One of the Cuban women makes fancy soaps. Another is a party planner, and a third owns a combination beauty parlor-gym. One owns a restaurant; another dreams of expanding her pizza parlor “to the rest of Cuba and more.”

Each used her own capital to launch her business. All are making good profits and hope to expand to new or better locales and new product lines, the women said at a conference Friday at Miami Dade College.

On a group visit to South Florida, the women — aged 20s to 40s — are some of the players on the successful side of Cuba’s efforts to allow more private micro-enterprises...



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