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These are the top local news stories from News is my Business for Friday, August 29, 2014.

NSU striving to become learning ‘gateway’ to Americas

Published 29 August 2014, 5:03 am
Nova Southeastern University President George L. Hanbury, on hand for the official inauguration of the college’s new regional campus in Puerto Rico, said Thursday among the institution’s goals is becoming a “gateway to Central and South America for education and the health sciences.” Read More →

COSSEC adopts tech strategies, investment tools

Published 29 August 2014, 5:02 am
The Corporation for the Supervision and Insurance of Puerto Rico Cooperatives, known as COSSEC in Spanish, has adopted a new policy of modernization, innovation and technology to facilitate information between co-ops and the government, President Daniel Rodríguez-Collazo said Thursday. Read More →

Ferry operator opens sales offices inside Walmart

Published 29 August 2014, 5:01 am
America Cruise Ferries, the company offering maritime connections between Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, announced Thursday it has opened sales branches at the Walmart stores in Carolina and Santurce. Read More →

Sprint nixes fees on int’l Wi-Fi calling to P.R., U.S., USVI

Published 29 August 2014, 5:00 am
Sprint will begin offering international Wi-Fi calling back to the United States at no additional cost starting with an over-the-air software update to Samsung Galaxy S 4 with Sprint Spark, rolling out now, the company announced Thursday. Read More →

DMOs must ‘focus agendas’ to capitalize on global trends

Published 28 August 2014, 5:03 am
Destination Marketing Organizations such as Meet Puerto Rico need to focus their agendas on three specific areas to capitalize on growth opportunities within the travel and tourism industry, an expert in the field said Wednesday, citing the results of a recent study. Read More →

Ad agency, retailer, hotel name executives to top posts

Published 28 August 2014, 5:02 am
Top management changes are in order at some of Puerto Rico’s most prominent businesses, namely an ad agency, a major retailer and a hotel. Read More →

AT&T GoPhone launches new smartphone rate plans

Published 28 August 2014, 5:01 am
Starting today, AT&T GoPhone customers in Puerto Rico will be able to enjoy more flexibility and more value with two new plans available in company-owned retail stores in on the island. Read More →

USDA opens call for grants to boost rural area economies

Published 28 August 2014, 5:00 am
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Wednesday that the agency is seeking applications for grants that will be awarded to organizations to provide critical financial and technical assistance to recipients to develop and strengthen their capacity to carry out housing, community facilities and community and economic development projects. Read More →

Doral, gov’t prolong public war of words over tax dispute

Published 27 August 2014, 5:05 am
Doral Financial Corp. and Puerto Rico government officials were back in the public eye Tuesday, when both parties took to the media to defend their reasons for a collapse in court-ordered negotiations regarding a $229 million tax refund the former is claiming, and the latter rescinded. Read More →

Claro launches 150Mbps service to metro area homes

Published 27 August 2014, 5:04 am
Telecommunications provider Claro announced Tuesday the availability of broadband speeds of up to 150 megabits per second to a group of homes in the San Juan metropolitan areas selected to participate in the initial phase of the project. Read More →

Annual Interphex expo slated for Oct. 16-18 in San Juan

Published 27 August 2014, 5:03 am
The International Pharmaceutical Expo’s Life Sciences Innovation Week — an event sponsored annually by the Parenteral Drug Association, focusing on showcasing pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical innovation, technology and knowledge — is slated to take place Oct. 16-18, 2014 in San Juan, organizers announced Tuesday. Read More →

Gov’t appeals to young entrepreneurs in national summit

Published 27 August 2014, 5:02 am
Economic Development and Commerce Secretary Alberto Bacó-Bagué spoke Tuesday to business leaders and start-ups at the National Black and Latino Council’s Black, Brown and Green Sustainability Summit about Puerto Rico’s entrepreneurial business growth and idea cultivation. Read More →

Popular gets kudos for Internet, social media excellence

Published 27 August 2014, 5:01 am
Global Finance recognized Popular Inc. as one of the “World’s Best Consumer Internet Banks in Latin America” for the fourth time and marking a first, as “Best for Social Media.” Read More →

EVERTEC takes silver in ‘Financial Fitness Challenge’

Published 27 August 2014, 5:00 am
Educated Investor recently awarded transaction processing firm EVERTEC the silver for successfully participating in the Financial Fitness Challenge, an event organized in Puerto Rico by the Office of the Commissioner of Financial Institutions’ Institute for Financial Education in collaboration with the Society for Human Resources Management. Read More →

Doral, gov’t continue talks on tax refund dispute

Published 25 August 2014, 5:03 am
Despite word that court-ordered talks between the government and Doral Financial Corp. had broken down late Friday, representatives from both parties confirmed negotiations are still on the fate of a $229 million tax refund the bank is claiming from the government. Read More →

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