Astorino Announces 3rd Annual “Connections for Success Summit”

Connections1Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino, along with Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell, the Westchester County African American Advisory Board and the Westchester-Putnam Workforce Development Board, hosted the third annual Connections for Success Summit on Thursday, September 28 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Tarrytown (455 South Broadway) from 8:30a.m. – 5:00p.m.

Designed with entrepreneurs and small business owners in mind, the event focused on overcoming day-to-day issues in finance, accounting, sales, marketing, and human resource management that can prevent a business from reaching its full potential.

“The overwhelming popularity of the Connections for Success Summit is a testament to the vibrancy of Westchester’s small businesses and entrepreneurs,” said Astorino. “We hope participants came away with practical skills they can apply immediately to start or grow their businesses.”

This year’s keynote speaker, André Taylor, an internationally recognized expert on leadership, business development, and personal success, spoke to this year’s theme, “Skills Upgrade for a Successful Career & Business Launch.” Through the interactive workshops and case studies that followed, participants developed concrete strategies for solving problems that may arise while building or expanding a business.

The Summit was open to small businesses, not-for-profits, government entities, exhibitors/vendors, private corporations and job-seekers. Breakfast and lunch were served, with a networking reception following the summit.

Sponsors of the Connections for Success Summit include the Westchester County Department of Social Services, Westchester/Putnam Workforce Development Board, Urban League of Westchester, African American Men of Westchester, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Zeta Nu Omega Chapter, Harquin Creative Group, Key Bank, Learning Dynamics, Inc., Linda Soros, Robison Oil, ShopRite, Tamika Rose Nationwide Insurance, The Family Resource Center of Peekskill, Inc., Westchester School for Dental Assistants and the Workforce Development Institute (WDI).


Photo Caption (from left): George Oros, Director of Westchester County Office of Economic Development; Joseph Kenner, Deputy Commissioner of Westchester County Department of Social Services; Barbara Edwards, Esq., Chair of Westchester County African American Advisory Board; Kevin J. Plunkett, Deputy County Executive of Westchester County.