Mother Gaia Greens Provides Sustainable Food Source in Hudson Valley

Meet Mother Gaia Greens: Co-Founded by sisters Kathleen and Michelle Vitner, this start-up business provides the mid-Hudson Valley with delicious and nutritious microgreens. Kathleen and Michelle converted a family hobby into a meaningful business with a mission to create local access to healthy and nutrient-dense greens. “Gardening has always been a part of our family.…

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Floor 13 Textiles: Pivoting Revenue Streams During COVID

A Community Capital New York Small Business Story Floor 13 Textiles, Kathleen Bennett Marold’s business venture, has garnered attention from Forbes and many other publications, celebrating her ability to pivot from being an employee to an entrepreneur.  Founded in 2012, Floor 13 Textiles, a textile sourcing company, supplies hospitality and contractors with high-end interior decorative…

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COVID Courage: How Amanda Potts Opened Mane 101 Hair Salon During a Global Pandemic

Amanda Pott’s goal is to make her clients feel and look good without breaking the bank. Since 1994, she has offered affordable and beautiful haircuts to her clients. Her ambition is evident through her mission to start a gender-neutral and environmentally-friendly salon amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. As a new small-business owner during such uncertain times,…

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Kim Jacobs Announces Her Retirement

January 28, 2021 As we look to a new year, we often look back, reflecting on the past and looking forward, anticipating the future.  This year, this moment has special resonance for me as 2021 marks the start of the final months I will spend as President of Community Capital New York. My formal retirement…

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Sweet Bee Day Care

September 29, 2020 Margarita Hidalgo, Founder and CEO In Service to Happy Children & Happy Parents Margarita Hildalgo’s mission is to be in service to happy parents and happy children. When Margarita decided to take the first steps into entrepreneurship in 2010, she knew little about owning a business. Her focus was to create the…

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Three Westchester Small Business Stories

Recipients of the Rent Assistance Grant Program, COVID-19 Date: July 28, 2020 When COVID-19 shut down the economy, Sandy Wollman, Co-Founder and Managing Director for the Westchester Angels, and Founder of the New York Area Angel Alliance, knew local entrepreneurs would need support. He reached out to us to see how he could help. Together, we…

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Rent-Free July for Small Businesses in Westchester County

Our COVID-19 Rent Assistance Grant Program Made Possible by a Generous Donation from Sandy Wollman July 28, 2020 Entrepreneurship runs through Sandy Wollman’s veins. Co-Founder and Managing Director for the Westchester Angels, and Founder of the New York Area Angel Alliance, Sandy has become an integral part of the angel investment community in the tri-state…

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Pivoting for Home Service Auto Care: Elder’s Auto Spa

A Small Business Story June 26, 2020 For more than three years, we have been proud to partner with the power couple and entrepreneurial team, Eugenia Zacarias and Elder Ramirez, Co-Founders and Co-CEOs of Elder’s Auto Spa. Their successful, custom car wash in Chappaqua, New York, has been a staple for locals for over five…

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A Deep Commitment to Holistic Living. A Quick Pivot to E-Commerce.

Sacred Seeds: A Small Business Story May 27, 2020 For more than two decades, Jennifer Ann Safara Perry has been committed to finding the best, plant-based ingredients and creating bath and body products that nurture, heal, and promote holistic wellness. In 2015, she launched Sacred Seeds Enterprise, as she transitioned her hobby into a business.…

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Adapting for Consumer Demand Post COVID-19: Green Grass Real Estate

A Small Business Story May 13, 2020 Three months ago, Green Grass Real Estate—a Bronxville-based real estate broker—wasn’t considering the rental market as part of their offerings. Post COVID-19, their business plans and recovery strategy have changed as client-demand has changed. “We don’t usually manage rentals, but we know there’s a shift in the housing…

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