Mastercard and Square Partner to Bring Small Business Events to New York City and Los Angeles

More than 500 local small businesses and community experts will come together to discuss innovation, entrepreneurship, and technology

NEW YORK CITY and LOS ANGELES – October 1, 2019 – In a combined effort to drive financial inclusion, Mastercard and Square today announced a two-city collaboration on Self Made, Square’s event series focused on enhancing the skills of underserved business leaders to create economic and community impact through meaningful panels and interactive workshops.

“We recognize the critical need to continually arm small business owners and micro-entrepreneurs with the tools and skills to enable their success,” said Sherri Haymond, executive vice president of digital partnerships at Mastercard. “The Self Made event series brings awareness to the ways that these leaders can leverage technology to drive forward the small business economy.”

The first event will take place at 6 p.m. EST on October 3 at The Bordone in Long Island City (43-10 9th Street, Long Island City, NY, 11101). A panel discussion moderated by Jennifer Rademaker, executive vice president of global customer delivery at Mastercard, will feature business leaders including John Henry, partner at Harlem Capital, Paul Quintero, chief executive officer of Accion Serving the East Coast, and Aylon Pesso, owner of Pesso’s Ices & Ice Cream covering the topics of small business cash flow, resourcing and hiring and retaining talent.

The following week, from October 8-10 at the WeWork Long Island City (27-01 Queens Plaza N, Long Island City, NY, 11101), Self Made will offer various education workshops featuring Mastercard’s grassroots financial education program, Master Your Card

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