Success Stories

This month, Renaissance highlights essential business Olive Market, a deli/grocery store in Flushing, Queens. Owned by AAPI business owner Song Ku Paek, the business launched in 2017. Mr. Paek dreamed of owning his own business for years and spent time considering the best options to ensure his success. When he found a convenient location with high foot traffic, he knew he was ready to realize his dream.

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Song Ku Paek -
Olive Market

SVG Caribbean Bakery & Restaurant, a Brooklyn-based restaurant that boasts, among a variety of baked delights, the best saltfish patties the borough has to offer! 

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Zita & Samuel Williams -
SVG Caribbean Bakery & Restaurant

Betty’s Flowers and Variety Inc., a Brooklyn-based flower shop, is one of the many local businesses that Renaissance is proud to have supported through the challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. The business, which offers fresh flowers, floral arrangements, and a variety of plants, was established in 2015 by Ms. Zoila Rivera, originally from Ecuador.

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Zoila Rivera -
Betty’s Flowers and Variety Inc.

The Truffleist is a start-up food company created in 2013 by Jimmy Kunz to produce hand-crafted, small batch truffle products. Production is based out of a commercial kitchen in Long Island City, Queens. Items are sold retail and wholesale to restaurants and specialty shops, as well as at Whole Foods. A line of truffle oils and butter, plus a wildly popular cheesesteak sandwich, are available at holiday markets throughout New York City.

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Jimmy Kunz -
The Truffleist

Second generation Korean Americans, James and John Kim, set out in 2015 to open a modern-style burger spot in the Murray Hill neighborhood of Manhattan. In seeking out a small business loan and counseling services, they were attracted to Renaissance Economic Development Corp. (REDC) for our dedication to serving minority communities.

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James & John Kim -
Sons of Thunder

Jing Wang founded her Queens-based wholesale company, JCW Import and Export, Inc., after coming to this country from China in 2010. The firm, which specializes in kitchen and other household items, has grown rapidly during the past several years, aided by several loans from Renaissance Economic Development Corp.

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Jing Wang -
JCW Import and Export, Inc.

When a devastating explosion threatened beloved restaurant Pommes Frites, Renaissance was there to help the owners successfully relaunch.

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Suzanne Levinson & Omer Shorshi -
Pommes Frites