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Dinolfo Invites Local Women-Led Businesses To Sign Up For First All Female Class Of The Entrepreneurs Network

Dinolfo Invites Local Women-Led Businesses To Sign Up For First All Female Class Of The Entrepreneurs Network

Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo invites local women business-owners, presidents and founders to join The Entrepreneurs Network (TEN) Women Business Accelerator. This first exclusively female economic accelerator program in Upstate New York is dedicated to supporting women-led scalable small businesses. The deadline to apply is September 14, and the application can be found on the TEN website at

“Statistics show that women are half as likely as men to start a business and remain underrepresented among entrepreneurs across the state and nation,” said Dinolfo. “The Entrepreneurs Network is stepping up to close the opportunity gap and support female-led local start-ups and small businesses. As a former small business owner myself, I understand the challenges any business will face – but Monroe County and TEN are here to support our local business owners on their path to growing more jobs and building a stronger economy.”

Candidates for TEN Class XXV include women who are founders, co-founders, owners, and presidents and should have business operations primarily in Upstate New York. Businesses should be actively selling their product or service with a focus on expanding their customer base. Women leaders of optics and manufacturing firms and family-owned businesses are encouraged to participate. Women-led spin-offs from university research departments are also eligible. Tech start-ups should have a working prototype and beta customers.

The Entrepreneurs Network Women Business Accelerator will teach women entrepreneurs new and best practices in human resources, marketing and sales integration, finances, and operations. TEN offers peer-focused support from instructors and coaches who are investors and business owners themselves.

Since its foundation, TEN has been supported by Monroe County and Imagine Monroe. To date, 400 entrepreneurs from 375 companies have completed the TEN program series and are creating jobs across Upstate New York. This focus on growth potential drives powerful peer-to-peer learning and leads to real-world success stories. TEN alumni reported exceptional increases in their firms’ growth and performance according to a 2012 survey: 20% have revenues over $1 Million; 16% raised $50,000 to $250,000 in capital; 50% of TEN alumni are hiring.

The Entrepreneurs Network is one of Upstate New York's fastest growing initiatives designed to bolster economic growth. For more information, please visit the TEN website at, or contact Jean Kase, TEN Executive Director, at 585-753-2031 or