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When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. The federal government gave us a furlough, so we're making cheesecakes!
Nikki Howard, left, and Jaqi Wright, sisters and founders of the Furlough Cheesecake, which sells its cakes online. A study sponsored by American Express, estimated that the number of businesses owned by African-American women increased nearly 50 percent from 2014 to 2019.
Imagine showing up to work only to find out that you're not getting paid for weeks—and that the money from last month's paycheck isn't enough to keep you afloat. This hypothetical scenario
was the reality for more than 800,000
workers when the U.S. federal government...
The Furlough Cheesecake Sisters, Jaqi Wright (left) and Nikki Howard (right), with Mahisha Dellinger (center), founder of national household hair brand Curls and The Oprah Winfrey Network's hit show Minding Your Business with Mahisha
Jaqi Wright and her mother couldn’t get enough of her sister’s cheesecake. The two of them, relaxing on New Year’s Day, savored two slices each while sipping coffee. “‘You really can sell these,'” Wright recalls her mother saying.
The nation just went though the longest government shutdown in U.S. History which lasted 35 days. Two sisters, Nikki Howard, employed by the Food and Drug Administration as a Recruitment & Outreach worker, and Jaqi Wright, employed by the Department of Justice as...
Nikki Howard and Jaqi Wright quit their government jobs to make cheesecakes full-time.
When life gives you lemons, make cheesecake?
That’s what two Maryland sisters furloughed by the government shutdown in December decided to do, and they haven’t looked back.
SISTERS NIKKI HOWARD AND JAQI WRIGHT WERE BOTH FURLOUGHED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. NOW THEY'RE OWNERS OF A BUDDING CHEESECAKE BUSINESS.