My husband and I are looking to start a business in San Pedro. I am thinking a non-profit thrift store with the proceeds to be divided among the various charities on the island. Is there any need for such a business? Other ideas would be welcome.
Don't forget work permits.
Starting a non-profit business here is a bit more onerous than in many other countries. http://zunia.org/uploads/media/knowledge/NGO-law.pdf
You might want to go with a regular for-profit business - what you do with your money is your own affair but certainly donating it to charities will build good will and, probably, business.