Councilman D’esposito Shines Light On Women-Owned Businesses

Issued by: Council Member Anthony D’Esposito

Tours Council District in Honor of Women’s History Month

Town of Hempstead Councilman Anthony D’Esposito is touring communities in his district recognizing women business owners as part of his initiative to spotlight outstanding women during Women’s History Month. March is Women’s History Month and highlights the contributions of women to events in history and society.

“I am proud to recognize women business owners for their significant contributions to local commerce – the lifeblood of our communities here in the Town of Hempstead,” stated Councilman D’Esposito. “These women demonstrate leadership coupled with a passion for their business as well as good old-fashioned hard work, and they deserve to be recognized for their accomplishments.”

According to the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), more than 9.4 million firms are owned by women, employing nearly 7.9 million people, and generating $1.5 trillion in sales as of 2015. In addition, one in five firms with revenue of $1 million or more is woman-owned.

“Small business ownership is the backbone of our local communities, contribute to our local economy and, quite often owners live in nearby communities,” added Councilman D’Esposito. “Women-owned businesses are becoming a familiar fixture in our downtowns and it is important to shop local to support our small businesses and our neighbors as well.”

On Saturday, March 3rd, Councilman D’Esposito is visiting 11 women-owned businesses within his district including:

  • Doris the Florist, owned by Doris Graitzer, 233 Long Beach Road, Island Park
  • Turn of the Screw Books and Wine owned by Carol Hoenig and Peggy Zieron, 110 N. Park Avenue, Rockville Centre
  • Jilian Circus owned by Jillian Weston, 219 Merrick Road, Oceanside
  • Emile’s Candies owned Jackie Brown, 229 Merrick Road, Oceanside
  • Dance Express owned by Jaime Azcona, 1032 Broadway, Woodmere
  • The Pampered Professional owned by Bonnie Seidler, Kami Feldman, Kerri Weiss and Shaun Cohn, 1208 Station Plaza, Hewlett
  • The Sweet Peace Specialty Cakes owned by Allison Shapiro Winterton, 26A Atlantic Avenue, Lynbrook
  • Sweet & Savory Café owned by Antoinette Burrows, 821 Merrick Road, Baldwin
  • Villa Maria owned by Maria Zaino, 81 Main Street, East Rockaway
  • Tap to Pointe Dance Center, Inc. owned by Sara DeGennaro, 75 Church Street, Malverne
  • Renewable Recycling Inc. owned by Christine Kiourtsis, 3419 Hampton Road, Oceanside

“In celebration of all women who have forged a path for future generations of women, I am honored to spotlight these exceptional women business owners,” concluded D’Esposito. “Their businesses serve as great models for our next generation of entrepreneurs.” For more information on Councilman D’Esposito’s tour, please visit his Facebook page and his Twitter account @ANTHONYDESPO.