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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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    Calling All New Yorkers,

    By now you've likely heard about the .nyc web addresses, which are fast becoming the hottest internet real estate in Manhattan. With the launch of .nyc, New York made history as one of the first cities in the world to possess its very own top-level domain name. This means that individuals and businesses with a physical address in New York can claim their preferred web address ending in .nyc.

    This technological advance in the Internet's domain name system has the potential to change the face of New York City's business community. In keeping with our mission to support entrepreneurs doing business at this exciting time, the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce is partnering with Encirca, an accredited site registering the .NYC domain, to offer you .nyc websites at rock-bottom prices.

    As detailed in a recent New York Times article, one of the driving reasons to register a .nyc domain name is, simply, to protect your business name and pertinent keywords from competitors, disgruntled customers, and opportunistic cybersquatters. Even if you're not ready to use your .nyc website, registering it today protects you from these and other threats to your online branding.

    Registering a .nyc website also establishes your location-based identity to local customers and out-of-town visitors, improving your search engine rankings and helping you stand above the crowd. Retail pricing for .nyc domains ranges from $30 to $50 annually.

    For a limited time, you can secure yours for less than $25. Simply send an email to events@manhattancc.org and you will be sent the registration code for your discount.

    You can apply for an unlimited number of .nyc domain names for both business and personal use. Availability is first come, first served. All .nyc orders fulfilled via EnCirca include free email and web forwarding to existing websites.

    This limited-time offer is one of the many benefits available to members of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce. If you are interested in joining our organization, click here to learn more about the benefits of becoming an MCC member. With 10,000 members and subscribers, the MCC serves as a primary resource for small and mid-size firms doing business in Manhattan... (Nancy will re-write this paragraph)

    About MCC's Preferred .nyc Registrar

    EnCirca, with over a decade of experience in the domain name industry, is a .nyc Domain Name Registrar accredited by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), organization responsible for managing the Internet's global domain name system.

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    Lindt, Master Swiss Chocolatier since 1845, has introduced a line of exclusive, NYC-themed gifts featuring the company’s premium chocolate creations. The Lindt New York City Gift Collection is available only in the Swiss Chocolatier’s two Manhattan locations, 665 & 692 Fifth Ave., respectively. The bags and boxes are priced from $12-$25, feature NYC-inspired package design and are filled with irresistibly smooth LINDOR truffles and exquisite European-style pralines. These gifts aren’t just for tourists, they are ideal for clients and guests within all business sectors – in particular, the hospitality and sales industries.


    Sweet Benefits for Business Customers

    Both Manhattan Lindt Chocolate Shops are Manhattan Chamber of Commerce members and offer volume discounts to business customers. Visit their member page to get in touch today! 




    About Lindt Chocolate Shops

    Lindt Chocolate Shops feature a vast array of delicious Lindt chocolate offerings you can’t find anywhere else, from widely-known LINDOR truffles and EXCELLENCE bars to exclusive European Specialties and gift boxes. Lindt Chocolate Shop customers are treated to premium free chocolate samples and shopping assistance by expert Lindt Chocolate Advisors.


    Heritage

    The Master Chocolatiers at Lindt have perfected the art of creating the finest chocolate, with great skill and passion. For more than 165 years, they have been developing innovative chocolate recipes with meticulous craftsmanship, resulting in superior tasting premium chocolate.


    How it All Began

    A few short decades after the founding of Lindt in a tiny confectionary shop in Zurich, Switzerland, Rodolphe Lindt changed the world of chocolate with the invention of the “conch” in 1879. His revolutionary machine and stirring technique allowed Lindt to manufacture chocolate of a wonderfully delicate flavor and melting quality. His melting chocolate soon achieved fame, and contributed significantly to the worldwide reputation of Swiss chocolate.


    Today

    Lindt & Sprüngli is a global leader in the premium chocolate category, offering high-quality products in more than 120 countries. Lindt & Sprüngli operates eight production facilities in Europe and the United States — all while continuing to roast their own cacao beans to product chocolate from bean to bar.  Lindt USA operates more than 50 retail stores in the U.S. and maintains wide distribution through extensive retail and wholesale channels.  Customers can order Lindt chocolate any time day or night on Lindt.com.

    Lindt is the official chocolate sponsor of the MCC Awards Breakfast on November 6,2014.

      

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    In 1994 the Federal Reserve increased its discount rate from a then-record low of 3% to 6% – equivalent to a 100% increase in rates – in response to inflation fears. Expectedly, bonds followed suit. According to Morningstar, the total bond market dropped by over 4.5%. Investors, who had been enjoying yields from bonds in excess of 6-7%, got spooked. Between the rising rates and the sell-off in bonds, the stock market went berserk.

    So what’s different now?





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    Sole Proprietors/Individuals– Health insurance renewal notices should be arriving by the end of October if your coverage is ending on Dec. 31st. For a Jan. 1, 2015 coverage start date, enroll by Dec. 15,, 2014. Check out the renewal video located at http://info.nystateofhealth.ny.gov/RenewalVideo. If you are Medicaid eligible or have a qualifying life event (e.g. loss of health coverage), you can still enroll for health insurance in 2014. Small businesses (2-50 employees) can enroll in the Small Business Marketplace for healthcare insurance at any time. Enroll all employees by October 31st for a December 1, 2014 coverage start date. Tax credits of up to 50% are available for firms meeting the qualifying criteria. Contact Marcia Okon at 212-473-7805 or marcia@manhattancc.org if you have any questions.​

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    NEW YORK CITY — ForStellaService, a local tech company that helps other companies improve customer service, buying a decent coffee machine was the cherry on top of winning a $250,000 grant in 2013.

    "It really allowed us to move into a much more comfortable space and get amenities that you think would be standard, but if you are a startup those things are not guaranteed," said Ty McMahan, StellaService's senior director of content.

    At the time, the growing company had 20 employees packed into a 1,000-square-foot office in Flatiron. The grant helped facilitate its move to a wide-open space in Lower Manhattan.

    StellaService won the grant in the Take the H.E.L.M competition, a New York City Economic Development Corporation initiative that aims to keep Lower Manhattan's economy bubbling.

    The sweetener is just a fraction of what's available to small businesses in the form of grants and government contracts. This year, for example, the city'sEDC will give away more than $35 million and Empire State Developmenthas hundreds of millions in funding and loans.


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    MCC recently recommended member N2Global to be profiled in Crain’s. Here’s what their COO David Katz had to say about MCC:

    Laura, thank you for your ongoing support, MCC is a unique and outstanding business to business organization that goes above and beyond
    to empower its constituents.

    The Manhattan Chamber of Commerce; in particular, you and the Green Council Finance Committee are a wonderful champion on our's and all of its member's

    behalf. We are grateful and indebted to you and your amazing organization.


    David Katz

    Chief Operating Officer, N2 Global http://www.n2-gs.com

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    Company Name Name Website
    The Prudential Insurance Company of America Castiner Goggins
    Premiere Speakers Bureau Jordan Smallwood
    APICS New York City - Long Island Chapter Sudhir Sachdev
    North Western Mutual Xiaofan Xu http://wichitafinancialgroup.nmfn.com/
    EnCirca Thomas Barrett www.encirca.com
    Kian Realty NYC Robert Kempster https://www.facebook.com/Kempster.Robert
    Skyocean International Sebastian Gonzalez
    Mastro's Steakhouse Tracy Spindler www.mastrosrestaurants.com
    DBA - Lisa's Hallmark Paul Kandhari
    Massive Action Consulting and Marketing Oguz Konar www.massiveactionconsulting.com
    CUNY Building Performance Lab Daniella Leifer
    Little Chopins LLC Abdiel Vazquez www.littlechopins.com
    Borah Goldstein Darren Marks, Esq. www.borahgoldstein.com
    Crevalle Technologies Desmond Bowe
    CJ Cleaning NY LLC Elisabeth Boris www.cjcleaningny.com
    George Chang George Chang
    Apples & Oranges Public Relations LLC Amore Philip www.applesandorangespr.com
    Campbell Development Group, LLC Jean Campbell www.campbelldevelopmentgroup.com
    The Law Firm of Daniel M. O'Hara, PLLC Daniel O'Hara www.theoharafirm.com
    ABN AMRO Ryan Masajo
    New Look New Life Surgical Arts Victoria Karlinsky www.newlooknewlife.com
    NPD Logistics Divina Trevisano www.npdlogistics.com
    NYC & Company Robert Beckham www.nycgo.com
    LACOF GROUP INTERNATIONAL, LLC LATE M. LAWSON-DRACKEY www.lacofgroupusa.com
    Frette North America Anna Ermakova www.frette.com
    Consultant Christina Pinola
    Keller Williams NYC Kirsten Fang http://www.bluetidecorp.com
    Malkoff Technology Services, LLC Jason Malkoff
    Concept Security & Investigations, Inc. Gregory Myers www.conceptsecure.net
    SellMyTimeshareNOW New York http://www.sellmytimesharenow.com/new-york-city-timeshares-buy-sell/

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    Company Name Name Website
    Cohen Partners LLC Daniel Cohen
    Dasha Wellness Shannon Pollack www.dashawellness.com
    The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College Mary Baker www.kayeplayhouse.hunter.cuny.edu
    TOTO GROUP Andy Lun www.totogroup.com
    Pratt Institute Center for Continuing and Professional Studies Karen Adler Miletsky www.pratt.edu/prostudies
    John Petschauer Inc. Erwin Petschauer www.jpins.com
    L.A. Nicholas L. Nicholas
    Law Offices of Caryn S. Gartenberg www.csgnyclawyer.com
    Couture Within Reach Maiya Kim http://www.couturewithinreach.com/
    The Howard Teich Network Howard Teich www.howardteichny.com
    Buyer's Edge Realty, Inc. Gary Herbst www.buyersedgerealty.com
    Coach Hof Mark Hofmaier www.markhofmaier.com
    MBTorre Architects and Planners Martin Torre
    Collier Capital Advisors Gregory Collier www.collier-capital.com
    Wiss & Company, LLP Kyle Pennacchia www.wiss.com
    Douglas Elliman-Justin Kinslow Justin Kinslow www.elliman.com
    Team Alex Mazza Alexander R Mazza www.TeamAlexMazza.com

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    Posted by Cindy Bates Vice President,
    Microsoft U.S. SMB group



    October is a time when many small business owners in areas vulnerable to extreme weather like hurricanes and tropical storms are bracing for the worst-case scenario, but small businesses everywhere need to consider whether they are ready for the unexpected.

    According to the US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), 40 percent of businesses hit by a disaster never reopen. And another 25 percent close within two years. These are very jarring, yet real, statistics to think about when we’re talking about the future of your business.

    Here in Seattle, we’re more likely to be concerned with earthquakes or flooding than hurricanes, but there’s another type of disaster, the kind that’s virtual instead of physical, which unfortunately means no city is immune. Technology disasters like system failures or hacking can be devastating to businesses of all sizes and contrary to popular belief, small businesses can be targets for cyberattacks.

    Fear not. Modern technology can act as an insurance policy, assuring business continuity against even the most dangerous of threats. Follow the three tips below to help your business avoid or quickly recover from any disaster, whether it’s technology or weather-related.



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    At MCC, we always enjoy stories about interesting New Yorkers. Here’s one sent to us by MCC Board Member Rosina Rubin of Attitude NY (limousine company).



    Anna Walinska, Paris, 1926
    My late aunt Anna Walinska (1906-1997) was a woman before her time.


    At the age of 19, she moved to Paris to study painting, lived around the corner from Gertrude Stein, and hung out with Poulenc and Schoenberg.


    In the WPA era, she founded a gallery on 57th Street, gave Arshile Gorky his first New York City one-man show, danced at Town Hall to benefit the Spanish Loyalistas, and served as Assistant Creative Director of the Contemporary Art Pavillion at the 1939 New York World's Fair.


    On November 15, 1954, she set out on a trip around the world ... by herself ... on prop planes.


    It was a six-month journey of exploration and discovery, an experience that brought her deep personal inspiration and influenced her work for the remainder of her life.  She kept a diary of the trip, which now resides in the Smithsonian Archives of American Art.


    To commemorate the 60th anniversary of this great adventure, I will be sharing some of the highlights of Anna Walinska's trip via Twitter @Walinska Art Follow us on Twitter, beginning November 15.

    Please join me to celebrate Walinska's travels -- from New York City to Honolulu, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Burma, New Delhi, Karachi, Cyprus, Israel, Istanbul, Athens, Rome, Perugia, Florence, Venice, Pompei, Naples, Sorrento, Capri, Nice, Barcelona, Madrid, Toledo, Lisbon, and finally to Bermuda (where she noted in her diary that the single room rate at the Elbow Beach Surf Club ran from $14-$25).


    By the time the trip was over, Anna Walinska had flown on five different airlines, painted a portrait of the Prime Minister of Burma, received a letter of introduction to the Prime Minister of India from the future Secretary General of the U.N., and made countless friends around the world.


    Walinska's body of work spans nine decades, with the oldest known watercolor from 1918, painted during her studies as the Art Students League.  Over her lifetime, she created more than two thousand works on canvas and paper, including several hundred works on the theme of the Holocaust and a series inspired by the 17th century Japanese erotic Shunga prints, which she began at the age of 76.


    Born in London in 1906 to Russian immigrants, Walinska was the daughter of labor leader Ossip Walinsky and sculptor-poet-activist Rosa Newman Walinska, who settled in New York in 1914.  During her lifetime, her work was most notably exhibited at a 1957 retrospective in New York at the Jewish Museum, and in numerous group shows organized by the American Federation of Modern Painters & Sculptors, the National Association of Women Artists, and the Silvermine Guild, as well as at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art.  Posthumously, her work has been shown in exhibitions from New York City to the Czech Republic.


    Her work is included in numerous prestigious collections including the National Portrait Gallery, the National Museum of American Art, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, the Jewish Museum, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Yad Vashem, the Magnes Museum, and the Zimmerli Museum at Rutgers.


    I am excited to share with you the history of a fabulous woman, her life, and her work.  The celebration begins on Twitter @WalinskaArt Follow us on Twitteron November 15.

    Sincerely, 

    Portrait of AW by Arshile Gorky, 1937

    Rosina Rubin

    Atelier Anna Walinska

    @WalinskaArt Follow us on Twitter

    Anna Walinska, Self-Portrait, 1939

    Walinska with Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas and The Patriarch, Gres Gallery, Washington D.C., 1958







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    LONDON, November 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --

    Just launched, the World-Markets.biz 'Promote Global' campaign on Indiegogo - https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/world-markets-biz-promote-global-campaign - is designed to give SMEs around the world the opportunity to have their voice heard and be found on the world's most popular search engine. The campaign delivers this through a series of cost effective packages (Perks) which give access to the highly successful and proven World-Markets micro-page listings and extended services. Each listing displays graphics, video, links to social media platforms, full contact details and hyperlinks back to the parent site. This is then enhanced through banner advertising, news articles and a wide range of social media promotion through the World-Markets.biz channels: Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn and YouTube.

    As an SME it is a constant challenge to stay on top of your industry and compete with large corporations who literally have millions to throw at marketing and advertising. World Markets believes that everyone has a voice and everyone's voice has the right to be heard, so the Promote Global Campaign was conceived to give the little guys, the SMEs of the world, that opportunity to be heard.

    The key component of the offer is an effective 'Hosted SEO' construct that will see keyword rich titles and content of the page appearing on a Google.com search on Page 1 normally within 7-10 days. The combination of this extremely rapid 'Hosted SEO' deployment allied to the page presence on the site, we believe, offers companies in volume an un-rivalled opportunity to build an international online presence for a low cost investment.

    Every perk listed on our Promote Global project is giving the backer well over 40% discount on the retail price if they were to buy our services directly from the site. Promote Global with World-Markets.biz: help us to help you!

    To find out more about the project visit the indiegogo campaign page or visit http://www.world-markets.biz

    Press & Media Contact info:

    Email: trevor.lott@world-markets.biz

    Web: http://www.world-markets.biz

    Tel: +34-690-263-124+34-690-263-124

    SOURCE World-Markets.biz

    www.world-markets.biz is proud to be an international member of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, USA.

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    On October 14th, 2014, the Partnership for Student Advancement (PSA) participated in a crowdfunding type event sponsored by The Funding Network and participants donated $15,000 to the charity. PSA won a competition and had been chosen as one of three charities that presented to the large group of attendees. Anne Bonfiglio, Executive Director, gave the presentation followed by a 6 minute Q&A. The web site is http://www.tfn-usa.org

    The Partnership for Student Advancement (PSA) was founded in 2004 and it helps financially underprivileged high school students, particularly minorities, identify and pursue a career path. PSA’s life skills training and career development programs include skill and aptitude matching and business readiness training.

    PSA provides a support system and builds self-esteem through the various one-on-one coaching sessions which help students learn about themselves, and set goals. Armed with the results of the eight hour skill and aptitude testing, students develop both knowledge and belief in self which prepares them to choose a major course of study, move forward and make a life for themselves

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    Sustainability in the Hospitality Industry: A Global Perspective
    "Food, Operations, Work Culture, and Community"
    Hosted at the
    NYIT Auditorium on Broadway
    1871 Broadway, New York, NY 10023
    Tuesday, December 2, 2014
    8:00 AM – 4:00 PM



    On Tuesday, December 2nd from 8:00am-4:00pm a conference will be held at the New York Institute of Technology hosted by the Global Center for Hospitality Management, the New York State Restaurant Association & Green Hospitality Initiative. The conference will be on “Sustainability in the Hospitality Industry: A Global Perspective.” This conference will bring together leaders from all aspects of the hospitality industry to discuss and share their expertise regarding sustainability in hospitality organizations and related industries. The sustainability issues that will be addressed will pertain to: Food, Operations, Work Culture and Community.

    The day's events will include: continental breakfast and lunch networking session; guest speaker presentations; short films; "green flash" presentations on current trends in sustainability. Below are a few of the many knowledgeable speakers that will be attending the conference:

    • Dr. Rahmat Shoureshi, Provost and VP for Academic Affairs, New York Institute of Technology (NYIT)

    • James Versocki, ESQ., Archer, Byington, Glennon & Levine, LLP 

    • Sadri Altinok, President, Turkish Cultural Centers

    • Dr. Robert J. Koenig, Associate Dean and Professor of the School of Management and Department of Hospitality Studies, New York Institute of Technology (NYIT)

    • Alan Someck, Director, Green Hospitality Initiative

    • Alan Fairbairn, M.A./C.H.A./C.H.I.A.
      Professor of the School of Management and Department of Hospitality Studies, New York Institute of Technology(NYIT)

    • Laura Bucko, VP/Director of Communications, Manhattan Chamber of Commerce 

    • Alex Askew, President and CEO, BCA Global

    • Karen Washington, Co Founder at Black Urban Growers and La Familia Verde

    • Hervé Houdré, Regional Director of Operations & General Manager InterContinental New York Barclay

    • Vlada Kenniff, Managing Director, Planning, Projections, and Demand Management

    • Kyle Thomas, Sustainability Manager, Le Pain Quotidien

    • Adanna Roberts, Program Manager, NYC WasteMatch

    • Liz Williams, President and Director, Southern Food and Beverage Museum

    • Maya Shenkman, Director of Hotel Services, Great Forest Inc.

    • Magdalene Sim, Director of Communications, Great Forest Inc.

    • Steve Sasso, General Manager, The Benjamin in New York

    • Naomi Mirsky, Vice-President, Sustainability and Innovation at Denihan Hospitality Group (Denihan)

    • Bill Telepan, Chef/Owner of Telepan & Telepan Local

    • William Patrick Cornelius, Chef William Creations

    • Euripides Pelekanos, Founder & CEO, Bareburger

    • Margaret Stapleton, National University Development Manager, Entertainment Cruises, Inc. 

    • Rob Salvatico, Partner and Senior Vice President, Operations of Jaral Properties, Inc. and Jaral Management Corp.

    • Alan Mindel, Operating Partner, Samar Hospitality

    • Joel Grassi, Pest Management professional, BHB Pest Elimination and many others...

    Admission to the conference: $25.00


    For a more comprehensive list of speakers and more details on the conference, click here: http://jennarusss.wix.com/hospitalitygreenconf

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    Company Contact Name Website
    emedia, LLC Shari Lowsky www.emediaweb.com
    The Ideas Team, Inc. Umang Malhotra
    Start Hear USA Bruce Bent II www.starthearusa.com
    Christina Scott Christina Scott
    Cohen, Schneider & O'Neill LLP Cliff Schneider www.cohenschneider.com
    Tigress Ventures Ita Ekpoudom www.tigressventures.com
    Four Freedoms Park Conservancy James Skurka http://www.fdrfourfreedomspark.org/
    Forrest Hill Financial Group Frank Schursky
    FVR CONSULTING Farima Von Rock www.FVRConsulting.net
    Restaurant Marc Forgione Christopher Blumlo www.marcforgione.com
    Le Pain Quotidien Kyle Thomas http://lepainquotidien.com/
    SoulCycle Gabby E Cohen http://www.soul-cycle.com/
    Softchoice Christopher Spadafora
    Find Your Trainer David Hung www.findyourtrainer.com
    International Properties Group, Inc. George Donohue www.realestateipg.com
    Altamarea Group Olivia Young http://altamareagroup.com
    Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation Marc Steglitz http://www.guggenheim.org/new-york
    Fundation Group LLC Ryan Masters
    Manhattan Eats LLC Laura Araujo www.manhattan-eats.com
    Def Method Joseph Leo www.defmethod.com

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    Company Contact Name Website
    All Stars Project, Inc. Gail Peck www.allstars.org
    re:Write Margie Smith Holt www.GetMeRewrite.biz
    Massartre Ltd. Catharine Hough www.massartre.com
    Resolve Executive Marketing Bob David www.exclusive-ceo.com
    Emerging Technologies Institute Lyonel Coriolan www.emergingtech.edu
    NYHD - New York Hearing Doctors Craig Kasper www.NewYorkHearingDoctors.com
    Center for Employment Opportunities Tani Mills www.ceoworks.org
    Seastreak LLC Heather Irvin www.seastreak.com
    VISIONS-Services for the Blind & Visually Impaired Diane Weiss www.visionsvcb.org
    Alicart Restaurant Group Jeffrey Bank www.alicart.com
    Attitude New York, Inc. Rosina Rubin www.attitudenewyork.com
    Score NYC Michael Goldman www.scorenyc.org
    CwCastle Associates Chris Castillo www.cwcastle.com
    Bond New York Properties LLC Edith Nanazia www.bondnewyork.com/nyc_real_estate_agent_979.htm
    Forza Abstract Marisaa Freglette
    Milly LLC Edward Oshrin www.millyny.com
    Partnership for Student Advancement Anne Bonfiglio
    LUNARIS, Inc.  Philippe Lambert
    UK Trade & Investment Fiona MacLeod www.ukti.gov.uk
    Bob Altavilla Interiors
    Jessica Polizzi www.bobaltavillainteriors.com

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    Loews Hotels & Resorts, a wholly owned-subsidiary of Loews Corporation (NYSE: L), has named S. Kirk Kinsell as President and Chief Executive Officer, effective March 2, 2015. Paul Whetsell will remain CEO until that time and will then become Vice Chairman of Loews Hotels & Resorts to ensure a smooth transition. Both will report to Jonathan Tisch, who will continue his leadership as Chairman.

    Mr. Kinsell joins Loews Hotels after 19 years in senior positions with InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) and more than 35 years in the hospitality business. Most recently, Mr. Kinsell served as President, The Americas for IHG. With more than 3,700 hotels under his management, Kinsell was responsible for business development and performance of all hotel brands and properties in North and South America. Prior to IHG, Kirk was with ITT Sheraton and Trammell Crow Hotel Company.

    See more at: http://newyork.citybizlist.com/article/226254/loews-hotels-resorts-appoints-s-kirk-kinsell-as-ceo#sthash.CxnHZEqI.dpuf

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    Please read about MCC’s recent efforts to help small businesses in Crain’s:

    Lobbying City Hall

    "We have less time to react to cover an employee now that it's a policy that you can take off and get paid rather than swapping shifts," said Mr. Sinensky.

    The Manhattan Chamber of Commerce is mounting a big effort this year to convince the mayor and council that they should modify the commercial rent tax, another sore spot for local owners, by raising the rent threshold to $500,000 and above, among other measures. Today, the tax falls on businesses below 96th Street that pay at least $250,000 in annual rent.

    "My rent tax goes up as building improvements are passed through," said Eneslow Shoes & Pedorthics owner Robert Schwartz, who has two stores in Manhattan, in Murray Hill and on the Upper East Side. "That's $27,000 in taxes on top of the rent."

    Even one potential bright spot for some firms—a possible reduction in federal corporate taxes—has small businesses in partnerships and S corporations worried that it will put them at a competitive disadvantage.

    Please read the full article here:

    http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article/20141216/SMALLBIZ/312149994/small-businesses-aim-for-growth-in-2015

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    AT&T Tech Challenges Inspire Apps for Safety and Accessibility


    Marissa Shorenstein 
    New York State President, AT&T 

    Dear Friends:

    AT&T not only keeps New Yorkers connected, we work hard to keep you safe as well!
    Technology and talent are critical to our efforts. Right now we are tapping into the amazing talent of developers to use the newest technology to keep New Yorkers safe, whether they are walking the streets of the city, biking, driving, or taking the subway.


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    Connected Intersections 


    Do you cross the street while looking at your phone? Not if you have the grand prize winning “Tug,” an app created by students from Cornell Tech that’s synchronized with cross walk signals and alerts pedestrians walking into crosswalks to look up. Tug is one of several experimental apps that earned a prize in AT&T’s Connected Intersections traffic safety tech innovation challenge.

    AT&T believes mobile technologies can keep people safe and connected with each other on the city’s crowded streets. That’s why AT&T partnered with the NYC Department of Transportation, NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering and the NYU Rudin Center for Transportation to create Connected Intersections. 
     AT&T New York Tug App


    Developers from around the world joined the four-month challenge to create mobile and wearable technologies that utilize wireless networks and smart phone technologies to connect pedestrians, cyclists and motorists and alert them to potential dangers.  Forty-five teams from 13 countries and 26 U.S. states submitted apps and wearable devices for consideration. Eight teams shared prizes totaling $50,000. In addition to Tug, the Popular Choice award went to “Drowsy Detector,” which employs facial recognition technology to alert a sleepy driver
    AT&T’s leadership in creating this challenge builds on our company’s campaign to end texting-while-driving and extends our commitment to traffic safety to everyone sharing the streets. Click here or on the image below to see the video.

    AT&T New York Connected Intersections video 


    Click here to post a comment on this article. 

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    MTA AppQuest 


    AT&T New York App Quest


    In November, AT&T and the MTA announced App Quest 3.0, another app challenge this time focused on helping individuals with disabilities navigate New York’s transit system.
    We partnered with the MTA, Transit Wireless, the NYU Center for Urban Science and Progress and Challenge Post to give developers the opportunity to use beacons under the Grand Central Terminal-42nd Street subway station to provide smart phone apps with navigational cues for navigating the station.
    To use the beacons, riders would download an app that communicates with the beacons continuously underground. 

    To jump-start the innovation, AT&T and the NYU Center for Urban Science and Progress hosted a “Transit Tech Developer Day” with the MTA on Saturday, Nov. 22, attracting dozens of developers. We awarded three teams $500 prizes for presenting promising concepts for apps that will hopefully encourage others to compete for $50,000 in prizes to be awarded in March 2015. 

    These innovations demonstrate how mobile technologies are transforming our everyday lives in ways we’ve only begun to explore. Traffic safety, accessibility for the disabled and optimizing transit commutes are examples of the power smart phones and wireless networks can bring to public services, and we’re committed to collaborating with the public sector and leading computer scientists to make these visions a reality.  

    Click here to post a comment on this article. 


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