$20 Million and Counting!

February 09, 2018

by Yanki Tshering

When I asked our loan portfolio manager, Jessica Martin, to bring me our most recent numbers for a report last week, I wasn't expecting the extraordinary news she was about to share.       

In January, we issued our 3,070th loan, bringing the total amount of small business loans BCNA has disbursed since its first loan in 1998 to a remarkable 20 million dollars!

What makes this milestone exciting is more than just the excellent work of our terrific loan officers. It is that each dollar went to helping our clients – the vast majority of whom are recent immigrants or refugees.

Grateful for Another Year with Impact

December 07, 2017

by Yanki Tshering

Thanksgiving has come and gone and the Holidays are here, but this year in particular, we are still reflecting on that most American of all holidays, during which we are reminded of the original immigrants and refugees persecution who came to this country, fleeing persecution for a better life. At BCNA, this time of year also coincides with our annual review of the impact of BCNA's services in the past fiscal year, as well as a time to reflect with gratitude about the wonderful organizations and funders who have helped us help immigrants and refugee clients this year.

Building Visibility for Himalayan Restaurants in Jackson Heights

November 01, 2017

a guest blog post by Jeff Orlick

This summer Jeff Gorlick - organizer of last year's very successful Momo Crawl  and this year's upcoming November 5th Momo Crawl - and Tshering Gurung of BCNA's Jackson Heights office met with several Tibetan and Nepali restaurant owners about how to improve their online presence to make it easier for potential customers to find their restaurants online and to share their experiences through social media.

Celebrating NYC's Pushcart Heroes at the Vendy's

October 06, 2017

by Yanki Tshering

The Vendys - aka "the Oscars of street food" - is an event the BCNA team looks forward to each year, not just for the delicious food, exciting competition, and beautiful day on Governor's Island, but also because it gives us a chance to see how lives change when hardworking entrepreneurs are given the opportunity to succeed.

Heart and Soul: Celebrating World Entrepreneurs’ Day

August 24, 2017

by Yanki Tshering

The Heart and Soul of NYC Small Business Awards ceremony, which took place August 21 at Brooklyn Borough Hall, was a celebration of the courage, hard work, and resilience of outstanding New York small business owners, held in conjunction with World Entrepreneurs' Day. We were particularly excited that an Innovation Award went to BCNA client Juan Quelal, owner of SmartCab Technologies, an app that taxi drivers throughout the United States now use through a contract with the National Taxi Alliance.