• women-owned business April 4, 2022 8:59 pm

    Woman-Powered Wine Bar

    California Live’s Laila Muhammad uncovers a hidden gem in Studio City that happens to be the only woman-owned and operated wine bar in the San Fernando Valley.

  • Rebound December 7, 2021 10:38 pm

    This Acclaimed Chef Is Serving Up Positivity After 2 Years of Pandemic Challenges

    After nearly two years of shutdowns, border closures and supply challenges, chef Priscilla Curiel decided to move her popular Michelin-recognized taco shop to the heart of San Diego. “I wish the pandemic never happened. But I mean, you want to look and take something positive out of something negative,” Curiel said. “Like [from] the storm comes the rainbow afterwards.”

  • Rebound December 3, 2021 11:34 pm

    Seeing Opportunity After Pandemic ‘Pause'

    Nearly two years after the start of the pandemic, New York City is welcoming domestic and international tourists back this holiday season. “I see great things for tourism after the pandemic. New York City is going to come back even stronger than before,” says Stacey Toussaint, president and founder of Inside Out Tours. “We paused but we didn’t stop.”

  • Rebound January 28, 2022 4:45 pm

    Know Your Rights: New NYC Virtual Tour Examines Past Injustice & Aims to Educate

    One small business is changing the game when it comes to classic New York City tourism by putting a spotlight on the moments in history where civil rights were at risk. Know Your Rights: From the Central Park Five to the Present is a new virtual experience hosted by Inside Out Tours, a full-service DMC and receptive tour operator offering…

  • Rebound November 19, 2021 3:38 pm

    Demand for Chocolate During Pandemic Saved This Woman's Business

    Exquisito Chocolates is a chocolate factory in Miami’s Little Havana district thatproduces about 20 tons of cacao a year. Everything is made by hand, from individual chocolate bars and candy to thechocolate Exquisito Chocolates sells to hotels and restaurants. Before COVID-19 hit South Florida, much of the company’s revenue came fromwholesale deals it struck with other businesses, like hotels...

  • Rebound November 19, 2021 3:06 pm

    Florida Chocolatier Turned to Lucky Charms to Survive Pandemic

    One of Carolina Quijano’s most popular chocolate bars was one made with Cookie Crisp cereal. But when the pandemic saw grocery stores running low on inventory, that cereal became harder to find. The Miami, Florida, owner of Exquisito Chocolates had to reinvent one of her tried and true recipes with an easier to find cereal: Lucky Charms.

  • Rebound November 18, 2021 9:58 pm

    NYC Tour Company Drives Forward with Diverse Social Mission

    From mutating strains to controversial vaccine mandates, the coronavirus pandemic has forced demanding questions and pressure on New York business. Small business owners are finding ways to survive the virus unknowns and look past the pressing hurdles. Over the summer, Facebook and the Small Business Roundtable conducted a survey with more than 35,000 small business leaders, across 30 countries and…

  • Rebound November 16, 2021 7:51 pm

    One Step at a Time: Moving Tourism Forward When a City Shuts Down

    A record 66.6 million tourists visited New York City in 2019 and business was booming for Stacey Toussaint, founder of diversity and inclusion-centered Inside Out Tours. But when the coronavirus pandemic brought the city to a standstill, Toussaint was left to figure out how to keep her tourism business running when there simply were no tourists.

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