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The Vine Vendor Network was founded by Kristen Fusaro-Pizzo as a way for small and micro businesses to network with one another. We connect vendors with vendor events and event organizers with quality vendors. We offer small business services, such as business consulting, event planning, blog features, and social media blasts.
Recognizing many entrepreneurs begin by also working full time, the Vine is organized around this busy lifestyle. We conduct our business through Facebook groups, online chats, and occasional meet-and-greets. We provide each other with valuable vendor contracts, small business information, as well as running our own high-end vendor events.
We value and stand-by a strong philosophy of “Growing Vines” by shopping, working, and referring Vine-to-Vine members. Our goal is to foster collaboration, inspiration, learning, and empowerment. We work closely with the Staten Island Small Business Development Center helping to train and mentor new businesses.
Whether you are a small business veteran or just starting out, the Vine Vendor Network was created to help you achieve your networking goals around your busy lifestyle.
We are open to new VENDOR or ORGANIZER members and would love to have you and your small business join us, no matter what level you are or where you are in your journey as a business owner. We work together to build stronger businesses and can’t wait for you to become a Vine Member.
Founder & President
Kristen Fusaro-Pizzo, named Artisan Entrepreneur of the Year 2016 by the Indie Business Network, is the owner and founder of Scents the Moment, a cruelty-free vegan soap and candle company, and President of the Vine Vendor Network, a network of small businesses on the East Coast. She has served as a guest business coach for the Indie Business Network and Maker Mastermind. She has given business talks for Staten Island Small Business Development Center, Creative Product Blueprint, Zen Trading Post, and Butter Angels. She has been featured in Handmade Seller Magazine, CEO Blog Nation, Work-at-Home Success, CarolRoth.com, the Staten Island Advance, Wholesale Supplies Plus, Leaping Bunny Program, and more. When she’s not running her businesses, she teaches high school English in New York City.
Sandra D’Auria has been working in the business field for many years, including owning her own Origami Owl Custom Jewelry business where she is a mentor, team leader, and top saleswoman for her region. Sandra regularly smashes sales goals, and having just reached her fifth year with Origami Owl, is a true leader in the industry. She has served with Kristen on the Vine since inception, including educating the local community and small businesses about our goals.
Director of New Member Services
RoseMary Algerio, is a nineteen-year employee with the New York City Department of Transportation and is an Administrative Manager. She also is an Independent Consultant and Team Leader with Thirty-One Gifts. RoseMary is also a Shop Steward for her Union CWA1180. RoseMary is a Mom, Mother-in-Law, and Grandma. When RoseMary is not working at her day job, she is training and advising new business owners. RoseMary has short stories published at Borough of Manhattan Community College and occassionaly blogs for the Vine.
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