Challenges of Starting a New Business and Competing Against Established Local Businesses

The Challenges of Starting a New Business and Competing Locally

The Challenges of Starting a New Business and Competing Effectively Against Established Local Businesses with Pre-Existing Relationships

The Challenges of Starting a New Business and Competing Effectively Against Established Local Businesses with Pre-Existing Relationships

False advertising by bike rental competitor VIP on City Sightseeing website.

Effective June 28, 2015, the Department of Consumer Affairs (DACO) enacts before the State Department of Puerto Rico a new Regulation against Deceptive Practices and Advertisements. 20. Rule 7 (B) - Misleading Practices – now, under subsection 1, if a store announces an item at regular price, not on sale, and it is not available, it is considered a misleading advertisement and DACO can issue a penalty

The Sightseeing Pass is here in Puerto Rico, so why not include the best bikes for rent available?

One of the two main local competitors in the San Puerto Rico bike rental industry is currently on the new Sightseeing Pass here in Puerto Rico

I was so eager and excited for the pass to launch again here… now not so  much. 

The image you see of the bicycles is false and deceptive. This tent-based vendor only offers cheap single-speed and poorly-maintained bicycles in only one-size. 

This page on this website is particularly hurtful  and offensive to me, and I am happy to share the real true story of why I am bringing this fact to the public’s attention.  


Why are we unhappy with the City Sightseeing

5-Star Google Reviews

Very very satisfied! Not only very conveniently located, great prices, but the owner went above and beyond to make me a happy customer, offering me great tips for getting around and exploring San Juan by bike!!!

Carol Henry

Me and my BF went for our first romantic trip in puerto rico… Awesome time during the visit will definitely come back soon.I just have to share and recommend mark bike rental (the owner), accommodating , reliable, friendly, and they have lots of bikes to choose from.

Maui Mago

Mark is really cool and very professional. Bikes are quality. I had a great ride from Condado to Old San Juan. You definitely want the bike lock so you can go on foot and check out the sites.

Steven Hendrix

Very fast rental and friendly service. The bikes were in excellent condition, making the ride around Condado/Viejo San Juan really enjoyable.

Elias Bachour

FCCA Cruise Line Trade Show 2018 in San Juan Puerto Rico

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The FCCA is a not-for-profit trade organization composed of 18 member cruise lines operating nearly 200 vessels in Floridian, Caribbean and Latin American water. The organization sponsored the Trade Show 2018 in San Juan Puerto Rico.

All photos taken by Omari Breakenridge; see more FCCA images on Flikr.

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The ​FCCA ​Conference ​is ​a four-day ​event ​designed ​to ​foster ​a ​better ​understanding ​of ​the ​inner ​workings ​of ​the ​cruise ​industry and help attendees improve their cruise tourism business. Through a ​specialized ​forum that blends meetings and workshops with social functions, attendees have a unique opportunity to develop relationships with, promote products to, and learn from approximately 100 executives from FCCA’s 18 Member Lines who decide where ships call, what is sold and used onboard, and how to invest in destinations and infrastructure.

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Hello FCCA Friends!

I made an animated video for you!

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FCCA Cruise Line Trade Show 2018 in San Juan Puerto Rico

NOVEMBER 5-9, 2018

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Exhibitor at the 25th Annual FCCA Cruise Line Conference and Trade Show (#D2).

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(787) 497-0007 – Office

(718) 809-0034 – Cell

mark@bikerentpuertorico.com

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Good Times at Casa Bacardi

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Florida Caribbean Cruise Association

The FCCA is a not-for-profit trade organization composed of 18 member cruise lines operating nearly 200 vessels in Floridian, Caribbean and Latin American water.

25th ANNUAL FCCA CRUISE CONFERENCE & TRADE SHOW | NOVEMBER 5-9, 2018

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Sponsors of the Event

Puerto Rico’s strategic geographic location and economic incentives deliver unique advantages that few other locations can provide. – Puerto Rico Tourism Company

Booth #D2 EXHIBITOR bike rent puerto rico.co

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Event held at the Puerto Rico Convention Center

100 Calle Guamaní
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Phone: (787) 641-7722

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Puerto Rico Convention Center

The Puerto Rico Convention Center is the largest and most technologically advanced in the Caribbean. Let our dedicated and experienced staff help you plan the perfect event from start to finish. Enter your email and our team will contact you promptly. (learn more)

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TOURISM BUSINESS LEADERSHIP

Puerto Rico’s strategic geographic location and economic incentives deliver unique advantages that few other locations can provide. – Puerto Rico Tourism Company

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Choosing a World-Class Beach Cruiser Bicycle and Meeting Dave Weiner (again) from Priority Bicycles

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Meeting Dave Weiner & Priority Bicycles

… chronicling major development in our journey to become the best-run and most socially-connected bike rental and bike tour business in Puerto Rico – and the world. The following is a brief summary and our story of meeting Dave Weiner & Priority Bikes – July 2018.

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Priority Bicycles Carbon Fiber No-Chain Bikes

Priority Bicycles Makes Amazing Modern Premium Unique Carbon Fiber Belt-driven Bicycles

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Dave Weiner & Priority Bicycles

I briefly met Dave Weiner as a competitor in 2016, at the meeting at The Citadel in Central Park to publicly review the Central Park Bike Rental Concession (RFP).

After leading the winning effort and acquiring the exclusive 6-year contract for bicycle rental inside Central Park and NYC Parks; Dave contacted me about the possibility of purchasing a fleet of Priority Bicycles for Bike Rent NYC. I researched the bicycles and his local NYC-based business, and realized that these high-quality bikes would offer better ROI over a two-year period (or longer), as opposed to churning the fleet annually with less-expensive bicycles. I expressed this conclusion to the owner of Bike Rent NYC but he decided against the purchase.

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Dave and I stayed connected on LinkedIn, and once again spoke in 2017. I had called Dave for a quote when writing the business plan and proposal for a real-estate and management company that was considering sponsoring a bike share program in Connecticut. The plan featured Priority Bicycles and accessories, and the implementation of a cutting-edge Dockless Bike Share technology from Donkey Republic – based in Copenhagen.

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Today we met 1-1 and in-person for the first time at the showroom located at 175 Hudson in New York City. I was very impressed with the big windows and large open minimalist space, it was more like a Soho Art Gallery than what I expect from a bicycle showroom. The difference was that the variety of Priority Bicycles were the art pieces displayed. A central kitchen and bar are near the entrance and there were no visible desks or cubicles.

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Talking Bikes with Dave Weiner

Dave and I “talked bikes” as I am considering Priority Bicycles and the primary supplier for the beach bike rental fleet I need to acquire for service in Juan, Puerto Rico – launching in 2019.

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Dave’s internal marketing and PR are phenomenal, he and Priority Bikes are often featured in the press: Why This CEO Quit His Job to Pursue a Childhood Dream (inc.com).

We also discussed-agreed that…

 “a technology background is a distinct competitive advantage for any small businesses, and that the advantage extends through production, operations, and sales and marketing”.

As a successful small business owner (SBO) and the former CEO of an International Software Company, Dave has unique insight.

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The next step is to test the Priority Coast Beach Cruiser Bicycle. I’ll post the results on this blog when ready.

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Thank you for reading, Mark

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Priority Coast Beach Cruiser Bicycle

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Schedule a Call or Meeting with Mark Derho


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Mark Derho
CEO / BIKE RENT PUERTO RICO
(787) 497-0007

 

JESSA LLC and BIKE RENT PUERTO RICO

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JESSA LLC Jessa and Mark Derho

JESSA LLC (dba) BIKE RENT PUERTO RICO is named after my daughter.

My name is Mark Derho, Jessa was my only child.

Jessa was special, and I knew that from the day she was born: “8-11-1988” (8 x 11 = 88).

Jessa was named Jessica at birth, but decided to personalize her name and “get rid of the ic“!

Jessa died on February 23rd, 2016; from a virulent infection resulting from her second lung transplant.

 

 

Original Art by Jessa

Original art by Jessa Ann Scott
Original art by Jessa Ann Scott

Original art by Jessa Ann Scott
Original art by Jessa Ann Scott