Westchester County's Most Accomplished Women Entrepreneurs

Meet 28 of the county's most successful, move innovative, most respected business women.



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Success Unmasked
Yon Zweibon
Owner and CEO, Beyond Costumes, Inc. Eleven years ago, South Korean immigrant and Wharton School MBA Yon Zweibon happened upon a floundering costume shop in an industrial no-man’s-land section of Yonkers and decided there and then to give up her career as an accountant and financial consultant. She bought the business with money borrowed from relatives. “For many years, as a single mother, it was a financial struggle to grow the shop while learning a new retail and costuming business,” she says. “There were quite a few times that I asked myself why I was continuing the struggle.” But Zweibon’s perseverance paid off. The business grew so much that it outgrew its original space. “The original store was four thousand square feet,” Zweibon says. “In a few years, we expanded to six thousand.” And then, in 2003, Beyond

Costumes moved into its current 22,000-square-foot digs. “Currently, we use the front 12,000 square feet for the costuming stock and work area, and the back 10,000 square feet for additional storage and studio space.” Today, Beyond Costumes boasts more than 20,000 costumes and related props available for rent and purchase to customers ranging from local trick-or-treaters to film and TV production companies shooting on location in Westchester.
In the last 10 years, the company’s annual sales growth rate averaged 20 percent and is expected to accelerate for at least the next five years. Says Zweibon, “Growing a business can be as satisfying as watching your helpless baby grow into a responsible adult.”
—RS

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