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.
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Polish architect Bolek Ryzinski has been renovating, restoring and building across New York City for many years.
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).
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.
The Trillion Dollar Women’s Investment Group strives to empower women, particularly in the Caribbean community, through the microfinance group lending model.
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 is a Turkish pizza maker who’s built a miniempire in New York City.
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.
First generation Polish immigrants describe what drove them to persevere as entrepreneurs, and talk about the next generations and their plans.
Dublin-born interior designer Claire McGovern began her American career in San Francisco, but is now mainly based in New York.
Entrepreneur Patrick Sullivan Jr., the son of Irish immigrants, has run startups from the Google-acquired RightsFlow to his latest venture, Source3.
Coogan’s Restaurant has been a neighborhood gathering place in Washington Heights for 30 years, drawing politicians, police officers and hospital staffers.
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.
Small business owners in Chinatown want help in determining when items offered to them by wholesalers are counterfeit.
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.