Metro Women Business Center

About Us

Metro Women Business Center. Friends of Puerto Rico is the host of a Women Business Center that is powered and partially funded by the Small Business Administration (SBA).

Our Women Business Center will create a thriving ecosystem of women entrepreneurs in the Bayamon and San Juan region and serve as a hub to access the tools, capital, knowledge, and networks to create a supportive environment in which women and the local community will grow their businesses. This will allow an accelerated growth of an economic hub and the commercialization of new businesses in Puerto Rico.

Friends of Puerto Rico’s Metro Women’s Business Center is located at the University of Puerto Rico in Bayamon. This program, funded partially by the Small Business Administration, provides comprehensive training and resources for women entrepreneurs in the San Juan-Bayamón Metro area. The business center provides important resources to budding women entrepreneurs wherever they are in their process, from support through the conceptual stage, to creating a startup business through the path of achieving sustainability. Additionally, the center supports established women, entrepreneurs, to help maximize the growth potential of their existing businesses.

 

MISSION

As a nonprofit, our mission is to improve inclusion, access, and knowledge in entrepreneurship that leads to starting or growing a business.

VISION

Our vision is to enhance the economic self-sufficiency and quality of life of women and individuals through entrepreneurial training, technical assistance and access to capital for new and growing businesses throughout Puerto Rico’s San Juan and Bayamon region.

WHO WE SERVE

Puerto Rico’s San Juan and Bayamon metropolitan area

MEET OUR TEAM

angelique Sina

Is an entrepreneur and President of Friends of Puerto Rico. During her career at the World Bank’s private sector, she launched a multi-million-dollar philanthropic fund to support communities in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. She is an expert in business entrepreneurship training with a passion for women and youth to found more small businesses. She is a graduate of the University of Puerto Rico in Aguadilla, Johns Hopkins, and Stanford University Business School. In 2016, she was appointed as Commissioner for the Latino Community by the Mayor of Washington, D.C., and serves on AT&T’s Millennial Council, a Trustee of the New York Foundling and is Vice Chair of the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. She enjoys exploring new coffee shops and is an avid golfer.

Elizabeth Tredent

Is Chief of Staff at Friends of Puerto Rico. Elizabeth has led our operations, training and human resources since 2018 at Friends of Puerto Rico. She previously worked at Wall Street as an Operations Coordinator for multiple high profile financial firms in NYC. She is also a professional Opera singer. She holds a Bachelor of Music from Cleveland Institute of Music and was awarded a full scholarship for her Master of Music Degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Elizabeth is fluent in English and German and conversational in Italian French.

Bianca Ann Antonio

Is our Project Manager at Friends of Puerto Rico. Bianca joined the organization in 2021. She graduated from Ateneo de Davao University with a degree of Bachelor of Science in Accounting Technology. Bianca is adept in program management, communications, and leads the team across all operational areas.

Eduardo A. Díaz-García

Is a Program Manager at Friends of Puerto Rico. He has 9 years of experience in the education sector, from a variety of areas such as teaching, school leadership, federal programs, discipline and parental engagement. He joined the organization in February of 2022. In 2011 he completed his Bachelor of Science in Industrial Microbiology from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez, Puerto Rico. In 2020 he completed his Masters degree in Educational Management and Leadership at the Interamerican University in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. Eduardo is adept in educational and federal programs, program management and communication.

ADVISORY BOARD

Desiree Mieses

Desiree Mieses

Managing Partner, Lumiere Bay

Johanna Salgado

Johanna Salgado

Director Caribbean Women Economic Forum (WEF)

Loreana Gonzalez

Loreana González Lazzarini CPA

Managing Director & Member, Ad Astra Solutions

Karen Mojica

Karen Mojica

Business Development Director at Invest Puerto Rico

Minerva Serrano

Minerva Serrano

Co-Founder, President & CFO of Activus Connect

Seda Goff

Seda Goff

Director, PenFed Foundation Veteran Entrepreneur Investment Program

Enid López

Enid López

Representative of the Mayor of Bayamón

Juan Marrero

Juan Marrero

Sergeant Outreach Specialist, Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC)

Rolando Meléndez Martínez

Rolando Meléndez Martínez

Administrative Project Coordinator, Municipality of Bayamón

Frances Ríos

Frances Ríos

CEO & Founder, Women Who Lead

Cynthia del Mar Rivera Marrero

Cynthia del Mar Rivera Marrero

Chief of Staff, Department of Economic Development

Izmira Santiago-Mikel

Izmira Santiago-Mikel

Executive Director, Univision Foundation

Luis Torres

Luis Torres

President & Co-Founder Engine4

Ramon Rivera Cruz

Ramon Luis Rivera Cruz

Mayor of Bayamón

Miguel Vélez

Miguel Vélez

Chancellor UPR Bayamón

Allen Gutiérrez

Allen Gutiérrez

President, CMA Group, Former US Business Administration