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Area companies on diversity list

July
8

IBM Corp. of Armonk, Pepsi Bottling Group Inc. of Somers, PepsiCo Inc. of Purchase, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. of White Plains and Verizon Communications Inc. have been recognized for their diversity by Black Enterprise magazine.

The July issue of the magazine included these companies on its fourth annual tally of the 40 Best Companies for Diversity.

The rankings featured companies that outperformed their peers in one or more of four categories — supplier diversity, senior management, board involvement and employee base.

To compile the rankings, the magazine reached out to the chief executive officers and diversity executives of the top 1,000 publicly traded companies.

Posted by Jay Loomis on Tuesday, July 8th, 2008 at 11:03 am |
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Tobacco opponents recognize allies

May
29

A coalition of tobacco opponents today honored several businesses and local officials in the Lower Hudson Valley for their efforts in reducing tobacco use and exposure.
POW’R Against Tobacco, Reality Check Youth Action Partners, Tobacco Free Schools, and POW’R Cessation Center sponsored the event at the Thayer Hotel in West Point.
Recognized: Sal Zuccaro of the North Brewster Deli, who stopped selling tobacco products; Mamie Duncan-Gibbs of Youth Theater Interactions in Westchester County, who no longer accepts sponsorship or funding from tobacco companies; Marion Breland Oswald of Reachout Haverstraw, for helping POW’R Against Tobacco with a local initiative; Rockland County Executive Scott Vanderhoef, who signed legislation banning smoking in private cars with children under the age of 18; and DeCicco Markets, which stopped selling tobacco at its six grocery stores in Westchester and Rockland.

Posted by Jerry Gleeson on Thursday, May 29th, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
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Rockland’s ’40 Under 40′ seeks nominations

May
22

Rockland Economic Development Corporation is accepting applications for the seventh annual Forty Under 40 Program, honoring Rockland individuals under age 40 who are influencing the county through their commitment to growth, development, and professional excellence.
Anyone who is under the age of 40 as of December 31 and lives and works in Rockland County is eligible for nomination. Individuals may be nominated by a peer, client, employer, college, family member, any other organization. They may also nominate themselves, accompanied by a letter of recommendation.
The deadline for nominations is June 30. Prior recipients cannot be nominated.
The program is sponsored by The Journal News. For more information, or to submit a nomination, go to www.lohud.com/fortyunder40. A list of past recipients is available on the website. Questions can be directed to Liz Cranston, Director, Marketing & Communications, REDC, at 845-735-7040 or lizc@redc.org.

Posted by Jerry Gleeson on Thursday, May 22nd, 2008 at 1:49 pm |
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6 WOMEN GET BUSINESS GRANTS

May
19

Six women-owned businesses in Westchester County received a total of $11,000 in grants through an entrepreneurship program sponsored by the Women’s Enterprise Development Center Inc. of White Plains and the Women & Co.® Microenterprise Boost program.
WEDC provides business training and support services to entrepreneurs in the Lower Hudson Valley. The six business owners also will receive business skills training from WEDC.
Women & Co. is designed to help low- and moderate-income women owners of businesses with five or fewer workers. Citi Foundation funds the program. More than 300 women entrepreneurs across the United States have received a total of more than $350,000 in grants from the program.
The winners of $2,000 grants were Leslie Allicks, Lola’s Tea House, Pelham; Rhonda Campbell, Trinity Design Management Group, Mount Vernon; Maxine Palmer, Riverdale Avenue Flowers and Gifts, Yonkers; creative designer/illustrator Donna Simons of Pound Ridge; Tamara Wrenn, Just Us Women Productions, New Rochelle. Marilyn Miller, Pilates on Hudson Inc., Peekskill, won $1,000.

Posted by Jerry Gleeson on Monday, May 19th, 2008 at 12:55 pm |
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Three Westchester businesswomen to be honored tonight

April
16

Five Westchester enterprises will be honored this evening at the Business Council of Westchester’s 2008 Business Hall of Fame awards dinner, being held at the Glen Island Harbour Club in New Rochelle.

Three of the businesses are run by women, representing the first time the business association has recognized so many women in one year, said Marsha Gordon, Business Council president and chief executive.

The winners include Georganne Chapin, president and chief executive of Tarrytown-based Hudson Health Plan, which provides health insurance to low- and moderate-income Hudson Valley residents.

Chapin, an advocate of universal coverage, will be presented the Women in Business award. For her non-profit company to be recognized “as entrepreneurial and influential is just great,” Chapin said.

Sharon Rowe, founder of Eco-Bags Products Inc. in Ossining, a maker of reusable bags and other “green” products, will take home the Business Council’s Entrepreneur award.

“It’s a terrific honor,” she said.

Rowe said it was exciting to be part of a very large movement, still in its infancy that’s embrace environmentally conscious concepts. It’s a movement that’s making the world “a cleaner, better place to live in,” she said.

Other winners include Stacey Cohen, owner of Co-Communications in Mount Kisco, who will be given the Small Business award; and Entergy Nuclear Northeast (now Entergy Nuclear), operator of the Indian Point nuclear power plant in Buchanan, which will receive the Business Council’s Corporate Citizenship award.

Red Oak Transportation, a Harrison-based limousine service, will also get an award. Andy Stoppelmann, who along with brother Edward runs the business, said it “quite fitting” for Red Oak to win the Family Business category, because his family had been in the transportation business since the 1930s.

“To be recognized for maintaining that family philosophy is quite rewarding (and) quite exciting,” Stoppelmann said.

Tonight’s dinner caps the Business Council’s annual Hall of Fame program. The winners were first announced in February.

Posted by David Schepp on Wednesday, April 16th, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
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