Women business owners grab the Lt. Governor's ear

Posted at 9:17 AM, Oct 04, 2016

Business women from across Western New York took part in a summit with Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul in Downtown Buffalo.

Hochul spoke with members of both the Amherst Chamber of Commerce and NAWBO Buffalo-Niagara for almost 90 minutes about the strides women have made in the world of business and what still needs to be accomplished.

She also noted that women entrepreneurs have a responsibility to those who are just beginning their careers to mentor, sponsor, and act as role models for those who will follow in our footsteps, whether they be our daughters, students, employees, or otherwise.

Those in attendance were treated to a transparent and engaging discussion with New York State’s second-in- command.

She particularly was intrigued by the many NAWBO members who volunteered to work with her on an MWBE Task Force Committee designed to streamline and make the WBE process more efficient and welcoming to women business owners.

“It is great to see so many women in power in this room,” said Lisa Coppola, NAWBO Buffalo-Niagara’s president, “Particularly those who use their power to effectuate good,” she continued.

Rounding out the afternoon and staying well past her original allotted time, Ms. Hochul reminded those assembled that 2017 is the 100th anniversary of women being allowed to vote in New York State.