Women's Entrepreneurship Panel 2016: Rachel Van Tosh

Rachel Van Tosh
Deputy Commissioner, Business Services Division, New York City Department of Small Business Services

Rachel Van Tosh is the Deputy Commissioner of the Business Services Division at the New York City Department of Small Business Services (SBS). In this role, Ms. Van Tosh oversees initiatives to help businesses start, operate and grow in New York City. This includes oversight of nearly fifty free and low-cost services, ranging from assistance navigating government regulations to providing specialized courses in the food, childcare and media industries. The Division provides local programming in all five boroughs through New York City Business Solutions centers with a focus on helping businesses access the capital they need to improve their companies. Ms. Van Tosh also oversees citywide initiatives such as WE NYC and Small Business First. She has also worked at the New York City Economic Development Corporation (EDC) in the Strategic Investments Group, where she managed a $250 million portfolio of tax and bond financing. Previous to her time at EDC, Ms. Van Tosh served as Deputy Chief of Staff to the Commissioner of SBS. She holds a BA in Political Science from Haverford College and an MA in City and Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania.

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