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Entrepreneur in the Food Field donates to New York hospitals

Entrepreneur in the Food Field donates to New York hospitals

The coronavirus has been ravaging New York City since March, and local food entrepreneurs stepped in to support healthcare workers on the frontlines. Some have offered free meals, others are packaging to-go bags with ice packs for pick up, and some businesses are modifying their business model to accommodate demands.

Cole Riley, for example, founded the Founders Give, to collect and distribute healthy snacks and food products to hospital staff. Over the course of two months, the initiative provided 1.6 million snacks and beverages from close to 300 brands to 47 hospitals. Contributors have been big business food makers like Chobani and Kind Healthy Snacks, as well as small scale eateries.

Riley explains:

I’ve become the No. 1 distributor of snacks and drinks in the hospitals, donated or otherwise. Hospitals stopped placing orders in early April for regular food orders. They were running out of money. So, I’ve become in many facilities the only source of food coming in. Every night before the next day’s scheduled deliveries, I reach out to each brand and their founder directly to let them know where their product is heading: one pallet to Mount Sinai, 40 cases to NYU Langone, 6 skids to Metropolitan. That type of transparency doesn’t happen in nonprofits.

The pandemic has necessitated an almost constant shift in plans and realities. Some businesses have closed, others are trying to figure it out. For Mr. Riley, the corona has given him a new goal and vision in his work to promote small businesses.

According to Mr. Riley, “There’s an opportunity to take what we’ve been doing in New York with hospitals, expand on it gradually, focus on the CPG brands and founders, make it as easy as possible to give, and I really believe if you bring this community together as a streamlined nonprofit … we can make a huge impact.”

Creativity is the Right Businesses Model for Corona

Creativity is the Right Businesses Model for Corona

With the coronavirus lockdown now entering its 10th week, New York City business owners have gotten creative in their attempts to keep customers engaged and buying. Restaurants remain closed for dining in, but almost all eateries have adopted delivery systems to bring food to diners at home. Amy Schiappa, the owner of two hair salons… Continue Reading

Tips from Those Already Working Remotely

The coronavirus has forced many companies, universities, and businesses to transition to working from home. Nearly one quarter of the American workforce already works from home, some partially and others on a full-time basis, and can offer substantial guidance for those workers and managers working apart for the first time. Here are some tips from… Continue Reading

Bicycle Shops: A NYC Essential Business

While most of New York City’s businesses have ceased or slowed operations during the novel coronavirus pandemic, Mayor de Blasio designated bike shops as an essential business allowed to remain open. More people have taken up cycling as their transportation method of choice, rather than risk infection on subways and buses. For these commuters, cycling… Continue Reading

New York’s Oldest Candy Shop Going Online

New York’s Oldest Candy Shop Going Online

All of New York City’s businesses are finding creative ways to navigate the novel virus that has brought the world to a standstill. Economy Candy, in Manhattan’s Lower East Side, is the oldest candy shop in New York, with 2,000+ types of candy from around the globe featured in the wall-to-wall displays. In 1937, during the… Continue Reading

Startup Guide Includes New York

In 2014, the Danish Sissel Hansen publishing firm initiated the Startup Guide  series. As of late 2019, New York City has a guide and joins over 20 other major cities with similar publications. With an impressive 265 pages, the informative and entertaining read highlights founders, shared work spaces, investors, educational programs, and other startup players.… Continue Reading

NY Small Business Wins Highest Honor

Vidler’s, one of New York’s most iconic family-owned businesses, has been awarded U.S. Small Business Administration Family-Owned Small Business of the Year. Open for more than 80 years, Vilder’s is the largest variety store in North America. Vilder’s is a local institution that has maintained its ‘mom-and-pop’ feel for the duration. The Vilder family legend… Continue Reading

Seventh Cohort of New York Fashion Tech Lab

New York Fashion Tech Lab (NYFTLab), the community-driven, collaborative platform for promoting fashion, beauty and retail-tech advancement, launched its 7th group of supported businesses. NYFTLab is a program of Springboard Enterprises, supported by top tier retail, brand, and tech partners such as LVMH, Macy’s, Kohl’s, Levi Strauss and Co., Estée Lauder Companies, PVH Corp, Perry Ellis International, Accenture, Microsoft, and Avery Dennison. This is the… Continue Reading

Maven Gets Money

Maven, the New York-based startup for women’s health and family planning, announced that it has raised $45 million from investors.  Forbes hailed this as one of the largest rounds of funding for a woman-run healthcare company. Among the investors are noted actresses Reese Witherspoon, Natalie Portman, and Mindy Kaling. 23andMe co-founder and CEO Anne Wojcicki has also… Continue Reading

New York Couple Buys New York Streets

Corey and Tamara Galloway of Brooklyn always dreamt of owning a professional New York sports team. In February 2020, during National Black History Month, the couple made that dream a reality. And they also made history when they became the first African American couple to own a NY team, National Arena League’s New York Streets. Last… Continue Reading