Life Upended. The coronavirus outbreak has had a devastating impact on our nation, and it has touched Staten Islanders in countless ways. In this series, reporter Tracey Porpora will share the stories of those who have been thrust into situations that were unimaginable just a few months ago — those who have seen their life completely upended. This is the nineteenth story of “Life Upended.”
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Heather Pastore, 45, owner of the Castleton Corners-based Manhattan Greeterz Walking Tours, found success offering unique excursions of Manhattan skyscrapers and monuments over the last five years.
Two of her most requested tours were of Manhattan’s Grand Central Terminal, where she would reveal the transportation hub’s nine “secrets,” and a “9/11 downtown tour.”
In addition to her tourism company, Pastore, a Castleton Corners resident, had a successful private tutoring business for 25 years where she would give students private
Otis Gillespie, a salsa dance instructor for the MacKinnon Dance Academy in Oxnard, uses a scissor lift to remove the studio’s sign on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, as it prepare to close after more than four decades due to loss of revenue from COVID-19 restrictions. (Photo: ANTHONY PLASCENCIA/THE STAR)
Joy MacKinnon opened up a post on her Facebook page and started to type.
But the words didn’t come easily. She didn’t want the message to be too wordy or a sob story or “woe is me” at all.
Mostly, she just kept thinking: “Oh my gosh, I really have to say this now.”
In March, the coronavirus pandemic hit California and soon public health officials ordered closures and people to stay safe at home. The 45-year-old MacKinnon Dance Academy canceled its classes and had to close its doors, like thousands of other local businesses.
No matter the type and size of your business, you should have a business credit card.
When you’re a business owner, it’s normal to focus on running and growing your business. But the way you pay for business expenses is equally important, and this is an area where business credit cards can be a huge help.
Whether you have a company with several employees, a sole proprietorship, or a side hustle, your business’s payment method matters. There could be serious ramifications for you and your business if you choose the wrong one. The good news is that if you have any sort of business, you’re likely eligible for a business credit card, and there are several great benefits to opening one.
Keep personal and business expenses separate
Keeping personal expenses separate from business ones always makes sense. For starters, it will make accounting and tax preparation much easier. The last