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Welcome to the Manhattan Chamber of CommerceManhattan Chamber of Commerce (MCC) is a vibrant business membership organization comprised of a cross section of 10,000 business members and subscribers ranging from sole proprietors to large corporations and multi-national firms. Connect with entrepreneurs, leaders and executives by becoming an MCC member today and help your business grow. Our mission is to advocate for, connect and educate the business community in Manhattan.

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    Name Company Website
    Emma Levin Jakob Pek Fund, LP
    James Duignam Renaissance To Well-Being
    Bethany Schlottman Oakwood Worldwide
    Michael Schwartz Prana Telecom, Inc.
    Louise Angelino Little Angel Media Group
    Rita Ewing Massage Envy Spa-Midtown West
    Teresa Tateossian Socialfix Media
    Helena Sullivan Barnes Richardson & Colburn LLP
    Jean-Claude Cantave Empire State ATM, LLC.
    Eric Biderman Arent Fox LLP
    Henry Cross Hosh Kids
    Corey Rockafeler Palm National Partners
    Hiawatha Colbert Capital Bankcard of New York
    Natalie Muir The Out NYC
    Sophia Sasina Liberty Health Share
    Simon Feuer Apex Services
    Nuray Tasangil The American Turkish Society
    Franklin Pimentel Lee & Associates
    Raymond W Cline The Bitcoin Center
    Christopher Benesch LifeWorx, Inc.
    Erek Tinker The Spry Group LLC
    Tom Gilles NewDots.NYC www.NewDots.NYC
    Donna David Donna David & Co. Ltd.
    Anisha S Mittal Testing Mom LLC

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    National Backpack Program Has Made a Difference to 3.3 Million Kids

    New York, N.Y., August 21, 2014  Most children look forward to the beginning of the new school year.  But for those in families where money is tight, this can be a challenging time.

    To help deserving children like these start school on the right foot, the Office Depot Foundation is preparing to donate 4,000 colorful new sackpacks containing essential school supplies to nonprofit organizations, schools and agencies in the New York area.  The Foundation – the independent charitable giving arm of Office Depot® (NYSE:ODP) – will make the donations during a special Back-to-School Celebration beginning at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, August 22 (8/22) at the Office Depot store located at 1441 Broadway, In New York City.

    For the second year in a row, Nick Cannon – the award-winning actor, comedian, host of “America's Got Talent” – will be the special guest for the Foundation’s Back-to-School Celebration and will personally give sackpacks to the children who attend.  Cannon also is participating in the Office Depot Foundation’s sackpack donation event in Los Angeles this summer.

    In 2014, the Foundation will donate 350,000 sackpacks to children in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and a number of other countries through its National Backpack Program, which is now in its 14th year.  During the past three years alone, this award-winning initiative has made a difference to more than 12,000 New York-area kids.

    By the end of this year, Office Depot and the Office Depot Foundation will have given away more than 3.3 million backpacks and sackpacks since the National Backpack Program began in 2001.

    “Each and every year, the smiles on the faces of the children who receive our sackpacks and school supplies warm our hearts,” says Office Depot Foundation President Mary Wong.  “We are so proud to know that we will have made a difference to 3.3 million kids – and grateful to Office Depot and our many supporters for giving us the opportunity to continue this program for its 14th year.”

    The nonprofit organizations, schools and agencies scheduled to receive sackpacks on August 22 include:

    New York City Department of Education
    Bronx Charter School for Better Learning
    Grand Concourse Academy
    Lighthouse Outreach Ministries
    Twelve Baskets Community Outreach

    Special guests expected to participate include:
    Heidi Schmidt, Public Affairs Manager, Department of Homeless Services, representing New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio
    State Senator Brad Hoylman
    Nancy A. Conde, Chief of Staff, representing Senator Jose Peralta
    Laura Bucko, Vice President of Communications, Manhattan Chamber of Commerce
    Senator Ruth Hassell Thompson

    The specially designed sackpacks come in seven bright and colorful designs that are new for 2014.  Each one includes a zippered pouch containing a pen, pencil, pencil sharpener, eraser, six-inch ruler and four crayons. The sackpacks do not have any Office Depot Foundation or Office Depot logos or markings.

    To deliver sackpacks directly to children, the Foundation is hosting Back-to-School Celebrations in more than 35 cities across the U.S. and in Puerto Rico in July and August.

    Thousands of sackpacks are being given to kids through the Office Depot Foundation’s continuing partnerships with nine nonprofit organizations serving children nationally and internationally. The Foundation is collaborating with the AARP Experience Corps, Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA), the National Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Association, Feed The Children, Food For The Poor, the Kids In Need Foundation, the National Foundation for Women Legislators, Operation Homefront and Samaritan’s Feet International.

    Thousands more are being donated through Office Depot and OfficeMax stores in hundreds of local communities and in partnership with Office Depot’s Business Solutions Division in select cities. For the seventh consecutive year, children of the Navajo Nation in Arizona will receive sackpacks.

    More information about the National Backpack Program can be found on the Office Depot Foundation’s Facebook page at To learn more about the Office Depot Foundation and its initiatives, go to You can follow the Foundation on Twitter @OfficeDepotFndn; the National Backpack Program’s hashtag is #ODFcares.  The Foundation is also on Instagram: @officedepotfoundation.

    About the Office Depot Foundation
    The Office Depot Foundation is an independent foundation − tax exempt under IRC Sec. 501(c)(3) − that serves as the independent charitable giving arm of Office Depot, Inc. In keeping with its mission, Listen Learn Care®, the Foundation supports a variety of programs that give children tools to succeed in school and in life; build the capacity of nonprofit organizations through collaboration and innovation; and help communities prepare for disasters, as well as recovering and rebuilding afterwards.  For more information, visit

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    World’s Largest Technology Distributor Recognizes Progressive Computing’s Achievements and Success in Annual Ingram Micro SMB 500 List at Inaugural IMOne Event in New Orleans

    New York, NY, July 29, 2014 – Progressive Computing Inc. announced it was named to the Ingram Micro 2014 SMB 500. The annual list recognizes the top 500 fastest-growing Ingram Micro U.S. channel partners serving the small and midsize business (SMB) market. Ranked at number 429, Progressive Computing expanded its business with Ingram Micro Inc. (NYSE: IM), the world’s largest technology distributor, by more than 21 percent in the past three years.

    Channel partners named to this year’s SMB 500 list were identified recently at the Ingram Micro’s inaugural 2014 IMOne event, held in New Orleans. As part of the more than 20,000 U.S. solution providers and MSPs who work with Ingram Micro’s U.S. SMB Business Unit, these top-performing companies achieved a three-year compound growth rate of more than 42 percent.

    Ingram Micro’s annual SMB 500 list is developed in close collaboration with channel research services firm The 2112 Group, Ingram Micro’s Business Intelligence team and U.S. SMB Business Unit. Criteria for selection to the list includes size, overall technology category revenue growth and innovation across SMB engagements.

    "With every action we take, we're dedicated to helping clients improve productivity and keep costs down, while at the same time ensuring we provide the very best customer service experience possible. We're proud to be named to the Ingram Micro 500 list in recognition of our success in these efforts," said Robert Patterson, director of Sales and Marketing at Progressive Computer, Inc.

    “The Ingram Micro SMB 500 is representative of solution providers who are focused on business excellence and recognize the value in teaming with Ingram Micro to deliver a superior customer experience and grow their business faster,” Jamie Ferullo, director of SMB sales, Ingram Micro U.S. “We congratulate this year’s SMB 500 and applaud their success.”

    Performance metrics, trends, best practices and other key findings from the Ingram Micro 2014 SMB 500 list will be produced by The 2112 Group and noted on the Ingram Micro SMB 500 site: Additional information and research is available on 2112’s Channelnomics, a news and analysis website dedicated to channel business trends.
    “The channel partners who earned a spot on the 2014 Ingram Micro SMB 500 are growing at rates that are three to four times the channel industry average and well above the channel average for SMB-focused resellers,” says Lawrence M. Walsh, CEO and chief analyst of The 2112 Group. “The SMB 500 shows how consistent execution and collaboration with a technology distributor with broad resources and support mechanisms, such as Ingram Micro, results in accelerated growth performance and business strength.”

    A copy of the 2014 Ingram Micro SMB 500 list can be found at

    More information about Progressive Computing is available at .

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    I must tell you that of all the organizations I have options to join…the Manhattan
    Chamber is the one I join and rejoin every year. You are doing an excellent job!
    Needless to say, if I can help in any way, I’m happy to do so!

    Continued success!

    Ona Burns
    The Print Buyer’s Resource
    Consulair, Inc.
    212.517.4930 Office
    212.717.6459 Fax

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    Name Company Website
    Fred Dupiton ADL Technology Consulting Group
    Victoria Drozdov Creative Environment Solutions (CES) Corp
    Claudette Duff Integrity First Senior Care
    Suri Kasirer Kasirer Consulting
    Francois Roux New York Habitat
    Bonnie Schnitta SoundSense, LLC
    Katlyn Stratman Qdoba Mexican Grill
    Agnes Peterson NY Hospital-Cornell Medical Center
    Frank Apollo JP Morgan Chase - Frank Apollo
    Michael Coopersmith Integrated Printing & Graphics, Inc.
    Dean Gamanos Retele Co.
    Deborah Farkash Living Well Inside N Outside
    Stuart Holland Sygma Technology Solutions
    Harriet Lehrer Imagine a New Image
    Susan Katz A Guide Named Sue
    Jack Kleinfeld Kleinfeld Technical Services, Inc.
    Brock Barrett State Farm Insurance
    Heather Markel The BullBuster Cafe and Boardroom
    Jindan Lu USA T.S.V LLC
    Jean-Claude Cantave Empire State ATM, LLC.
    Clara Gutierrez ACC1O - Catalonia Trade & Investment
    Valon Nikci Link NY Realty

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    Name Company Website
    David Kistner Green Apple Cleaners
    Ryan Mitchell Batch Pay
    Eyal Soref Eyal Soref Law Offices
    Deahna Penn Department of Veterans Affairs
    Andrea Gaetano Charles Schwab & Co.
    Matt Gordon ADP
    Silve Parviainen Consulate General of Finland
    Vigdis Eriksen Eriksen Translations Inc.
    Angel Tineo ANGEL R TINEO,CFP
    Marshall Cox Radiator Labs
    Elyssa Kates Baker & Hostetler LLP
    Cassy Saba Cassy Saba
    Gardi Armand Rita's Water Ice NY
    Teresa Dodson Timberline Financial, LLC
    Leanne Gluck 3D Systems
    Melissa Grounds Blank Financial
    Aissa Khirani Fulani Trading LLC
    Thomas Politi Politi + Siano Architects, pllc
    Leon McAllister HAYS Recruiting experts worldwide
    Kevin Mallory Mallory Caintro-Mallory
    Darren Carter NYC SEM
    Clinton Townsend FreeATM, Inc.
    David Furth Leap the Pond

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    Small Business Services (SBS) Commissioner Maria Torres-Springer is asking small businesses for their input about how the City can help them start, operate, and grow through the Small Business First initiative. Small Business First aims to maintain the City’s commitment to public health and safety, while also approaching regulation, government systems, and communication through the eyes of business owners. This approach will not only help serve businesses, but also improve the efficiency of City government.

    Small businesses can submit ideas and feedback to make it easier to run their businesses until Friday, September 26 at

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    Name Company Website
    Erik Grimmelmann New York Technology Council
    Mary Silva Maz Mezcal
    Nadine Cino LEED AP Tyga-Box Systems, Inc.
    Danny Mizrahi Contango IT
    Kitt Garrett Discover New York, LLC
    Eric Scott Dolphin Micro Inc.
    Jonathan Bloch Exchange Data International Inc
    Diane Henry Red Real Estate
    Joseph Manoleas New York University
    Ronald Frimmer Friedman LLP
    Lewis Gross
    Barlas Baylar Hudson Furniture Inc
    Kathrine Gregory Mi Kitchen Es Su Kitchen®(Innovative Program Asso)
    Arielle DeSoucey Novotel New York Times Square
    Kenneth Sassano Prestone Printing Company
    Maureen Fairlie Snappy Solutions Inc.
    Barbara Walters The HR Advantage
    Barbara Schanker BGS Services, Inc.
    Jodi Reynolds Lucky Strike Entertainment
    Martin Radensky Martin Radensky Inc
    Manuel Rodrigues The Display Shop Inc.
    David Katz N2 Global Solutions, Inc.
    NYC-EA CGNY Consulate General of the Netherlands
    Taner Orhan Wallonia Trade & Investment
    Alex Keomurjian Alex Keomurjian/ Pines Harbor Realty
    Anil Melwani Armel Tax & Accounting Services
    Alexander Masouras Prisma Cargo Solutions, LLC

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    This is a program designed to educate established women business owners on business financial management. The goal of program is to help owners understand their financial situation and prepare themselves to access capital for growth and expansion. Participation is free but participant must agree to attend all five sessions.
    Click the link to find out more!

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    by Tina M. Beller, U.S. Army Public Affairs Specialist

    Fort Hamilton, N.Y. – A public benefit corporation chartered by the state of New York joined the U.S. Army’s Partnership for Youth Success Program recently in order to benefit from the value of Army veterans interviewing for jobs within the corporation.

    Like Sony, and Sleepy’s, The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is now one of 509 companies to have signed a memorandum of agreement joining the Army’s PaYS Program.

    “Veterans are generally drug free, are physically fit, are loyal, understand safety and can work in a team environment while problem solving,” said Aleyda Meyers, the director of All-Agency Veteran Recruitment and Staff Initiatives at the MTA. “By hiring a veteran, the MTA is gaining an employee with a great work ethic and one with incredible integrity.”

    The PaYS Program, which is a strategic partnership between the Army and a cross section of corporations, companies and public sector agencies, provides America’s youth with an opportunity to serve their country while they prepare for their future. PaYS Partners guarantee Soldiers an interview; it’s up to the veteran to perform well during the interview with the hiring official in order to secure a permanent position. This unique program is part of the Army’s effort to partner with America’s business community and reconnect America with its Army.

    The PaYS Program offers private-sector companies and corporations a host of benefits, chief among them is the fact that human resources specialists enjoy a controlled flow of quality employment candidates who have established a positive work ethic, have entry-to-mid-level leadership skills, are tested free and clear of drugs and have honorably served or are serving their country. PaYS Partners also benefit from referrals to other Department of Defense Employment programs, giving private-sector companies access to a broad range of qualified veterans from all services.

    Secondly, PaYS partners benefit from both public recognition as a veteran friendly employer and media coverage while participating in Army grassroots events.

    Lastly, companies enjoy a sense of patriotic satisfaction that they are taking viable steps to help young men and women, who are quite willing to sacrifice their lives to protect America's freedoms.

    One MTA employee who knows a lot about protecting America’s freedoms as a former Operation Iraqi Freedom infantryman who joined the Army to serve his country after 9/11, is 28-year-old Army veteran Jesse DeMino.

    “The MTA is big on honoring safety, much like in the Army,” said DeMino, who proudly serves as a New York City Transit special inspector, providing safe transit for thousands of railroad commuters daily. “I like that my employer gives me a chance to continue building myself here. When I grow, they grow as an organization.”

    Out on the Long Island Rail Road, 31-year old Chris Braxton, an oiler/laborer working on diesel locomotives, believes his MTA career closely parallels his time in the U.S. Air Force from 2007 through 2011, which makes him feel welcome and at ease.

    “When I was in the Air Force, I wrote weather forecasts and made sure the airplanes got off the ground safely,” he began. “It’s the same thing here at the MTA. It’s hard to be complacent on my job as a laborer on the tracks when I have to be thinking about not stepping on the third rail [and getting electrocuted]. I’ve got my partner, and we both want to go home to see our families at the end of the day, so we really have our backs out here, much like in the military.”

    And for Vietnam veteran, Lt. Nelson Perez, 60, who serves as a highway unit supervisor with the MTA’s Police Department, working for the MTA as a veteran allows him to enjoy being a public servant.

    “Serving in the military taught me that what I was doing was part of something bigger than me, much like what I do here on the police department,” said Perez, who served the nation from 1975 to 1995 as a communications officer. “I do the same thing now, accomplishing the mission and taking care of people here, but I focus more on the community as opposed to national strategic objectives.”

    “I would tell any veteran out there who wants to work for the MTA to not think twice about calling the MTA’s Veterans Representative Aleyda Meyers to help get the ball rolling,” said DeMino confidently. “The MTA really takes good care of us veterans [combat or noncombat] with medical and dental benefits and a pension. I feel appreciated here for my service. It really is wonderful to have an employer who understands and can work with us in the performance of our duties here.”

    Metropolitan-area companies or corporations interested in becoming an Army PaYS Program partner should contact the Northeast Region Marketing Analyst Joe Crosby at or via telephone at 502-613-1692.

    CUTLINE MTA PHOTO SHOOT: From left to right, Stephanie Martinez, veterans representative for Metro North Railroad, Jesse DeMino, special inspector, New York City Transit Department, Lt. Nelson Perez, highway unit supervisor for MTA’s police department, Chris Braxton, oiler/laborer, Long Island Rail Road, and Aleyda Meyers, director, All-Agency Veterans Recruitment and Staff Initiatives.

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    Posted on August 20, 2014 by Ashleigh Mooney

    For most of us, success and happiness will not come knocking at our front door. In fact if we aren’t careful, and if we don’t put certain actions in place, the opposite could very well happen to us. I believe that there are five foundational must do’s to set you on the path to success and happiness.

    Having values set you up to stand for something, so that you won’t fall for just anything.


    You have probably heard someone at some point tell you that you can choose your attitude. I used to think this was totally bogus, and my attitude was a reflection of how someone treated me or how I was feeling, good or bad. It is so easy to have a victim mentality, but it’s not a happy place to be. We can no longer allow how other people treat us, or how we feel inside, to dictate what our attitude is going to be. I’m here to tell you that you in fact do have a choice. It takes maturity and confidence to let things go, and put on a happy face. It’s a tough thing for most people to do. The road to happiness and success isn’t an easy road, but it is a fruitful one. If you truly want happiness and success, then your attitude must reflect what you want out of life. We are all stronger and more capable than we like to believe we are. You are in complete control of your mind and your attitude. Remember that you have the power to choose!

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    Premier Sponsor Google to add its unique tools and insights to support grant recipients

    NEW YORK, September 3, 2014 – Today, Chase continues its ongoing commitment to small

    business with the launch of Mission Main StreetSM Grants, a program that will award 20 grants of $150,000 to small businesses nationwide. Qualifying businesses that apply for a grant will gain access to a marketing Toolkit and a $150 coupon toward one market research study with Google Consumer Surveys from Premier Sponsor, Google. In addition, the 20 grant recipients will receive a trip to Google for an exclusive small business marketing workshop, a Google Chromebook Laptop computer and a $2,000 coupon toward one market research study with Google Consumer Surveys.

    Today through October 3, any for-profit business in the U.S. with fewer than 100 employees

    and which meets all other eligibility requirements may apply. Full eligibility requirements are available at

    “Small businesses are invaluable to the growth of our economy and represent the lifeblood of the neighborhoods and communities they serve,” said Jennifer Piepszak, Head of Sales and Strategy for Chase Business Banking. “This year, we’ve expanded our grant program to help even more small businesses by contributing to their success and offering them insights and

    access to the best tools to fuel their growth.”

    Everyone is invited to show their support for their favorite registered small businesses by

    voting through their Facebook account at Businesses

    must receive at least 250 votes to be considered for a grant. The public voting period is open from September 3, 2014 through October 17, 2014.

    “The Internet has proven to be a vital pipeline for small businesses, and it continues to

    connect more businesses to their customers every day,” said Jon Kaplan, Vice President of US Sales & Operations, Google Inc. “We’re excited to join Chase once again for the Mission Main Street Grants program to recognize some of the great small businesses around the country and help them make the most of the Web.”The 20 grant recipients will be selected by a panel of experts representing a diverse group of organizations with a passion for small business.



    JPMorgan Chase & Co.

    270 Park Avenue

    New York, NY 10017-2070

    The panel of judges includes:

    • Darla Beggs, National Board Chair, National Association of Women Business Owners

    • David C. Chavern, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

    • Mark Garzone, Senior Vice President, Marketing, National Federation of Independent Business

    • Carla Hall, celebrity chef and owner of Carla Hall Petite Cookies

    • Jon Kaplan, Vice President, US Sales & Operations, Google Inc.

    • Chance Mitchell, CEO & Co-Founder, National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce

    • Marc H. Morial, President & CEO, National Urban League

    • Marc Nager, Chief Executive Officer, UP Global

    • Matthew Pavelek, Director of Communications, National Veteran Owned Business Association

    • Andres Peña, Vice President, External Affairs, U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

    • Jennifer Piepszak, Head of Sales and Strategy, Chase Business Banking

    • J.P. Torres, PR & Communications Director, U.S. Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce

    Education Foundation

    • Candace Waterman, Chief of Staff, Certification & Program Operations, Women Business

    Enterprise National Council

    • Joset Wright-Lacy, President, National Minority Supplier Development Council

    • Nick Cannon, Entrepertainer, Ncredible

    Mission Main StreetSM Grants recipients will be announced in January 2015.


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    JPMorgan Chase & Co.

    270 Park Avenue

    New York, NY 10017-2070

    About Chase and Small Business

    The grant program is part of Mission Main Street (#MissionMainSt), a campaign that celebrates growing American businesses and raises the profile of select entrepreneurs to help inspire others. For more information about the campaign visit

    Chase serves 4 million American small businesses, and was named the nation’s No. 1 SBA lender for 2013, marking four consecutive years of approving a higher number of SBA loans and lines of credit than any other lender in the United States. Chase also remains the No. 1 SBA lender to women and minority-owned businesses. Businesses interested in expansion, hiring or working capital should contact a Chase Business Banking or visit

    About Chase

    Chase is the U.S. consumer and commercial banking business of JPMorgan Chase & Co.

    (NYSE: JPM), a leading global financial services firm with assets of $2.5 trillion and operations worldwide. Chase serves nearly half of America’s households with a broad range of financial services, including personal banking, small business lending, mortgages, credit cards, auto

    financing and investment advice. Customers can choose how and where they want to bank: 5,600 branches, 20,000 ATMs, online, mobile and by phone. For more information visit

    JPMorgan Chase & Co.

    270 Park Avenue

    New York, NY 10017-2070

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    Former Girls Who Code Executive Director Will Help Lead City’s Collaborative Effort to Support the Growth of the Tech Sector and Train New Yorkers to be Top Tech Hiring Choice

    NEW YORK – The New York City Department of Small Business Services (SBS) today announced Kristen Titus as the Founding Director of the Tech Talent Pipeline. In this role, Titus will lead the administration’s $10 million commitment to support the growth of the City’s technology sector, announced this May. The Tech Talent Pipeline is a collaboration between employers, community groups, training providers, and government to support the growth of the tech sector and train New Yorkers to be tech companies’ premier hiring choice.

    Technology is among the fastest growing and highest paying sectors in New York City today, representing 291,000 jobs and $30 billion in wages annually. The Tech Talent Pipeline is part of the administration’s broader Jobs for New Yorkers initiative that will help shift the City’s workforce development to focus on employment for New Yorkers in skill-building, higher-wage jobs that offer opportunities for advancement.

    “Kristen’s past work experience inspiring, educating, and equipping young women to pursue careers in technology, and helping to close the gender gap makes her an ideal candidate to lead the City’s Tech Talent Pipeline, which will help grow the City’s tech sector and help even more New Yorkers with diverse backgrounds gain quality training and careers in tech,” said Maria Torres-Springer, Commissioner of the NYC Department of Small Business Services. “The Tech Talent Pipeline will play a critical role as the administration’s Jobs for New Yorkers taskforce works to train and connect New Yorkers to good jobs in growing sectors, and we are thrilled that Kristen will be a part of this effort.”

    Katy Gaul-Stigge, the Executive Director of the Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development said, “The future of workforce development is creating smart links between employers and a trained, talented workforce. Tech is a critical sector of economic growth and the Tech Talent Pipeline will be a critical bridge that helps thousands of talented New Yorkers looking for opportunities in the tech sector, and helping New Yorkers gain the in-demand skills the employers need. Kristen Titus is the perfect choice to make these connections and launch careers in all five boroughs.”

    “The Tech Talent Pipeline is an innovative public-private partnership designed to strengthen the City’s tech sector and transform our communities, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to be leading the charge as Founding Director. Industry leaders are hungry for talent and excited by the opportunity to work together to prepare New Yorkers for 21st century jobs, and I look forward to seeing the careers, entrepreneurs, and innovations that are born of this work—in all five boroughs.”

    “Recruiting top technology talent with the right skills is critical to our success and to New York City’s economic growth,” said Gayle Jennings-O'Byrne, Vice President, JPMorgan Chase Global Philanthropy. “JPMorgan Chase is proud to be the first funder of the Tech Talent Pipeline, a partnership with the Department of Small Business Services, to make local talent the first choice for local businesses.”

    “The New York City Workforce Funders and the New York Community Trust are pleased to support a number of workforce programs in partnership with the City of New York and the Department of Small Business Services, including our latest joint venture, the Tech Talent Pipeline,” said Patricia Jenny, Vice President for Grants at New York Community Trust and Chair of the NYC Workforce Funders. “We are thrilled with the hiring of Kristen Titus, an industry leader, to direct this effort.”

    Kristen has spent her career at the intersection of technology and philanthropy and brings to the City a wealth of experience in building programs, platforms, and constituencies. Kristen is the former Executive Director of Girls Who Code, a national organization working to close the gender gap in technology and engineering. In its first 18 months of operation, the organization secured funding from 25 corporate and foundation partners, garnered unprecedented coverage in over 75 media outlets, and delivered 700% programmatic growth.

    As a result of her work in the field, Kristen was named one of TIME Magazine's "30 People Under 30 Changing the World," one of Business Insider's 2014 "Most Influential Young People in Tech," one of Forbes’ “Woman Changing the World” in 2012, and one of Elle Magazine’s "11 Women Who Might Just Change the World." Her work in the New York tech community has been widely recognized; she was named one of Business Insider’s 2013 “Silicon Alley 100,” and noted as one of its “30 Most Important Women Under 30 in Tech.” In 2013, she was named an Aspen Ideas Festival Scholar.

    Kristen is a former consultant to startups, nonprofit organizations, foundations, and corporate partners working at the intersection of philanthropy and technology, and the former Managing Director of, the social network for the social sector from Facebook Co-Founder Chris Hughes. Kristen helped to launch Jumo in 2010, where she led the organization's programming, fundraising, communications and operations; in 2011, she managed the organization's merger with GOOD Worldwide, LLC. Prior to founding Jumo, Kristen was as a consultant to nonprofit organizations and institutions in the areas of strategic planning, management, and communications. Kristen sits on the Board of Refugees United, Doc2Dock, and CODE2040, and is an Advisor at Crisis Text Line, NonprofitShare, and Technovation.

    About the Tech Talent Pipeline
    Led by the Department of Small Business Services in partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development, and building on existing relationships with CUNY and the Department of Education, the Tech Talent Pipeline will combine city, state, federal, and private funding to reach a budget of approximately $10 million, distributed across three years, to recruit and train New Yorkers; design new curricula to meet employer need; and engage employers in building the talent pipeline. This collaboration is supported by several philanthropic partners, including JP Morgan Chase, the inaugural funder, and the NY Community Trust and the New York City Workforce Funders.

    About the Department of Small Business Services
    The Department of Small Business Services (SBS) makes it easier for businesses in New York City to start, operate and expand by providing direct assistance to business owners, fostering neighborhood development in commercial districts, and linking employers to a skilled and qualified workforce. For more information on all of SBS’ services, go to

    Contact: Merideth Weber (SBS),, 212-513-6318

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    American Beverage Association, The Coca-Cola Company, Dr Pepper Snapple Group and PepsiCo Work Together to Reduce Beverage Calories Consumed Per Person Nationally by 20% by 2025

    Megan McIntyre
    Alliance for a Healthier Generation

    (NEW YORK) September 23, 2014— The Alliance for a Healthier Generation, founded by the American Heart Association and Clinton Foundation, has worked with representatives from American Beverage Association, The Coca-Cola Company, Dr Pepper Snapple Group and PepsiCo to announce a new landmark agreement to decrease beverage calories in the American diet.

    President Bill Clinton, founder of the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation, Susan Neely, President and CEO of the American Beverage Association, and Dr. Howell Wechsler, CEO of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, announced the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Commitment today at the 2014 CGI Annual Meeting in New York City. They were joined on stage by Wendy Clark, President, Sparkling Brands & Strategic Marketing, Coca-Cola North America, The Coca-Cola Company; Rodger L. Collins, President, Packaged Beverages, Dr Pepper Snapple Group; and Albert P. Carey, CEO, PepsiCo Americas Beverages, PepsiCo.

    “I am excited about the potential of this voluntary commitment by the beverage industry. It can be a critical step in our ongoing fight against obesity,” said President Clinton. “Our work with beverage companies to reduce the number of calories shipped to schools by 90 percent demonstrates the power of creative cooperation. We look forward to continuing to work together to achieve the goals outlined in this commitment.”

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    Comprehensive Online Platform Connects New Yorkers with Information, Resources and Jobs in New York City’s Digital Economy 

    NEW YORK—New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio today unveiled Digital.NYC, a first-of-its-kind online platform that will serve as a centralized hub for the City’s tech ecosystem, providing information and resources to help turn ideas into businesses, deliver valuable tools for digital startups, and connect New Yorkers to opportunities in the City’s tech ecosystem. Digital.NYC offers a pioneering search portal and database with profiles of virtually every city-based tech company and investor; a continuously updated list of tech and digital job openings, a citywide tech event and class calendar; an interactive map of tech companies, startup resources across the boroughs; and additional features that combine to create a comprehensive one-stop shop for everything startup-related in New York City.

    From venture capitalists looking for new start-ups in which they can invest to newly graduated students seeking job opportunities in the City’s digital economy, Digital.NYC will make New York’s tech ecosystem more accessible to all New Yorkers and will provide a platform for all players – investors, startups, community-based organizations and job seekers – to engage. More than a dozen New York City-based tech and civic organizations joined with the City, led by the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), to create Digital.NYC. Built by New York-based Gust on Bluemix, IBM’s new cloud development technology, it is one of the first web platforms to take advantage of the new dot-NYC top-level Internet domain, exclusively reserved for New York City residents and businesses.

    “Technology is driving innovation across New York City’s industries – from fashion to finance to manufacturing, making it more necessary than ever for the City’s digital community to have a central platform,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “We are proud to launch Digital.NYC, a ground-breaking resource that will seamlessly connect members of the City’s tech hub to training, jobs, and funding and make our city’s digital economy accessible to all New Yorkers.” “Digital.NYC will have a tangible impact on the City’s economic growth, connecting companies to resources and introducing more New Yorkers than ever to opportunity in the tech ecosystem,” said Kyle Kimball, President of NYCEDC. “By bringing together the latest news and information about the companies, jobs, classes, events, financing, and workspaces that power New York’s burgeoning startup community, we are showcasing the diverse elements of the fastest growing digital and tech center in the world. We’re proud that engagement between the public and private sectors has resulted in this remarkable innovation.”

    “IBM is proud to have a strong partnership with the City of New York, and we are especially honored to help NYC power its digital economy with IBM Cloud and Bluemix,” said Robert LeBlanc, Senior Vice President, Software and Cloud Solutions at IBM. “Adding to New York’s status as the media and financial center of the world, Digital.NYC is designed to bring the city’s dynamic and creative business culture into the cloud, and will help to unleash new innovations which will solidify New York’s status as one of the world’s greatest technology hubs.”

    “Digital.NYC is a remarkable example of the power of public-private partnerships. It was inspired and directed by the City, sponsored and hosted by IBM, designed and built by Gust utilizing data and technologies from a dozen innovative New York companies," said David S. Rose, CEO of Gust. “It is an unprecedented resource for an early-stage ecosystem, empowering every member of the community to explore and engage with the wealth of startup resources and information that have made New York City the world's fastest growing digital hub."

    Digital.NYC will bring together detailed information about more than 6,000 New York City-based tech and digital companies by providing immediate access to:

    • A unified search portal and database with profiles of virtually every New York City tech company and investor;
    • Continuous updates of early-stage tech and digital job openings and classes in New York City;
    • A directory of tools, services and support needed to transform an idea into a business in New York City, including workspaces, startup funding sources, venture accelerators, connections to developers and business professionals, and guidance from investors and tech leaders;
    • A comprehensive, interactive, event calendar for the New York City startup community;
    • Up-to-the-minute news stories, videos and blogs about New York City’s tech and digital economy.

    Digital.NYC builds on the City’s original Made in New York Digital Map, created in 2012 by Internet Week New York, and the City’s We Are Made in NY™ campaign, launched in 2013. Earlier this year, NYCEDC convened a series of roundtables with key tech companies, community-based organizations, business improvement districts and other stakeholders to solicit feedback on how the site can best serve its users and New Yorkers in general. The site’s development, which was led by Gust, integrates data, applications and content from leading New York high-tech firms including CourseHorse,, The Muse, Uncubed, Alley Watch, General Assembly, Flatiron School, and the New York Daily News. The site will be maintained on an ongoing basis by Gust, and optimized for mobile use within 60 days.

    “Brooklyn has been revitalized and reinvigorated by the entrepreneurs of the digital age. Companies like Etsy, Huge, Kickstarter and MakerBot, which have generated thousands of quality jobs and millions of dollars in economic impact, are but a snapshot of the success stories our borough has helped to write. Just as the tech world is helping to spur innovation in the public sector, exploring solutions to a range of our civic challenges, Digital.NYC promises to be a powerful tool for our City to spur continued growth and opportunity for startups, developers and other tech players. I applaud Mayor de Blasio for his commitment to our digital economy, and I look forward to seeing the expansion of this sector's growth, with increased investments in education and infrastructure, throughout our borough,” said Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams.

    “New York City tech has a new address, and that address is, a one-stop shop for civic hackers, businesses and big data. As Silicon Alley goes head to head with Silicon Valley, one advantage is a tech-savvy city that respects and promotes business and open data,” said Council Member Ben Kallos. “I applaud Mayor Bill de Blasio for making technology a central priority and for promoting innovation through this one-of-a-kind platform.”

    “In 2012, Internet Week partnered with the City to launch the Made In NY Digital Map to track the growth of the industry. Today, we are delighted to take that map to the next level, joining with the City, IBM and our many partners in the New York digital ecosystem to unveil Digital.NYC,” said Allison Arden, Managing Director, Internet Week New York.

    “One of New York City’s great strengths is the diversity of its economy – finance, real estate, media & entertainment, retail, fashion, health care, education, and now tech. And the reason tech is growing so fast in the City is that it is embedding itself in all of these other industries,” said Fred Wilson, Managing Partner, Union Square Ventures. “If you want to work in tech, build a new company using tech, and be part of a vibrant tech community, New York City is one of the best places in the world to do all of those things, and Digital.NYC will be the central access point to the entire New York City tech ecosystem.”

    “New York City is home to some of the greatest makers in the world,” said Bre Pettis, Founder, MakerBot. “They are here to get stuff done, creating new businesses, products, and communities in the process. The Mayor's support of Digital.NYC and the resources it provides only facilitates our culture of creation.”

    “New York City has proven to be a great place to start and build technology companies. Digital.NYC will be a valuable resource for venture capital and other early stage investors to learn about innovative new startups in New York's vibrant startup community," said Bob Greene, co-managing partner of Contour Venture Partners and President of the New York Venture Capital Association. “NYVCA is proud to have contributed to the development of this unique platform—a perfect showcase for the innovation that makes New York City such an exciting place to invest.” For more information, visit

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    By Faith Kinslow, True Identity Branding

    Just wanted to tell you that I think so highly of my MCC referral group that I just got my husband to join yesterday. I got my son to join our group a few months ago. My husband, Ed, now occupies the Financial Advisor seat; my son, the Real Estate seat.

    It's funny. I joined the group because Ken Sassano invited me, and I think very highly of his professionalism. He talks about the large number of Kinslows in the group — now using his new phrase: the "Kinsli". My husband just coined another term yesterday: "Kinsloi".

    Last month I invited an art director whom I met at the Noir & Blanc event this summer to join, and she joined our networking group a few weeks ago. So, BRG 3 is strong and growing.

    Each member of our group is invited to give a 10 minute presentation about our business to educate the others. I gave mine yesterday on developing a compelling, strategic message and the importance of articulating a unique selling proposition, and what it is. One of our members emailed me to say she was so impressed with it and my knowledge that she is going to hire me to write her marketing materials! The others in the group told me that the presentation was very helpful.

    It's interesting that I joined the group hoping that the members would recommend me to those they know. But, it turned out to be even better. So far, I've done work for 4 members of the group, and they have given excellent reviews of my work to the others in the group. If I am hired by the member who just requested to work with me, that will be 5 from my group who have personally hired me. I don't think you could ask for more from a referral group.

    Best regards,

    Faith Kinslow, Copywriter/Brand Strategist

    True Identity Branding

    Know who you are. Say who you are. Mobile: 917-607-3267

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