LI Connects - "Backs Their Own"
LI Connects is financially supporting Laurinda Handlik as she boxes for charity on November 23rd, 2009.
If she boxes as well as she networks, then this will be a TKO!
| LI Connects received a thank you from the West Islip Breast Cancer Association for their generous donation - details to come
Bikers for Christ and the MU Foundation are sponsoring the "Butterfly Child" charity event for helping those with Epidermolysis Bullosa.
September 13, 2009
2pm - 4pm
Patchogue Fire Department
15 Jennings Ave
Patchogue, NY 11772
June 3, 2009 : A Fund Raising Networking Event For Grace Peshkur, a 7 year old girl with an incurable disease - Epidermolysis Bullosa
For information visit: WWW.OURGRACE.ORG
For donation of $20 each person will get a coupon for $22 car wash
Please view the flyer here
Long Islander Wins New York State
Small Business Person of the Year
Now in Competition for National Small Business Person of the Year
New York, NY— At a Manhattan ceremony in celebration of presidentially declared National Small Business Week 2009, the New York District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration today presented Teresa M. Ward, owner of Teresa’s Family Cleaning, Inc., with the award for New York State’s top small business. Ward also won for Small Business Person of the Year in the SBA’s Region II, which includes New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Ward founded her residential cleaning company, Teresa’s Family Cleaning, Inc., in 1992, providing the traditional cleaning services one expects for this type of business. Along the way she added non-traditional services such as organizing and management services for senior-living facilities throughout Long Island.
That ability to adapt and grow enabled Family Cleaning to weather the current economic downturn. And rather than submit to the crisis, Ward ensures that her core group of customers is always satisfied with her company’s service. In fact, she still has her pre-crisis 12 to 14 crews out on any given day. “With the traditional spring cleaning time upon us, I feel as though we have gotten through the worst,” said Ward.
Ward started her business— not in the infamous entrepreneur’s garage— but she did start as a one-woman business in her basement. The company now owns it own building in Rocky Point, NY, employs upward of 40 cleaners, office staff and sales personnel, has a fleet of 15 vehicles and grosses well over a million in sales. Also environmentally conscious, the company now uses only “green” and eco-friendly products in its cleaning arsenal to help ensure the safety of its customers, employees and the environment.
Family Cleaning was helped through its growth stages with a loan from Community National Bank which was partially guaranteed by the SBA, as well as business management counseling from the SBA’s Stony Brook Small Business Development Center.
When her sister passed away from cancer in 2003, Ward embarked upon another mission and helped launch the Cleaning for a Reason Foundation in New York in 2006. The non-profit, along with 500 cleaning companies across the nation provides free or at-cost cleaning services for women undergoing chemotherapy. Last year she began donating company services to Habitat for Humanity, to prep the homes for their new inhabitants.
Ms. Ward’s awards prove you do not have to be some sort of exotic, high-tech business owner to win this honor,” said SBA Spokesman John J. Miller. “You just need to be good at what you do.”
The recipient of the country’s most prestigious small business award--- National Small Business Person of the Year--- will be selected from among 50 state winners and announced at the National Small Business Week 2009 ceremony in Washington, DC, May18-22, 2009.
Other SBA New York District award winners at the SBA event today included:
Family-Owned Business of the Year
Peter Negri, President & CEO
Jamaica Bearings Co.
New Hyde Park, NY
Financial Services Champion of the Year
Patrick Mackrell, President & CEO
New York Business Development Corp.
Veteran Small Business Champion of the Year
Benjamin B. Hunt, Director
Department of Defense Procurement Technical Assistance Center, LaGuardia Comm. College
Long Island City, NY
Minority Small Business Champion of the Year
Rev. Carmen Hernandez, Founder & President
New York City Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgender Chamber of Commerce
Women in Business Champion of the Year
Deborah Brenner, Founder & CEO
Women of the Vine Cellars, LLC
Small Business Journalist of the Year
Joan Hamburg and Liz Hamburg, Co-hosts
WOR News/Talk Radio 710
New York, NY
All of the SBA’s programs and services are provided to the public on a non-discriminatory basis. For more information about the SBA please visit www.sba.gov/ny/ny.
Grace is a beautiful five year
old girl from Suffolk County who is suffering from a rare and terrible disease. The disease is commonly known as Butterflies
Disease and is medically known as Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB).
has suffered much in her young life. In addition to battling this horrific disease which has no cure and watching as
it slowly and painfully takes their child's life, Grace's parents are faced with monumental expenses. In an effort
to provide even a small relief, LI Connects is hosting a fundraiser for Grace and her family.
Please join us on
June 3 at the Irish Times Pub for this heartfelt and worthwile fundraiser.
For more information on attending
and to learn how you can help, please email Info@LIConnects.com
and join us as we support a Long Island family at their time of great need.
|LI Connects fundraiser for Grace
|June 3, 2009 Irish Times Holbrook
|Expert Members enjoying the benefits of membership
|Jan DeRobertis & Linda Godek sharing a referral
Member experts discussing a hot lead: Jan DeRobertis, Expert Member in the field of Voice & Telecom and Linda Godek, Expert Member in the field of Commercial Cleaning.
Relationship building has its benefits and LI Connects makes
Thanks to our Tradeshow Expert, John A. Hill, for capturing the moment.
Members shared an Irish evening of Networking with 231/BNG on March 18, 2009:
Attendees from LI Connects
included Laurinda Handlik of Liberty Moving, Diana Santoriello of Office Solutions, Fran Ericsson & Anna Greene of Citibank, Ron Gold of Marketing Works PR, Tiffany O'Reilly business development specialist for Environmental Restoration Services, John Hill - The Tradeshow Coach, Charlie Rizzo of Cablevision, Brian White of Ameriprise, Steve Free of The Bug Stops Here, Steve Cochrane of SendOutCards, and Alan Goldberg of Watersys.
Fantastic networking opportunities and fun were had by all who enjoyed the professionalism
of the other attendees, great food and the Irish entertainment provided when Mary of 231/BNG danced a little jig!
Congratulations to Diana Santariello of Office Solutions on her
new position as Secretary
of LI Connects!
Anna Greene of Citibank is sponsoring an event to raise funds
for lukemia. She'll be hosting a Defensive Driver class at her branch. The cost is nominal when you consider the cause
and who can't save a few more buck$ on their auto insurance??? Please contact Anna at 631-265-4657 for more information.
Tiffany O'Reilly and Trade-Winds Restoration are hosting a "Tag &
Release" shark tournament!! The Trade-Winds Environmental/Stephen sloan Memorial International Tag & Release Shark
Tournament will be held from October 3-5 in Montauk Point. Please contact Tiffany at 631- 289-5500 for more information
and to find out how you can participate... they promise lots of band aids and great fun for everyone! You can get information
about the tournament and about Trade-Winds at http://www.fishconserve.org/tournament/index.html - maybe you'll find the trick to getting a shark to hold still long enough to be tagged! (Note:
the author will NOT be tagging sharks but will be tagging around for the festivities!)
special guest speakers at the August 20th meeting were from the Small Business Advisory Committee of the Huntington and Nesconset
Chambers of Commerce. Explaining about their free services to small business owners were: Joel Kahn, Howard Gursky, Ed Coblens
and Larry Lawrence. You can visit their site at www.smallbusinessadvicefree.com and call them at 631-366-5152. Their services are F R E E!!!! (Can't we all use
some more of that?!?)
The 2008 LI Connects Summer Social is
history now... but the memories are HISTORICAL!!
Summer Social at the Irish Times Pub in Holbrook was a HUGE success!! Here are some of the RAVE REVIEWS that continue to pour
"...SEE YOU ALL AUGUST 20TH AT OUR REGULAR MEETING….HEY I
HAVE TO RUN TO CALL MY LEADS FROM
am so glad that I attended your event last night. You folks make everyone feel right at home. Just a fantastic group of people."
"...A wonderful group of professionals... I'm eager to do business with any of them!"
"...MADE ME FEEL LIKE I HAVE BEEN PART OF THE GROUP EVEN THOUGH THIS WAS MY FIRST TIME."
"...so much business at this party that I ran out of business cards!"
job done by all to grow the group and make new contacts."
Congratulations to LI Connects and "WELL
DONE!!!" to the Board and members who volunteered their time and effort to make our 2nd annual Summer Social a tremendous
We raffled off 12 gift baskets filled to the brim with exciting gifts from members, more wine than the
Irish Times served that night and many gift certificates that were valued up to $200 each!!! Talk about a party!! And what
about that LOTTO tree raffle??? We'll find out if the lucky winner struck it rich if she disappears for the winter!
Click here to contact a Board Member for information - we're looking forward to seeing you!!
Our Business Networking Experts and Professionals meet every other Wednesday at 12:30 for lunch at the Hauppauge Palace Diner. If you'd like to attend as a guest, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call Brian at 631-574-2973