Filipina Among New York Women of Excellence Awardees
Submitted by: JUNO Healthcare Staffing
(OPENPRESS) July 2, 2008 -- Last Friday, June 13, Teodoro was one of ten New York Women of Excellence awardees, an annual project of the New York Women's Chamber of Commerce.
"I feel very honored. It was a complete surprise that I got it. This is also for the Filipino community," Teodoro beamed during a short interview with the Asian Journal moments before she received her award.
Teodoro and her husband founded Juno Healthcare Staffing in 2000. It provides U.S. hospitals and healthcare facilities full-time, travel and per diem nurses and physical therapists to augment their needs during shortages and fluctuations in their staffing.
"At first it was just a thought. We had many nurses in the Philippines and there was a shortage of nurses back in the late 90s. The thought became action and now we're here," Teodoro said.
With three employees in 2000, it has grown to approximately 400 employees by the end of 2007. In seven years, Juno has also expanded to six offices in the United States with locations in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Los Angeles, San Diego and Arizona.
This year, Entrepreneur Magazine chose Juno out of nearly 21 million companies to be in the magazine's Hot 100 list of the fastest-growing new businesses in America. Also this year, one of Juno's companies, Juno Healthcare Registry earned the Joint Commission gold seal of approval. The Joint Commission process is designed to help the organization continuously provide safe, high-quality care and services.
"We all give it back to God. He is the reason why we are here. He is the reason behind all our success," Teodoro explained.
Teodoro is hopeful that the recent issues concerning the medical community in the Philippines get ironed out. While she claims that the scandals have not affected her business at all, Teodoro said that cleaning up the mess would be good for the country's image in general.
Every year, the New York Women's Chamber of Commerce honors outstanding women for their accomplishments and outstanding commitment to empowering and fostering business and professional advancement of women and minorities in New York.
Quenia Abreu, the chamber's president, is happy about this year's awards breakfast and fundraising. "Last year, we only occupied a part of this room and this year, it's all us. We are looking forward to another fruitful year for all women and minority-owned businesses," Abreu said.
The chamber's current chairwoman, a Filipina, is proud that another Filipina has made it to the list of awardees.
"I am so happy that Nonette is receiving the award this year. More and more Filipinas should consider putting up their own businesses. We're her to help," Suzie David said.
Founded in 2002, the chamber started as a membership organization with the objective of providing networking opportunities, representation and advocacy for New York women in business. The chamber has helped its members through technical assistance, mentoring and coaching, training and fi nancial assistance aside from networking and business representation at the city, state and federal level.