We received an overwhelming response to Unfinished Business. We are humbled to be able to offer support to over a thousand small businesses nationwide. Here we highlighted a few of their stories of strength, courage, and resilience.
Barbershop - Charles Steele, Jr.
Due to COVID19, Korporate Kutz was shut down for three full months, and I still had to pay bills to keep it running. During the protest against police brutality, my window was shattered. The insurance deductible was more than the cost of the window so it was better off coming out of pocket. It was just a lot going on at once. But this support will keep Korporate Kutz ahead of the game, to keep it a stable home for my barber and future barbers to come, and keep it from going into a deeper hole before business can pick back up to where it was before all of this started. This support will also help Korporate Kutz give back to the community as we always do and will continue to do, like our "Books & Barbers" program for children, where they can get a book as they wait for a cut, and if they finish it while there, they receive $2. We are also involved with Maslow's Army, who go out and take care of the homeless, try to help them recover, feed, clean up, and look for jobs. We provide free haircuts, great conversation, feed them, and send them off with a gift bag full of toiletries and clothes. We also work with Cincinnati Works and the Anna Louis Center. We very much stay active in the community because we love spreading positive vibes and uplifting others that's going through troubled times. We all need a helping hand at some point of time even when we ARE doing good.
Family owned restaurant - Laura Valle
Unfinished Business is a sign of hope for our business and family. We are a family-owned Mexican cuisine restaurant established in 2018 in the heart of Chicago IL. Within our community, we donate food to local institutions, police stations, firefighters, local clinics, and the most important for us, the kids in our community, the future of our neighborhood. We had lost more than 50% of our revenue since the pandemic started. After applying and being denied for more than 20 grants and loans, the Hispanic Federation offered us our first help and became a beacon of hope to our family. This support will help us to get back on our feet, and regain some of the stability we've lost since the pandemic started. It will help us to pay our bills and continue to offer positive, friendly, and clean service in our restaurant; a place where we can make everyone that walks in feel like they are home.
New York, NY
Educational Materials - Julia Azuma
We provide educational materials to students diagnosed with Autism. During the pandemic, in addition to business worries over salaries and rent, we saw a potential gap in education to our students in need. To meet these demands we are publishing and streaming six new digital products to teach children language and behavior skills. We also offer an online store of educational products. We're able to meet these challenges with confidence and supply tools to our students, thanks to this support.
Business Development Consulting and Training - Shanté R Roddy
We provide business development consulting and training for start up and emerging small businesses. Covid-19 impacted our business in a major way; all our clients were impacted and we had to cancel our in-person trainings and events. Despite the challenges, we've stayed on the front lines, advocating for the support of small businesses through pivoting our business model with the support of opportunities like Unfinished Business. This support is a lifeline for us, empowering us to continue to build and serve our community, and pay it forward to help other businesses in need.
Certified Translation and Interpretation Services - Matria Camila Pulido
We are a certified translation and interpretation service, providing services across 17 languages. We provide professional state-of-the-art language access solutions to bridge the communication gap between organizations and individuals, so they can enjoy equal access to the judicial, educational, and healthcare systems in our community. COVID-19 impacted our ability to provide services when a vast majority of legal proceedings, medical appointments, and other in-person encounters were postponed or cancelled. This fund has allowed us access to technological solutions for this new way of life.
San Francisco, CA
Outdoor gear - James
My childhood experiences in the backcountry inspired all of my life's passions, one of which is ensuring that everyone else has that same opportunity to enjoy the great American wild-- We've helped thousands of people go on their first camping or skiing or climbing trips! We've been trapped in this awkward middle-ground where all of our mission-focused, free programs means that we don't qualify for either non-profit grants or a lot of traditional business funding. We're so grateful to Hennessy & the Asian American Business Development Center for supporting our mission to reduce waste & increase access to the outdoors.
Food and Hospitality - Sabrina Evans
We pride ourselves in delicious food and quality hospitality. Our business slowed in February when our corporate clients began cancelling daily due to tornado damage. COVID-19 brought our business to a halt as wedding receptions and events were cancelled or postponed. But the biggest worry was for my workers, who depended on work just to make ends meet. This financial support will help to provide the supplies needed to adjust to the changes this pandemic demands, to cover rising food cost, and show my team that we are still in this race to win.
New York, NY
Graphic Design - Rafael Esquer
Alfalfa Studio is one of the very few graphic design studios located in Harlem. As a certified minority-owned business, I help my community by providing opportunities to local designers, hire local talent, and use the services of local vendors, and also plan to offer discounts to local businesses. The design profession is not diverse or inclusive, and I've been fighting to make sure designers of color are represented in the creative community. Covid-19 has been the biggest challenge since I opened my business in 2004. Without financial support like this, most small businesses won't survive. Unfinished Business gives us a chance. I look forward to continuing working in my community and set an example of tenacity, hard work, and purpose.
Santa Ana, CA
Beauty Solutions - Jennifer Chung
At Forever Beaumore, our employees are like family. When the pandemic hit, we were concerned about having layoffs, or worse, them becoming ill. We added face shields, fabric masks, and hand sanitizers to Forever Beaumore's product offerings. As a result of this business pivot, we were able to continue employing all of our workers and to donate more than 10,000 face shields and face masks to frontline workers at hospitals, police and fire departments, correctional facilities, and community centers. This financial support will significantly help Forever Beaumore's operations to continue running for our employees and our community.