Client success stories

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Hudson Valley Olive Oil: Shane Furnia Mount Kisco, NY

Oil and water may not mix—but olive oil and entrepreneurship do. Shane Furnia’s Hudson Valley Olive Oil provides a whole new perspective on the product, with more than 50 varieties of flavored oils, balsamic vinegars, pasta and sea salts literally on tap at his Mount Kisco emporium. Had a run in or two with pepper…

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Matched Savings Participant Now a College Grad!

Emily Lin:  Matched Savings Participant and Now College Grad! Yonkers High School, Bronxville resident, NY  Emily Lin is first generation, and in June 2014 became the first in her family to graduate college. She participated in a special Community Capital program to assist low income students with matched savings to cover educational expenses not included…

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Matched Savings Participant Now College Grad!

Mohammed “Uzair” Ahmed:  Matched Savings Participant and Now College Grad! Yonkers, NY  Mohammed “Uzair” Ahmed is first generation, and in June 2014 became the first in his family to graduate college. Five years earlier he participated in a special Community Capital program to assist low income students with matched savings to cover educational expenses not…

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Yonkers Brewing Company: John Rubbo and Nick Califano: Thinking Outside the Six-Pack

Hopped up on turning micro brewing on its head, John Rubbo, 31, and Nick Califano, 29, launched into craft beer light. After perfecting recipes with the help of a master brewer at home tasting parties and getting area restaurants to tap in, the local boys received a small business loan of $50,000 from Community Capital…

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Lalibela: Selamawit “Mimi” Tesfaye

Waft into Lalibela and the music and seductive spices in this sunset-colored restaurant greet you as a warm African breeze blowing along the spice road. It is simpler and more serene than most ethnic restaurants, not unlike its owner. Selamawit Tesfaye, called “Mimi,” moved to Westchesterfrom Ethiopiasome 16 years ago. She worked as a nanny…

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DEGREASE at ECO FRIENDLY AUTO CENTER

FEEL GOOD UNDER THE HOOD Frank’s Automotive: Tammy and Frank Smith Carmel, NY  Unless you’re a car mechanic yourself, dealing with a repair shop requires a leap of faith. At Frank’s Automotive, Caleb “Frank” Smith listens to what you say and what your car does, and then puts his expertise as an ASE Certifie Master…

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Tapping into Hops Farming and Craft Beer: Westtown 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…

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In The Running: Run On Hudson Valley, Croton-on-Hudson, NY

  Run On Hudson Valley: Ben Drew Croton-on-Hudson, NY Even in its trial run, Run On Hudson Valley provides a sense of community and is spreading the knowledge and passion of the sport to all levels of runners. It has a slight runner-geek quirkiness to it, but running culture is what puts this specialty store…

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VaZa Salon Makes the Cut

VaZa Salon: Zamira Cutra and Valbona Tana, Ossining, NY Scissoring the business was the best way for Zamira Cutra, 27, and Valbona Tana, 26, to start cutting hair on their own terms, with Zamira the Business Director and Val the Artistic Director of VaZa Salon. The sisters opened the 3,000-square foot six-seat salon, with a color…

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Plug in to Live Performances

Live @The Falcon: Tony Falco, Marlboro, NY Garage band and CBGBs meets Adirondack lodge at The Falcon, a music and art-themed watering hole in Marlboro, NY where the acoustic confessionals of karaoke and synthetic DJ spinning have been given up in favor of revved up live  bands. Blends of jazz, folk and pop simmer, often…

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Pet Treats Worth Fetching

Mimi’s Frozen Treats: Joanne Meyer, Beacon, NY Whether rewarding good behavior or teaching a dog new tricks, treats are a staple in every pet owner’s household. Chief canine confectioner Joanne Meyer creates healthy home-made cat and doggie ice cream (made for and inspired by her dog Mimi) using human-grade, all-natural ingredients like cage-free eggs, yogurt,…

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Beacon’s Homespun Foods

Homespun Foods: Jessica Reisman, Beacon’s Main Street and DIA, NY  In searching out places to eat, looking for the genuine, the unique and the next can sometimes substitute for taste. Homespun Foods, a New American café serving breakfast and lunch in homey digs in Beacon and in the modern cavern that is DIA, satisfies on all…