SOURCE: NYEW

NYEW

October 19, 2009 11:05 ET

Independent Retail Week and New York Entrepreneur Week Align to Stimulate Entrepreneurial Growth and Awareness in New York State

NYEW and Independent Retail Week to Take Place November 14-20, 2009

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - October 19, 2009) - New York Entrepreneur Week (NYEW) today announced its partnership with Nolcha's Independent Retail Week: New York. This alliance joins together two unique organizations, bringing diverse education and support to New York's entrepreneurial ecosystem throughout the week of November 14-20, 2009. The move of Independent Retail Week: New York to align with NYEW unites 120 speakers from 50 cities, 18 states and 3 continents from NYEW with Independent Retail Week's 80+ entrepreneurs. The move is an effort to support entrepreneurs across all sectors and to facilitate knowledge and growth on entrepreneurship throughout the state.

NYEW, one of the largest aggregators of entrepreneurial events in the world, and Nolcha's initiative, Independent Retail Week: New York, come together to form one of the most revolutionary platforms to promote entrepreneurship in decades. Both organizations aggregate the state's disconnected entrepreneurial community, of all revenue sizes and sectors. This important partnership provides an exclusive educational experience for all entrepreneurs -- from enterprising young idea-stage innovators to hundred million dollar revenue generators.

"It is an exciting time to see two New York platforms come together and leverage their vision as well as the tools, resources and support for the entrepreneurial world," said Kerry Bannigan, CEO, Nolcha. "We are in a society that needs to provide guidance and connect the missing links in the realm of entrepreneurship -- no matter what the segment."

Nolcha and NYEW both thrive on the same mission: to bring entrepreneurs the aggregated resources and education they need in order to facilitate a healthy entrepreneurial ecosystem. Both NYEW and Nolcha provide unique educational experiences for entrepreneurs that other organizations and events simply do not offer. Furthermore, both organizations provide unmatched initiatives to overcome business challenges, increase revenue and create jobs throughout New York.

Nolcha's Independent Retail Week: New York aims to drive business and provide brand awareness for independent retailers via a weeklong city wide shopping extravaganza for fashion and beauty lovers. The idea that entrepreneurs, whether in the fashion, technology or financial arena, need a boost, is relevant across all industries.

New York Entrepreneur Week encompasses five days of innovative and hyper-targeted events, including keynote speeches from world-renowned business leaders, panels addressing mission critical business topics, and the flagship RELENTLESS business plan competition. The need for innovative platforms such as these are evident in the support provided by over 200 strategic partners for New York Entrepreneur Week such as Meetup.com, TheLadders.com, Gilt Groupe, SecondMarket, New York Angels and FirstMark Capital.

Although these two events will occur simultaneously throughout the week of November 14-20, 2009, both organizations will unite on Friday for the NYEW retail-themed day, featuring Marc Ecko and Gilt Groupe founder, Alexandra Wilkis Wilson. For more information on being a part of NYEW or Independent Retail Week: New York, visit: http://www.nyew.org; http://www.independentretailweek.com

About New York Entrepreneur Week:

NYEW is a 501c(3) non-profit organization founded by 26-year-old serial entrepreneur Gary Whitehill. NYEW is the first of its kind in New York State, and is also one of the largest aggregators of entrepreneurial events in the world during Global Entrepreneurship Week. NYEW provides a framework and the catalyst for conquering New York's economic challenges by aggregating New York's most important disparate entrepreneurial stakeholders so that founders, angel investors, venture capital firms and New York's top connectors can learn, grow, network and leverage opportunities to do what they do best: drive economic change in exponential ways. Taking place throughout the week are over 350 events across the state from November 16-20, 2009. NYEW consists of five days of innovative and hyper-targeted events, including inspiring keynote speeches from recognized business leaders, riveting panels delivering relevant mission-critical advice, third party events and the flagship RELENTLESS business plan competition. The week unites the state's diverse entrepreneurial community and will provide an educational experience for all entrepreneurs -- from enterprising young idea-stage innovators to hundred million dollar revenue generators. For more information, visit www.nyew.org

About Nolcha

Nolcha is a leading operator of educational, event and b2b services devoted to independent fashion entrepreneurs and related retail businesses. The Nolcha platform includes Nolcha.com, an online fashion portal delivering daily business education; Nolcha Fashion Week, currently held during New York fashion week and providing key exposure to press, buyers, and industry figures for emerging and independent fashion designers from all over the world, in both apparel and accessories; events during London Fashion Week with key partners and Independent Retail Week in New York and Chicago, as an initiative to drive business and increase revenue for small fashion retail brands. www.nolcha.com | www.independentretailweek.com

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