Letter From Chair

Welcome & Thank You!

I am honored to serve as the SCWBEC Chair for 2016-2017.  I want to thank both SCWBEC Members and the Board of Directors for entrusting me with the leadership of this magnificent organization.  I, along with the Board of Directors, are devoted to making SCWBEC the best resource available for women-owned businesses in Suffolk County.  Together we will continue to strengthen the foundation upon which SCWBEC was built to pursue our mission and serve its members for many years to come.

The SCWBEC legacy began in 1991 when visionary business women recognized the need for women to work together to bring awareness about the goods & services women-owned businesses provide and to showcase their qualifications to compete for contract bids.  Working together with Suffolk County Officials they established SCWBEC – Suffolk County Women’s Business Enterprise Coalition.   Over the last 26 years SCWBEC has evolved to meet the changing needs of Long Island’s marketplace and continues to help women-owned businesses succeed.  While we are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, we still maintain and value our relationship with Suffolk County.

During the next year, as we continue to grow and evolve, working together with our Sponsors, Members, Resources and Strategic Partners remains a key priority to build vital relationships and provide excellent value.  It is my strong belief that we should always move forward while remembering where we’ve been. To that means, it is important to recognize and appreciate those who have shared their time and energy to create vision, accomplish goals, led the efforts and participate in the success SCWBEC currently enjoys.  Who we are today would not be possible without the dedicated leadership of our Past Chairs, Officers and Directors.  It is with this legacy of service that I have chosen the theme for 2016-2017 “Build Better Business Together: Learn, Grow & Prosper”.

To borrow from Sara Blakely, Founder of Spanx “Don’t be intimidated by what you don’t know.  That can be your greatest strength and ensure that you do things differently from everyone else.”  This year I will serve as Chair of the Board for SCWBEC.  I promise to bring the best I have and consider it an honor to be walking in the steps of those who have traveled before me.  I welcome your ideas and feedback; together let’s make SCWBEC a great place to learn, grow and prosper.   Here’s to fabulous 2016-2017!


All the best,

Lorraine Kimmey