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‘The Profit’ star Marcus Lemonis heads to Cuba for TV special

By Madeleine Marr

mmarr@miamiherald.com

Through a translator, Marcus Lemonis, left, chats with small business owner Gilberto “Papito” Valladare (middle), who owns a hair salon and a restaurant on this rehabilitated street in Havana, Cuba.
Through a translator, Marcus Lemonis, left, chats with small business owner Gilberto “Papito” Valladare (middle), who owns a hair salon and a restaurant on this rehabilitated street in Havana, Cuba.

On CNBC’s “The Profit,” Miami entrepreneur Marcus Lemonis puts his own money on the line to help save and grow struggling businesses. On Tuesday’s episode, airing at 10 p.m., Lemonis is headed to Cuba.

Among those the Camping World CEO visits with is Gilberto “Papito” Valladare, who owns a hair salon and restaurant.

“The Cuban people have an amazing spirit,” Lemonis said. “Seeing how small business functions in a communist country gave me an understanding of what’s really happening in Cuba. Their tenacity and resolve despite staggering obstacles is the heart and soul of what makes that country work.”

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