Business Fellowship 2015

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.

Sean McNeill, president of the Irish Business Organization of NY (Photo by Peter McDermott via The Irish Echo)

Promoting Irish Business in NYC

Once described as an “Irish boys’ club,” the Irish Business Organization of New York is these days embracing inclusivity and business networking under President Sean McNeill.

José Salcedo (Photo by Gerardo Romo via El Diario)

Where the Bronx Breeds Innovation

A small digital revolution is brewing in the Bronx. While people of color and women are underrepresented in the tech scene at large, accelerators like MetaBronx give Latino and African-American innovators more visibility and raise capital for their ventures.

Randy Rodríguez sees himself as a pupusa man more than as an entrepreneur. (Photo by Gerardo Romo via El Diario)

Cabalito: Salvadoran Pupusas in Chinatown

Business Fellowship 2015, Food, Manhattan March 10, 2016 at 4:27 pm

“Pupusa man” Randy Rodríguez, the owner of Cabalito, a small Salvadoran restaurant in Chinatown, is profiled by El Diario/La Prensa.

Xiulin Ma, writing a check in November, after the Oct. 6 due date, to pay a fine to the New York State Department of Labor. (Photo: by Allen Zhong via Epoch Times)

For One Nail Salon Owner, a Tougher Winter

Already beset by competitive pressures, one nail salon owner recounts how New York state regulations have affected her business.

Inside Cafe Chiya

Nepali Couple’s ‘Cafe Chiya’ Comes to Queens

Prem Thokar and his wife Poonam Theeng started Cafe Chiya three months ago, and already have expansion plans.

Jessy Daing (from Facebook)

Multilevel Marketing and the Filipino Community

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.