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.


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?


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?
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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


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.




The SUPER BOWL comes to NY/NJ next year.?? With it comes a ton of business that flows from the influx of events needing businesses to distribute goods and services!!!!!?? Maybe you would like to be a player in this economic boon to NYC.?? There is a Business Connect program underway.? Registered and eligible companies will be listed in a procurement guide given to procurement reps looking for providers.

Go to to register? ? or contact me at for info.



Today from sunset until sunset tomorrow it is A National Day of Unplugging.?? Turn off your devices, spend time with family and friends with the devices turned off, or just think about? your life, your business, your goals and whatever comes to mind.??? Technology is great but, anything else, it can control us rather than assist us.? Think about it, remember what life was like before email, texts, voice mail and all the rest?


Today FEMA announced that the deadline for applying for disaster loans for damage to property by Hurricane Sandy for 13 NY counties has been extended to March 29, 2013.? If you are a homeowner or a business you may be eligible.? Do not worry if you are still waiting for your insurance to settle with you.? APPLY NOW ANYWAY.?? Homeowners are eligible for up to $200000.00 for residence damage and $40000.00 for personal property damage. Businesses can borrow up to 2 million dollars for damage to property.? There is? a July deadline for businesses to apply for economic loss disaster loans related to Sandy.? If you lost business, you may qualify.??? Don’t put off applying. DO IT TODAY. ITS EASY.