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POWER LIST The 2018 Manhattan Power 50; 11-50

The 50 people in Manhattan who are key players in the world of New York politics and government.

Elizabeth Velez Talks Business, Advocacy And Girl Power

This year, the Velez Organization is proud to announce its nomination for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award. For the past 31 years, the accounting firm praises leaders shaking up the business world with big ideas to shape the future. President and Chief Contract Administrator Elizabeth Velez was delighted that after the company’s 45 years of dominating the NYC construction industry, the company is still considered to be blazing trails.

Latinos Start Businesses Faster Than any Other Group. So Why Can’t They Get Capital?

She’s young, Latina, and a second generation business owner. She’s also a trailblazer as one of the few women at the head of a construction company. But Latino entrepreneurs are fighting uphill battles, including access to capital, despite the fact they start businesses faster than any other demographic. Soledad O’Brien sits down with Elizabeth Velez, president of Velez Organization, to share her personal story and her business advice for others.

Mayor De Blasio: NYC increases city contracts to $25B for certified women-business owners

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is amping up his commitment to the city’s women- and minority-owned businesses.

In an exclusive interview with “Morning Joe” co-host and Know Your Value founder Mika Brzezinski, de Blasio announced that the city is raising its goal for contracts awarded to businesses owned by women and minorities by $5 billion dollars. This new investment brings the city’s total 10-year target to $25 billion by 2025.

Velez Organization, a leader in NYC construction | Our American Dream

Andres Velez, known to many as Andrew, came to New York from Puerto Rico at age 8. He raised his family in Brooklyn, where his daughter Elizabeth Velez was born. She said he got his break in the construction industry by joining the carpenters union.

That is where it all started for the Velez family. In 1971, Andres Velez and his wife started a construction company, Velez Organization, in their apartment.

Tri-State Among Top Ten Areas for Minority-Owned Businesses

Puerto Rican entrepreneur Anthony Rosa has a textile and fashion business in New York. Elizabeth Vélez is the president of the construction company that her father started four decades ago. Cecilia Zanetta and Verónica Franzese, from Argentina, design and produce the María Castelli artisanal handbags made in Industry City in Brooklyn.

These are just a few of the many Hispanic businesses based in New York and catapulting the area formed by New York City, Newark and Jersey City into the top 10 cities with the most minority-owned companies in the country.

Hispanic Business

Elizabeth Velez was interviewed by Hispanic Business for a January 10, 2013 article entitled “New Law Opens Doors for M/WBEs in NYC”.

Engineering News Record

Elizabeth Velez appeared in ENRNew York in an article entitled, “Conference: ‘Game is Changing’ as Women Push Against the Glass Ceiling,” because of her participation in the 2012 ENR Groundbreaking Women in Construction Forum

Diversity Agenda

In June 2012, Velez was featured in Diversity Agenda, in a profile entitled “Velez Organization – Creating a New Leadership and Business Development Agenda.”

Engineering News Record

The Wall Street Journal interviewed Elizabeth Velez for an article entitled “Schools Aid Builders in a Slump” on September 29, 2010.

Real Estate Weekly

Elizabeth Velez was featured in the Real Estate Weekly issue dated March 10, 2010, profiling her involvement with the Construction Chiefs Forum hosted by Professional Women in Construction.