Success Stories

The midst of the worst recession in decades was Volkan Muti’s opportunity to open his own wine bar in Manhattan’s Murray Hill neighborhood. Wine:30 was originally named for its 30 seats and 30 wines available by the glass and in only three years has grown into a 120-seat wine bar and restaurant popular with tourists and locals who live and work in the neighborhood.

Muti started his epicurean journey 10 years ago and 5,000 miles away in Bodrum, Turkey. He worked his way up from wait staff to restaurant management as he traveled from Turkey to Malta and eventually the United States. While working in Manhattan, Muti came across the ideal location on East 30th Street that was previously occupied by a small cell phone retailer.

“I approached the landlord with my idea and my life savings. Since the economy was shaky and he didn’t have other offers, he agreed to rent me the space. I continued working my job as a restaurant manager and started putting my plan together,”... Read More

Those celebrities looking to present political correctness when they set foot on the red carpet or arriving at other high-profile events can now do so thanks to a Bronx-based limousine service.

Already chauffeuring the likes of Eddie Murphy, Angela Bassett, Denzel Washington and Tony Award nominee, S. Epatha Merkerson, Dunn Rite Limousine Service just purchased its first hybrid Lexus sedan. By simply hiring Dunn Rite’s new vehicle, celebrities can make a statement about their personal carbon footprint before they even step out of their limo. Should the Lexus be unavailable on any given day or evening, celebs and non-celebs alike can hire another of Dunn Rite’s fleet including a Mercedes sedan and an Escalade SUV.

Dunn Rite is owned and operated by 54-year old, Frederick Dunn who– after an eight-year stint in the Army which included a tour in the Gulf War as a transportation/fuel specialist and for which he was decorated– returned to New York and began work as a... Read More

It’s the end of a long day, you’ve been rus hing to make business deadlines or rushing to class or running the kids from one activity to another, or maybe all of the above, and now the question is – what’s for dinner? Entrepreneurs Karen Boyle and Donna Schukal, owners of Whats4Dinner, Inc., have the answer for Suffolk County residents.

Like most busy professionals, Boyle and Schukal considered time a rare commodity. Both worked in corporate positions– which excited neither of them– and they found managing their time outside of the office challenging. Their schedules typically did not allow time for meal planning, food shopping, and cooking and cleaning up every night. So in 2005 they began searching for a solution, which for them had to include healthier alternatives than fast food and or sometimes unhealthy restaurant meals. They finally devised the concept of providing individualized service to people with demanding schedules including a do- it-yourself, meal-... Read More

Bronx, NY– One of those businesses that is thriving and contributing to the economic boom in the Hunt’s Point area of the Bronx is doing so after fleeing Manhattan’s skyrocketing rents. Down East Seafood, Inc. has not only created jobs and tax revenues for the Bronx, but it is also helping to spruce up its environs.

Down East’s owner, Edward Taylor, first started out in the seafood business in 1989 selling clams door-to-door to restaurants throughout the New York City. After turning his first profit he established Down East Seafood with company headquarters located in his personal apartment. As his distribution grew so did his number of employees, and in 1996 he moved the business to the Meatpacking District in Manhattan. Once famous for its vacant lots and affordable warehouses, the recent gentrification pushed out Down East along with so many other small businesses.

In 2006, the Business Initiative Corporation of New York provided Down East with a $2.5 million HSBC... Read More

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