Foundation for Puerto Rico (FPR) has partnered with other Puerto Rican non-profits, including ConPRometidos, Grupo Guayacán, Centro Para Emprendedores, and Causa Local, to launch an online call to action so US residents can advocate ensuring Puerto Rico and other territories are not left out of any current or future COVID-19 legislation. Even though a deal was reached last night in Congress, the specific language has yet to be drafted, and it’s crucial that it explicitly includes Puerto Rico and other territories in the provisions. If you or someone in your family or network is living stateside, please click and share this link to send a letter directly to your representatives in Congress to ensure that they #IncludePuertoRico in COVID-19 legislation.
We have quickly shifted our programs to be delivered digitally and are supporting businesses with information, resources, and technical assistance. We are also working with stakeholders at the local level to drive equitable policy that will help small businesses stay afloat. Here are some of our initiatives:
FPR and its partners published an opinion piece this past weekend in El Nuevo Día with recommendations for how our local government needs to support the small business ecosystem in Puerto Rico. Read our column in Spanish here.
We’ve partnered with Colmena 66 to collect information on business needs during the COVID-19 emergency. If you are a business owner in Puerto Rico, please visit Levanta Tu Negocio and fill out this form. If you know a business owner, please send it to them! This will help us understand how to prioritize our efforts as the situation continues to unfold.
Lastly, we’ve launched a new tab within our website where we’ll be aggregating important resources and information in both English and Spanish to support small businesses during this crisis. For regular updates, including programs available to provide financial support, new aid, incentives announced this week by Puerto Rico’s governor, and more, please visit our new page.