Francesca Cassandra Denis, owner of Cocoa Bean Juice and Salad Bar in Flatbush, Brooklyn, said to save on production costs, she started doing tasks herself that she would typically hire a company to do, such as delivery services.. Photo by Leonardo March

BROOKLYN — Entrepreneur Francesca Denis had a hectic year in the middle of the pandemic, being a new mother and opening a business, Cocoa Bean Juice and Salad Bar on Nostrand Ave.

One year later, her store is among the 80% of businesses in New York state that survive their first year. Now, she’s busy navigating the highest inflation in the United States in 40 years.

“The [price] increases on goods to purchase for the store definitely made things more expensive,” said Denis. “We had to cut back on [local transport companies] because it's getting more pricey for them to be able to get gas.”

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Leonardo March is Brooklyn-based visual journalist from Puerto Rico and a Report for America corps member

Leonardo can be reached at Leonardo@haitiantimes.com