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My husband inherited a fine rug from his parents, made in Puerto Rico.  I could not find any information about it on the Internet, since I didn’t know the correct spelling of the manufacturer’s name (Valarski??). So I contacted Elizabeth Cuevas-Neunder, of the Puerto Rican Chamber of Commerce of Florida, with what information I had.

 Elizabeth found the correct manufacturer, who employs artisans in Puerto Rico (V’Soske, “America’s Preeminent Rug Maker”).  In fact, from the Internet link she gave me, I was able to see the exact same rug.  
Elizabeth, Thank you so much for your help!  I know this was not an easy request and I appreciate your efforts.  It is so good to know the history now of this rug that came from Puerto Rico.

 Martha Radin
Dear Liz,
  My name is Nitza I. Cordero and I just spoke to Elizabeth Cuevas on  the phone. I went on your website and I must say that I am proud of  all of you for making this happen.This Chamber of Commerce was very much needed in the Sarasota/ Manatee County areas. I hope that this only gets better from here on out. I wish you all the best of luck and  should there be something I could do to help please don’t hesitate to  call or email me. I am the new Director of Agency Relations at AFFB as  stated below. I am also a full time Masters Level Student at Webster  University.
 Thank you so very much and please pass this message on to Elizabeth 
  Nitza Cordero, B.A.
  Director of Agency Relations
  All Faiths Food Bank
2010 Pioneer Emilio (Millito) Navarro
Dr. Joseph Neunder Pioneer Millito Navarro Jason Ramos, Esq.
Pioneer 2009
NASA Scientist & Inventor 
Olga Gonzalez.-Sanabria
Elizabeth Cuevas-Neunder
Pioneer 2009
First USA Female 
Surgeon General
Dr. Antonia Novello

 Congratulations on a wonderful event in Tampa yesterday. I could tell a lot of work went into the planning, and the speakers were excellent. I made a couple of great contacts and will continue to work to grow the relationships between Florida and Puerto Rico.

 I like your idea of a business/trade incubator. While I know your focus is on shipping goods through the Port of Tampa, please keep me in mind should you need assistance moving goods through the port of Jacksonville. More than 75 percent of all goods moving between Puerto Rico and the U.S. mainland are shipped through Jacksonville, making Jacksonville the No. 1 port in the nation for trade with Puerto Rico. (Also, the island is our port's largest trading partner.) Additionally, all four U.S. shipping lines serving Puerto Rico operate from Jacksonville, with three of them headquartered here. We have great connections with the Puerto Rico Ports Authority and economic development office and are eager to grow this very important relationship. In September, we plan to hold a Doing Business with Puerto Rico seminar in Jacksonville for local small business owners, and I'll be glad to send you details in the coming weeks as we finalize a program.

Again, very nice job yesterday. Thank you for having me. I enjoyed meeting you and learning more about your Chamber's wonderful work.

Best regards,
 Robert A. Peek
Director of Marketing Development
Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT)      
2011 Pioneers Gala Awards 
Puerto Rico Summit II in Ponce Hilton
Mr. Christopher Torres Esq. President of Puerto Rican Chamber of Commerce of Florida,  Elizabeth Cuevas-Neunder, Founderc/CEO
Hon. Kenneth D. McClintock Hernandez, Puerto Rico Secretary of State
Hon. Senador Luis Berdiel, President de la Commission of Agriculture
Christopher Torres Esq. Mr. Jorge Cuevas-Cuevas
Mr. Luis A. Ayala-Parsi 

Tampa Port Press Conference the launching of Reaching Across the Ocean
mission between Florida & Puerto Rico. A historical moment in Tampa