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People of JPNDC: Eduardo

As the world seemed to pause and doors closed in 2020 due to COVID-19, Eduardo was determined to better his future and make the most out of a very challenging year. The pandemic led to his layoff as a Teacher’s Assistant with Boston Public Schools. A talented musician, Eduardo was also unable to perform. [...]

By |2021-03-22T14:30:02-04:00January 21st, 2021|Family Prosperity, People of JPNDC|Comments Off on People of JPNDC: Eduardo

People of JPNDC: JP Lock and Security

2020 was a year of struggle and loss for most small businesses. Brian and Trish did something surprising: they opened their business, JP Lock and Security, during the pandemic. Here's how they took on that daunting challenge.   Brian and Trish first connected with JPNDC’s Small Business Services team in Fall 2019, when [...]

By |2021-03-25T15:20:02-04:00January 21st, 2021|People of JPNDC, Small Business Services|Comments Off on People of JPNDC: JP Lock and Security

JP and Perros Paisas

Think you know hot dogs? Wait til you try Perros Paisas, the national hot dog of Colombia. It has everything..including pineapple chunks! "JP & Me" asks five questions of Andres Jaramillo, whose new food truck, also called Perros Paisas, has Boston's Colombian community lining up for more. K: So, Perros Paisos? Not your typical ball [...]

By |2021-01-12T17:07:37-05:00January 12th, 2021|JP and Me|Comments Off on JP and Perros Paisas

Bashier Kayou, Healing for Racial Equity

“Equality” is we all get the same. But when you’ve suffered the impacts of racism, getting the same is not enough. We have to change the paradigm and make it about equity." From the Jim Crow South to Harlem and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, from Outward Bound to the JP Neighborhood Trauma Team, [...]

By |2021-01-12T17:07:37-05:00June 3rd, 2020|JP and Me|Comments Off on Bashier Kayou, Healing for Racial Equity

Rose JP: How One JP business is Adapting to the Shutdown

"We literally went home and started gathering things from around the house, and asking our parents for items." Small businesses have probably never faced as difficult a time as they do today. Rose JP, a consignment store owned by Carina Lopez and her husband, is adapting to face these challenges and can't wait to [...]

By |2021-01-12T17:07:37-05:00April 8th, 2020|JP and Me|Comments Off on Rose JP: How One JP business is Adapting to the Shutdown

The best thing a teacher can hear: Argentina Ulloa

‘Mi hijo está en lo más alto de su clase.’ Para una educadora—y para JPNDC—esa noticia hace que todo valga la pena. Argentina Ulloa es una de las 45 educadoras en el hogar, dueños de negocios con licencia independientes, en el sistema de cuidado infantil familiar de JPNDC. Juntos, atienden a 250 niños de [...]

By |2021-01-12T17:07:37-05:00November 7th, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on The best thing a teacher can hear: Argentina Ulloa

Paciencia, Sentido de Humor, y Susurros

Patience, sense of humor, and whispering instead of shouting. That's the advice of Patria Guerrero to anyone who wants to work with children! Today we're speaking with Patria, one of 45 JPNDC educators -- home-based business owners who together care for 250 children a day, all over Boston. Based in JP, Patria has 20 [...]

By |2021-01-12T17:07:37-05:00July 30th, 2019|Jamaica Plain Resident, JP and Me|25 Comments

Wise Words from Women Entrepreneurs in JP

Is Instagram a great marketing tool? What if I can't get a loan? Do I really need to plan? Carina Lopez (right) with Marie Michl of JPNDC Voices of experience answered these and other questions on March 21st, when five small business owners and experts formed a panel at the #SheMeansBusiness pop-up [...]

By |2021-01-12T17:07:37-05:00April 9th, 2019|JP and Me|Comments Off on Wise Words from Women Entrepreneurs in JP

Monumental Market: A New Model for Small Business

Who was a Food Network addict? Who studied architecture? And who abandoned the world of high finance? Javier Amador-Peña, Gerly Adrien, David Lindsey and Kelsey Munger all took unique paths to business ownership. And what they are building together is also unusual. Daunted by high commercial rents in Jamaica Plain, they’re combining forces in [...]

By |2021-01-12T17:07:37-05:00March 12th, 2019|JP and Me|Comments Off on Monumental Market: A New Model for Small Business