By Women Entrepreneurs NYC (WE NYC) - Department of Small Business Services NYC
The conversation will focus on existing resources, best practices for operational and mental resilience, and predictions for where the future economy might take small businesses.
About this Event
While the global pandemic has taken its toll on small businesses everywhere, many of these hardships have been felt more acutely by women- and minority-owned businesses. From a smaller pool of investors to a lack of a preexisting relationship with a commercial bank, these businesses have had to overcome additional challenges to stay afloat. So what can a female entrepreneur do to keep the lights on during the COVID-19 outbreak and plan for the future while facing an uncertain economic landscape?
Quenia Abreu, President of the NYWCC
Diana Franco, Executive Director of Launch Services and WE NYC (moderator)
Gayle Jennings-O’Byrne, Co-founder, The WOCstar Fund
Annabelle Santos, Founder of Spadet
Quenia Abreu is the President and CEO of the New York Women’s Chamber of Commerce, a not-for-profit membership organization dedicated to empowering and fostering the economic advancement of women through business ownership, microenterprise, and self-employment. Ms. Abreu founded the New York Women’s Chamber of Commerce in 2002. Today, the organization counts with more than 7,000 members, has provided technical assistance and training to more than 20,000 entrepreneurs, assisted with the creation of more than 10,000 new businesses, and aided entrepreneurs in accessing $45 million in capital and $65 million in procurement contracts.
Diana Franco is the Executive Director of WE NYC and Launch Services at The NYC Department of Small Business Services. The NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS) helps unlock economic potential and create economic security for all New Yorkers by connecting New Yorkers to good jobs, creating stronger businesses, and building thriving neighborhoods across the five boroughs. She is a founding team member of three successful tech startups; Latinred S.L., CycleLogic, and Kactoos. She is also the founder of Grenout, an agency focused on helping foreign entrepreneurs launch their products and services in the U.S., and co-founder of CoreWoman, a foundation that aims to empower women professionally and economically.
Gayle Jennings-O’Byrne is a venture capitalist and published author who works with entrepreneurs to help them build and grow successful companies and with the investors /allies who are eager to support them. With over 20+ years of wall street, technology, philanthropy, training, and professional speaking experience, Gayle trains entrepreneurs on investor pitches and accessing the right capital at the right time. Gayle invests in women of color entrepreneurs (“WOCstars”) and diverse teams through the WOCstar Fund that she co-founded. She is a graduate of the Wharton School of Business, the University of Michigan, and an attendee of the National University of Singapore and City of London Polytechnic.
Annabelle Santos is the founder of Spadét, a company that manufactures 100% natural, olive-based skin, hair, body and wellness products. With a background in biochemistry and previous businesses in Wellness and DNA Sequencing, in 2008, Annabelle started to make all natural products to help her 2-year-old daughter who suffered from extreme eczema, working out of a small lab in her basement. In 2014, she created Spadét and moved into a manufacturing facility in Harlem in 2017. Spadet currently sells products online and at 25 Whole Foods stores in the Northeast. In response to COVID-19, Spadet created a hand sanitizer using 75% isopropyl alcohol and their proprietary Olive Castile Soap.
This event is sponsored by Verizon.