Posts From the monthly archives: "September 2016"

The Landscaper Corp.

The Landscaper Corp: Eduardo and Darwin Alvarez Put Down Roots Chappaqua If your horticultural efforts are wilting on the vine, let brothers Eduardo and Darwin Alvarez of The Landscaper Corp. lend a hoe. The Guatemalan immigrants do the weekly mow, spring clean ups, tree removal, and mulching, but they can also dig through years of…(Read More)

Wessttown Brew Works

Wessttown Brew Works: Rich Coleman, Westtown, NY Rich Coleman moved his wife and three children under three from a one bedroom in Jersey City to a house they built in the “drowned lands” on a black earth slope of Orange County to literally tap into hops farming and artisan brewing. Their handcrafted small batch beer…(Read More)

Ash Contracting Inc.

Praewpan and Junior Ash Ash Contracting Inc. With business financial management assistance from the Business Outreach Center (BOC) Network, Ash Contracting Inc., a general construction firm based in Canarsie, Brooklyn, received a $150K BOC Capital loan in August, 2015, to mobilize and purchase materials for a $2M public construction project (NY City Housing Authority). Ash…(Read More)

Princess Beauty Supply

Hamzeh Alwawi Princess Beauty Supply “If you are faithful and good, you will persevere.” Hamzeh Alwawi’s is a story of fighting against the odds and winning. It’s a story, in other words, of what it takes to succeed in the face of disaster. When he reopened Princess Beauty Supply after Hurricane Sandy, Mr…(Read More)

 The story of America is one of great migration, as waves of immigrants arrived from around the world and then as American migrated from East to West. The Hudson Valley is underdoing another wave of immigration as young people exodus the region in record numbers due to high housing costs. Witness the catch-up question…(Read More)

Pia Car Limo

Jennifer Ahmed Pia Car Limo “I am the woman who puts square pegs into round holes.” Jennifer Ahmed is a strong and determined entrepreneur, dedicated to her own business, as well as to the needs of immigrants who make their livelihood as livery drivers in New York. Ms. Ahmed has also been transforming her company…(Read More)

Orquideas Beauty Salon

Rosaura Reynoso Orquideas Beauty Salon Crown Heights, Brooklyn With the help of a NYS CDFI, Rosaura received the capital and education needed to expand her salon service offerings, creating one job as result. A local entrepreneur celebrates a second year of success, and inspires new business opportunities in her neighborhood with the help of a…(Read More)

Croton-based, with two distribution centers in Mt Kisco, NY If your mantra is eat ‘healthy or die trying’—and it’s looking like it’s your funeral—husband and wife Ernie and Mary Molina have developed food for thought that is easier to swallow. After an extended period of unemployment and subsisting on food…(Read More)

NYS CDFI Coalition Lobby Day

In 2007 New York established a State CDFI Fund modeled after that of the US Treasury, the first  in the country. It has not been funded to date. The New York State CDFI Coalition is requesting a $15 million appropriation in the 2016 budget to help: revitalize downtowns in upstate NY create affordable housing support…(Read More)

The Spring Bank branch and headquarters on 167th Street in The Bronx, New York (Photo by Oscar Perry Abello) For the full article please visit NextCity It was September 15th, 2008. Melanie Stern was the point-person for the New York State Coalition of CDFIs (community development financial institutions). She and a few other coalition…(Read More)