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North Florida companies reap benefits of trade mission to Costa Rica

E.Benson, CEO, B & G Educational Innovations, meeting with Physicians and Adminstrators from UCIMED, San Jose, Costa Rica

E.Benson, CEO, B & G Educational Innovations, meeting with Physicians and Adminstrators from UCIMED, San Jose, Costa Rica

 

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By Will Robinson  – Reporter, Jacksonville Business Journal

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Two North Florida tech companies are already seeing results from a trade mission to Costa Rica conducted Feb. 26 to Mar. 1.

Jacksonville-based B&G Educational Innovations LLC, a manufacturer of medical and veterinary training devices, and Gainesville-based GreenTechnologies LLC, a manufacturer of slow-release fertilizer, were among more than 20 Florida businesses who took part in the four-day trade mission to Costa Rica.

BGEI CEO Elizabeth Benson said the trade mission, put on by Enterprise Florida Inc. and the U.S. Commercial Service, was seamless.

"There was no downtime," said Benson, whose company was a 2016 One Spark award winner. "They had us set up morning to evening with people who wanted to do business with us."

Benson is already negotiating contracts with three groups in Costa Rica, she said, and a medical school told her that BGEI products are already on its budget for next year.

Doing business during the mission was simple, Benson said. She had bios of everyone she met before she met them, had the help of an interpreter and was supported financially by a grant.

"It was like a well-oiled machine," she said.

Benson is looking to ramp up her company's manufacturing in Melbourne, find an international distributor and hire more in Jacksonville to help with order fulfillment. She is already looking for opportunities to go on other trade missions and has received invitations for trips to Brazil and South Africa.

Marla Buchanan, COO of GreenTechnologies, also had a successful trip.

"The trade mission will result in additional export sales for GreenTechnologies, not only in Costa Rica, but Honduras and other Latin American countries as well,” Buchanan said in a statement.

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Community and the Season of Giving

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Community and the Season of Giving

The “Season of Giving” has become a popular catch phrase or tag line in many commercials and appeals for holiday donations. It’s a good concept and an important reminder to look beyond ourselves and immediate families, to share with those who, for any number of reasons, have less of life’s bounty to enjoy.

As Americans we are blessed with abundant choices. This is no less true when it comes to finding a group, association or organization whose main mission is helping others and so doing helping each of us have a little nicer world in which to live. Despite all the ways we have of receiving information these days, we are often unaware of the needs that exist right in our community. Look around and you may be surprised to find a need you can help with close by.

You can support the ongoing needs of our homeless and hungry, our youth and seniors, our ill and isolated, our cancer fighters and survivors, our first responders, our active duty military and veterans, our animal rescue teams, and the list goes on. They all need your help all year long. Whether you send a check, donate goods or services or volunteer your time, it all counts. It all helps.

BGEI proudly sent 8 jam packed care packages overseas to our military family. Snacks, games, essentials and even some well written letters from Grace Baptist Church Daycare kids (ages 4-10) showing our gratitude for the sacrifices that are being made. 

BGEI proudly sent 8 jam packed care packages overseas to our military family. Snacks, games, essentials and even some well written letters from Grace Baptist Church Daycare kids (ages 4-10) showing our gratitude for the sacrifices that are being made. 

We as businesses, large and small, are usually good at getting our messages about the quality, convenience or price of our products out to our publics, but can forget how important it is to demonstrate our sense of corporate citizenship in the communities in which we operate. No matter the size of your enterprise, let those in your community see you for the neighbors you are.

For us, at ReaLifeSim, we are proud to be supporting a military unit throughout their overseas deployment. We challenge each of you reading this to choose to help! Remember it’s not the size of the gift, sometimes not even the item itself, but the simple fact that someone is thinking of them and cares enough to share their time. It’s your gift of love and hope that makes the difference.  

Here’s to making a New Year’s resolution that includes a year-long “Season of Giving”! Start today. After all, today is “Giving Tuesday”.

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