The Long Island Association’s Women’s Collaborative is an innovative new model that is bringing together, empowering and engaging Long Island’s leading businesswomen while encouraging partnerships and providing support, education and growth opportunities. In turn, the businesswomen involved in the Collaborative are informing the LIA about issues important to them and the region’s economic vitality, such as equal pay for equal work and making child care and early education opportunities more affordable and accessible to working families.
It all began back in 1976. Our country was going through a terrible recession. Our local economy was devastated. At the time, our founder Vincent Costello was forced to close his air conditioning and heating contracting business. Looking for a means to support his wife and 10 children, Vinnie stumbled upon a business opportunity, a retail hardware store.