Nassau’s MWBE Center to Host Procurement 101 Series
for Small Businesses on June 26

Garden City, NY, June 12, 2024 – The MWBE (Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise) Center for Excellence in Entrepreneurship at ۰ı (NCC) will present “Navigating Opportunities for Small Business Owners on Long Island,” the first installment of the center’s Procurement 101 Series. The event will be held on Wednesday, June 26 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon in the College Center Building (CCB) Multipurpose Room on the Garden City campus of NCC.

“By empowering minority and women-owned businesses, we are driving innovation and economic growth,” said Theresa Aydelott, Interim Chief Diversity Officer, Assistant Vice President of Equity and Inclusion, Affirmative Action and Title IX for Nassau Community College. “This session is just the beginning of our journey to support and elevate underrepresented entrepreneurs, providing them with the tools and resources they need to succeed."

"۰ı realized one of its long-term goals with the opening of the MWBE center," said Dr. Maria Conzatti, Chief Administrative Officer of NCC. "Supporting our community with resources and expert assistance has always been part of our mission. We are delighted that the center is now offering its first series of programs for local small business owners."

The free program is designed to equip minority and women-owned businesses with what they need to navigate and capitalize on available procurement opportunities in today’s marketplace. Topics include an overview of the ۰ıand Community Development Long Island (CDLI) bidding processes, updates on new and expanding vendor opportunities, and financial tips and insights for MWBE businesses.

“At this specialized event, you will network with procurement experts, connect with peers and learn how to increase your company’s visibility in the marketplace,” said Rhonda L. Maco, Esq., Director of Special Programs at Nassau’s Office of Equity, Inclusion and Affirmative Action.

“CDLI is proud to partner with the MWBE Center for Excellence in Entrepreneurship to connect with existing and aspiring small businesses owned by individuals of color, women, and veterans,” said Gwen O’Shea, President & CEO, Community Development Long Island.  “This collaboration aims to provide business owners with insight into not only contractual bidding procedures and requirements, but additional information and resources to achieve professional and personal financial stability, growth and success.”

Visit Entrepreneurship Procurement Series (ncc.edu) to register for the June 26 event or email events@cdcli.org for more information.

The MWBE Center for Excellence in Entrepreneurship at ۰ı is committed to maximizing contract opportunities for minority/women-owned businesses (MWBEs) and service-disabled veteran-owned businesses (SDVOBs) by offering certification programs, ongoing continuing education, mentoring, one-to-one instruction, training in business readiness and economic development, and networking opportunities. Our primary goal is to help small businesses become MWBE/SDVOB certified and to assist each business with growth and sustainability. The Center welcomes MWBEs with all levels of entrepreneurial experience. 

About ۰ı

۰ı, a campus of the State University of New York, provides a comprehensive public college experience designed to transform lives through higher education. Serving 17,000 full-time, part-time and continuing education students, ۰ıoffers more than 80 programs that lead to an associate’s degree or certificate. Through on-campus and online offerings, the College educates local and international students, and boasts 163,000 alumni. Situated on 225 acres in Garden City, Long Island, the college grounds reside in historic Nassau County, one of the most desirable locations to live in the United States and an epicenter for business and careers. Since 1959, ۰ıhas earned a nationwide reputation for academic excellence, affordability, and ease of transferability to four-year schools. 

Media Contact:  Gail Mattimore | gail.mattimore@ncc.edu | (516) 572.9634


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