Business Fellowship 2015

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.

Bolek Ryzinski at his desk, in front of a painting by Danish artist Peter Ravn. (Photo by Aleksandra Slabisz for Voices of NY)

From the West Side to East Harlem, a Polish Builder Makes His Mark

Polish architect Bolek Ryzinski has been renovating, restoring and building across New York City for many years.

Ingrid Stewart (Photo by Melissa Noel for Voices of NY)

A Home Skincare Business, Thanks to a Micro Loan

Ingrid Stewart used a $1,200 micro loan to start a home business as an aesthetician. She got the help through the Trillion Dollar Women’s Investment Group (TDWIG).

Dionne Davis mixing some ingredients for her line of lip care products. (Photo by Melissa Noel for Voices of NY)

Starting a Natural Lip Care Biz in Brooklyn

Brooklynite Dionne Davis started “Darker Shade of Ebony,” her natural lip care product line, with financial help and moral support from the Trillion Dollar Women’s Investment Group.

Members of the Trillion Dollar Women's Investment Group turn out to support each other at a meeting or Purple Power, organized by Nicole Sharpe,  third from left.
Sharpe used her micro loan in order to aid her in staring the non-profit Purple Power to aid survivors of domestic abuse. (Photo courtesy of Alishia Goodridge)

Women Blaze Small Biz Trails in Brooklyn

The Trillion Dollar Women’s Investment Group strives to empower women, particularly in the Caribbean community, through the microfinance group lending model.

Robert Dec at his store, the Vine Box (Photo by Aleksandra Slabisz for Voices of NY)

A Unique Wine Store in a Changing Greenpoint

Polish immigrant Robert Dec got advice from the local Small Business Administration office, and an SBA-backed loan, to open his wine store, the Vine Box, in the changing neighborhood of Greenpoint.

Hakki Akdeniz in one of his Champion Pizza locations (Photo by Orhan Akkurt for Voices of NY)

A Pizza Entrepreneur’s Journey from Eastern Turkey to NYC

Hakki Akdeniz is a Turkish pizza maker who’s built a miniempire in New York City.

Jorge and Daniel Perdomo at the Brooklyn office of their start-up, GoTenna (Photo by Mariela Lombard)

They’ve Got You Covered

Two siblings, children of a Guatemalan family, have built a startup in Brooklyn, GoTenna, that connects phones even when there is no Wi-Fi or cell coverage.

Jacek Marchwinski (Photo by Alexksandra Slabisz for Voices of NY)

How Polish Immigrants Became Entrepreneurs

First generation Polish immigrants describe what drove them to persevere as entrepreneurs, and talk about the next generations and their plans.

Claire MCGovern (Photo by Peter McDermott)

Successful by Design

Dublin-born interior designer Claire McGovern began her American career in San Francisco, but is now mainly based in New York.

Patrick Sullivan in the Manhattan office of his new company, Source3 (Photo by Peter McDermott for Voices of NY)

Meet Patrick Sullivan Jr., Bronx-Born Entrepreneur

Entrepreneur Patrick Sullivan Jr., the son of Irish immigrants, has run startups from the Google-acquired RightsFlow to his latest venture, Source3.

Co-owner Peter Walsh in front of Coogan's Restaurant (Photo by Gregg McQueen via Manhattan Times)

A Washington Heights Institution Marks 30 Years in Business 

Business, Business Fellowship 2015, Food, History, Manhattan April 18, 2016 at 4:22 pm

Coogan’s Restaurant has been a neighborhood gathering place in Washington Heights for 30 years, drawing politicians, police officers and hospital staffers.

Sang Kyun Kim, owner of "Kim's Cleaners," with a customer (Photo by Soyoung Kim for Voices of NY)

Fewer Korean Dry Cleaners in NYC?

The dominance of Korean immigrants in the dry cleaning business could come to an end as many owners reach retirement age and rent and labor costs continue to rise.

Chinatown merchant Rui Ling Ma discussing sandals he said he had no way of knowing were counterfeit at a recent workshop for small business owners held at the Lin Sing Association in Chinatown (Photo by Mike Hong for Voices of NY)

How to Avoid Arrest (in Your Own Shop)

Small business owners in Chinatown want help in determining when items offered to them by wholesalers are counterfeit.

Driver Woo Suk Jung recently became an Uber driver after working for a Korean call taxi company (Photo by Soyoung Kim for Voices of NY)

Korean Taxi Companies – and Drivers – Respond to Competition

Business, Business Fellowship 2015, Transportation March 29, 2016 at 4:42 pm

Korean call taxi companies, and their drivers, are adjusting to the new business environment of app-based taxis and shared rides in the New York area.