The PCI BRIDGE Model – Bilingual Entrepreneurship Series

We’re excited to launch a the PCI BRIDGE Model program in collaboration with other immigrant and small business support groups. The Bilingual Entrepreneurship Series will launch at the Greater Farmington Area Chamber of Commerce in both Spanish and English  (Se lanza el programa de emprendimiento bilingüe en español e inglés.) Business Model Canvas (Modelo de Negocio)Continue reading “The PCI BRIDGE Model – Bilingual Entrepreneurship Series”

Travel to Cuba

¡Vamos Pa’ Cuba! Puente Cultural Integration is planning its first trip to Cuba.  Government policies keep changing and we have been paying close attention to the latest updates. In the last couple of months, the US has opened bids for domestic airline carriers to provide service to Cuba and has eliminated many restrictions for travel. We, likeContinue reading “Travel to Cuba”

Where is everybody?

The somber change in the vibe of the neighborhood was palpable right after the election, it has now evolved into a state of resignation as people attempt to continue living their lives. Stories of raids, detentions, and the hardship that children and spouses are suffering when the bread winner is deported have shifted from shocking to normalized.

5 de Mayo is NOT Independence Day

One would think that news outlets would occasionally use Google or even Wikipedia to confirm their history, yet, sadly, no. Sunday night, as I was watching the WXYZ-Detroit news coverage of the Mexicantown Cinco de Mayo Parade it was reported that the parade commemorated Mexico’s Independence Day. NO! NO! NO! Apparently, they could’ve just readContinue reading “5 de Mayo is NOT Independence Day”

3 Tips ¿Sí/No?: Business w/ Latinos

Did you know that Hispanics now make up 18% of the total U.S. population? Yet, Hispanic and Latino labels are sociolinguistic and geographical – not racial. It is difficult to generalize the Latino population; it is far more diverse than one might think. There are over 57 million people who identified as Hispanic in the U.S.(Statistics accordingContinue reading “3 Tips ¿Sí/No?: Business w/ Latinos”

Happy Hispanic Heritage Month

The cultural and linguistic diversity among the 21 official Spanish-speaking countries is great. Each country has their own unique cultures, accents, and expressions. Learning the different meanings of words and “¿Cómo se dice . . .? / How do you say . . .?” in different regions gives insight into the culture. Matador Network is a great resourceContinue reading “Happy Hispanic Heritage Month”

Why was I so affected by Sandra Bland’s arrest and death?

(Editor’s note: I originally wrote this in July. I was leery about posting a controversial piece. I decided it’s too important.) I don’t know why the video footage of Sandra Bland’s arrest has me so shaken-up? I can relate to the stress and annoyance Sandra felt that day. I hear it in her voice. She wasContinue reading “Why was I so affected by Sandra Bland’s arrest and death?”

Of course, I will (maybe?)

It has been my experience that Latin Americans are very generous with their time and energy. They have really good intentions and will almost always say “Yes” or “Claro que sí” to most requests. Their follow-through, however, is complex. (See my previous blog: “Love the one you’re with ;-)” ) Previous commitments will not trumpContinue reading “Of course, I will (maybe?)”