Today I was able to be a part of the SIEDC Board Meeting which introduced the GROWSI companies to the SIEDC leadership. I had mentioned briefly that my company was selected to be part of GrowSI and discussed how I had to miss the announcement meeting due to my son’s Kindergarten Graduation festivities.
Even with my issues at home this past week on balancing it all I was able to be at the Old Bermuda Inn by 8:30am to be part of the event. I got to meet some of the other GrowSI companies and found out that a total of 6 companies were picked for this honor. We were picked because we are poised to be growth companies and the SIEDC realizes that the first five years of a company’s life cycle are the hardest so by being selected to be part of GrowSI, we are positioned to be mentored and helped by the existing members of the SIEDC.
This is a huge deal. Huge. For my company having the built in support, mentorship and advice of the local experts who are part of the SIEDC from all different industries, companies and local universities is an amazing asset and I am just so lucky to have been picked for this honor.
Remember, I just launched in July 2015 and in that time I have built up clients both big and small, I have written 4 books and using those books, I am branding my company as the local expert on College and Career Readiness, as well as about entrepreneurship and career planning for professionals.
I am a vendor for the Department of Education and trying to become a part of the College Access Initiative that is rolling out at IS 75 and IS 51 this Fall and more to come. Also, I am working with the local colleges on some other initiatives.
Today, I got to speak in front of the 40+ member board of directors of the SIEDC. As always, I love public speaking and am interested in speaking anywhere. I was humbled by the feedback I received on my few minute talk – I introduced myself, my company and what I would like to achieve by the partnership with the SIEDC and The Next Step via GrowSI. I think the biggest benefit for me is getting my name out there as much as possible as a local resource for people considering their next steps as well as to the schools and universities about me and my books, lessons and speaking availability. I look forward to leveraging the SIEDC and its members to continue to grow and to give back to Staten Island, my community and my home.
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Lisa Vento Nielsen