As you may remember reading, this week’s Forefront had journalist Tanveer Ali writing about the unprecedented number of resources now available to entrepreneurs, particularly those in struggling or recovering urban areas, who seek to launch start-up businesses — and thus, the philosophy goes, help spur economic development.
Focusing on neighborhoods such as Harlem, Chicago’s Lower West Side and Halsey Street, Newark, N.J.‘s once-grand commercial corridor, Ali examines the approaches taken by non-profits, venture capitalists and local politicians alike to get business owners to open up shop in the often-pockmarked streets of their respective cities.
Meanwhile, NAC contributor Adi Talwar took so many stellar photos on assignment in both Newark and New York City, we though it was worth a separate showing. In the slideshow below, find six extra pictures depicting a few of the businesses and business owners profiled in Ali’s reporting.
Gallery: Goodwill Enterprising Photo Slideshow
After years of decline, Newark’s Halsey Street, once host to the Thanksgiving Day Parade, is on the rebound thanks to support from organizations such as the Center for Urban Entrepreneurship & Economic Development.
Omar Sharif Townes, a Newark-based entrepreneur, chose Halsey Street as the second location for his popular Cut Creaters barbershop.
Halsey Street’s rebound wouldn’t have happened without former jewelry manufacturer dt ogilvie, founder of the Center for Urban Entrepreneurship & Economic Development, who believes in the power of entrepreneurs to revive poor neighborhoods.
Efforts to support entrepreneurs on Halsey Street have continued to draw small businesses such as the café Art Kitchen.
Rhys Powell, founder and CEO of Red Rabbit, a Harlem-based provider of healthy and locally sourced school lunches. Powell’s company got off the ground thanks to support from Jalia Ventures, a venture capital firm that funds entrepreneurs of color.
Fauzia Abdur-Rahman, who runs two Jamaican-fusion food carts in the Bronx, receives funding from ACCION USA, a microfinance organization that provides low-interest loans to entrepreneurs.
All photos by Adi Talwar