Gregg Bishop, Commission of the Department of Small Business Services, at the opening of a new workforce center in Washington Heights in September (Photo by Gregg McQueen via Manhattan Times)

Bishop on Boosting M/WBE City Contracting

Department of Small Business Services Commissioner Gregg Bishop spoke with reporters about his agency’s work, and detailed what SBS will do to promote the new ambitious goals of the de Blasio administration for boosting contracting with women and minority-owned businesses.

Beijing Dumpling House is among the small businesses on Sutphin Boulevard in Jamaica, Queens. (Photo via Sing Tao Daily)

Chinese Small Businesses Move from Flushing to Jamaica

Business, East Asian, Queens October 14, 2016 at 12:22 pm

Sing Tao Daily takes a look at why an increasing number of Chinese-owned small businesses are relocating to Jamaica from Flushing.

Wellington La Luz says that Bill de Blasio´s rezoning plans in the Bronx´ Jerome Ave. will leave many small businesses in the area out of business. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Jerome Avenue Small Businesses Oppose Rezoning Plans

Bronx, Business, Housing October 12, 2016 at 2:54 pm

Some residents and workers oppose rezoning and housing plans on the Bronx’s Jerome Avenue claiming that they will harm its long-established auto-repair businesses, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

A Korean nail salon in Manhattan (Photo by Jiwon Choi for Voices of NY)

Korean Nail Salon Owner Challenges NYS Regs

Business, East Asian, Metro Area, New York October 7, 2016 at 3:48 pm

A nail salon owner in Westchester County is suing the state of New York over its new ventilation requirements, reports Korea Daily. More than two dozen other owners had originally planned to join the lawsuit.

An Beal Bocht Cafe (Photo by Meghan Sackman via The Riverdale Press)

The Irish Traditions of a Bronx Pub

Bronx, Business, Food October 3, 2016 at 4:14 pm

The Riverdale Press heads to An Beal Bocht Cafe to find out what makes it a traditional Irish pub.

Protesters outside the meeting chanted in English, Spanish and Cantonese. (Photo by Janaki Chadha in City Limits)

Aiming to Protect Lower Manhattan Residents in Rezoning

Business, Housing, Immigration, Manhattan October 3, 2016 at 4:13 pm

Community Board 3’s Land Use Committee heard from city planners recently, while local residents protested for greater inclusion, City Limits reports.

(Photo by Katrina Shakarian via Mott Haven Herald)

A Mom-and-Pop Bakery in the South Bronx

Bronx, Business, Food, South American September 23, 2016 at 3:52 pm

Mott Haven Herald profiles Pitusa Bakery and the Ecuadorean family whose close relationship with staff and customers has kept the store running despite the fast food chains moving in.

At a press briefing on Aug. 26, Sangho Lee, middle, president of the Korean Nail Salon Association, discussed its decision to not proceed with a lawsuit against New York State’s new ventilation requirements. Now, asa group of 60 or so salon owners press forward with a class action suit, the association remains opposed to legal action. (Photo via Korea Daily)

Defying Leadership, Korean Nail Salon Owners Press Suit

Business, East Asian, Metro Area September 21, 2016 at 12:37 pm

About 60 Korean nail salon owners are filing a class-action suit to stop NYS from issuing regulations on ventilation in nail salons. The Korean American Nail Salon Association, however, remains opposed to legal action, Korea Daily reports.

Employees of the Selena Rosa Mexicana restaurant announce the agreement they reached with the Rosa Mexicano restaurant to avoid closing and leaving 40 Latinos unemployed. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Mexican Restaurant Reaches Agreement on Name Rights

Business, Food, Manhattan, Mexican September 20, 2016 at 12:23 pm

Small Manhattan restaurant Selena Rosa Mexicana reached an agreement with the Rosa Mexicano conglomerate, which sued for naming rights and put 40 jobs in jeopardy, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

In Queens, a Bastion of Hispanic Literature – and Culture

In Queens, a Bastion of Hispanic Literature – and Culture

Business, Culture, Featured Posts, Latino, Queens September 20, 2016 at 11:19 am

Step inside Librería Barco De Papel in Elmhurst, one of the last remaining Spanish-language bookstores in NYC.

Lorelei Salas, commissioner of the NYC Dept. of Consumer Affairs, speaking with reporters following a briefing at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. (Photo by Julius Motal for the Center for Community and Ethnic Media)

An ‘Evolving’ Mission for NYC Dept. of Consumer Affairs

Business, Government, New York September 15, 2016 at 5:04 pm

Lorelei Salas, commissioner of the NYC Department of Consumer Affairs, met with community and ethnic reporters at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism on Sept. 15.

Eamonn McDwyer celebrated 50 years in business in March. (Photo by Wendy Joan Biddlecombe via Norwood News)

Days Numbered for ‘Last Irish Bar’ in Norwood?

Bronx, Business, Western European September 15, 2016 at 3:03 pm

A dispute between McDwyer’s Pub and its landlord, 3120 Hull Realty Corp., has made its way to Bronx Housing Court with a trial that would determine the future of the last Irish pub standing in the neighborhood, reports Norwood News.

Rubén Tejada, better known as Chobby Flow, just opened his business in the South Bronx. (Photo via El Diario)

‘You See Everything and Everyone at the Barbershop’

Bronx, Business, Dominican, Latino, New York September 9, 2016 at 1:01 pm

Dominican beauty salons and barbershops in the city are not just places where people can change their hairstyle, they also function as gathering centers for neighbors, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Designer Anthony Rosa in his Times Square studio in New York. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Tri-State Among Top Ten Areas for Minority-Owned Businesses

Asian, Business, Latino, Metro Area September 9, 2016 at 10:55 am

According to a Census report, New York, Newark and Jersey City are among the top 10 cities with the most minority-owned companies in the country, mostly thanks to Asian and Hispanic entrepreneurs, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Getting the Taste of Baklava Just Right

Getting the Taste of Baklava Just Right

Mehmet Akkurt wanted to bring genuine baklava from the Antep region of Turkey to the U.S., so he imported all the ingredients, and brought a pastry chef here, to make the famous Turkish dessert.