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August 26, 2014

Focus on Minority Entrepreneurs at NYSE

St. Francis College, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, and NY Business Development Corp. to Host September 15 Event

Minority entrepreneurs can be a major source of economic growth in New York City, but they're also a group that faces unique hurdles to success. Now, St. Francis College's Center for Entrepreneurship along with the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, and New York Business Development Corporation have teamed up to highlight and address these obstacles at the inaugural "Minority Entrepreneurs Summit" to be held at the New York Stock Exchange on September 15.

This summit aims to help correct that problem by bringing together and connecting business leaders, government policymakers, alternative lenders, investors, and entrepreneurs to share ideas and exchange resources.

St. Francis at Closing Bell

The event will begin with a welcome from Executive Vice President of Operations, NYSE US Cash Market Lou Patina '79 and St. Francis College President Brendan J. Dugan '68. Patrick MacKrell, President and CEO of New York Business Development Corporation, will then offer an introduction, followed by a business panel chaired by the President & CEO of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce Carlo Scissura.

The panel features Steven Cohen (Deputy Commissioner of NYS Empire State Development Corporation), Saudia Davis (CEO, GreenHouse Eco-Cleaning), David Ehrenberg (President & CEO, Brooklyn Navy Yard Dev. Corp.), Paul Quintero (CEO, Accion East, Inc.), and Gregg Bishop, Deputy Commissioner of Business Development at NYC Department of Small Business Services.

"Minority entrepreneurs face very specific challenges to create successful businesses," said Professor Dennis Anderson, Executive Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship. "This summit seeks to highlight some of those issues and begin the exchange of solutions."

Register now on the Center for Entrepreneurship's web site (

St. Francis College, founded in 1859 by the Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn, is located in
Brooklyn Heights
, N.Y.Since its founding, the College has pursued its Franciscan mission to provide
an affordable, high-quality education to students from New York City's five boroughs and beyond.


St. Francis College, 180 Remsen Street, Brooklyn Heights, NY 11201

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