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Westchester Community College Gateway to Entrepreneurship Hosts First of a Two-Part Series

Thursday, January 3, 2013   (0 Comments)
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Grow Conference for Entrepreneurs Offers Valuable Advice for Those Starting or Growing a Business

Event Presented by Gateway to Entrepreneurship at Westchester Community College and County Office of Economic Development

WHITE PLAINS, NY (November 2012) – More than 120 people interested in starting or growing a business learned what it takes to succeed in business from a distinguished panel of Westchester entrepreneurs at the Westchester Grow Conference for Entrepreneurs held November 13 at The Gateway Center at Westchester Community College.

The lively and informative panel discussion was the first part of two-part conference for small business owners co-presented by the Westchester County Office of Economic Development and the Gateway to Entrepreneurship (G2E) at Westchester Community College.

The distinguished panel of successful Westchester entrepreneurs gave advice to a lively and engaged audience about what it takes to survive and thrive. Panelists included: James Bernardo, Candela Systems Corp.; Elizabeth Bracken-Thompson, Thompson & Bender; Renee Brown, C.W. Brown; Jon Dorf, Dorf & Nelson; Robert Glazer, ENT & Allergy Associates ; Wiley Harrison, Business of Your Business; Peter Herrero, New York Hospitality Group ; Tom Kallish, Tommie Copper ; Tara Meenan Lansen, Compufit ; Stewart Strauss, Strauss Paper; and Scott Vaccaro, Captain Lawrence Brewing Company. The panel was moderated by Laurence Gottlieb, Director of the County Office of Economic Development, and Caryn McBride, Editor of The Journal News.

"We were extremely pleased with the program and the tremendous turnout. The panelists were outstanding and provided valuable insight in the lessons they've learned as successful entrepreneurs. The Grow Conference series is designed to connect people with the information, financial and human resources they need to start or expand a business. Hopefully, this first event in the series will help those already in business and inspire those who want to start a business,” said Mr. Gottlieb.

The Westchester Grow Conference for Entrepreneurs is the first part of a two-part conference co-presented by the Gateway to Entrepreneurship (G2E) at Westchester Community College and Westchester County Office of Economic Development. A two-day conference planned for May 2 and 3 will feature an all-day workshop and networking reception.

"Our partnership with the Office of Economic Development to present the Grow Conference Series is our commitment to connect entrepreneurs with available resources that will help them start or bring their business to the next level,” said Eridania Camacho, Assistant Director of the Gateway Center and Coordinator of the Gateway to Entrepreneurship. G2E at Westchester Community College is a resource hub for entrepreneurial development at all stages, facilitating programs that respond to entrepreneurs' needs and contribute to a vibrant local economy.

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