta and SIBU Chocolates, the press release said.