NEW YORK — Minority and women-owned enterprises are facing the brunt of economic hardships during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a July 2020 report from NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer.
According to a survey of more than 500 city-certified minority women-owned businesses, 85 percent say they cannot survive the next six months given their current cash on hand, and 30 percent cannot survive the next thirty days or less.
On Thursday, six women of color running small businesses in NYC shared their stories with PIX11.
How did the coronavirus pandemic affect their companies, and how did the city respond?
We spoke to these business owners from Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, Manhattan and Staten Island about their experiences in 2020.
Here's the full list of panelists and links to their businesses:
BROOKLYN: Bakery on Bergen
Owner: Akim Vann
STATEN ISLAND: Grace Kelli Cupcakes
Owner: Sandra Mathis
QUEENS: Camille at the Wheel
Owner: Camille Beckles
BRONX: Sazon Stizzy
Owner: Stacy Nicole
MANHATTAN: Harlem Cycle
Owner: Tammeca Rochester
NY-BASED ECOMMERCE: Yo Soy AfroLatina
Owner: Bianca Kea