Westchester’s Deputy County Executive Kevin Plunkett and Legislators Catherine Borgia and Peter Harckham presented proclamations to Community Capital New York for serving as a learning-based micro-finance catalyst for new businesses and to our small business owners, marking their brave and successful forays into entrepreneurship. The paired wine tasting on June 12 celebrated 25 years of Community Capital New York making the American Dream come true. Loan client The Chappaqua Wine & Spirits Shop hosted the event, which feted guests with Ethiopian fare from loan client Lalibela Restaurant in Mt. Kisco, paired with South African wines new to America from loan client Meridian Prime. Community Capital helped each of these successful small businesses at a time when they couldn’t move forward without our small business loan and technical support. Community Capital provides in excess of 2000 hours annually in one-on-one counseling, workshops, webinars, forums and conferences to enable start ups to start here. Wine flavored ice cream–Peach Sauvignon Blanc, Chocolate Pinotage and Cherry Shiraz–made by Leigh Clancy of Hyde Park’s Clancy’s Cafe and Creamery with Meridian Prime’s vintages provided a cool exit treat.
County Legislator Peter Harckham presented four of his constituents doing business in Mt Kisco with proclamations honoring their hard work and dedication: Shaina Rotstein and Carla Commisso-Kelso, owners of Talk of the Town Speech and Language Therapy, PLLC; Mary and Ernie Molina, of Lola Granola; Mimi Selamawit, owner of Ethiopian restaurant Lalibela; and Eduardo Alvarez, owner of The Landscaper Corp. County Legislator Borgia presented Ross Toombs, owner of Meridian Prime, an importer of South African wines, a proclamation on behalf of Legislator James Maisano, as well as one to Mary and Ernie Molina of Lola Granola who work out of their home office in Croton Falls, and Dakota Catucci and Frank Vazquez, owners of The Hudson Valley Hockey Shop in Yorktown Heights.