Roslyn D. Goldmacher is a member of the prestigious
Hicksville High School Hall of Fame. Her many
achievements over the years is the reason she
was considered as a candidate for admission to
that fraternity of fame years ago. There isn't
one area that is considered the catalyst that
earned her a spot on the fame wall. Her attention
to a wide range of agenda signaled the reason
for her admittance.
Roz is a founding board member of the Long
Island Women's Agenda, a coalition of women's
organizations on Long Island. Roz and Christie
Brinkley were honored for their advocacy
several years ago. Christie on behalf of
the environment, due to her anti nuclear,
stance and Roz for small business advocacy
due to her work with numerous island businesses.
Roz is President, CEO and co founder
of the Long Island Development Corporation
- a regional not for profit economic
development organization which makes loans
to LI small businesses and helps them obtain
government and other contracts (www.lidc.org).
Roz commented, "I founded it 24 years
ago while I still had my law practice."
LIDC has made over $600 million in direct loans
to start up and existing businesses on Long Island
to help them grow, create and retain jobs and
beneficially impact the community. Roz said, "Our
loans are made under various government programs
with the major one being a long term, low fixed
interest rate, second mortgage loan to help small
businesses buy and construct buildings with low
down payments and affordable terms."
Roz added, "we have several financing programs,
including a mini micro loan program for women
entrepreneurs, tied to free technical assistance
and seminars. In addition to the direct loans
of $600 million, our lending has leveraged additional
conventional financing to be invested in capital
and other projects on LI. The total capital investment
from our activities is over $1.5 billion. Some
35,000 jobs have been retained and/or created
due to our loans."
"We also run," Roz said, "a procurement
technical assistance center which provides free
counseling to help entrepreneurs obtain and perform
on government and private sector contracts to
expand their businesses - we have obtained over
$900 million in government contracts to date."
"We started the first (and still the only)
Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI)
certified by the US Treasury in the nation,"
Roz said. "The idea was to lend to and work
with female entrepreneurs," she added. "The
fund was started to help defense dependent manufacturers
on LI diversify and to help commercial fishermen
negatively impacted by pollution or regulation."
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Roz is on the national board of SCORE
(Service Corps. of Retired Executives).
This organization consists of some 11,000
volunteer executives who provide free counseling
to entrepreneurs. Roz also is chairperson
of the LI Advisory Board. "I currently
Chair the LI Fund for Sustainable Development
and am Treasurer of its affiliates -Sustainable
LI and LI Redevelopment Institute,"
Roz said. "These organizations promote
economic development which is environmentally
sound and promotes social equity. Our work
includes visioning in blighted communities
and then helping those communities to move
forward with revitalization efforts."
Roz is VP of the LI Business Development
Council, LI's oldest networking group for
economic developers and founded and chair
the LIBDC Scholarship Fund at Hofstra University's
Business Development Center. She founded
and was past President of WEDLI (Women Economic
Developers of LI) - a group of high level
women in economic development on LI. Roz
provides a scholarship through WEDLI for
female entrepreneurs or women involved in
economic development who want to advance
"In the past," Roz said, "I helped
found and served on boards of organizations such
as National Association of Women Business Owners
LI Chapter (I still chair NAWBO's LI Investment
Club- the first in the nation)... I have served
as appointee of several successive NYS Governors
on the executive committee of the NYS Regional
Economic Development Council which provides assistance
to LI economic development and the NYS Incubator
Task Force which provided funding for the business
incubators here... I served on Womens Advisory
Councils for three successive Nassau County Executives
and on the Bi County
Peacetime and Defense Diversification Council
for two Suffolk County Executives...etc etc etc
Currently, Roz is also involved in several
cultural and charitable entities on LI that
contribute to the quality of life and economic
development on Long Island. Roz is chairperson
(for the past 14 years) of the annual economic
development effort of the LI Classic- an annual
golf event of the Sr PGA Classic. "Our project,"
she said, "places the tournament on national/international
TV and we use the commercial time to promote LI
as a place to do business and as a tourism destination."
The list goes on
Roz is on the board
of the LI Community Foundation- a branch of the
NY Community Trust which distributes philanthropic
dollars on LI; on the board of the Girl Scouts
of Suffolk County (previously served on Nassau
Girl Scouts' board); and Roz was proud to say
she was the first artistically Challenged member
of the board of directors of the Art League of
Long Island- a 45 year old forum for artists,
providing gallery space, exhibitions, classes
Roz has been honored by many organizations including
the NYS Legislature; Newsday; Long Island Business
News; National Association of Women Business Owners
and the Center for Family Resources to name a
few. Most recently Roz was named Fundraiser of
the Year at Philanthropy Day.
Any Hicksville High alumni who own a small
business or are thinking of creating a small business,
have them contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call me at 516- 433- 5000.
There are additional accomplishments too lengthy
to list here. Suffice it to say. We are proud
to admit Roz into the Hicksville High School Newsletter
Hall of Fame.