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Toolkit 2022

How to navigate Costa Rica’s small business financing system

As we reported in our story on Costa Rica’s Development Banking System (SBD) and its myriad options for small business financing in Costa Rica,...

Small business financing in Costa Rica: links of a broken chain

It all started when Betsy López ran out of money for diapers.  Her baby, Dereck, now two and a half, needed a diaper change, and...

The motto of an entrepreneur: ‘Today’s the day’

I began my life as an entrepreneur at an early age. We lived in Escazú, on a large property with many fruit trees, so...

Tips 506: How to buy souvenirs that benefit small businesses and communities

There's something magical about buying souvenirs. Perhaps it is because of the new color combinations, flavors, and shapes, or because of the treasured experiences...

‘This is only for the brave’

Why do we keep at it amid so much struggle? Maybe because sometimes, just sometimes, an entrepreneur can work magic.  What else can you call it...

Tips 506: How many places should I visit on my trip to Costa Rica?

Pacific and Caribbean beaches, myriad forests from rain to dry to cloud, archeological sites, city life… Costa Rica offers everything, except snow, in a...

‘Our heritage should never go out of style’

Some entrepreneurs might find that turning her passion into income might remove some of the joy. For others, the opposite occurs. A fleeting interest deepens...

Trainings for small businesses in Costa Rica

The world of trainings for small businesses in Costa Rica is a vast one. Virtual and in-person, free and paid, a host of offerings...

Tips 506: How to select a tour when visiting Costa Rica

You’ve already decided to visit Costa Rica. You’ve set your dates and bought your plane tickets. Now it’s time to ask yourself: what tours...

Here’s to the mask-makers

Late March, 2020. The streets have fallen quiet. Can you hear a gentle hum? It is the sound of sewing machines. Panicked entrepreneurs at work. One...
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When visiting Costa Rica, choose your personal care products wisely

When I opened up the floor for the members of Entrepreneurs 506 to tell us what visitors to rural Costa Rica should remember to...
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