2003-01-04 / Community

Roxbury USA President To Speak At Women’s Biz Conference

Roxbury USA President To Speak At Women’s Biz Conference

Roxbury USA President To Speak At Women’s Biz Conference

Nancy Weibel Hanson, the President of Roxbury USA, a Rockaway-based manufacturer, will be one of the speakers at the "Minding Their Business Conference 2003." It will be held on Friday, January 24, at Citibank, Court Square, Long Island City.

Roxbury USA is a manufacturer that has pioneered unique products such as special character teddy bears.

Over 200 women business owners, a major increase over past years, are expected to "Mind Their Business" at the 2003 conference "Challenge, Change & Growth."

The Queens County Overall Economic Development Corporation (QCOEDC) has experienced an unprecedented response to the initial announcement and programs of its US-SBA sponsored Women’s Business Center in 2002.

Marie Nahikian, QCOEDC’s executive director notes, "The Conference, now in its fourth year, has grown to be a premier ‘outside of Manhattan’ business event. Queens has the fourth largest number of minority business owners of all five boros and over 50% of the minority business owners are now women. The interest is coming from all over the city. This conference is an ongoing forum for women entrepreneurs in New York with a specific focus on the multicultural business community."

Gina L. Bolden-Rivera, the newly-elected President of the New York Women’s Agenda & Sr. VP at Community Capital Bank will provide a key note address about "Ethical Intelligence: Women’s Ways, An Advantage in Business."

Queens Borough President Helen Marshall, top officials from the U.S. Small Business Administration, Empire State Vice President, Shirley Rodriguez-Remensiski, New York City Councilwoman, Honorable Yvette Clark have confirmed that they will join top women business owners at the event. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton and Representatives Carolyn Maloney, Nita Lowey, Nydia Velazquez from the Queens’ Congressional delegation have been invited.

In addition to Roxbury USA President Nancy Weibel Hanson, there will be other business owners leading workshops. They include: Veronica Rose, President of Aurora Electric, designated one of the nation’s fastest growing companies; Debbie Milner, President of Jade Systems Corporation, New York City’s fourth largest woman-owned business.

Nisha Chopra, QCOEDC’s business services and Women’s Center director explains that, "This 2003 Conference will be a unique gathering of elected officials, business experts and owners to consider the ‘Challenge, Change & Growth’ needed by New York businesses to cope and continue to grow in spite of the challenges of the past 18 months."

A morning kickoff will feature Shirley Rodriguez-Remeniski and Councilwoman Yvette Clarke as they each provide a keen perspective on the business trends and opportunities for women and minority-owned enterprises within Queens and New York City. Workshops, led by successful women business owners and business experts include "New Strategies for Tough Times," "Marketing in Queen: the Global Village in Miniature," and "Using Technology to Maximize Your Resources."

An aternoon session will showcase experts in air transport, construction, tourism, retail, manufacturing and health services, who will brainstorm on how thinking "outside the box" can develop new business by clustering with Queens’ key business sectors. Panelists include Dawn Simon, marketing director/manager for the high volume Queens Center Mall; Dolly DeThomas, Crowne Plaza Hotel; and Dolores Hoffman, Port Authority Air Services Development Office.

QCOEDC’s Women’s Business Center (WBC) supports women business owners in all stages of their business enterprise. The Queens WBC is funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration to help QCOEDC provide technical assistance, training, workshops, and specialized programs such as the Digital Bridge, Virtual Market Place and the Mentor Center.

For more information, to register and to request an invitation, please contact Madeleine Gordillo at (718) 263-0546 or mg@queensny.org. Call as soon as possible since space is limited!

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