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Women's Excellence in Business


The Staten Island Small Business Center hosted a panelist discussion with four prominent Staten Island Women in Business at the 25th SIEDC Business Conference on Thursday, April 18, 2024 at the Hilton Garden Inn. The women discussed their secrets to their success, and some of the challenges they faced as a woman entrepreneur/business person. They provided tips for growing a business/company and how they learned to balance their busy work schedule with managing their family life. 

Elina stated that "work/life balance is difficult but prioritizing and being present is essential." Kim stated "align yourself with supportive people and uplift each other"  Danielle talked about the benefit of social media in promoting her business and to "delegate to a reliable source, if you are unable to do it yourself." Claire mentioned how important it is to "never give up", Each woman mentioned how important it is to compartmentalize; when you are working, maintain present with work, and when you are with your family, do the same.


The four panelists included:


Elina Lecour, Founder of Lecour Law, PC is a highly motivated, attentive attorney with nearly twenty years of litigation, especially in NY & NJ. Lecour Law, PC opened a store front location in November 2013 on Pt. Richmond Ave, Staten Island, and was the first of its kind, serving the needs of the English and Spanish speaking community.

To reach Elina go to: https://www.silaw.nyc



Kim Avilez, VP & Community Manager, JP Morgan Chase Consumer Banking is a Trustee at the S.I. Museum and owner of Glow Event Management. Kim is an experienced professional in client and event management, talent development, and leadership, and possesses an extensive background in communication. Kim is highly effective at developing relationships to bring success to assigned


Danielle Buchell is the Owner of Millenium Medical Billing, a privately owned and trusted medical billing company that has been at the forefront of the healthcare industry for over 15 years. Their mission is to make it easier for healthcare professionals to focus on what they do best-delivering exceptional patient care.

Millenium Medical Billing takes care of the administrative complexities which allows their clients to successfully run their medical practices.




Clair Fahim, Dental Technician and CEO of C&M Alpha Dental, a woman-owned business which is recognized by New World Report as the 2022 Best Dental Laboratory in New York. Snap Custom Guards, a division of C&M Alpha Dental, are custom mouth guards tailored to the unique needs of DOE and NYC public school sports teams. Contact Clair at https://www.cmalphadental.com



Mayor Eric Adams was the keynote speaker at the conference and took the time to come visit the guests and vendors in the exhibit hall. Below is a photo of Bonnie Arciero, Marketing Business Advisor, Joe Bottega, Certified Senior Business Advisor and Joe Muller, Certified Business Advisor from the SI SBDC. ( Photo taken by Owen Reiter for the Staten Island Advance)



Pictured Below: Bonnie Arciero, Marketing Business Advisor SI SBDC, Danielle Buchell, Millenium Medical Billing, Kim Avilez, VP & Community Manager, JP Morgan Chase Consumer Banking, Joe Bottega, Certified Sr. Business Advisor, SI SBDC, Angela Chuppe, Office Manager SI SBDC, Ed Piszko, Interim Regional Director SI SBDC, Clair Fahim, CEO C&M Alpha Dental and Elina Lecour, Founder of Lecour Law, PC.



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