Dollars and Sense, a News is my Business podcast
By News is my Business
Welcome to Dollars and Sense, the only podcast in English about Puerto Rico's business community produced by News is my Business. Listen to our podcast series, featuring interviews with experts from a broad range of fields.
TSA ramps up technology at SJU airport for busy summer season.
The Transportation Security Administration is implementing new logistics at the Luis Muñoz Marín Int'l airport to expedite passenger movement while keeping a close watch on safety. What are the implications and benefits for travelers during this busy summer season? Check out the interview, then LIKE and SHARE!
June 27, 2022
Puerto Rico's ferry service sails into next phase of privatization
In this episode, Matt Miller, president of HMS Puerto Rico and Rick Newman, president of Puerto Rico Fast Ferries, provide their views on the status of the ferry service connecting Puerto Rico with Vieques and Culebra, and expectations for coming months. The Maritime Transportation Authority, the government entity responsible for the service, did not return requests for an interview.
August 19, 2021
Porzio, Bromberg & Newman arrives to Puerto Rico to work with pharma, Act 20/22 sectors
In this episode, attorneys Vito Gagliardi, Bill Hughes and Luis Rivera-Marín discuss plans for the Porzio, Bromberg & Newman law firm, which recently opened a practice in Puerto Rico, where it plans to expand its reach and that of its Porzio Life Sciences subsidiary. The firm seeks to provide legal, business and commercial compliance solutions in the region, zeroing in on the highly regulated pharmaceutical industry. The attorneys also said they will work with Act 20/22 beneficiaries in Puerto Rico in their affairs with the Internal Revenue Service. Tune in!
June 30, 2021
ASM Global, operator of the 'Choliseo' and other entertainment venues, upbeat on reopening.
We sat down with Jorge Pérez, regional manager of ASM Global, the company that manages four important entertainment venues in Puerto Rico — the Puerto Rico Coliseum (known as the "Choliseo"), the Convention Center, the majestic Antiguo Casino, and the soon-to-open Coca Cola Music Hall — about expectations of the restart of events as COVID-19 pandemic restrictions are eased. TUNE IN!
May 27, 2021
Our "Dollars & Sense" podcast series is BACK!
Check out our newest episode in which we chat with Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport CEO Jorge Hernández about the impact of COVID-19 on travel over the past year, and the road to recovery ahead. LISTEN! SHARE! RATE US!
April 01, 2021
LUMA Energy CEO offers insights on P3 deal to run PREPA's grid
It has been a little more than a month since the Puerto Rico Public-Private Partnership Authority announced that LUMA Energy had been chosen to operate, maintain and modernize the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority’s electricity transmission and distribution system for the next 15 years. Since then, there has been much talk from different sectors in Puerto Rico concerned about what’s to come. So, with that said, News is my Business sat down with LUMA Energy CEO Wayne K. Stensby to talk about aspects related to the agreement and how it will affect consumers, as well as the "behind-the-scenes" of the deal.
July 29, 2020
Paseo Caribe courting locals, tourists with renewed entertainment/dining proposal
Ten days after Hurricane María slammed into Puerto Rico in September 2017, Paseo Caribe resumed operation of its oceanfront mixed-use complex. And despite challenges such as the exit of tenants from El Mercado food court and its retail areas, operator CPG Island Servicing continues to bet on the local market and is working again to establish a connection between the property and locals and tourists, through its entertainment and gastronomy options. Sam Kirschner, president of CPG Island Servicing, sat down with Dollars & Sense to discuss those topics, as well as Paseo Caribe’s expectations about the upcoming opening of the El Distrito entertainment venue across the way in Miramar.
November 13, 2019
FirstBank CEO says Santander acquisition is ‘transformational for the company’
Aurelio Alemán, CEO of First BanCorp., the parent company of FirstBank, explained what the acquisition of Banco Santander’s assets in Puerto Rico will represent for the market and the financial institution he heads. He also went over aspects of the bank’s third quarter results, released a day after the deal was made public.
October 23, 2019
Bureau of Economic Analysis says P.R.'s data now 'in line with the rest of the world'
The U.S. Department of Commerce's Bureau of Economic Analysis is working on establishing a clear picture of Puerto Rico's economy, and laying down a uniform methodology in line with U.S. mainland states and territories, countries across the world. In this episode of "Dollars & Sense," Kristy Howell, economist with the BEA, provides more insight on the preliminary numbers released this week. Local economist Juan Castañer, from local analysis firm Estudios Técnicos, reacts to the findings.
October 17, 2019
EXCLUSIVE: FCC Chair Pai discusses historic $950M allocation for P.R./USVI
The Federal Communications Commission today approved $950 million in funding to improve, expand, and harden communications networks in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Chairman Ajit Pai, who has been front and center of the telecom recovery efforts for Puerto Rico and the USVI since day one after Hurricanes Irma and María hit in September 2017, discusses the historic vote in an exclusive interview with News is my Business.
September 26, 2019
Invest P.R. poised to put island on the map
In this episode of "Dollars & Sense, a News is my Business podcast" we sat down with Rod Miller, CEO of Invest Puerto Rico, the recently launched independent entity responsible for promoting the island in the international business community.
August 12, 2019
Private sector reacts to arrests on gov't corruption charges, 'TelegramGate'
Today’s special episode features interviews with representatives from Puerto Rico’s private sector to discuss the events of the last week, when six people with ties to Gov. Ricardo Rosselló’s administration were arrested on corruption charges, as well as the contents of nearly 900 pages of a chat on Telegram involving the governor and a group of his tightest collaborators were revealed. The lineup of interviewees is: Tomás Ramírez, representative of Puerto Rico’s small inns — or paradores — tourism sector; Jorge Argüelles, president of the Puerto Rico United Retailers Association; Jay Fonseca, attorney and news analyst; Kenneth Rivera, Certified Public Accountant and past president of the Puerto Rico Chamber of Commerce; José Joaquín Villamil, economist and founder of the Estudios Técnicos analysis firm; and, José Ledesma, president of the Puerto Rico Chamber of Commerce. At Dollars and Sense, we wanted to know the effects of these situations on Puerto Rico’s current and future business and investment climate. These were their thoughts.
July 14, 2019
NIMB’s exclusive interview with Sir Richard Branson
In this special “Throwback Thursday” edition of our podcast series, we re-visit our exclusive interview with Sir Richard Branson, who took shelter in Puerto Rico — with most of his family and staff — after Hurricane Irma ravaged the British Virgin Islands and his property on Necker Island in September 2017. This is the first time News is my Business has released the audio of this interview, done at a lobby of a hotel in Isla Verde.
May 23, 2019
The ins and outs of doing business with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Soraya Correa, chief procurement officer of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Antonio Sosa-Pascual, co-chair of the Puerto Rico Technology Cluster talk about the opportunities for small companies in Puerto Rico to do business with the large federal agency. They spoke about the importance of promoting innovation and entrepreneurial vision in this industry.
May 22, 2019
Causa Local brings access to capital closer to startups
Nonprofit organization Causa Local Founder Ana María Cintrón talks about the mission to provide alternative access to capital for small and medium businesses in Puerto Rico. Through crowdfunding and loans, local operations like Molcajete Foods are able to get their businesses off the ground, says Roberto Rivera, one of the three founding brothers of the Caguas-based manufacturing operation.
May 20, 2019
P.R. IT Cluster’s ‘CIO & IT Leadership Conference ’19’ to focus on AI, cybersecurity
Puerto Rico Information Technology Cluster co-Chairman, Antonio Sosa-Pascual and Board member José Huyke discuss the agenda for the upcoming conference that will feature local and international IT industry leaders talking about Artificial Intelligence, Health Technology, Cyber Security, Innovation and Business Vision, IT as Economic Development, among others. If you like this episode, please rate it and share it! Available for download and on your favorite podcast streaming platform.
May 07, 2019
Centro para P.R. fights poverty, inequality; advances women’s role in society
Dennis Román, vice president of the Sila M. Calderón Foundation’s Centro para Puerto Rico discusses the nonprofit’s missions and programs to promote entrepreneurship and self-reliance among the island’s youth and low-income women.
May 01, 2019
Benefits of opening an IRA account as tax deadline looms
CPA Rubén Rodríguez, a member of the Puerto Rico Society of CPAs, and expert on the topic of Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs), discusses their benefits to taxpayers in Puerto Rico in our latest podcast episode.
April 11, 2019
Liberty P.R. offers update on NBCUniversal channel blackout
Liberty Puerto Rico President Naji Khoury says NBCUniversal is holding customers hostage, while no new negotiations are scheduled to solve the matter to get Telemundo, NBC and 13 other channels back on the air. In the meantime, the carrier is offering discounted services and vows to give credit. Listen to the full interview HERE!
April 06, 2019
Government of Puerto Rico, FEMA announce agreement to expedite recovery fund allocations
In this episode of Dollar$ and $ense, we share with you information provided during a news conference in San Juan about the agreement reached between the Central Office of Recovery, Reconstruction and Resiliency (known as COR3) and FEMA for the review and reimbursement approval of federal recovery funds. Heading the news conference were Omar Marrero, executive director of COR3, and Mike Byrne, FEMA's acting Caribbean area division director for disaster operations in Puerto Rico.
March 26, 2019
SBA pumping greater resources in Emerging Leaders program in P.R./USVI
U.S. Small Business Administration Regional Administrator Steven Bulger is visiting the island this week as a curtain raiser to the start of this year's Emerging Leaders program, which so far has graduated more than 90 local companies, said SBA District Director for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, Yvette T. Collazo.
March 08, 2019
P.R. Funders Network analyzes role of philanthropy in island’s recovery
The philanthropic response to Puerto Rico’s devastation after Hurricanes Irma and María in September 2017 generated an incalculable amount of private aid and the “coming together” of new and existing nonprofits to help in the island’s ongoing recovery. The subject is discussed in detail in the “Philanthropy and Puerto Rico after Hurricane María: How a natural disaster put Puerto Rico on the philanthropic map and implications for the future” report, co-authored by Janice Petrovich, interviewed for this episode of Dollar$ and $ense.
March 02, 2019
Recap of today's lineup of stories in News is my Business
Popular Inc.’s fourth quarter 2018 earnings report, Liberty Puerto Rico announces new plans and rates for 2019, the Puerto Rico Treasury Department announced a moratorium through March on payment plans extended to federal government employees affected by the shutdown.
January 24, 2019
Recap of today's lineup of stories in News is my Business
Oriental Bancorp reported earnings, medicinal cannabis clinics are proliferating quickly in Puerto Rico and the Puerto Rico Institute of Statistics goes to court.
January 23, 2019
Recap of stories published today in News is my Business
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January 22, 2019
Rosselló: Transportation issues between P.R-Vieques-Culebra to be resolved by summer
Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló sits down with News is my Business to discuss several pressing economic issues, and the government’s proposed resolutions.
January 22, 2019
Audio headlines for Jan. 21, 2019
Here's a summary of the stories appearing in News is my Business today!
January 21, 2019