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Pre-Conference Event at S.I.’s Comfort Inn: Networking, Suit Drive & Open House

Front left: Angela D'Aiuto, WBCLDC Executive Director, Claire Gudango of HandPicked Creations, Claire Carucci of Zoe Salon, Donna of Victory State Bank; Back left Valerie Cotrino of Cotrino Travel and Carol Dimarco of Blue Lable Design

Join us on Tuesday, April 10h from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at  Staten Island’s newest hotel, the Comfort Inn, located at 310 Wild Avenue, SI,NY 10314 for Business Networking, Suit Drive and Open house, This is WBCLDC’s 5th Pre-Conference event promoting the 8th Annual Business Woman Conference , titled, Invent and Re-Invent Yourself!, and includes a suit drive to benefit Staten Island men and women, both young adults and unemployed.

The event is free to the public and includes opportunity to network with woman-owned businesses and professionals; donate a suit (women and men’s suits, ties and dress shirts) to the new Suit Up and Succeed Program and learn about services and the annual business woman conference of WBCLDC/BOC of S.I., a Small Business Administration, designated Women’s Business Center.

West Brighton Community LDC’s Women’s Business Center, offers its 5th Pre-conference event that brings together the Staten Island business community and professionals to support local businesses, network and learn about the services the 8th annual Business Woman Conference to be held on June 20th at the Li Greci’s Staaten.

Free Makeovers will be provided by woman-owned business Zoe Salon and refreshments compliments of Comfort Inn and Taste of Honey and NYC Certified Woman-owned business.  Raffles will help raise funds for the Suit Up and Succeed Program, you have a chance to win a One night Stay at the Comfort Inn, among items donated by HandPicked Creations of New Dorp and others.

At our previous event on  March 28th, Claire Carucci, owner of Zoe Salon and Claire Guadango, owner of Hand Picked Creations, both of New Dorp, hosted WBCLDC’s 4th Pre-conference event. This included the generous donation of two makeovers for McKee  Hig school students participating in the Career Coaching Program. Suits were also provided by Handpicked creations.

Make-over receipents with Zoe Salon Staff and Claire of Handpicked Creations


Diana, McKee H.S. and Claire of HandPicked Creations

The Suit Up and Succeed Program aims to provide suits, career development resources, and mentoring to Staten Islanders. This program compliments existing workforce training and education programs on Staten Island, such as the Career Coaching Program at McKee High school. Career development resources assist two groups- young women and men between the ages of 17 to 24 and adults returning to the workforce or beginning a career. WBLCDC volunteers, Carol Di Marco of Blue Label Design and Valerie Contrino and Contrino Travel, have worked with McKee High School program for the last three years.

The 8th Annual Business Woman Conference is titled “Invent and Re-Invent Your Business and Yourself”. It is an all day event at the Li Geci’s Staaten Banquet Hall scheduled for Wednesday, June 20, 2012.  To register and for vendor opportunities, contact www.SIWomenBusinessCenter.com or email us at conference@WestBrightonLDC.com or call 718-816-4775.

The Early Bird Special is $80.00 by 4/10/12, $95 at the door. Checks can be made payable to” West Brighton LDC, 705 Forest Avenue, SI, NY 10310.

March 28th, Attendees enjoyed a Private Shopping Event at Handpicked, networking & Refreshments.

‘Wear Red’ Event kicks off Women’s Network & 8th Annual Business Woman Conference

Left to Right: Phil Guarnieri-Empire State Bank-Pres, Christine Fiorenza of SI Parent-Acct Exec & Event Co-Chair, Jeanne Sarno of Empire State Bank-VP, Roy Rucci of Rucci Energy-Pres & event Co-Chair, Angela D

Tablecloths, balloons, dresses and ties – all a sea of red. Over 100 Staten Island entrepreneurs, business owners and professionals gathered for the ‘Wear Red’ Launch Party, at Bistro on February 1st, 2012.

The event, hosted by the Women’s Business Committee of the West Brighton Community LDC, (WBCLDC), had a two-fold message: heart health awareness and kick-off for the 8th Annual Business Woman Conference, a signature program of WBCLDC’s Business Outreach Center of Staten Island.

WBCLDC and its Women’s Business Committee focuses on creating an environment that allows entrepenuers and small businesses, especially women, to excell. The Annual Business Woman conference will be held on June 20th and for the first time wil be an all-day event, with the addition of the Joanne Regan Memorial Entrepenuer Awards Program & Reception.


The ‘Wear Red” Launch Party succeeded in raising awareness and funds for both WBCLDC and the SI Heart Society. A heart healthy buffet was enjoyed as well as dessert donated by Edible Arrangements of Hylan Blvd and Victory blvd

Speakers included: Tony Books Aviles of Staten Island Bootcamp, who spoke about the SI Slimdown Challenge. He is a member of the WBCLDC’s Netpenuer group and a past client of our former Business development Specialist, Joann Reagan, of WBCLDC.

Dr.Motivala of Staten Island Physicians spoke on the importance of heart health. He is a cardiologist and spoke on the importance of a healthy lifestyle. This includes moderate exercise, stress reduction and a healthy diet.

Fran Reali of the Frank J. Reali III Family Foundationspoke about the need for echo cardiograms and awareness for baseline heart screening among youth. http://www.frankjrealiiiifamilyfoundation.org/

Co-chairs for the ‘Wear Red’ Launch Party were Christine Fiorenza of S.I. Parent magazine and Roy Rucci of Rucci Energy. Both are board members of West Brighton Community LDC, (WBCLDC) and members of the S.I. Chamber of Commerce.

Event GOLD Sponsors and Friend’s of Women’s Business Committee Included: Blue Line Label- Carol DiMarco; Save the Date-Stephanie Seeloch; Snappy Solutions-Maureen Fairlie; Edible Arrangements of Victory Blvd and Hylan Blvd-Sergey Guberman; Empire State Bank; Staten Island Parent and Rucci Energy.

Event Silver Sponsors included: Tony Books Avilez of S.I. Boot Camp, Claire Properties, United Hoisting, Mary kaye.

The West Brighton Community LDC’s Business Outreach Center of S.I. hosts Staten Island’s only woman’s business conference, catering to professionals, seasoned and new small business owners. As a SBA, federally designated, Women’s business center and NYC designated Minority and Woman Enterprise Leadership Association, WBCLDC is positioned to serve the needs of small businesses and professionals. As part of the Business Outreach Center Network, 3,000 NY metro area small businesses and entrepreneurs are reached annually.

The Staten Heart Society works locally to promote heart health. February is Heart Health Awareness month and heart disease is the highest killer of women every year, before cancer. Women are less likely to see the signs of heart disease.

The Women’s Network promotes woman-owned businesses and raises awareness of important local causes, including the Staten Island Heart Society, which received a donation from a portion of the proceeds of the Wear Red event. The Wear red event also raised funds which support WBCLDC’s free and low cost business education , career development and business assistance programs to Staten Island businesses and entrpenuers. This also supports, community programs such as, a new initiative,’Suit Up & Succeed”, which assists unemployed men, women and youth. Other local organizations which WBCLDC’s Womn’s Business Committee has partnered with include, the Children’s Blood Cord Bank, SI University Hospital and RUMC.

Monthly networking events included: Toni’s Closet and HandPicked Creations Boutique. WBCLDC has hosted monthly women’s business networking events which promotes and assists woman-owned businesses and provides assistance to Staten Island small businesses. March’s event will be at Paulo Financial, owned by Catherine Paulo, financial planner.

Join our Women’s Network by purchasing a ticket to the 8th Annual Business woman conference on June 20th. The early bird special is $80 which provides you with access to private events and discounts to events and seminars. This includes private shopping events and networking programs. For more info contact us at 718-816-4775 or conference@WestBrightonLDC.com.