Sisters started a side hustle while on government furlough—now it's a business backed by Ellen DeGeneres
10:45 AM ET Thu, 4 April 2019
The Furlough Cheesecake is taking off after receiving $20,000 from Ellen DeGeneres. The business was started by sisters Nikki Howard and Jaqi Wright, two furloughed government workers. Now that the government is back to work and the cheesecake orders are coming in high volume, the sisters are looking to transition from working for Uncle Sam to embracing entrepreneurship full-time.