May is Small Business Month and this year Bank of America is celebrating by highlighting one of the most vibrant cities in the country; Nashville. Celebrity Chef Maneet Chauhan is our guide as she takes us around her block, showing off some of her favorite, go-to small businesses. We see her relationship with these small business owners, diving into what makes their business so special, and showing us that when a community has the power to support small business, there is nothing that can hold them back.

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Check out the businesses featured in this video:

 

CHAUHAN ALE & MASALA HOUSE, Indian Fusion Restaurant

HANDMADE STUDIOS, Ceramics

THE TURNIP TRUCK, Natural Foods Grocer

THE CUPCAKE COLLECTION, Bakeshop

 

NEXT: Visit Atlanta with Myrna Perez

 

And be sure to visit bankofamerica.com/SBcelebrate to see other small business stories and read expert advice about connecting to your community.  Be sure to tell us your story in the discussion forum.

 

Video transcript

 

MANEET: “I decided to open a small business because Indian food is pretty much not something that you would associate with Nashville.”

 

SUPER: Maneet Chauhan, Chef & small business owner


MANEET: “One, two, three, go!”

 

SUPER: CHAUHAN ALE & MASALA HOUSE, Indian Fusion Restaurant

 

MANEET: “Just textures and flavors and everything fun.”

 

MANEET: “Small businesses are what gives neighborhoods their heart and soul, and today, I’m going to take you around my neighborhood.”

 

SUPER: NASHVILLE

 

HANDMADE STUDIOS: “We’re called Handmade Studios, so everything we make is made completely by hand.”

 

SUPER: HANDMADE STUDIOS, Ceramics

 

HANDMADE STUDIOS: “We embrace imperfection. We find that there is beauty in that.”

 

MANEET: “Nothing in nature is perfect, and that’s why it’s beautiful.”

 

HANDMADE STUDIOS: “The most surprising thing about opening a small business is that it actually worked. That I actually run a business that is growing.”

 

SUPER: THE TURNIP TRUCK, Natural Foods Grocer

 

THE TURNIP TRUCK: “I grew up on a farm and when I made it to Nashville, I could not find any local food that I was used to.”

 

THE TURNIP TRUCK: “The food tastes so much better coming local.”

 

MANEET: “Fresh!”

 

THE TURNIP TRUCK: “Trying to build local farmers and we buy [from] at least 80 different vendors that sell within the Turnip Truck.”

 

MANEET: “That’s how we make our entire community stronger – by supporting each other.”

 

THE CUPCAKE COLLECTION: “For me, we don’t sell cupcakes here. What we sell is actually joy.”

 

SUPER: THE CUPCAKE COLLECTION, Bakeshop

 

THE CUPCAKE COLLECTION: “I think people want to come back here because they find connection, they find love, they find family. When I started this, I was drowning in debt, and I was broken. People were getting out of debt by having a bake sale and I thought you can have a bake sale every day. Now I feel like there’s nothing that I can’t do. I’ve learned that impossible is actually I’mpossible.”

 

MANEET: “These small business owners have the power to lead a life that they are so proud of.”

 

SUPER: Bank of America is proud to support Small Business Month this May.

 

SUPER: Join us in celebrating the impact small businesses have on a community.

 

MANEET: “Seriously, I don’t have as much sass as you do. I’m like okay, that’s it.”

 

SUPER: WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE THE POWER TO DO?

 

SUPER: [Bank of America logo]

 

SUPER: Discover more small business stories at bankofamerica.com/SBcelebrate

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