Post Tagged with: "small businesses"

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Is Diversity to Blame for Sheepshead Bay Slow Recovery?

Brooklyn, Business, Economy, Environment, Immigration March 21, 2013 at 3:50 pm

The Brooklyn Bureau reports that with 40 percent of businesses in Sheepshead Bay still closed after Sandy, there’s few cohesive efforts by local businesses to recover. But is this because of the area’s heavily-immigrant communities?

Public Advocate and mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio (left) and Vishnu Mahadeo, of the Richmond Hill Economic Development Council, accuse the city of using fines against small business to boost funds at the expense of businesses in the outer boroughs, especially Queens. (Photo by Joseph Orovic/Queens Chronicle)

‘Borough Bias’ Found in Small Business Inspections

Bronx, Business, Queens March 7, 2013 at 2:05 pm

Data released by the public advocate’s office finds that small businesses in the outer boroughs receive a disproportionate number of visits by city inspectors, and consequently, a higher amount of fines, the Queens Chronicle and The Riverdale Press report.

Chen Jian Rong (right) to communicate with the applicant to understand the situation. (Reporter Ho boat / photography.)

Few Chinese Businesses Apply for Hurricane Grants

Business, East Asian, Environment February 11, 2013 at 5:41 pm

Small businesses affected by Hurricane Sandy can apply for some of the $1 million available through the city’s Small Business Assistance Grant Program. Few Chinese businesses, however, have applied, reports World Journal.

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Problems Pile Up for Chinatown

Business, East Asian, Environment, In the News February 5, 2013 at 3:09 pm

For Chinatown’s restaurants and stores, not only has business not recovered to pre-Hurricane Sandy levels, but the latest struggles come on top of the recession, a reduction in foot traffic, businesses fleeing the area, and more recently, the cold weather, reports World Journal.

Socorro Sánchez, owner of a botanica at 103rd Street in Corona. (Photo by Antonia Colodro via Queens Latino)

Corona Shops Struggle to Stay Afloat

Business, Economy, Latino, Queens December 26, 2012 at 10:51 pm

QueensLatino visited 103rd Street between Roosevelt and 39th Avenues in Corona, Queens, to find out how Latino business owners are being affected by the still-lingering economic crisis.

Shopping Site Brings ‘Colore’ to the Mix

Shopping Site Brings ‘Colore’ to the Mix

African American, Business, Featured Posts, Latino November 29, 2012 at 12:03 pm

Shopping website Luxe Colore, which means “colorful luxury” in French, is approaching the retail experience in a different way – and incorporating a little color in the process. Launched a year ago by Sunny Newsome, 36, and Tanya Sotillo, 35, Luxe Colore is dedicated to promoting brands and businesses owned by people of color.

Someone Hernandez feels his family's spending habits helped him reach the American Dream. (Photo by xxx)

Immigrants Baffled by US Debt Culture

Business, Culture, Economy, Featured Posts October 24, 2012 at 4:42 pm

Many immigrants don’t like to carry any debt and are more disciplined about saving than Americans in general, but these good habits can hurt them with a banking industry that relies on credit reports and proof that someone can pay their bills.

Los bodegueros Altagracia Aristy y Pablo Ureña muestran la orden de desalojo que los obligará a cerrar su negocio en Tremont, tras 18 años de trabajo. (Photo by Jose Acosta / EDLP)

Faced With Rent Increase, Yet Another Bodega to Close

Business, Latino July 25, 2012 at 3:03 pm

With two to three bodegas closing every day in New York, the Spanish America Grocery in Tremont is yet another bodega that has fallen victim to high rent, El Diario reported. The store owners relied on a Dominican credit system to keep their business going in the low-income neighborhood.

A Typical — and Atypical — Immigrant Entrepreneur

A Typical — and Atypical — Immigrant Entrepreneur

Business, Featured Posts, Food May 24, 2012 at 6:27 pm

Ariel Barbouth had no background in the culinary arts when he decided to bring authentic Argentinian empanadas to America. But his passion for the meat pies has paid off.

Voices in Focus: MTV to Cast African New Yorkers for African Interview Show

Economy, Media, Video April 27, 2012 at 1:30 pm

MTV Base MEETS, an interview show that runs on African MTV networks, seeks young Africans living in NYC; an ethnic newspaper editor argues against handing out newspapers for free; the library system tackles unemployment; and some more coverage of the Ippies awards.

Community board member Sam Tsang, shop owner Meijiao Chi, and Community Board Chairwoman Theresa Scavo posed outside Chi's store.

City Fines Multiplied as Chinese Shop Owner Struggled to Understand

Brooklyn, East Asian, Economy February 17, 2012 at 1:01 pm

World Journal reported on a Chinese-owned fabric and toy store in Sheepshead’s Bay, Brooklyn, where the owner faced rapidly increasing fines from the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs.

This striking photo from The Jackson Heights Herald shows the controversial pedestrian plaza on 37th Road. (Photo by The Jackson Heights Herald)

Street plaza infuriates Jackson Heights businesses

Featured Posts, Queens February 2, 2012 at 4:57 pm

Jackson Heights in Queens may not have the traffic of Times Square, but the city has installed a pedestrian plaza in the heart of this South-Asian hub. While the city has won accolades for pedestrian plazas elsewhere, the Jackson Heights plaza has infuriated local merchants.

Small business owners in Brooklyn claim they were fined “excessively” by city inspectors for small violations that they immediately corrected.

Small businesses denounce petty fines

Brooklyn, Economy, Featured Posts, Latino, Mexican November 29, 2011 at 3:45 pm

Small business owners claim they were fined “excessively” by inspectors for small violations that they immediately corrected.

NYC small businesses showing their worth

Caribbean, Economy, Immigration, In the News, New York October 12, 2011 at 4:25 pm

It’s a predictable fact of our daily lives that in extremely difficult times, we search for a glimmer of hope, anything that would tell us that better days are ahead. So it is the small businesses, especially those in minority communities, which are suffering heavy blows from the demoralizing effectsRead More

Small businesses ask City Council for help

Economy, In the News, Manhattan, New York September 21, 2011 at 4:52 pm

Though Lower Manhattan is ranked as the fourth largest commercial district in the country, the neighborhood’s small businesses struggled substantially following 9/11 and the ensuing recession. Such was the message relayed by several business owners at a City Council hearing on Downtown small businesses held on Thursday, Sept. 15.

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