Word of mouth is still king when it comes to promoting businesses and
last month, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced an exciting new initiative,
‘NYC Love Your Local,’ so that New Yorkers can share their favorite
neighborhood businesses with other New Yorkers and encourage people to shop local.
The new cohort of WE NYC mentors is made up of 30 successful
businesswomen from a variety of industries that reflect the diversity of
New York City. Vanessa Best, president and CEO of Precision Healthcare
Consultants and a 2010 Network Journal "25 Influential Black Women in Business" honoree, is one of them.
Although minority- and women-owned business enterprises (MWBEs)
continue to receive just a small fraction of New York City’s procurement
dollars, one company aims to
turn that bleak reality around through the creation of MWBE Connect NY,
a new app designed to help MWBEs track and manage
opportunities right from their phones. It's one-stop shopping for MWBEs, if you will.
Ten small businesses could be the recipients of grants and services
equaling a collective prize pool of $120,500 compliments of FedEx
Corp.’s Small Business Grant Contest. It is the largest sum since the
contest’s inception five years ago.