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In Commerce Street, a podcast from KENS 5, host Erica Zucco and producer Kristin Dean explore topics about business, the economy and technology in the Alamo City.

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In Commerce Street, a podcast from KENS 5, host Erica Zucco and producer Kristin Dean explore topics about business, the economy and technology in the Alamo City.

    Austin vs. San Antonio | Their similarities, differences, areas of growth and room to improve

    Austin vs. San Antonio | Their similarities, differences, areas of growth and room to improve

    Austin has grabbed national headlines for flashy companies moving headquarters and operations to the city. Meanwhile, San Antonio has been growing its cybersecurity industry and working to increase the level of residents with higher education and advanced technical skillsets. KENS 5 spoke with professors in both cities to find out how they stack up next to each other-- and whether there's room for collaboration.

    • 12 min
    Business program offers coaching & up to $20k to help SA businesses start or grow

    Business program offers coaching & up to $20k to help SA businesses start or grow

    La'Queena Gonzales has been doing hair for 20 years, but opening her salon came after a coincidental encounter at the carwash with her grandmother eight years ago. 


    "This man pulled up next to her that she knew and she said this is my granddaughter, she's a beautician," Gonzales said. "He was like, really? I have a building that used to be a salon that no one's in right now."


    In this episode of Commerce Street, a podcast from KENS 5, we talk to Gonzales about an innovative new idea to expand her business as well as being chosen to receive coaching, support and funding from the Maestro Center. We also spoke to the Executive Director of the Maestro Center on how a new program is helping the community and economy of San Antonio.

    • 16 min
    ‘Something unique to San Antonio‘ | How the nation‘s largest Hispanic Chamber says SA can support local businesses

    ‘Something unique to San Antonio‘ | How the nation‘s largest Hispanic Chamber says SA can support local businesses

    The San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is the nation's oldest and largest organization of its kind, making its mark in the Alamo City by advocating for small businesses, fostering relationships, and spotlighting local successes.


    In a new episode of Commerce Street, an Eyewitness News Original podcast, KENS 5 spoke with Marina Gonzales, President and CEO of SAHCC and the owner of one of the chamber's client businesses, Mexico Lindo, a restaurant that opened during the pandemic.

    • 19 min
    ‘Dream the unimaginable‘ | New SA Lighthouse CEO on nonprofit‘s mission & her own full circle story

    ‘Dream the unimaginable‘ | New SA Lighthouse CEO on nonprofit‘s mission & her own full circle story

    Cynthia Watson's new role as CEO for the San Antonio Lighthouse for the Blind is bringing her career full circle -- and giving her the chance to amplify a mission she's incredibly passionate about.


    In this episode of Commerce Street, an Eyewitness News Original podcast, KENS 5 spoke with Watson about her personal and professional journey as well as an employee who is thriving under the Lighthouse's manufacturing department.

    • 14 min
    How freestanding ERs are filling the gap in patient care during COVID surge

    How freestanding ERs are filling the gap in patient care during COVID surge

    As a rise in severe COVID cases fills hospital beds across South Texas, emergency rooms are also being impacted both by an increase in patients and the wait times needed for those who must be transferred to longer term or specialized care.


    In an new episode of Commerce Street, an Eyewitness News Original podcast, KENS 5 spoke with the head of a major hospital's emergency department about the increase in both COVID patients and non COVID patients. KENS 5 also spoke with staff from freestanding ERs in the surrounding areas about how those businesses are filling the gap in patient care.

    • 12 min
    Buying or renting? Either way, the demand for homes is affecting your wallet

    Buying or renting? Either way, the demand for homes is affecting your wallet

    "Are you in a situation to be able to compete in this market?" 


    That's the question that realtor Sarah Briseno Gerrish says every first-time homebuyer needs to ask themselves in a real estate market where homes have been getting harder to find for about the last two years.


    In this episode of Commerce Street, a KENS 5 original business podcast, experts talked about how the "seller's market" is affecting rent and mortgage assistance programs, how first-time home buyers can still get the house of their dreams and the benefits of buying a home right now. Full story here.

    • 11 min

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