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Earners, Keepers

Two entrepreneurs pump up Puerto Rico's economy while taking advantage of its tax incentives.

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This story appears in the December 2005 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

When Mario Gaztambide and Roberto Garcia merged their medical supply companies last year, Garcia, 35, brought distribution relationships with over 200 laboratories, while Gaztambide, 31, provided an array of products through his -based sourcing . The combined , Cultas Group, now generates over $2 million in annual revenue.

But the smartest move may have been to headquarter the merged company in Bayamon, , where Garcia had been operating. Through the Puerto Rico Industrial Development Co., Cultas Group qualified for a 100 percent tax-exempt status for manufacturing on all corporate profits. In the cost-competitive hospital supply market, those are a boon for their bottom line.

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