Real Estate Mogul and ‘Shark Tank’ Celebrity Barbara Corcoran to Speak at
The Business Council of Westchester’s KeyBank Speaker Series
Kicking off Westchester Community College’s Second Annual GROW Conference
Conference will inspire, empower entrepreneurs and business owners across the Hudson Valley
Barbara Corcoran – one of the country’s most esteemed and revered businesswomen – will kick off this year’s Westchester Community College – Gateway to Entrepreneurship’s GROW Conference as keynote speaker at the Business Council of Westchester’s KeyBank Speaker Series breakfast. “GROW 2.0” is the largest gathering in the region of business owners and professionals for a day-long series on resources and training for small businesses, slated for Friday, May 2 at The Gateway Center, Westchester Community College in Valhalla, NY and will unite local professionals through networking, mentoring, business development and strategy.
Business Council of Westchester’s KeyBank Speaker Series
Corcoran will speak at the Business Council of Westchester’s KeyBank Speaker Series from 8:15 to 9:15 a.m. at Academic Arts Building auditorium, Westchester Community College. Her personal saga dovetails with GROW 2.0’s chief philosophy that entrepreneurs and small businesses owners – especially in the bustling New York metro area – have the ability to create game-changing companies and products. With a $1,000 loan in her early 20s, Corcoran launched her real estate empire which she eventually sold for $66 million. She has since asserted herself as a preeminent business expert, author and a “shark” on the hit ABC television show “Shark Tank.”
“This marks the thirteenth consecutive year that KeyBank and the Business Council of Westchester have partnered to provide Westchester County businesses with access to some of the most engaging, accomplished and respected newsmakers in our region and beyond,” said Ruth Mahoney, president, Hudson Valley/Metro NY Market, KeyBank. “We are passionate to be a part of the expanded format and to have Barbara kick-off Gateway to Entrepreneurship Annual GROW Conference, allowing a wider audience to be able to hear Barbara’s inspiring story.”
“We’re excited to have Barbara Corcoran share her insights on building a thriving business in today’s marketplace,” said Dr. Marsha Gordon, President and CEO of the Business Council of Westchester. “Innovation and entrepreneurship are hallmarks of Westchester’s business community and Barbara embodies each of those qualities. We are extremely grateful to KeyBank for their continued support of this highly-regarded series.”
“We are thrilled to partner with KeyBank and The Business Council of Westchester to host this breakthrough day-long event. We can’t think of a better way to kick-off Grow 2.0 than to have Barbara Corcoran as our keynote,” said Eridania Camacho, Director of Gateway to Entrepreneurship.
Entrepreneurs and business owners have an opportunity to register for one or both events. To register for the Business Council of Westchester’s KeyBank Speaker Series breakfast, please visit www.westchesterny.org. To register for the Grow 2.0 Conference, visit us at www.westchestergrow.com. Tickets to attend the all-day event, including the Business Council of Westchester’s KeyBank Speaker Series breakfast, are $100 per person. Tickets to attend the breakfast are $65 per person; to attend only the Grow 2.0 conference workshops, tickets are $50 per person. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m., with the keynote commencing at 8:15 a.m.
GROW 2.0 Info Sessions
Following Corcoran’s keynote is a full day of GROW 2.0 programming. From 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., attendees will have access to a slate of workshops centered on driving revenue, teambuilding, increasing profitability, expanding networks, and more. The sessions include: Ready, Set, Go! What to Consider Before You Start Your Small Business; Show Me the Money; Let’s Get Social: Social Media as a Business Growth Tool; Location, Location, Location: From Site Selection to Regulatory Requirements; and The Unfair Advantage: Driving Sales for Business Growth.
“Recognizing the important role that Westchester Community College plays in the County as an engine for economic development, we are proud to bring you the Grow Conference again this year,” said Dr. John Flynn, Interim President of Westchester Community College.
“GROW 2.0 offers the region’s most talented small business owners and entrepreneurs the opportunity to expand their horizons,” said Grow 2.0 co-chair Chris Jones, CFO of Durante Rentals. “It’s a gathering of the region’s best and brightest,” added co-chair Kim Jacobs, Executive Director of Community Capital New York.
The GROW 2.0 Conference will take place Friday, May 2, 2014 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at The Gateway Center, Westchester Community College, 75 Grasslands Road, Valhalla, NY.
About GROW 2.0: The annual GROW Conference is Westchester Community College’s Gateway to Entrepreneurship’s signature event and is a breakthrough business conference that inspires and empowers entrepreneurs and business owners across the Hudson Valley. The full-day forum offers the nuts and bolts of starting and growing your business and maximizing success, with a focus on networking, mentoring, business development and driving revenue. Attendees are able to tap into a network of like-minded business leaders, potential partners and resources, and hear from marquee-name professionals and innovators from Westchester and beyond. GROW 2.0 sponsors include G2E, the Westchester County Office of Economic Development, The Business Council of Westchester, Community Capital New York, Durante Rentals and Co-Communications. To register for the Grow 2.0 Conference, visit us at www.westchestergrow.com.
Gateway to Entrepreneurship G2E is dedicated to supporting entrepreneurial education in the community. Through its collaborations with partners in both the public and private sectors, G2E is a resource hub for entrepreneurial development at all stages, facilitating programs that respond to entrepreneurs’ needs and contribute to a vibrant local economy. For more information, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Business Council of Westchester: The County’s largest and most influential business membership organization, The Business Council of Westchester is committed to helping businesses market, learn, advocate and grow. In addition, The Business Council of Westchester is actively involved in reviewing federal, state and county legislation and regulations in order to assess the potential impact on the business community and to influence the outcomes through advocacy when the business community’s interests may be affected. It also acts as an information resource for the business community and government leaders at all levels.
About KeyBank (KeyCorp): KeyCorp traces its roots back more than 180 years ago and is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio. One of the nation’s largest bank-based financial services companies, Key has assets of approximately $92.9 billion. The eight-county Hudson Valley/Metro NY Market has 57 branches, 80 ATMs and nearly 400 employees. Key provides deposit, lending, cash management and investment services to individuals, small and medium sized businesses in 12 states under the name of KeyBank N.A. Key also provides a broad range of sophisticated corporate and investment banking products, such as merger and acquisition advice, public and private debt and equity, syndications and derivatives to middle market companies in selected industries throughout the United States under the KeyBanc Capital Markets trade name. For more information, visit https://www.key.com/. Keybank is member FDIC.
Hundreds of beautiful, beneficial plants will be available at The Native Plant Center’s 15th Annual Native Plant Sale on Saturday, April 26, from 10:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Westchester Community College in Valhalla. Admission is free.
This year the plant sale will celebrate birds, because it falls on the birthday of wildlife artist John James Audubon (1785–1851), for whom the venerable bird conservation organization was named. To honor this occasion—and to bring community-wide attention to the role gardens can play as habitat—the sale will offer a large selection of plants especially beneficial to birds, many recommended by local chapters of the National Audubon Society.
“Backyards—and gardeners—can make a difference,” says Carol Capobianco, Director of The Native Plant Center at Westchester Community College. “Populations of many bird species are in decline. Gardeners can create habitat for birds by changing their plant palette to include native plants. When designing a garden, think not only about four-season visual interest but also year-round food sources, shelter, and water. Install a mix of berry-, seed-, and nectar-producing plants as well as dense plantings to provide cover,” she adds.
Hummingbird favorites, butterfly host plants, and other species loved by native pollinators also will be among the perennials, shrubs, and trees for sale. Native plant specialists will be on hand to answer questions and assist gardeners in choosing great options for their sites from the 3,000 plants and over 75 species offered.
Among the selections:
The day will kick off at 8:15 a.m. with a guided bird walk on campus led by Bedford Audubon’s Naturalist Tait Johansson (bring your binoculars!). The sale opens to the public at 10 a.m. (Native Plant Center members may enter at 9:30 a.m.). Other bird-themed activities for the day include information about local birds; the sale of garden accessories such as bird baths, houses, and feeders by the Wild Bird Center; and other celebratory treats to wish a “Happy Bird-day” to Mr. Audubon.
The Native Plant Center is teaming with Audubon chapters in the area to bring attention to the interdependency of native plants and birds. Bedford Audubon, which celebrated its 100th anniversary last year as a chapter of the National Audubon Society, is spearheading the efforts.
“We’re so happy to be partnering with The Native Plant Center to celebrate John James Audubon’s birthday and conservation,” says Janelle Robbins, Executive Director of Bedford Audubon. “I can’t wait to see more home landscapes evolve into wildlife oases for birds and butterflies.”
As in past years, McCue Gardens of Wethersfield, Connecticut, will be present at the sale, offering a unique selection of delicate woodland plants.
The sale is located at Westchester Community College, 75 Grasslands Road, Valhalla, New York. Sale attendees should enter the East Grasslands Entrance and park in Lot #1. Volunteers are needed to prepare for the sale and to assist on sale day itself. Those interested in volunteering, or those seeking further information about the sale, should visit nativeplantcenter.org, email email@example.com, or call 914-606-7870.
The Native Plant Center was established in 1998 as the first national affiliate of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas. The Native Plant Center maintains demonstration gardens and educates the public about the environmental necessity, economic value, and natural beauty of native plants through conferences, field trips, and classes in its Go Native U continuing education program.
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Make the most of your money. Westchester Community College aims to help area residents do just that when they hosted their fourth annual Financial Education Day on Saturday, March 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The conference, free and open to the public, took place in the Gateway Center on the college’s main campus at 75 Grasslands Road in Valhalla, NY.
Financial Education Day is hosted by the college’s Center for Financial and Economic Education and the Westchester Community College Alumni Association. It offers participants the opportunity to attend workshops by some of the Hudson Valley’s leading financial experts. Partnering with the college to organize this event is the Westchester Financial Education Alliance, which includes the United Way of Westchester and Putnam, the Financial Planning Association of the Greater Hudson Valley, and GreenPath Debt Solutions. The Public Private Partnership for Aging Services of Westchester is also a partner organization.
Keynote speaker Sharon Epperson, CNBC Senior Commodities and Personal Finance Correspondent, will share her perspective on “Your Money, Your Future,” addressing financial issues that individuals confront on a daily basis. Presentations will also be made by speakers from such leading financial firms as Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, Ameriprise Financial, and other Westchester-based financial firms. There will be more than twenty workshops on specific financial topics including planning for retirement, estate planning, investing basics, elder care, social security, insurance, managing credit and debt, paying for college, and starting a business. Private sessions with financial counselors will also be available.
Suzanne Matthews, director of the Center for Financial and Economic Education, said: “I’m pleased that this year’s program features several workshop tracks targeted to different demographic groups, particularly seniors, young adults and women. Financial Education Day offers something valuable for everyone—and perhaps most valuable of all is the accurate and unbiased financial information that attendees will receive.”
Sandford (Sandy) Wollman, director of Pro Bono and Public Awareness for the Financial Planning Association/Greater Hudson Valley, notes that the ongoing success of Financial Education Day lies in its collaborative nature. “It really does take a village,” he said. “The time and effort invested by our partner organizations make this event relevant and worthwhile to so many area residents—and that makes it good for the community as a whole.” Perhaps testament to that are the overwhelmingly positive reviews by attendees, such as this one from last year: “Excellent, thank you! The event really got me motivated about being smarter with money and debt.”
The Center for Financial and Economic Education at Westchester Community College is generously funded by the JPMorgan Chase Foundation.
Financial Education Day is also made possible by the generosity of the Foundation for Financial Planning, Merrill Lynch, Key Private Bank, BNC Insurance and Risk Advisors, the Academic Federal Credit Union, College Planning 101, Maier Markey and Justic LLP, and J.D. Moschitto & Associates, Inc.
Advance reservations are strongly encouraged although walk-ins are welcome.
Individuals can register online: www.mysunywcc.org/fed or by phone: 914-606-6559
For more information about Financial Education Day, contact Suzanne Matthews at
The Transfer Fair will be held on Tuesday, April 1 from 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm in the Student Center. Over 60 college and university representatives from across the country will be on campus to speak with students about transfer opportunities. Click here for a listing of all the colleges attending the Transfer Fair.
There is still time to register for “Fast Track” classes
The Fast Track Cycle 2 classes in Yonkers and Port Chester begin March 24.
Career Services will be hosting a series of workshops to help students prepare for interviews, build their resume and search for jobs. Click here for more information about when these workshops will be offered.