Hawley kicks off Women’s Small Business Month with a visit to Gilliana’s Diner
Assembly member Steve Hawley (R, C, I-Batavia) is launching a series of tours to local small businesses to commemorate National Women’s Small Business Month, starting with a visit to Gilliana’s Diner in Batavia. In the coming weeks, Hawley will be visiting other small, women-owned businesses in the district throughout October.
Gilliana’s Diner is a business started by local resident Jill Antinore at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Hawley will visit the restaurant on October 2 at 12:30 p.m. to honor Jill Antinore for her community outreach and her persistence in opening her business during a difficult time, while taking care of her neighbors. They will also discuss her experience opening and operating her business, as well as the challenges she and her staff faced along the way.
“The dedication and generosity that Jill Antinore has shown in opening her business in the midst of a pandemic is truly commendable, and her restaurant is the perfect place to start our celebration of National Women’s Small Business Month,” said Hawley said. “What she’s done for the community, even working on getting her restaurant up and running, is truly amazing. I can’t wait to hear with her own eyes how she managed to do so much for so many people.
Even as they opened their doors during tumultuous times, Jill and her husband worked through the night and early in the morning preparing meals for United Memorial Medical Center. Without stopping there, the company continued its generous actions by donating 30% of all takeaway dinner sales to the Batavia Business & Professional Women’s Club, as well as offering scholarships to local youth and monetary rewards to committed non-profit organizations. in improving the community.
As Hawley continues his series of visits to other businesses throughout National Women’s Small Business Month, he will continue to highlight women-owned businesses that have overcome adversity, have outdone themselves for the well in their community or have become a staple in local areas. . He will announce further company visits in the near future.
“In a year that has been difficult for small businesses across the state, I am thrilled to take this opportunity to recognize the hard work and management prowess of the women who own small businesses in our district,” Hawley said. “They’ve worked during a pandemic to continue serving their communities, while also adapting to rapidly changing laws and regulations, and that’s something truly admirable.”