On October 20, 2014 the America’s Small Business Development Center New Jersey at Brookdale Community College will present the inaugural “Women Entrepreneurs Rock” female founders event at the legendary Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ from 6pm and run through 9pm (with networking until 10pm). This free event is for business owners (and aspiring entrepreneurs) throughout New Jersey.

According to a 2014 report produced by American Express, “it is estimated that, as of 2014, there are nearly 9.1 million women-owned enterprises, employing nearly 7.9 million workers and generating over $1.4 trillion in revenues.” The report also states that “Between 1997 and 2014, the number of women-owned firms grew at 1½ times the national average.” – The State of Women Owned Businesses, 2014 from American Express OPEN. The goal of the Women Entrepreneurs Rock event (also known as WeRock) is to facilitate a real dialog about topics important to women in business.

The NJSBDC at Brookdale Community College will host introductory speakers on topics such as procurement and state business resources and provide an impactful panel discussion with successful female entrepreneurs across several industries. The panelists will discuss their background, successes and challenges along the way and advice to fellow business owners. There will also be live Q&A exchange as well as the ability to pre-submit questions for the panel to discuss at the event.

“WeRock” will be moderated by speaker, author, trainer and business navigator Stephanie D. Burroughs and the exciting panel of successful female entrepreneurs will include:



SARA SHIKHMAN – Co-Founder and CEO at Rent A Gent and Online Marketing Expert

Sara Shikhman and her family came to America in 1992 from Ukraine with only $5,000. Sara graduated from University of Pennsylvania Law School and got her Bachelors in Finance, Magna Cum Laude from Pace University. After practicing corporate law in New York at Cadwalader and working at Deutsche Asset Management, Sara started Bedroom Furniture Discounts with just $20,000. Sara built BFD into more than $10,000,000 in 2 years. In 2013, Sara and her team founded Rent A Gent, which in just one year has been featured on the top shows in America, reaching over 15 million people. Sara is an e-commerce expert. She specialize in the lifestyle, fashion and home industries and has launched and led several multi-million dollar online businesses and consult many others.








PATRICIA CLAYBROOK – President/CEO of Jidan Cleaning

Patricia Claybrook was Among Just 23 Entrepreneurs from the Philadelphia Area Selected For Goldman Sachs “10,000 Small Businesses” Program. Her company, Jidan Cleaning, has been fully operational since 2005 and has implemented a growth strategy that diversified its services in the Commercial marketplace.  Utilizing a professional approach to the cleaning industry, Jidan Cleaning made a significant investment in establishing efficient systems and processes to hire the right people, utilize the best products and deliver exceptional cleaning services. Jidan Cleaning has demonstrated their expertise in servicing clients with multiple locations and has experience with clients that have over 30 locations throughout Southern New Jersey and the Philadelphia and Harrisburg metropolitan areas.








MARILYN SCHLOSSBACH – Restaurateur and International Hospitality Business Consultant 

Marilyn is now the proprietor of six food and beverage establishments along the New Jersey coast and is an avid community advocate, endeavoring to promote the culinary arts among the next generation of service industry professionals.  Her community work includes a collaboration with Interfaith Neighbors on Asbury Park’s Kula Café, community gardening and surf lessons with the Boys and Girls Club of Asbury Park, and unwavering support of environmental organizations like Clean Ocean Action that work to protect coastlines and marine environments.