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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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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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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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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400+ Volunteers Support Small Business Owners in Westchester County

A Community Story May 11, 2020 Community organizing at its finest! When Bridget Gibbons, Director of the Westchester County Economic Development Office, put out a general volunteer request for support with helping small business owners navigate the SBA COVID-19 lending applications, she was very gratified with the response. Over 400 people across the county signed-up…

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How Latreece Miller Pivoted & Grew His Business During COVID-19

A Small Business Story April 15, 2020 Spend thirty seconds with our small business client, Founder and CEO, Latreece Miller of Miller’s Touch Cleaning Services, and you immediately know he has your best interest in mind. Latreece prioritizes relationships at the core of his business—and it pays off. When fifty percent of his clients in…

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Los Hornitos: Supporting Frontline Medical Workers

A Small Business Story April 7, 2020 We are grateful to share a story of hope and community, particularly because it involves one of the Hudson Valley’s best bakeries—and one of our small business clients –Los Hornitos. Based in Wappingers Falls, New York, Los Hornitos partnered with Flores Food Truck and other local organizations to…

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