YWCA Brooklyn celebrated the graduation of the second group of women mentees from the cohort program known as the Brooklyn Women’s Business Mentoring Initiative on October 30, 2015 at the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, hosted by their President and CEO Carlo A. Scissura. Through this initiative we are working towards our mission of the empowerment and economic advancement of women and girls. This initiative is a way for us to connect with leaders that share our values and support our community members in ways that drive change in the fight for equality.
Assembly Member Rodneyse Bichotte, Chair of the Oversight of Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (MWBEs) Subcommittee, and Congresswoman Nydia M. Velázquez, Ranking Member of the House Small Business Committee, were present and offered their words of encouragement to the graduates. Attendees also included Initiative mentors, elected officials, YWCA Brooklyn Board members, CEO and staff, BOC and AABID.
YWCA Brooklyn works with the Atlantic Avenue Business Improvement District (AABID) and the Women’s Business Center (WBC) of the Business Outreach Center Network on the development of the initiative, which connects aspiring entrepreneurs with experienced Atlantic Avenue-based business owners. The mentors of the initiative were recruited from the top established business owners within the AABID that stretches from 4th Avenue to the Brooklyn waterfront. During the course of the program, mentors provided one-on-one industry-specific, tailored advice on diverse business topics that mentees had identified as areas where they needed assistance. Graduates of the Initiative will be provided with free ongoing legal services from the Center for Urban Business Entrepreneurship (CUBE) at Brooklyn Law School.
At the ceremony, YWCA Brooklyn was awarded a citation for Economic Small Business Development in Brooklyn, presented by the deputy Borough President for Brooklyn Diana Reyna.
We would like to thank our partners, mentors and mentees for their participation and dedication to the Brooklyn Women’s Business Mentoring Initiative.
Posted on 12/12/2015