St. Augustine Land and Sea Tours | SBDC UNF

Success Story

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St. Augustine Land and Sea Tours

Working with the SBDC during these times has been very helpful.  With help from professionals like Veronica and Jaime, we implemented changes in our website and marketing strategies that grew the business

St. Augustine Land and Sea Tours is owned and operated by husband-and-wife team Anes and Luis Salva who are also city of St. Augustine certified tour guides. The company is unique in that they offer tours in both English and Spanish, creating a more complete visit to the oldest city in the U.S.

Anes and Luis have ample experience in tourism, having owned and operated similar businesses in their native Puerto Rico before moving to St. Augustine with their children during the summer of 2016. Since the start of the company and during its growth, St. Augustine Land and Sea Tours has utilized the assistance of the Florida Small Business Development Center at UNF (Florida SBDC at UNF).

“We originally contacted the SBDC before we started our business, I attended to the ‘How to STARTUP Your Own Business’ workshop and I got valuable information to start the business here in the US”, Luis said. “Over the years we’ve worked with Marge Cirillo who assisted us in financial and administrative matters. When the pandemic affected our business, we began working with Veronica Bolado who has helped us with disaster loans and developing new products and services. She brought in Jaime Sanchez who has been a huge help to improve our website and our social media presence. Our web traffic has grown exponentially since August 2020 and we had a great Christmas season; the Nights of Lights Tour by private golf cart has been a huge success”.

They currently offer a variety of tours for both private and shared groups for anyone to experience.

“Working with the SBDC during these times has been very helpful.  With help from professionals like Veronica and Jaime, we implemented changes in our website and marketing strategies that grew the business. SBDC serves the small businesses, also in Spanish, at no cost with the only goal to help us succeed”.

St. Augustine Land and Sea ToursAnes and Luis Salva

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