Missi Callazzo leads Megaforce Records into 40th year of metal and more

Megaforce Records releases records for metal, rock, and hardcore punk artists, such as Metallica, Anthrax, Third Eye Blind, and Bjørk. At 40 years old, Megaforce is the same age as Benchmark! Husband and wife Jon and Marsha Zazula (rest in peace) founded this NYC record label, and some of their earliest releases were Metallica’s first albums. Missi Callazzo, VP since the late 1980s, is a leader in an industry where women are underrepresented. She ordered posters to promote Third ...
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Cool Culture pulls together care packages for COVID-wracked educators

Cool Culture, a social justice organization in Brooklyn, called us for an assembly and mailing job. Cool Culture is a BIPOC-led nonprofit that harnesses art and culture to strengthen family and community well-being, and create social and systemic change for a more just and equitable society. They partner with 50,000 families and 400 educators, representing hundreds of NYC schools and child care centers. The already heroic challenges of the education system have hit a new intensity fo...
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Brighter Bites confronts the void of “Food Deserts”

In the face of the pandemic, Brighter Bites called Benchmark to print large laminated signs and check-in cards that help organize their burgeoning NYC food distributions. Note the laminated sign at the Brighter Bites food distribution. For several years, their co-founder Lisa Helfman and her family took part in a weekly fruit and vegetable co-op, and she watched her children’s eating habits dramatically transform. So much so that her little boy turned down a piece of cake at a birthday pa...
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Woman-owned Realty Collective active in Red Hook community

You know the phrases businesses can’t seem to stop uttering in 2022: “staffing issues,” “inflation,” “supply chain” and “$6 gas.” Regardless, these last few weeks Benchmark has been seeing a wave of clients calling us after months of lying low on their promotional materials. One reason I love the print industry is this way that it lets us keep a finger on the pulse of the small business economy. The real estate industry, too, hears the heartbeat of the economy loud and clear. Just ask ...
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Lavender Earl Grey with Biggie vegan cookies – must be Brooklyn Tea!

Erykah Badu sang, “I think I need a cup of tea, the world keeps burnin’. Oh, what a day, what a day, what a day.” Yeah -- we need some tea! Husband and wife team Jamila Wright and official Tea Sommelier Alfonso Wright founded Brooklyn Tea in 2017 for online orders. In January 2019, they opened their brick-and-mortar in the Bedford Stuyvesant neighborhood. Their teas are loose leaf, all natural, iced, hot and in more than 50 varietals. Where else can you find vegan cookies shaped...
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Pet care prospers amid pandemic: Sonia’s Pet Grooming

The pandemic rocked a seismic shift in many industries, but pet care has had a rally. According to Forbes, “78% of pet owners acquired pets during the pandemic. Then, with the migration back to the brick-and-mortars, Forbes continues, “The majority of pet owners have increased spending on their pets to compensate for being away from home more.” Well, pet care is the bailiwick of our next featured minority woman-owned business! Drumroll, please: Sonia Nathan runs Sonia’s Pet Groomin...
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Fellow woman-owned business Brooklyn Robot Foundry inspires young engineers

Founder and owner of Brooklyn Robot Foundry, Jenny Young “When we picked [our son] up, he greeted us beaming and said, ‘That was the best! I am going back there tomorrow and the next day and the next day and the next day.’” These are the words of a thankful parent whose boy’s interest has been piqued and imagination set in motion by the robot-building classes at Brooklyn Robot Foundry. Since 2011, Jenny Young has run Brooklyn Robot Foundry, Benchmark client and fellow woman-owned busine...
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C’est si bon with Claire and Odile at WantedDesign

At WantedDesign Manhattan in May 2022, Odile Hainaut (center) and Claire Pijoulat (right), Co-Founders of WantedDesign, initiating the Emerging Designers Showcase hosted by Amy Devers| Jenna Bascom Photography Two extremely stylish polyglot ladies are at the helm of our next featured women-owned business client, the design fair WantedDesign: Odile Hainaut and Claire Pijoulat. As if we needed any more proof that Canva and its ilk (hiss) will never hold a candle to living, breathing pro...
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Why did colonists burn down NYC in 1776? Joyce Gold will tell you, on a walking tour

Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano once recounted an African proverb: “Until the gazelles write their own history, the lions will be the heroes of the hunt.” All the more reason to find out what’s gone down in this capital city of world finance by booking a historic walking tour! Joyce Gold runs Joyce Gold History Tours of New York, another Benchmark client who is a fellow woman-owned business. She is a New York history teacher at New York University and The New School. She has...
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Minority woman-owned Pavilion on the Terrace makes events SO AMAZING!

Our next featured Minority & Women Owned Business Enterprise is Pavilion on the Terrace. Owner Kecia Weaver was already running a law practice when she took on the task of transforming one of the last remaining Greek Revival mansions, on Staten Island’s North Shore, into a premier event venue. Over six years, Kecia painstakingly renovated the Pavilion to its former glory and prestige. Pavilion hosts weddings, anniversaries, retirement parties, Sweet 16s, quinceañeras, Bar / Bat Mitzva...
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