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The Power of Women Entrepreneurs (WE)

March 21 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm



March 21
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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The Microsoft Center
11 Time Square
New York, NY 10036 United States

Join the Women’s Business Centers of New York City along with Small Business Administration (SBA) NY District Office as we celebrate, motivate and activate women at this empowering celebration.

Featured topics include: She Started It – A Panel Discussion with Successful Women Entrepreneurs and The Power, Potential and Impact of Women Entrepreneurs (WE).

First Come, First Served! Everyone is Welcome! RSVP is required. If you are not registered the day before the event, you won’t be able to attend!


8:00 am – 8:45 am Registration and Breakfast

8:45 am – 9:10 am Welcome Remarks (Moderator Elaine Powel-Belnavis, EDS, SBA)

Event Sponsors 8:45 am – 8:55 am

  • Santander Bank – Sponsors Remarks – 5 min
  • Microsoft – Sponsors Remarks – 5 min

SBA Welcome Remarks   8:55 am – 9:10 am

  • Beth Goldberg, District Director, NYDO, SBA – 10 min
  • Delia Awusi, Director BOC – 2 min
  • Andrea Ormeno, Director WBC Queens – 2 min
  • Gail Davis, Director BWBC – 2 min

9:10 am – 9:35 am   Sana Khan, Microsoft, East Coast Diversity & Inclusion, Data Analytics

9:35 am – 10:20 am Workshop – The Power, Potential & Impact of Women Entrepreneurs (WE) Aisha Taylor Issah

10:20 am – 11:05 am Keynote Speaker: Wendy Garcia, Chief Diversity Officer, City

Comptroller’s Office – 30 min

11:05 am – 11:15 am Break

11:15 am – 12pm Workshop – She Started It – Successful Women Entrepreneurs – A panel Discussion – 45 min

12pm – 12:45 pm Workshop – YELP – Managing your online reputation – 45 min

12:45 pm – 1:30 pm Group Photo & Lunch

1:30 pm – 2:15 pm Workshop Linked-In – Beth Granger Linked-In Social selling – 1:00 hr

3:00 – 4:00 pm   Networking

Free Breakfast and Lunch will be provided!

Title: 5 Star State Of Mind
What you can expect to learn: A Bright Local study found that 91% of consumers turn to review sites to determine if a local business is a good business. As a business owner, it’s important you understand the value of reviews, how to respond to them, and what you can do to get more. In this session, we will provide tips and tricks for navigating the world of online reviews and also explain the best way to manage your online reputation.
Meet Ali Schwartz – The Yelp NYC Local Business Partner. Ali works to build a thriving network of local business owners, managers & marketers. She hosts a series of both online and offline events to provide business owners with resources to help educate them on the ever-changing world of online review sites, especially when it comes to Yelp. Ali is also your local Yelp For Business Owners expert in the NYC Metro area; she provides training for local business organizations on the free tools available on Yelp as well as in-person 1:1 consultative assistance. Ali regularly takes actionable feedback from the NYC business community to the different business owner-focused divisions at Yelp HQ so Yelp can continue to improve the overall business user experience.


QEDC hosts the Queens Women’s Business Center. QEDC encourages all women to participate in this and all other QEDC programs.

The Queens Women’s Business Center is Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Reasonable accommodations will be made for persons with disability if requested at least two weeks in advance.

This program is supported in part through funding from the office of the Queens Borough President, Melinda Katz.


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