Women Entrepreneurs Celebrated for Contributions in Western New York BUFFALO, N.Y. — The Women’s Business Center IGNITE Awards were held for the first time at Canisius College Thursday to honor women around Western New York who are walking a different path as entrepreneurs. According to the WBC, 36 percent of businesses are owned by women […]
Sara Vescio understands the challenges that women business owners face. And as the executive director of the Canisius College Women’s Business Center, it’s her job to help women clear those business hurdles and provide the advice and training they need to build up their companies. She spoke recently about those challenges. Q: What’s the state […]
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Sondra Payne, AXA Advisors, LLC
The Women’s Business Center and my peers in the Forum group really bring a great perspective on continuing to grow my practice. We keep each other accountable and it’s nice to have ideas and feedback from individuals outside of the financial world.
Nancy Rizzo, Life & Mindset Wellness Coach
The Women’s Business Center gives me numerous opportunities every month to get in front of people, share who I am and what I do, and communicate how my mindset coaching can change lives. This creates a continual pipeline of clients into my practice, which allows me to help more women to know there is a way to be less stressed and overwhelmed and travel in joy on their journeys .
Kathy Benzinger, Benzinger’s Dry Cleaning
The Women’s Business Center at Canisius has provided me with the necessary tools and knowledge to better manage and grow our business. I now have a better understanding of Financial Reports, Strategic Planning, HR, and Succession Planning. However, I believe that the greatest benefit of the WBC is the support and encouragement that I receive not only from the staff but from my classmates and friends in Forum One.
Joan Schubring, Arrow Sheet Metal Works, Inc.
The Women’s Business Center is a wonderful tool for Women in Business. Whether a new business or an existing business, they encourage new ideas and are a terrific support group!
Edla Collora, Larkin Center of Commerce
I am grateful for the opportunity of networking and the participation of WBC events with motivated women.
Ashlyn Pardee, Buffalo Natural Health and Acupuncture
My largest gain this past year has been to understand that there is no difference between who we are in life and who we are in business. It is that authenticity and integration that will allow us success in both areas. A constant focus on personal cultivation will not only benefit us personally, but will benefit our families, our communities …and YES, our businesses!
Karen Ralabate, KJR Media Solutions
Being a member of the Women’s Business Center at Canisius College has allowed me to develop friendships and business relationships with other members that value honesty, dedication, commitment and education. Through the educational programs, networking opportunities and the great amount of support from staff and fellow members I receive the strength, encouragement and know how to pursue my dream of owning my own company.
Donita Cough, Mary Kay Cosmetics
I’m really grateful for how we are taught & encouraged in WIN to find out all about each other’s businesses so we know how to help one another and act as a “promoter” for each other’s businesses. It’s made a difference in the growth of my business both in the number of clients I have and monetary growth. The Women’s Business Center also offers us other tools through workshops and networking events–all very valuable!
Wendy Caldwell Maloney, Current Design
The Forum Group helped me to get braver, to broaden my vision, to break down tasks into smaller bites, be open to new ideas, to push myself beyond the limits of my comfort, and to be accountable for progress! I have had the opportunity to both offer and receive ideas and solutions, and have been continually inspired by the energy, knowledge, and commitment of my peers.
Amy Olson, Creative InServices, LLC
I have been a member of WIN for the past 3 years, and was also given the opportunity to join the Forum II group as part of the award. I have made many personal and professional connections with people who have also helped me along the way!