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On behalf of the NY Women’s Chamber we congratulate our remarkable honorees for their outstanding role in demonstrating business excellence, the highest commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), and

for their tireless effort in elevating women and minority entrepreneurs. 


Thank you to all of you who attended, our sponsors, supporters, honorees, partners, elected officials, community and staff for making our 20th Anniversary a memorable event!


If you were not able to attend, we would appreciate it if you could

consider making a donation to support the NYWCC's mission in providing funding and resources

for Women and Minority Entrepreneurs.

Promoviendo, conectando y abriendo  Puertas para  Mujeres  Emprendedores .  

Thursday, November 3rd 2022 | 8:30 a.m. — 11:30 a.m. The View at Battery Park - 1 Battery Place, New York, NY, 10004

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Highlights from the Event

New York Women's Chamber of Commerce's 20th Anniversary Breakfast & 2022 NY Women of Excel
New York Women's Chamber of Commerce's 20th Anniversary Breakfast & 2022 NY Women of Excel
New York Women's Chamber of Commerce's 20th Anniversary Breakfast & 2022 NY Women of Excel

Promoviendo, conectando y abriendo  Puertas para  Mujeres  Emprendedores .  

Women of Excellence Awards
Mayra Linares-Garcia, Vice President, Public Affairs and Communications (PAC) at Liberty Coca-Cola Beverages
Karen McGuinness, Senior Business Relationship Manager, Non-Profit & Education Banking, JP Morgan Chase and Co.
Rud Morales, President of Fortis Contractors LLC.
Valerie White, Senior Executive Director at LISC NYC
Patricia Pacheco de Baez, Managing Director, NYC Private Bank Market Leader and Diverse Segment Champion at Bank of America
Kecia Palmer-Cousins, CEO of Aero-Ba-Soul Inc. and COO of G&K Sweet Foods, LLC. 
Lilliam Perez, Vice President of Government & Community Relations at Montefiore Health System
Dr. Yomaris Peña, Chief Medical Officer at SOMOS Community Care
Katharine Pichardo-Erskine, Senior Vice-President at the MirRam Group & President of the Hamilton Campaign Network (HCN)

Josefina Rodriguez (La Chily), Owner of Josephine Spa Corp.
Carmen De La Rosa, New York City Councilmember of the 10th District & Member of the Women's Caucus
Inez E. Dickens, 
Assemblymember for the 70th district of the New York State Assembly

Small Business Champions
New York- Presbyterian Hospital
Ponce Bank

MWBE Champion Award
Port Authority of NY and NJ

Foundation of Excellence Award
Citi Foundation

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Continue celebrating our 20 Year Anniversary
with us by downloading the
New York Women of Excellence Awards
Digital Journal!

Promoviendo, conectando y abriendo  Puertas para  Mujeres  Emprendedores .  

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About Us


The New The New York Women’s Chamber of Commerce (NYWCC) is a 501c3 not for profit organization established in the City of New York in 2002 to address the obstacles disproportionately faced by women—particularly women of color—in achieving success and economic independence through small business ownership, microenterprise, and self-employment.

NYWCC is an advocate of gender equity, parity and social economic justice, actively working in partnership with the City and State of New York to level the playing field and create equal and fair business opportunities for women and entrepreneurs of color.

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Advocating: We advocate for women and minority entrepreneurs, and act as the collective voice for women, entrepreneurs of color and small businesses on public policy and economic development decisions at all levels of government.


Connecting: We connect women and minority entrepreneurs to clients, business networks, government agencies and corporations for business and contracting opportunities. We also connect Women and minority entrepreneurs with the resources and funding they need to start, develop and grow their businesses.


Opening Doors: We open doors by working with government, corporations, small businesses and community stakeholders to break down barriers to entry and ensure that women and minority entrepreneurs of color are included in economic opportunities, and given access to the resources they need to build capacity, grow their business and create generational wealth

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Women-owned businesses make up 40% of all private businesses in NYC

Women-owned businesses in NYC generate $53 billion in revenue and employed nearly 273K people

NYC accounted for 57% of all women-owned businesses in NY State, which is higher than the city’s overall share of the state’s businesses and population


91% of all home purchases in the U.S. are driven by women
70-80% Global Consumer Spending delivered by women ($20 trillion annually)

Only 2% of women-owned firms received public contracts in New York City


92% women entrepreneurs in NYC are non-employer businesses (self-employed or solopreneurs)


The average annual income of NYC Women entrepreneurs is only $32K


NYC women entrepreneurs make as much as 34% below NYC ‘s median income


Women-owned businesses generate only 13% of all private revenues in NYC

Contact Us



The View at Battery Park

1 Battery Place, New York, NY, 10004

Thursday, November 3rd 2022

8:30a.m. — 11:30a.m.



TELEPHONE: (212) 491-9640




The New York Women’s Chamber of Commerce

1524 Amsterdam Avenue

New York, NY, 10031

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