County Executive Robert P. Astorino urges small business owners and job seekers to attend Westchester's first annual Connections for Success: A Small Business and Job Seeker Summit. Attendees will meet Lowell Hawthorne, an inspirational "rags to riches" business leader who immigrated to America with nothing and built the Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill, now a $100 million empire.
The Summit will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 16 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Westchester County Center located at 198 Central Ave., White Plains.
Business owners will learn how to gain access to the "3 C's" that can make their business a success: customers, capital and contracts. Job seekers will gain the inside track on available opportunities within the county.
The day-long program will include panel discussions and breakout sessions with leading business experts; networking opportunities with representatives from organizations looking to hire or to contract with small businesses; and an exhibitor mall featuring dozens of business support services and resources. Free parking, breakfast and lunch are included.
The keynote address will be delivered by Lowell Hawthorne, president and CEO of Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery and Grill.
Panelists include representatives from IBM, MasterCard, WestMed, ConEdison, Greater Hudson Bank, The New NY Bridge and various Westchester County departments and agencies.
The event is sponsored by the Office of County Executive Robert P. Astorino and the Westchester County African American Advisory Board, in partnership with The Business Council of Westchester, the Westchester County Association and numerous business service providers.