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Just Say No To Pumpkin Hummus! How Immigrant Food Entrepreneurs Process Thanksgiving

Immigrant-owned businesses that specialize in foods rooted in their native country face a challenge when Thanksgiving rolls around: Embrace or skip entirely? Some restaurateurs, entrepreneurs and chefs incorporate hints of turkey, cranberry sauce, or pumpkin flourishes into their foods—a nod, even if a deconstructed one. Others say it’s best to steer clear. “You are not […]

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From NW Arkansas To Ann Arbor, How Smaller Tech Ecosystems Are Faring Differently In The Pandemic

You might expect the small but fervent startup ecosystem in Northwest Arkansas would be weathering the COVID-19 economic storm better than other ecosystems because of the “Big Three,” as they are locally known. Walmart, Tyson Foods and J.B. Hunt are headquartered in the region, supporting local entrepreneurship programs and more importantly, offering markets and expertise. […]

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These Immigrant Entrepreneurs Faced Looters And Bullets To Save Their Market. For Now.

Established in 2006, the Midtown Global Market was a pioneering marketplace in Minneapolis and nationwide, a haven for immigrant entrepreneurs. Over the years, they brought new life to the neighborhood surrounding the old art deco Sears store on East Lake Street. The Market has given a chance for many people, like husband-and-wife chefs Hassan Ziadi […]

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New Tech Platforms Allow Investment in Main Street Businesses

The seed for local investing platform MainVest was planted in Nicholas Mathews when he worked at Uber. He was one of the company’s first 30 employees. In 2013 while researching hyper-localized marketplaces in and around cities like Providence, R.I. and Worchester, Mass., Mathews found himself going down “economic development rabbit holes.” “It really flagged the […]