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Connect with Cuba

The embargo is still in place, but it's not too early to dream.

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This story appears in the November 2006 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

When Jorge Espinosa visited Cuba a few years ago, he saw innovation at work: People were manufacturing antennas out of tin cans and other pieces of trash so they could pick up the TV transmissions from hotels. "Lots of people are hungry for the tools to succeed in business," says Espinosa, a Cuban-born intellectual property attorney in Miami. "They need the management skills, the products and the new technologies we take for granted here."

Of course, most experts say there probably will not be an influx of new products into Cuba from the U.S. any time soon due to the U.S. trade embargo. However, most Cuba watchers think there will be enormous opportunities on the island for businesses large and small when the embargo ends.

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