CHYE inspires 100 Crown Heights entrepreneurs

This year alone with the addition of Mr. Yehuda Berg, the organization’s in-house business counselor, CHYE has helped over 100 aspiring entrepreneurs in the community launch or expand their businesses. In honor of this special milestone, we caught up with two members of the Crown Heights entrepreneurial community and asked them to share their experience as entrepreneurs.

This year alone with the addition of Mr. Yehuda Berg, the organization’s in-house business counselor, CHYE has helped over 100 aspiring entrepreneurs in the community launch or expand their businesses.

In honor of this special milestone, we caught up with two members of the Crown Heights entrepreneurial community and asked them to share their experience as entrepreneurs.

Dan Dashevsky is the Marketing Director and Co-Founder of MyCloudGrocer.com, an online platform and CMS service for grocery stores. His unique company allows grocery stores to list and sell their products on their own branded websites using a the company’s custom software.

Dashevsky and his business partner launched the first iteration of their vision, partnering with The MarketPlace, just under a year ago. Since then they’ve expanded to other grocery stores, including Western Kosher in Los Angeles.

Dashevsky attended a number of CHYE seminars and was particularly impressed by the organization’s mentorship program.

His advice for new businesses in Crown Heights? “I tell everyone what my CHYE mentor told me,” Dashevsky says. “Make sure to have a strong business plan, see what your market needs and how you can fill that need for your customers and then launch the Minimum Viable Product. Get your project out there!”

Noting the internal changes and growth of his enterprise, Dashevsky also stresses the importance of pivoting your vision to new, unexplored ideas.

Saride Switzer is another member of the Crown Heights community that has turned to CHYE to help her growing business. Through her service Bring The Gym To Me, Switzer has brought health and exercise awareness to homes across Brooklyn. 

Established five years ago as part of Switzer’s fitness classes, Bring The Gym To Me brings private fitness lessons from hip-hop to total body fitness to homes of participants. Switzer has also brought lessons to camps and schools interested in teaching their students about fitness and exercise.

Switzer has hosted and MCed a number of CHYE events in the past. Recently, however, she has also begun to turn to CHYE for mentorship as well.

“I found my first appointment to be very useful,” Switzer said. “I’ve already implemented many of the suggestions into my work and look forward to seeing what else I can learn.”

For more information about future CHYE events and to learn more about CHYE’s mentorship and other programming, visit http://chye.info

Avi Werde

Head Quarters , 231 Rogers Ave, Brooklyn, NY, 11225, United States

Avi started his business life at a very young age, which has allowed him to explore many industries. After finishing his studies as a music student he went on to other areas in the hospitality industry expanding his knowledge and experience to the point that he felt unsatisfied by the restraints and slow progressions of working for another leading him to create his company ECS (Event Connection Source). This brought Avi national and international attention as the world was to experience their first large scale Jewish wedding expo, opening doors that he has been yearning to open. He has since been involved with projects such as Concerts, Galas, Art Shows, Art installations, Fashion shows, managing event spaces, birthdays, product launches, corporate events, Festival management, parties, event marketing, PR, the works.