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Andy_Monshaw By Andy Monshaw, IBM General Manager, Global Business Partners and Mid-Market

Small and midsize businesses are driving economic growth, and many women entrepreneurs are behind the wheel. Their dreams, fueled by entrepreneurial spirit, innovation, and instinct, are playing a significant role in guiding our financial recovery.

Standing behind them in Westchester County, N.Y., and the Lower Hudson Valley is the Women’s Enterprise Development Center (WEDC), which nurtures those dreams through intensive training in finance, management, accounting, marketing, and even computer skills. An especially valuable service offered to the approximately 1,500 entrepreneurs it serves annually is its core 15-Week Comprehensive Entrepreneurial Training Program, during which participants learn about every aspect of running a company and write business plans.


From left: Ginni Rometty and Anne Janiak, executive director of the Women's Enterprise Development Center

As part of its Centennial celebration, Westchester-based IBM took the core training a step further, working with WEDC to host a June 15 speed mentoring session in which nearly 200 IBM volunteers from such disciplines as marketing, sales, finance, human resources, and IT shared their expertise, best practices, and lessons learned with more than 100 small-business owners. Each entrepreneur met with a different IBM mentor for each of three 15-minute sessions. Some of the IBMers will provide continued mentoring for 100 days, representing IBM’s 100th anniversary.

“Rendering technology to serve a transformational purpose requires forethought, creative exploration, and curiosity,” said Ginni Rometty, IBM senior vice president and group executive, Sales, Marketing, and Strategy, the keynote speaker at the speed mentoring event. “Over the years, some of the best inventions, business models, or adaptations of business models have come from small businesses. It’s the engine of new ideas for our economy and for economic growth. Curiosity and new thinking are what sets them apart.”


Speed mentoring

IBM is committed to helping local small and midsize businesses grow and innovate. For women-owned businesses, IBM offers an online SME Toolkit that provides easy, free, one-stop shopping for all the tools, resources, advice, and mentoring needed to promote success.

Hillary Rodham Clinton once said, “We need to understand that there is no formula for how women should lead their lives. That is why we must respect the choices that each woman makes for herself and her family. Every woman deserves the chance to realize her God-given potential.”

Especially for women in business today, IBM could not agree more.

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June 14, 2013
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Posted by: mathan
November 20, 2012
8:31 am


That’s so amazing to read this post.
Just incredible to read IBM recognizes the value of women in business.

So impressive,
Keep on the great work!

Adi Nezer

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Posted by: Adi Nezer
July 5, 2011
9:25 pm

Dear Mr.Mr. Andy Monshaw,
IBM is committed to helping local small and midsize businesses grow and innovate. I just wonder if you have any help for me, a women in china?

Posted by: stig
July 1, 2011
2:55 am

To : Mr. Andy Monshaw, IBM General Business Partners and Mid -Market

From :Anita George- Chennai, South India

The 15-week comprehensive entrepreneurial training program for women is such a wonderful endeavour, all of you at IBM have.It seems to match the founder of IBM’s ideas and thinking.

I do not know if this mail will reach you directly.I used to work .But suddenly had a brain haemorrage and have recovered only by Jesus’s grace.I would like to attend your program.Do you have anything in Chennai,South India.
I would be grateful for a reply.

In America, the underdog who can pick up the threads of his life
and win is celebrated.I hope you won’t disappoint me.I would like to send my resume to give you a sneak preview of some of my


Posted by: Anita George
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