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 diversity.ny@skanska.com, 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

LAST NOTICE STATE OF WOMEN IN BUSINESS

Don’t forget, this Friday, State of the Women in Business Breakfast at 3022 Broadway, New York, NY? Room 141 from 830 am to 1030 am?? You will want to hear the keynote by NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn — and network.?? RSVP to Nancy at New York Women’s Chamber of Commerce with your contact info.?? Nhanks@nywcc.org. See you there!

AWESOME BOOK FOR THE SMALL BUSINESS OWNER

With all of our mobile and high tech devices,? remember when we read books????? There is a gem called, “Secret Service: Hidden Systems that Provide Unforgettable Customer Service”??? Remember, the difference between the small business owner and the large volume corporate provider is Customer Service.??? That is our lifeblood.??? Kick back this weekend and take a look at this hidden gem of a book.?? It won’t seem like work.

GREAT WEBSITE FOR SMALL BUSINESSES

Today I saw the National Business Incubator Association website.??? It is a great tool for small businesses that cannot afford an expensive office lease. Here in New York, the city has helped start several industry specific incubators and I can direct businesses locally.?? The website has a wealth of information of? the advantages of incubators and it is a great read.?? Small business costs constantly need fresh ideas and this is one of them.

NEWS FOR SMALL BUSINESS

Two items of interest to Small Businesses.? First, national reports are showing small business lending is really at a great level right now.? Capital has loosened up throughout the financial industry.? Micro loans, start up loans and loans to businesses showing a profit are available at decent rates and with minimal collateral.?? So, consult us at the NY Women’s Chamber of Commerce and we will work to find the fit that works for your small business.? Second,? in mid 2013 the extensions on our websites and email will expand from .com and .org to a variety of terms such as .home, .design. , .music and a variety of other extensions, which to the non nerds out there, are called? gTLDs.????? This is another marketing tool for small business as it gives you a distinctive tag that can be helpful in targeting your consumer audience.?? More to come in the coming weeks on this issue.

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

FINAL CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: DEADLINE: MARCH 15, 2013

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?crainsnewyork.com/2013TopEntrepreneurs.
Have a question? Email Elaine Pofeldt at?epofeldt@crainsnewyork.com.

For advertising information, please contact Nancy Adler at?nadler@crainsnewyork.com?or(212)210-0278.

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!
nhanks@nywcc.org
212-491-9640 x102

FRIDAY IS INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

Tomorrow is Friday March 8th? International Women’s Day???? We should recognize and commemorate all strong women past and present who were committed to their purpose and dreams.???? Women like Malala Yousafzai, the 15 year old from Pakistan, who survived being shot in the head by the Taliban because she asserted that young girls should go to school just like young boys.??? Amazingly, she has recovered and is still standing up publicly for the right to an education in young women all over the world.??? Pause a moment tomorrow in recognition? or attend one of the many events in NYC and the world.