Nearly half of New York City’s 220,000 small businesses are owned by immigrants. To celebrate this community, the Historic Districts Council is hosting an event this weekend that highlights immigrant-run businesses in New York City. Taking place at the Bohemian National Hall on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the symposium will discuss the ins and outs of running a business in a city that is constantly changing.
Photographers and authors of Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York James and Karla Murray, will be on hand to talk about the history of the city’s mom and pops. Several business owners, including from Arthur Avenue’s Madonia Bakery, Mexican restaurant La Morada, and Tibetan clothing store Do Kham, will address the aspects of running a business amidst change and development pressures.
And the Department of Small Business Services and Council Member Ben Kallos will address any initiatives by the city that aim to help small immigrant businesses.
Following the panels, there will be a lunch provided by “legacy NYC restaurants” and a tour of Yorkville by Jill Eisner, a local community organizer. Admission to the event costs $25 and $20 for seniors. Get tickets to The Shop Around the Corner: Celebrating New York’s Immigrant Businesses here.
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