Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano led a panel discussion on the topic of Minority and Women-owned Businesses, alongside participants from the Caribbean Business Center of Long Island, the Hempstead Chamber of Commerce, Nassau County Office of Minority Affairs and the Nassau County Industrial Development Agency.
The event – a networking seminar – was held at the African American Museum in Hempstead on Thursday, September 18.
County Executive Mangano began his remarks by referring to small businesses as the backbone of Nassau County’s economy.
“Our mission is simple, we need to create and keep jobs here in Nassau,” he said. “It is important that government assist local small businesses in any way possible as they help create the jobs needed to rebuild our economy and put people back to work.”
The County Executive said that one way to do that is by giving businesses the vital information and resources they need in order to succeed.
“Since taking office, my administration has helped promote the development of minority and women-owned businesses and fostered greater involvement between these businesses and county departments that offer county contracts,” he said. “Every business deserves a chance to succeed here, which is why I have remained vigilant in making Nassau County a friendly place to do business and in effect create jobs.”
He said the team of panelists he assembled for this workshop are a “wealth of knowledge” and are “leaders in the business community who can assist business owners with registering, obtaining certification and procuring government contracts.”