APPLY HERE: Council of Urban Professionals – Gillibrand Women’s Mentoring Initiative

The Council of Urban Professionals (CUP) welcomes nominations for the second class of leaders to participate in the?Gillibrand Women’s Mentoring Initiative. In 2011, Senator Gillibrand called on?CUP?and the?Partnership for New York City?to help build the pipeline of women who aspire to advance their careers, grow their strategic networks, serve on high-impact boards, and give back to their communities. Last year 100 mentees were matched with 100 senior executives throughout New York. See below for some words from mentees on their experience:

“I was extremely afraid of public speaking. But presentation is critical to ascending the corporate ladder. When I was presented with the opportunity to speak at the Mentorship Luncheon, I accepted. Although I only spoke for 2 minutes it was a life changing moment for me. Later that day, I was showered with compliments from mentors and mentees alike.”

~Tamara Dews?, Empire State Fellow, Governor Cuomo

“My conversations with my mentor have strengthened my desire to obtain an MBA, which I believe will put me in a position to achieve my ultimate goal of serving a dual role in Corporate Philanthropy and Marketing, combining a firm’s philanthropic agenda with their marketing objectives to propel brands forward, or my mentors work with People en Espa?ol, create completely new brand extensions that are aligned with a firm’s diversity initiatives.”

~Nubia Murray?, Senior Associate, JPMorgan Chase Sports & Entertainment Marketing

As a member of the CUP community, we invite you to nominate an emerging leader to participate as a mentee in this unique program. Mentees should be in a private sector role and between 2 to 8 years out of undergraduate school. Only current CUP members in good standing will be considered as mentee candidates and all nominations must include a letter of recommendation from a manager at the firm.

Mentors have included: Senior Managing Directors, Chief Operating Officers, Chief Financial Officers, General Counsels, and Managing Partners from Fortune 500 Companies across the financial services, law, media & entertainment, real estate, consulting, public relations, retail, and luxury goods sectors.

Accepted participants are required to arrange at least three meetings with their mentor (between the program launch and December 2013) to get feedback on their career path and building their professional networks.

Space is very limited and a match with a mentor is not guaranteed.?Click here?to submit an application, or copy and paste the link below into your browser:

?Completed applications are due on?Friday, April 26th at 5:00 p.m. EST. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.
Please contact Natalya Suite-Williams with any questions at?

Special Offer – The Three Tomatoes: Kick It Up a Notch! on Saturday April 20

Special Offer for New York Women Chamber of Commerce Members:

The Three Tomatoes invite you to

Kick It Up a Notch😕

An ?afternoon of workshops that will?ignite?and?energize

your career or business?


?Spend 3 Hours with 3 experts Who Can Help You:

  • Become a sought out expert in your field
  • Leverage social media tools to cultivate friends and grow your business
  • Build trusted relationships that transform your career or business

? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?? Date:? Saturday April 20, 2013

? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? Time:? 2-5 PM followed by a wine/cheese reception

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14th Floor, New York City

? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?? Cost:??SPECIAL NYWCC RATE:? $65?(reguarly $75)

Part of your professional success is knowing that you never stop learning, which is why we’ve put together an afternoon with 3 experts — media personality?Valerie Smaldone, social media guru?Roni Jenkins, and women’s leadership expert,?Leslie Grossman?- all of whom we’ve personally learned a lot from.


If you’re looking for that edge that will take your career or business to the next level, this may be the best three hours you will spend on a Saturday afternoon — and it will cost you less than a pair of a shoes.? This is?not?a lecture series. Each expert will present a hands on-workshop. You will get to ask questions and participate throughout the afternoon. You will leave with strategies you can put into action immediately.? And we’ll end the day with wine and cheese so you can network with other great Tomatoes including our experts too.??Click her for all the details and register today.


This exclusive event is?limited to 75 attendees.??REGISTER TODAY.


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How Will Local Law 1 Affect Your Business?

By the New York City Department of Small Business Services, Division of Economic and Financial Opportunity

Local Law 129 of 2005

In 2005, Mayor Bloomberg signed Local Law 129, which established participation goals for minority and women-owned business on City contracts. Local Law 129 helped increase the number of M/WBE firms certified to participate in the City?s program from 700 to more than 3,500, with certified firms winning more than $3 billion in City contracts.

Local Law 1 of 2013

On January 7, 2013, Mayor Bloomberg signed new legislation to help strengthen the minority and women-owned business enterprise program. Local Law 1, formerly Local Law 129, will:

? ? ? I.???????? Eliminate the $1 million Cap

The removal of the cap increases the total value of program-eligible contracts almost five-fold, from $433 million to $2.2 billion.? Over 38,000 contracts are covered by the new goals program.

? ? II.???????? Expand Certification Programs

There are new requirements to collect more information from business owners regarding their ability to perform on contracts.? Field audits are also mandated to confirm program eligibility.

? III.???????? Establish a CompStat Accountability System

Agency officers will be required to report quarterly to both City Council and a mayoral designee on their progress towards meeting agency M/WBE goals.

? IV.???????? Improve the Online Directory of Certified Firms

The enhanced directory will allow firms to update their business information online in real time.? More business information will be published such as insurance and bonding information and more robust descriptions of recent work experience.


Selling to Government

New York City Department of Small Business Service offers M/WBEs selling to government services that help them navigate the City?s procurement system and provide them tools to compete and perform on contracting opportunities.

Geographic Market

The MWBE program will certify companies from 13 counties. These counties include 10 in New York State (five NYC Counties, Putnam, Rockland, Westchester, Nassau, and Suffolk) and 3 in New Jersey (Passaic, Bergen, and Hudson).


APPLY NOW: Skanska Construction Management Building Blocks Program

Construction Management?Building Blocks Program

If you are interested in applying for the seven-week program, complete the registration /contractor profile? by?April 1, 2013.

If you have questions about the program, please contact?Van Thompson via e-mail at, via telephone at?917.438.4500.

The seven-week program begins on Thursday, April 23, 2013 and runs every
Tuesday and Thursday from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM.
Classes will be held at:
LaGuardia Community College
31-10 Thomson Avenue
Long Island City, NY 11101

Construction Activities in Manhattanville Information Session 4-4-2013


Hosted by Columbia University and Community Board 9

Learn more about:

General Project Information ? Construction Activities in Manhattanville

Construction Activities at 148th and Broadway ? Project Design

Sustainability Initiatives ? Information for Minority, Women and Local Businesses and Individuals

Thursday, April 4, 2013
Nash Building
Enter at 96 Old Broadway

Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Crain’s Top Entrepreneur?


Every year,?Crain’s?honors members of the New York small business community who started their company with a dream and an idea and fueled its growth with dedication and innovation.

Past?Crain’s?Top Entrepreneur honorees include Stacey Bendet of?Alice + Olivia, Laura Geller ofLaura Geller Makeup?and Michael Kirban of?Vita Coco.??

If you or someone you know has what it takes to be a?Crain’s?Top Entrepreneur,?submit your nomination?by March 15, 2013.

To be eligible, a company must be located in New York City, must have been in business for at least three (3) years, must have revenue of less than $100 million and demonstrate innovation and rapid growth. Winners will appear in the June 3, 2013 edition of?Crain’s.

For the official rules, please visit?
Have a question? Email Elaine Pofeldt at?

For advertising information, please contact Nancy Adler at?

New York Women’s Equality Coalition Launch

Advocates Convene in Albany to Launch New York Women?s Equality Coalition

March 4, 2013 ? ALBANY, NY?At a press conference at the Capitol, advocates launched the New York Women?s Equality Coalition, comprised of more than 500 labor groups, business leaders, civil rights organizations, women?s groups, medical associations, and religious groups united in vigorous support of Governor Cuomo?s Women?s Equality Agenda. Read more here

State of the Women in Business 2013

Please join the New York Women’s Chamber of Commerce for our annual State of the Women in Business forum to discuss progress on Local Law?129 (now Local Law 1) and other issues of importance to women in business in New York City. Special Keynote by NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn.

Friday, March 22
8:30 – 10:30AM

Columbia University
Uris Hall, Room 140
3022 Broadway

Space is limited — Please RSVP March 15 if you have not done so already!
212-491-9640 x102