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Operation of women's business group in York County to change hands

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York County's economic-development agency is assuming control of a women's business organization that has been operated by York College.

The York County Economic Alliance will begin to oversee operations of the Women’s Business Council Organization, YCEA officials announced this week.

"It’s definitely an amicable transition from York College to us," said Kevin Schreiber, YCEA president and CEO. "York College just had a tough time finding a home for it, we saw a strategic interest - I really think we’ll be able to grow it in a couple of different directions, and take on mentorship and advocacy areas that before were underutilized."

Schreiber said he hopes his organization can increase the WBCO's role in discussions on how to grow the number of women in business and government leadership positions: "For us, it really fits with our core competency. It’s kind of a win-win-win. I do think there’s an opportunity to blow this thing up” in a positive way, he added.

The WBCO provides education, mentorship, networking and advocacy for professional women, and has hosted a monthly educational luncheon meeting at York College.

"York College has been pleased to be affiliated with the WBCO, as it provides an important opportunity for women in business," college spokeswoman Mary Dolheimer said Tuesday. "We are also grateful that some of our students studying in the (college's) Graham School of Business will continue to prosper through the organization's mentoring program. We welcome the opportunity to host the group on our campus in the future."

Further details on the transfer of the WBCO program will be announced at a press conference Thursday, YCEA officials said.

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EdwardThirlwall June 7, 2018 1:37 am

I think that there needs to be more of such services provided by our government to keep grooming and growing our professionals, regardless of our gender. We shouldn't be discriminating or singling out anybody in this day and age - we should base our opinions of a person's professional capability based on their actual attitude and merit! It's one of the reasons that we have no problems hiring women to help handle self storage units in my business!

markgrogan May 30, 2018 7:06 am

The alliance taking over the women's business organization would help to ensure that there is a physical place where the organization can run its operations from. The change in hands would see a more concrete running of the organization to better benefit the users. The alliance can also utilize the services which would have otherwise been untouched.