Two more small business fairs planned

Two more gatherings of small business operators are planned under the auspices of the Ministerio de Economía, Industria y Comercio.

They will be Sept. 26 and 27 in Upala in the northern zone and Oct. 25 and 26 in Limón.

The ministry is involved in a major effort to encourage small- and medium-sized businesses.

In Puntarenas last weekend one such event took place where entrepreneurs presented their wares. They included fruit products, spices, coffees, textiles, technology and crafts.

The products fair was on the Paseo de los Turistas in the Pacific community. This was the fourth such event organized by the ministry along with help from the  Banca para el Desarrollo, the Instituto Nacional de Aprendizaje, the Ministerio de Ciencia,Tecnología y Telecomunicaciones and the Promotora del Comercio Exterior de Costa Rica.

The ministry has a program for what are called  pequeñas y medianas empresas or PYMES that provides low-interest loans, training and exemption from the annual corporate tax.

In addition to showcasing the products of the small firms, the events are designed to promote the program.

Saturday also saw the graduation by the Instituto Nacional de Aprendizaje of a group of  women who completed a course in entrepreneurism.

The Estado de Nación program has repeatedly noted that Costa Rica public schools are designed to produce future employees and not business leaders.

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