Barbara Venturi wins 2013 Lillian Vernon Award
Barbara Venturi, of Armonk, is the 2013 winner of the prestigious Lillian Vernon Award for Community Service. Ms. Venturi is a co-founder and managing partner of AMBAR Realty Group, LLC, a commercial real estate firm specializing in global tenant representation, and account management for corporations with multi-market acquisition and disposition assignments. She has been involved in various sectors of the real estate industry, including leasing, strategic planning, finance, and development, for over twenty years.
Ms. Venturi has been an active and dedicated WEDC volunteer for many years and has served as its President for the last three years. In that role she has provided outstanding leadership and guidance to the organization. However, what makes her a most deserving recipient of the Lillian Vernon Award is her lifelong commitment to mentoring and inspiring countless number of women entrepreneurs. By giving generously of her time and expertise to build a strong community of women business owners, Ms. Venturi has become a role model for all who care about women's entrepreneurship.
The Lillian Vernon Award will be presented to Ms. Venturi at WEDC’s 15th annual Women's Business Networking Event on Tuesday, November 19 at 5:30pm at Graziella's Bistro in White Plains. For additional information, go to wedcbiz.org/2013Networking.
WEDC Awarded SBA Funding to Provide Assistance to Sandy Impacted Businesses
New Services Added to Assist Lower Hudson Valley Entrepreneurs
More than six months have passed since Superstorm Sandy and many Lower Hudson Valley companies are still struggling to recover. To aid in the recovery process, the US Small Business Administration (SBA) awarded a Disaster Relief grant to the Women’s Enterprise Development Center Inc. read more
WEDC is very excited to announce that we have opened a satellite at The Hancock Technology Center at Marist College to give residents in Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster, and Westchester counties access to our high-quality, low cost business training programs. Read more.
Veterans and WEDC graduates, Deborah Tompkins and Marialisa Walton Zywotchenko, made the front page of The Journal News on August 29, 2012! Ernie Garcia profiled Deborah and Marialisa in his article about veteran entrepreneurs and programs such as ours that assist them in their small business endeavors. Check out the article here!
Congratulations to WEDC grad, Margie Nugent of Making Faces Parties, for being the first NY State entrepreneur to be endorsed on the Kiva Zip platform! Kiva Zip is Kiva's new US initiative that enables borrowers to be crowd-funded by lenders all over the country investing as little as $25 each.
Go to the Kiva Zip web site to see WEDC's Trustee profile and check out Margie's progress in raising $600 to fund the purchase of a stencil cutting machine to increase her market as a body artist.
If you are a WEDC client who needs a loan of $5000 or less to deal with the impact of Hurricane Sandy on your company, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Five $5,000 grants were awarded to:
In addition, Mrs. Lanza generously awarded 5 additional $4,000 grants to:
WEDC graduates have the opportunity to participate in the marketplace at our Annual Spring Luncheon Event that will be held on Thursday, June 14, from 11am - 2pm, at the Tappan Hill Mansion in Tarrytown, NY.
The marketplace will be a great venue in which to showcase and sell your products and services, and gain access to many potential customers. Each participant will have a table to feature your business.
$60 for Option 1 includes table with tablecloth, event ticket, and copy of the keynote speaker's book
$25 for Option 2 includes table with tablecloth and a boxed lunch
Spaces are limited. Sign up Now! To sign-up, please contact Kenya Ajose at email@example.com Preference will be given to WEDC graduates who have not participated in our microenterprise fairs in the past.
What an appropriate day to announce that WEDC will, once again, be offering our Lanza Enterprise (LEAP) Award Program to help women entrepreneurs boost their businesses to the next level! Five $5,000 equity awards will be presented to WEDC 15-Week Program graduates or participants who have completed comprehensive business plans and who meet the award criteria.
This program is a collaboration among the Lanza Family Foundation, the Women’s Research and Education Fund (WREF) and the Women’s Enterprise Development Center (WEDC). It is designed to help women who are owners of microenterprises (businesses with five or fewer employees) achieve greater business success.
The application deadline for the 2012 LEAP Award is May 3, 2012. ___________________________________________________________________________
WEDC Welcomes 3 New Board Members
Singari Seshadri,venture capitalist and start-up advisor, Martin L. Schmelkin, Managing Director, Associate General Counsel with Goldman Sachs, and Tracey A. Di Brino, General Manager of Carr Workplaces, have joined WEDC's Board of Directors.
IBM Catalyst Grant
On June 15, 2011, WEDC partnered with IBM to present “Big Business Meets Small Business.” IBM Senior Vice President Ginni Rometty presented a keynote speech, which was followed by IBM volunteers mentoring more than 100 WEDC clients in IT, finance, sales, marketing, planning, operations, social media and legal issues. A highlight of the event was when Ms. Rometty presented WEDC’s Executive Director, Anne Janiak, with an IBM Catalyst Grant for $10,000.
WEDC's Veteran's Entrepreneurial Training (VET) Program
WEDC was awarded a grant from the Walmart Foundation to create the WEDC Vet Program. VET will open the door to business ownership for veterans and help them to create profitable businesses. For additional information call 914.948.6098.
WEDC Launches New Web site
WEDC is proud to announce that we have launched our new Website and on-line community. Look around the site and check out all our new features! We added a newsroom and a place to share your success stories. Sign up for our biweekly e-mail blasts, enroll in our workshops on-line, and do business with our entrepreneurs.
You have been asking us for a WEDC business directory and we are thrilled to introduce it in our on-line community. To enter your information, click on the "sign up" button on our homepage or sign up directly on our community page. Then enter your business information. (If you work at home, you may choose to omit your street address.) Add a photo. Then, whoever comes to our site looking to do business with a WEDC client or supporter will be able to search for you by name, location, industry, name of company, and if you graduated from our 15-Week program, your class. It's that easy. So get started now!