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Our island Curaçao never ceases to amaze me. Its diverse culture, ethnicities and languages provide a melting pot that is very unique. These assets provide the ingredients to bring this island to a potential that can be unstoppable when its resources are tapped correctly.

This realization became more and more evident as we were interviewing some of our island’s greatest minds and achievers for this issue. Between these covers, we have an eclectic mix of what we currently have going for us in Curaçao, the potential of where we can go and some great resources on how to get there – from the mouths of a few of those who have done it already.

Curaçao’s strength of being a multi-cultural society enables leaders in business to relate to their respective international sectors. This allows for success in exporting services, which has become one of the top assets of business in Curaçao today and, looking at the trends, is destined to only grow in the future. In each issue, we will feature a subsector exporting its services on the island — this issue highlights the IT industry. We had the pleasure of meeting with Clark Russel of IBIS Management and Andrew Solomon of Ictual to find out how they became successful in exporting their IT services internationally.

I’m very proud of our features for this issue, both a little lengthier than usual, but well worth it. The Beyond the Glass Ceiling feature highlights the impressive accomplishments of Jeanette Bonet, first female general manager of a hotel chain, both locally and internationally, as well as the first female president of the Curaçao Hospitality and Tourism Association. The Rise to the Top feature is a true success story of hard work and dedication. I had the pleasure of speaking with the pioneers of Mangusa Supermarkets, Belmira Sousa de Lira and Francisco Lira do Estreito, Jr. to learn firsthand how this very success-ful company got its start – from its very humble beginnings and, with humility and love of family, how they continue to work hard together to make it the huge success it is today.

Finally, what completes this issue is a positive message about Curaçao’s economy by Leo Rigaud, president of the Curaçao Banking Association, the origin of Curaçao’s very own North Sea Jazz and how it greatly contributes to the tourism sector of the island, and other helpful information for entrepreneurs and business owners to either get a head start in business and/or to keep abreast of new information that may help make his/her business even better.

If there are any topics you would like to see in future issues or if you would like to write an article for the magazine, please let us know.

Heather de Paulo, editor

Curaçao Business is available in print in English and online in English and Dutch at www.curaçaobusinessmagazine.com.