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COVID-19 Student Interviews - Yacinthe, Magalie

Deacon Experiences during COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic


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Zaelke, Caroline
Yacinthe, Magalie
2020-09-17 (issued)
Magalie Yacinthe is the owner of Yacinthe Event Services (YES), an event planning company, the owner of So-In, an oil recycling company, and the Interim Executive Director of Hustle Winston-Salem, a nonprofit that provides help and guidance to entrepreneurs, especially those who are women, people of color, and in marginalized business districts. Yacinthe's perspective on the COVID-19 outbreak is unique because of the ways that the pandemic has affected each of her businesses differently. Most work with YES stopped, with the exception of a few virtual events, since in-person events were put out of the question by state-mandated and personal gathering limits. So-In was only about a year old, and since its model involves taking oil from resturants, which were closed or doing significantly less business, much of its progress was put on pause. She explains, in contrast, how Hustle has seen great success and even more interest since the beginning of the outbreak, since many entrepreneurs were looking for help as they adjusted to the "new normal" of a pandemic. She shares her varied experiences requesting and recieving loans and her frustration with the confusion many experienced in the process of applying. She discusses her passion for her businessess and how, while she was able to fulfill some remaining contracts virtually for YES, she has struggled to find inspiration in an online event format. While YES and So-In have struggled to stay connected with the community, Hustle has especially thrived in staying connnected with Winston-Salem since the outbreak. Yacinthe is excited to announce that through some grants, they were able to purchase and give away tablets to 30 businesses in Winston-Salem that needed them to carry out remote work.
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COVID-19 Student Interviews - Yacinthe, Magalie

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