Erin Duckett grew up in the family business. Her dad started Yankee Trails 60+ years ago. However, as the baby of the family, she never wanted to be in the family business.
Where have all the women gone? Millions lost their jobs due to the pandemic, including women right here in the Capital Region.
So what happens to the economy, to families, to the unemployment roles when women are out of work?
Millions of women lost their job during the pandemic, and bouncing back hasn't been easy. However, one local woman did bounce back after deciding to be her own boss.
Mateka Turner has spent most of her life in the healthcare profession, but her passion has been in haircare.
How many times have you gone to the doctor, but afterwards were not quite sure of the doctor's instructions? Now you don't have to go to the doctor alone. A new service will send someone with you to turn that medical jargon into plain English.
How often do you pay attention to the people you pass on the street? Do you wonder how they're doing? What's going on in their lives? A local woman who for years wondered about the people she passed by has turned her interactions into a book.
Diane Bollman-Buyer of East Greenbush has quite the life. "I was a former director of the Allegheny County Office for the Aging. Then I was promoted to New York state. I was the first long-term care ombudsman in the state of New York," she explained.
Growing up, when it came time to select someone to capture those whimsical family moments, everyone in Tyiesha Ford's family turned to her.
By her own admission, Marie Campbell's life is blooming! She opened a flower shop at 811 Madison Avenue, hoping for something fun to do after retirement, but she did so during the pandemic.
Ruth Riozzi is called the "Mother Teresa of Hudson." For years, she's made sure those in need don't go without food.
Staesha Anderson is one of a few female security service owners. Now that she's thriving, she's helping others, too.
Chianti Lafortune went from a tough life in NYC to a budding career as a cosmetologist. Now she's made the dream of owning her own salon come true!
Heather Valade's food truck is called Curvy Girls. It's a fitting name, because what's on the menu is bound to put a few pounds on you.
Valade started cooking in high school, loved it and went on to culinary school.
Growing up in her native Ghana, Linda Kowalski's life was filled with hardships and few opportunities. Her dad died at 42, and her mom had to work hard to keep things going.
Shen junior Lucia Hingi is waiting to see if she will take home the top honors in a national culinary contest. She's following in the footsteps of her teacher as she looks for a win.
Local author and movie producer Arlene Brathwaite is known for her gritty urban novels. However, her real life story could be a made for TV movie itself.
For years, Black women have had to straighten their hair to be accepted in most professions and by society. Now, they're bucking the old norms and refusing to straighten what comes naturally. A Clifton Park businesswoman is helping them.
A year into the pandemic, a local Black health care professional is calling for changes in Albany County's COVID vaccination response to make sure Blacks have better access.
During the pandemic, home prices didn't decline, but they were flat. Now home prices are skyrocketing.
Many local craftspeople and artists have found themselves without the ability to sell their wares, because the venues where they used to sell have closed down.