Andrea Ormeno, QEDC Director
by Josh Brewer
Jul 30, 2013 | 11214 views | 0 0 comments | 81 81 recommendations | email to a friend | print
At just 24-years old, Andrea Ormeno is the new director of the Queens Economic Development Corporation’s Women’s Business Center.

Ormeno joined QEDC in 2008 before becoming a full-time employee in 2010. A Queens College graduate, Ormeno is fluent in English and Spanish and uses her skills to support women and the Hispanic immigrant community.

“Many women have disadvantages,” Ormeno said. “We are trying to equalize women to men, but there are a lot of women who are afraid. You have to help each other and create something that will be sustainable.”

As part of hew new job, Ormeno will run several workshops throughout the year that offer grants to the best community-based and innovative businesses run and owned by women. The businesses will compete in different training exercises and then submit a business plan that will be critiqued by judges.

“I would like to develop more workshops [for] helping different women in business,” she said. “In addition to that, [I am] definitely trying to organize more working events,”

Ormeno also invites lawyers and other members of the industry to speak with the women she is assisting. Ormeno stresses the need for equality among both genders and hopes the assistance and training she provides will help promote women-led businesses in Queens.

Ormeno also trains women in loans, micro-financing, and business management. Her ability to speak both English and Spanish allows her to reach a wide variety of women in the borough.

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