Miami Herald: Businesses on both sides of the Florida Straits get to know each other

Peter A. Quinter

Peter Quinter
GrayRobinson, P.A.

Early on a recent Friday morning, four entrepreneurs visited the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce to give a briefing on their business journeys. But the chamber breakfast in Miami, capital of Cuban exiles, was a bit unusual: All four were from Cuba, members of the island’s growing private business class.

One entrepreneur — Vanessa Pino, whose family business is selling brightly packaged sweets — even laid out a tray of her shortbread cookies among the breakfast offerings.

The visit was a first for the Miami chamber, said Barry Johnson, chamber president and chief executive.

Earlier that week, Guillermo Santa Cruz — a vice president with IMG, the global sports, management and media company — told an audience of tech entrepreneurs at the eMerge Americas conference in Miami Beach: “If you’re in business, you need a Cuba plan in the next six to 12 months. It will move that fast.”

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