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Multilevel Marketing and the Filipino Community

Business, East Asian, Featured Posts, Women February 4, 2016 at 5:48 pm

Direct marketing schemes seem to present attractive job prospects for Filipino and other immigrant communities but upfront investments and other obligations pose risks for participants.

Fordham Plaza (Photo by Wendy Joan Biddlecombe)

Fordham Plaza’s Empty Spaces

Bronx, Business February 4, 2016 at 5:22 pm

Fordham Plaza has been redesigned, but vendor spaces may remain empty through 2016, reports Norwood News.

Cesár González was forced to set up his bookstore on the street (Photo by Gerardo Romo for El Diario)

On a Mission to Save Latino Businesses in Upper Manhattan

Business, Latino, Manhattan February 2, 2016 at 5:32 pm

The Latino community demands solutions to the elevated rental prices that have been pushing small vendors out of business for years, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Peach & Lily at Macy's in Flushing (Photo by Soyung Kim for Voices of NY)

K-Beauty Gains a Foothold in NYC

Business, East Asian, Featured Posts, New York, Queens February 2, 2016 at 5:16 pm

More and more Korean beauty products are being featured at stores in NYC.

(Photo by David Cruz for Voices of NY)

Walking Webster Avenue, Still Under Construction

Bronx, Business, Featured Posts, Housing, Real Estate, Voices' Picks January 26, 2016 at 2:31 pm

Local officials revisit the redevelopment of Webster Avenue in the Bronx after rezoning has failed to garner the commercial interest promoters desired.

Haijing Bai (Photo by Mengzi Gao via World Journal)

Chinese New Yorker Quits Wall Street Job to Sell Fried Rice

Business, East Asian, Food, Manhattan January 26, 2016 at 11:17 am

Haijing Bai opened Zing’s Awesome Rice on the Lower East Side to prove that Chinese food “can be beautiful, elegant and even sexy,” she tells World Journal.

Assembly member Ron Kim, together with nail salon owners, object to legislation they say unfairly targets them. (Photo by Lynn Edmonds via Queens Tribune)

We’re Being Targeted, Say Asian Salon Owners

Business, East Asian, Queens January 25, 2016 at 9:22 pm

Chinese and Korean nail salon owners said at a press conference led by Ron Kim that they’re being unfairly scrutinized, reports Queens Tribune.

Latino-owned businesses on Roosevelt Avenue. (Photo by Javier Castaño via QueensLatino)

The Expansion of the Roosevelt Avenue BID: A Rocky Road

Business, Queens January 21, 2016 at 6:10 pm

Two and a half years after the expansion of the 82nd Street Business Improvement District was proposed, the plan seems stalled due to a lack of community support, QueensLatino reports.

The new law will benefit more than 30,000 employees, most of them Latino. (Photo by Gerardo Romo via El Diario)

Immigrants Cheer Law Protecting Grocery Workers

Business, Immigration, New York January 20, 2016 at 3:54 pm

The Grocery Worker Retention Act would protect some 30,000 workers, most of them immigrants, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

MetroPCS, the cell phone store, led the way in commercial expansion in the Bronx, opening ten stores in the borough in 2015, according to the Center for an Urban Future. Norwood residents frequently stop by this store at 326 E. 204th Street.
(Photo by David Cruz)

In the Bronx, More Chain Stores

Bronx, Business, Featured Posts, Voices' Picks January 19, 2016 at 8:19 pm

National retailers are opening more outlets in the Bronx, one sign of an improving business climate.

Fernando Duran, a financial literacy coach for Neighborhood Trust Financial Partners, leading a "Getting Ahead" class on personal finance. (Photo courtesy of Neighborhood Trust Financial Partners)

Getting a Handle on Personal Finances in the Bronx

Bronx, Business, Featured Posts, Voices' Picks January 14, 2016 at 12:55 pm

In the Bronx, residents can get help in organizing their finances through “Getting Ahead” workshops offered by the University Neighborhood Housing Program.

Carlos Puche (center), co-owner of this pet services store, started out as a dog walker, a job his family back in Caracas was not very happy about (Photo by Gerardo Romo via El Diario)

From Dog Walking, a Business Bloomed

Business, Latino, Manhattan January 13, 2016 at 4:33 pm

Venezuelan Carlos Puche went from dog walker to co-founder of a business offering day care and other services for pets in Manhattan, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

(Photo via Nowy Dziennik)

What Happens if Your Polish Uncle Wins Powerball?

Business, Eastern European, Immigration January 13, 2016 at 11:19 am

With interest in the Powerball lottery high in Polish and other immigrant communities, Nowy Dziennik reports on how non-Americans – from tourists to undocumented immigrants to overseas purchasers – might fare on the off chance that one of them wins the record-high pot.

William Troncoso shows the fresh fruit fridge at Makey Deli. (Photo by Muri Assunção via Mott Haven Herald)

Healthier Options at South Bronx Bodegas?

Bronx, Business, Food, Health January 12, 2016 at 3:46 pm

The Healthy Bodega Initiative has offered workshops to bodega employees in the South Bronx on how to provide healthy eating options while remaining financially stable, reports Mott Haven Herald.

Chef Nida Al Janabi and chef Mitslal Tedla work with Chief Culinary Officer, Juan Suarez de Lezo (Photo by Eva Cruz via Brooklyn Ink)

Food Delivery Service Hires Refugees as Chefs

Business, Food, Immigration, New York January 11, 2016 at 12:26 pm

Eat Offbeat, a food delivery service slated to start next month in New York City, will offer meals cooked by refugees hired by the business as chefs, reports Brooklyn Ink.