BY SERGIE WILLOUGHBY
The NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS) today announced 30 new Women Entrepreneur NYC (WE NYC) mentors and a new director who will help budding women entrepreneurs grow and build a thriving business.
WE NYC is the City?s answer to the entrepreneurship gender gap; although there are over 360,000 women entrepreneurs in NYC, men own 1.5 times the number of businesses, have 3.5 times the number of employees, and generate 4.5 times the amount of revenue. WE NYC aims to help offset this gap through their mentorship program in which mentors share their expertise during small group and individual weekly in-person sessions.
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, is one of them. Certified with the American Health Information Management Association as a physicians-based certified coding specialist, Best has been the CEO of Precision since 1995. A medical and billing and consulting firm, Precision was named a ?Small Business to Believe In? by DELL, Inc.? The author of the e-book ?How to Jumpstart a Successful Medical Billing Service,? Best said, ?It?s really gratifying to be able to assist others to achieve financial independence through a rewarding career,? in a 2010 interview with The Network Journal when she was named a Network Journal ?25 Influential Black Women in Business” honoree.???????
?WE NYC is boosting our City?s local economy by empowering women to build successful businesses that uplift communities and generate jobs across the boroughs,? said Gregg Bishop, Commissioner of the NYC Department of Small Business Services. ?We?re connecting promising women entrepreneurs with the female founders of successful companies who can use their past experiences to offer mentorship and advice.?
WE NYC mentors are carefully selected by SBS based on their background, expertise, and passion for helping other women entrepreneurs achieve.
(CLICK HERE to read a guest post written by Vanessa Best which she prepared exclusively for TNJ.com.)
(Additional reporting by TNJ Senior Editor Sergie Willoughby.)