Small businesses are essential for the American economy according to the SBA the 23 million small businesses in the U.S. account for 54% of all U.S. sales. Since the 1990's small businesses have added 8 million new jobs while big business eliminated 4 million jobs. At a time where the economy is slowly recovering and young people are still highly unemployed let us show some reverence to the risk taking, entrepreneurial go getters.
First up is the story of Rachel Thebault an investment banker who after working for 7 years decided to pursue her dream of becoming a professional baker. Rachel is now the owner and head confectioner of Tribeca Treats which is a specialty bakery in downtown Manhattan. At the store you can find some tasty cupcakes, cookies and chocolates you can also order sweets online. The freedom to customize and the chic look have made this small business a success, Tribeca Treats has been featured in numerous magazines such as Vanity Fair, People, Modern Bride as well as others.
Where would NYC be without fashion, from clothes to accessories to environmentally friendly hemp jewelry. At Dalet NYC a small online startup you can find one of a kind hand crafted hemp jewelry pieces to satisfy your fashion needs. The owner started designing bracelets and pursuing art as a hobby which later motivated her to start an online business.
From a brick and mortar to strictly online a small business can also be on wheels, Kelvin Natural Slush Co is a food truck dedicated to serve an all natural adult slushie from a blue truck on the streets of NYC. The business opened up in July 2010 and has received awards and recognized as one of the 100 Best Dishes and Drinks in New York City in 2012 by Time Out Magazine. The unique flavors such as Green & Black Tea or Tangy Citrus are combined with your choice of real puréed fruit, fresh chopped mint and basil as well as other natural add-ons allowing you to customize your beverage. The truck is always on the move so follow it on Twitter, rumor has it that the business is testing out a brick and mortar shop.