Celebrating Women in Business
The Pace University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is proud to support the growth of women-owned small businesses here in New York State, In fact, nearly 60% of our small business clients are women.
New York is home to over 725,000 women-owned businesses who account for over $105 billion in annual sales (source: 2012 US Census data). In recognition of National Women’s History Month, we wanted to shine a light on/celebrate a few recent women-owned business success stories.
Founded by Dominique Taylor in 2016, Storyscape is a web-based platform that provides entertaining interviews with authors and book reviews via video, serving as a “Reading Rainbow for millennials." Since launching Storyscape Ms. Taylor won a $50,000 award at the National Black Programming Consortium Pitch Black Forum from a panel of public media and industry executives to produce four episodes of a literary arts web series project.
FABSCRAP is a non-profit organization that repurposes textile waste from fashion clients such as Nautica, Eileen Fisher, and the BF+DA. Founder Jessica Schreiber was awarded $65,000 by the judges of Lifetime Network's Project Runway Fashion Startup, and also won a $2,500 first place award at the NY Small Business Development Center Pitch Competition. A self-described “trash nerd” who managed the NYC Department of Sanitation’s e-waste and clothing recycling contracts, Ms. Schreiber is expanding the business in April to a larger space in the Brooklyn Army Terminal.
Katie Osborn launched her firm Via Collective in 2009 after serving in graphic and wayfinding design roles in both the private and public sector. Since that time Via Collective has landed wayfinding service projects from clients such as the MTA, NYU, and New York City Parks Department. To prepare for new opportunities arising outside the tristate area, Ms. Osborn’s firm secured a $50,000 revolving line of credit and added two new jobs.