Hearts of Gold- Together Everyone Achieves More

Natasha Verkley loves a challenge.  When she became the Executive Director of Hearts of Gold, a charitable organization headquartered in Cuenca, Ecuador, it was in the midst of a big transition and a serious cash shortfall.  The last 18 months have been filled with problems to solve, miraculous events, and hours of work from hundreds of dedicated volunteers who believe in Cuenca and want to make it a great place for everyone.  Even with all those obstacles, Hearts of Gold gave $75,000 to community organizations in 2014 and aspires to…

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Hostel Casa Iskun

The secret to business success really isn’t all that secret – be passionate about what you do while offering sensational service at a fair price, and treat your customers like family.  Combine these common sense tenets with a strong marketing and advertising plan, and you are well on your way to building a long-term, sustainable business.   These were the very ideas that Maria Morales and her daughter Alexa, who is currently working toward her degree in Marketing, had in mind when they opened the doors of Hostal Casa Izkun at…

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Dr. Salamea

More than 2851 people have put their trust in Dr. Pablo Salamea’s skillful hands over the last six years.  Dr. Salamea is one of the foremost plastic surgeons in Cuenca, not only because of his extensive training and ability but also because of his humanitarian work.  In fact, he was the only physician from South American honored by Stanford University’s Resurge, International, in 2015 for his work providing surgery to needy children in Ecuador. Todd and Mary Freeman of Helping Kids in Ecuador (HKIE) call Dr. Salamea, Saint Pablo.  He’s…

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Importing commercial products and registering self-created Products in Ecuador

While most expats who move to Ecuador simply desire a stress-free life or restful retirement, some feel the urge for creating commercial products or services in their new “home away from home.”  If you are one of those energetic types not ready for retirement, the following information is for you. To legally do business in Ecuador, including one involved in importing and exporting products, there are several steps you need to take. First, you must obtain an Ecuadorian tax ID number, or RUC, issued by the Ecuadorian Internal Revenue Service…

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X Marks the Spot: El Maix Owner Opening Taquería

“It’s not what you have. It’s about what you become.” This quote is one of many that have helped guide Hector Muñoz, owner of El Maix Tortilla Factory, on his journey around the world. From his childhood home in Jiménez, Mexico to the battlefields of Iraq, from security work in Qatar to university in southern Texas, from oil fields in North Dakota to the upcoming opening of his new restaurant in Cuenca, Hector’s journey has been made, as all of ours are, step by step. Poco a poco. Hector’s adventurous…

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Wills in Ecuador: Do You Need One?

While laws in Ecuador are always changing, Ecuador DOES generally respect Ecuadorian Wills made in accordance with the specific law at the time, that any particular Last Will & Testament comports with. It is very important to note that a US Will (or other foreign Will) does NOT generally take the place of an Ecuadorian Will; particularly because certain requirements exist in Ecuador as far as how and when assets must be disposed of at death (or specific percentages thereof). A good example of this, is that US Wills, by…

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Help Send a Kid to Camp … Majestic Floor Covering Golf Tournament

If you talk to any expecting parent and ask them if they are hoping for a boy or girl, most will tell you that the gender of their child doesn’t matter as much as the child being born healthy with “ten fingers and ten toes”.  Fortunately, most children are born exactly this way.  But, as we know, for some life begins with the challenge of having a chronic illness.  And, even though most children are born healthy, they might develop a chronic illness, like cancer, later on down the road. …

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Premiere Pediatrics – Celebrating 10 Years in 2017

Premiere Pediatrics Celebrating 10 Years in 2017 How do you celebrate your 10th anniversary in business if you are a busy pediatric office – you expand, of course! Premiere Pediatrics moved into their current space in April, 2014 right next door to Carolina Pharmacy, which offers their patients’ great convenience as the staff can call or fax over a prescription, and by the time mom walks in or puts the kids in the car and drives around the building to the drive-thru window, it’s ready. This month, Premiere Pediatrics began…

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North Meadows Mobile Home Community

North Meadows Mobile Home Community Offering Affordable Home Ownership   In 2003 Cory (North Meadows owner) bought his first 5 lot mobile home park. Throughout the years since, he has focused on buying distressed parks, fixing them up, filling them with good tenants and then selling them to buy larger parks. North Meadows Mobile Home Community is a thriving, well-maintained mobile home community that’s locally owned and operated in Randolph County where families and retirees alike are afforded a comfortable and safe environment to call home. Sprawling an impressive 50 acres,…

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Warren Coble & Associates – To Warren…Everyone is Family

I met Warren Coble at a committee meeting for the local Alzheimer’s Walk many years ago.  He was passionate about the cause, having learned firsthand how devastating the disease can be, not only on the person with dementia or Alzheimer’s but on the family members providing care for them.  At the time, he struck me as a remarkably caring individual, to whom family means everything. Warren was born and raised in Randolph County.  He has been happily married to Robbie Kinney Coble for 44 years, has three children, four grandchildren,…

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