Queens Women Form Chamber of Commerce

A meeting in Jackson Heights to plan the new Queens Women Chamber of Commerce (Photo by Javier Castaño via Queens Latino).

For the past year, a group of Queens women has met weekly to organize a new Women Chamber of Commerce that will be inaugurated on April 11. The article below, originally from Queens Latino, was translated from Spanish.

Businesswomen in Queens are teaming up to promote their own economic growth. “This year we have more women starting up businesses,” said Patricia Mahecha, founder of Modelamos Talent Agency and School, and former president of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Queens.

Mahecha and a group of more than 30 businesswomen have come together to found the Queens Women Chamber of Commerce (QWCC), which will join the New York Women’s Chamber of Commerce, presided by Quenia Abreu.

QWCC will be launched at a cocktail party on April 11, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Vaughn College, located at 86-01 23rd Ave., near LaGuardia Airport. For more information, call (718) 533-4986.

“We have created the Queens Women Chamber of Commerce to train and help all businesswomen,” said Mahecha. “We want to share business with each other and contribute to the nation’s economy and the development of our homes. We support all women, not only Latinas.”

The future chamber members gather weekly in a small Jackson Heights office to plan the organization’s activities for the spring and summer. They have been doing so since late last year.

Members work in different sectors, from health to beauty salons to banks. Their future projects include providing financial education for young people, and surveying businesswomen in Queens to determine their challenges.

Quenia Abreu, president of New York Women’s Chamber of Commerce, was at the meeting to give guidance to its members.

“One of the roles of the Chamber will be to educate and inform new businesswomen,” said Abreu. “That they stop having a poor person’s mentality and think of themselves as wealthy people.”

Mahecha said the QWCC is joining the New York Chamber so that they can have the backing of a bigger organization with well-known people. “I’m certain that with the support and vision of the Chamber of Commerce, we’ll be stronger,” said Mahecha.

According to Mahecha, most new businesses in the city are owned by women, and banks are very interested in investing. “Women are a little more persevering, and they believe in themselves,” said Mahecha.

Abreu highlighted the importance of a Chamber of Commerce in the growth of the City’s businesses. “In such a diverse society, it’s good that our women can learn from each other,” she said. “Money has no ethnicity.”

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