Building BRIDGES

SAVE THE DATE! I’m excited to share my latest project – the BRIDGE Bilingual Business Expo & Networking Event scheduled for May 29th with our BRIDGE Partners, the newly renovated Crowne Plaza Farmington Hills and the Greater Farmington Area Chamber of Commerce. BRIDGE Bilingual Business Expo & Networking Event May 29th 5:30-7:30pm Crowne Plaza HotelContinue reading “Building BRIDGES”

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”

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?)”

Traveling in Latin America

You’ll find dozens of articles and tips about traveling abroad. Some are applicable to our business travel as well as for pleasure. While most tips will focus on Europe, the cultures of Latin America have a deep European influence and can be a source of valuable tips when traveling for work. Here are a fewContinue reading “Traveling in Latin America”

Love the one you’re with . . . ;-)

You will see a common theme when doing business in Latin America: Relationships! To be successful in the Latin American market, you must be present – both physically and emotionally – to maintain your clients’ trust and loyalty. Do not assume previous positive business dealings will ensure a long-term relationship in business. If something newer, flashier,Continue reading “Love the one you’re with . . . ;-)”

Global Commerce: It’s tricky business!

When conducting business or hosting social events with people from various cultures it is important to learn the “do’s & don’ts”.  Each culture is unique; what is required in one setting may be offensive in another. This is a quick at-a-glance infographic reference to nine different countries created by a company named Zendesk that we found at Entrepreneur.com.  LookingContinue reading “Global Commerce: It’s tricky business!”