Thursday, December 5, 2019 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM EST
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Wells Fargo Conference Center 
150 East 42nd St
Lower Level
East of Lexington Ave
New York, NY 10017

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New York Women in Business, SCORE, Business Center of New Americans 
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Women Owned. Women Made. Learn How Four Women Made It Real

Thursday, December 5 | 5:00-8:30pm

Wells Fargo Conference Center

150 East 42nd Street, Lower Level

New York

Many women entrepreneurs have found success making and selling their own products. Some were motivated by passion, others were driven by necessity or the opportunity to fill a gap in the market. Their paths differed but they all overcame many similar challenges – understanding who their customers were, pricing, sourcing, work/life balance, and more.

This evening’s FREE event is sponsored by The Business Center for New Americans (NYBCNA) and SCORE NYC. It spotlights four women who embarked on this journey and succeeded. All immigrants, they did this with limited resources in the face of new cultural and economic environment. Hear their stories. Be inspired and get insight into how you, too, can overcome challenges to succeed.

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This event is FREE, but you must register to attend. No walk-ins at this venue.

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Space is limited and we expect this to sell out. So, please be considerate and only register if you are planning to be there.

 Registration closes on Monday, Dec. 2 or when registration maximum is reached.



Registration/ FREE SCORE mentoring




Opening Remarks


Panel Discussion


Closing Remarks

The Moderator

Nina Roberts, Journalist & Photographer

The discussion will be moderated by Nina Roberts, a New York City based journalist and photographer covering all aspects of the immigrant entrepreneurs experience. Her work has appeared in the Observer, Guardian, Marketplace, WSJ and Forbes, among others, and she has covered travel, food, music, New York life, and international real estate topics for the New York Times, New York Observer and Boston Globe. 

The Panelists

Autumn Adiegbo  https://autumnadeigbo.com 

Inspired by watching her Nigerian mother create the colorful clothes she wore as a little girl, Autumn created her own fashion brand to design clothes that are not only colorful, elegant, and eye-catching, but also ethically sourced, produced and distributed. Her African-inspired collection was immediately featured in over 50 publications including Vogue, Ebony, Essence, Glamour, and Nylon, and was seen on MTV, BET, VH1 and the Oprah Winfrey Network.

Sufia Hossain  https://sillychillyhotsauce.com

Sufia created and launched Silly Chilly Hot Sauce in 2016, inspired by her exploration of international cuisines with a Bangladeshi touch. Committed to responsible sourcing and to social activism, her products have been featured in the New York Times, The Cut, the Observer, Forbes, NY1, and CNBC, among others. They are in over 200+ grocery stores, on Amazon, and B2B clients such as WeWork. 

Shelly Marshal https://observer.com/2019/04/island-pops-khalid-hamid-interview

  Shelly Marshall created Island Pops with her husband when she found herself craving the local ice cream flavors from her native Trinidad. They won 1st place at 2015 Brooklyn Public Library’s PowerUp Competition. After that great start, she and her husband worked to develop the brand, selling it in street fairs, food markets and at public and private catered events to introduce their premium ice creams and ice pops to the Caribbean community and beyond.

Sarina Prabasi, Buunni Coffee https://www.buunnicoffee.com

Sarina Prabasi is the co-founder of Buunni Coffee, a purveyor of high quality, ethically sourced Ethiopean coffee beans from small-holder farms. With four neighborhood coffee shops in northern Manhattan, Buunni Coffee focuses on community building as well as coffee by supporting and sourcing from other local entrepreneurs and small businesses.  Sarina is the author of "The Coffeehouse Resistance: Brewing Hope in Desperate Times." She was recently named by both Fortune and Food & Wine as one of the Most Innovative Women in Food & Drink and was honored by the New York Business Journal as a 2016 Woman of Influence. 


New York Women in Business has launched its directory of women-owned businesses on its website. If you have been in business a year and want YOUR business to be listed for FREE, check YES when you register and you will be sent a link to create a profile so you can manage your own listing.

This is another New York Women in Business (NYWIB) event. It is being led by NYBCNA and SCORE. Visit https://nywib.org/ to learn about this organization dedicated to the success of women entrepreneurs and other upcoming events.