Luncheon to celebrate women, minority business owners

Jason Addy
  • The fifth annual Minority and Women-Owned Business Luncheon is scheduled for March 28.
  • Four women will be given the 2017 Women of Excellence Award for their entrepreneurial success in the city.

Mayor Kim Bracey will host a community meal in March to recognize minority and women entrepreneurs in York City and honor four established female city business owners.

The fifth annual Minority and Women-Owned Business Luncheon, titled “Growing Diverse Business in the City of York,” will be held at 11 a.m. March 28 at Marketview Arts, 35 W. Philadelphia St., according to a news release from the mayor’s office.


The event will feature business consultant Vera Cornish as the keynote speaker. Cornish, founder and president of Cornish & Associates in Harrisburg, is a “local seasoned strategist, facilitator and publisher” known for helping corporations, nonprofits and individuals develop their organizational and professional practices, according to the release.

Cornish “has garnered a reputation of meeting her audience where they are and leaving them energized and excited,” her website states.

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At the luncheon, Bracey will present four women with accolades for their entrepreneurial success in York City.

Angie Rodriguez, owner of New Concept Salon; Joanne Ekeledo Shannon, owner of Grace Manor Bed & Breakfast; Susie Mummert, owner of Furniture Finesse; and Young Sol, owner of Golden Beauty Supply, will each be awarded the 2017 Women of Excellence Award, according to the release.

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Bracey said the event gives her a chance to speak about and grow the “network of diverse businesses within the community.”

“This is a great opportunity to provide an outlet for our minority and women-owned business in our community to network and gain invaluable resources that can assist in the perseverance of their businesses,” Bracey said in the release.