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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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    Organization Main Contact Website
    Sayles & Winnikoff Communications Alan Winnikoff www.sayleswinnikoff.com
    The CHS Group Kristina Iulo www.thechsgroup.us
    Mad River Bar and Grille Michael Mastellone www.madrivergrille.com
    Huntington Learning Center Michael Gangi
    NorthEast Community Bank (@ First Avenue) George Chiffriller www.necb.com
    Quadlogic Controls Corp. Phil Fram www.quadlogic.com
    Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt LLP Ralph Siciliano www.thsh.com
    True Identity Branding Faith Kinslow www.trueidentitybranding.com
    Larocca, Hornik, Rosen, Greenberg, & Blaha LLP Eric Blaha
    (I V & C) Internet Video and Communications Jorge Guano
    Lesia M. Ruglass, Ph.D. Lesia Ruglass www.lesiaruglass.com
    Watch Repair & Co. Eric Abraham www.watchrepairco.com
    Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. Joseph Kirk www.wellsfargo.com

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    Hi Laura,

    I've only been to 2 MCC events so far and I have already signed up a client who I met at one of the events, and received a call from a lead that got my information from another MCC member. Thank you for organizing these events, and I am so glad I joined the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce!

    Best,
    Elizabeth Kim
    Welcomemat Services NYC
    http://www.welcomematservices.com/nyc

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    MCC was pleased to host NYPD Police Commissioner William J. Bratton for its first MCC Quarterly Chairman’s Breakfast of 2015. MCC Chairman Ken Biberaj moderated the lively discussion with Q&A with MCC members.



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    From the initial meeting to the end of the interview, Bruce and his Internet radio show The Voice of Manhattan Business was an great experience.

    I recommend anyone that has a business and would like to showcase an interesting topic be a guest on this show. I have received some encouraging feedback from listeners.

    Noal C. Goldfarb, CFA

    Financial Advisor
    Park Avenue Securities LLC
    P. 646-885-2811 M. 917-449-4653 F. 212-764-6976
    7 Hanover Square, Suite 8A
    New York, NY 10004
    noal_goldfarb@natfin.net

    See this 3 minute video to learn what is available exclusively for my clients:
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    White Plains/Rye Brook, NY (March 12, 2015) Progressive Computing, Inc. (PCI) and Clancy Relocation & Logistics are teaming up with The Business Council of Westchester (BCW) and the Westchester Green Business Challenge to head an E-Waste Initiative as a part of this year's Westchester Business Expo.

    In December of 2014, with guidance from Progressive Computing, the Business Council of Westchester collected all of their old computers and Clancy Relocation & Logistics, a client of PCI and member of the BCW, came and hauled the equipment away to process for recycling. In doing this, the BCW became invested in better understanding the effects of improperly disposing of e-waste and decided to make it their mission to share this knowledge with the business community.
    One of the things the Business Council noticed while working with PCI and Clancy was how surprisingly seamless the process was. So at this year's Business Expo, they want to make it even easier for businesses to get on board. Not only will the BCW be spreading the word on the appropriate disposal of e-waste, but a dedicated e-waste truck will also be on-site to collect any and all unwanted small to mid-sized electronic office equipment.

    "Disposing of e-waste will be easier than ever and the Business Council of Westchester and the Expo Committee is proud to bring our members and the community this amazing opportunity," said Allison Calvert of the BCW.

    The Business Council's involvement with the Westchester Green Business Challenge in recent years has acted as a catalyst in bringing this e-waste initiative to the forefront. The goal of the WGBC is to help Westchester businesses become more environmentally-friendly through their green certification program. Companies in the WGB-Certified program are required to properly dispose of their e-waste in order to become certified. They recently gained the support of New York state government with a grant of $540,000 to expand the program over the next three years.

    In recent years, more businesses have begun properly disposing of e-waste and there has been a greater awareness about what should and should not be thrown in the trash, especially when it comes to office equipment. Part of this awareness comes from the fact that companies want to ensure the appropriate elimination of the sensitive data that their computers may contain. Since 2009, the WGBC has helped raise awareness in the Westchester business community about what it really means to "go green" and has provided practical solutions to allow this to happen on a larger scale.

    In 2014, 283 Westchester businesses completed a scorecard which included a section on the proper disposal of e-waste and some larger companies have already taken action by contracting with e-waste removal services and allowing employees to bring in any home or office e-waste they may have accumulated for proper disposal a couple of times per year. As a result, they've educated their staff about the importance of proper e-waste disposal, however not all small businesses have been able to make this a priority.

    "One of the challenges of e-waste disposal for the small to medium-sized business is the cost of arranging an affordable pick up service," said Dani Glaser, CEO of Green Team Spirit, which runs the WGBC. "While it can be free to dispose of e-waste when you bring it to the drop-off site, it can be expensive to arrange a pick-up. One suggestion is for them to share the cost with fellow tenants in an office building, for example."

    Progressive Computing, as a small business of Westchester, understands the problems with e-waste that many others are facing all too well. At first, the issue sparked their curiosity but soon enough, it became a personal passion of theirs.

    "It's the dirty little secret in nearly every small business," Robert Cioffi, CEO of Progressive Computing says. "Most small businesses simply don’t have the means to properly dispose of their old electronics or the task is just too cumbersome...Eventually, we reach a breaking point and the disposal is not always performed in an environmentally friendly or secure way."

    After studying the problem for years, they recognized what they considered to be two very large dangers. The first was the potential risk of leaking corporate data. The second was that most are unaware the ecological dangers of improper disposal of e-waste. Using what they've learned, they hope to address these problems on a broader scale and encourage the rest of the small-to-medium sized business community to do the same.

    "We only work with vendors who are eStewards or R2 certified. These certifications are rigorous international standards that regulate the processing and disposal of electronics in an environmentally safe manner and also adhere to high standards that meet or exceed regulatory compliance such as HIPAA, PCI and SOX," said Cioffi. "Our clients are thrilled that we are beginning to offer reasonable, economical and viable options for doing the right thing."

    Clancy Relocation & Logistics, a client of Progressive Computing, has played an integral role in moving their e-waste initiative along. In 2003, Clancy started picking up office equipment from larger customers who already had their own solution in place. In 2007, they began working with and providing transportation to Geodis Wilson, a freight management company that already had an effective e-waste plan in place. This inspired Clancy to figure out a better way to help their own customers solve the problem. After working with Geodis, Clancy developed their own system and today, they handle roughly 4.5 million pounds of e-waste each year.

    "We bring e-waste to Geodis in Endicott, NY. There, they completely reverse engineer the e-waste. Components and raw materials are separated," explained Senior Vice President of Clancy Relocation & Logistics, Jim Carey. "They have taken a very bold approach in their method for handling e-waste because their methods require more work. But in the end, over 99% of the e-waste stays out of landfills."

    There are many moving parts to putting into place and maintaining an e-waste solution, but the proper education and assistance is out there and that begins with the 2015 Westchester Business Expo. It's particularly important for more businesses to get on board with this initiative now, because as of January 1, it is illegal to throw anything that could be considered e-waste in the trash throughout the state of New York. This mean computers, televisions, game consoles and other electronic equipment and those in violation can be fined $100. The Business Council of Westchester wants the community to know how simple it can be to properly dispose of e-waste and wants to get people and businesses involved in the action.

    "We encourage businesses of all sizes to follow set guidelines and procedures when disposing of important office technology so it does not negatively impact the environment," said John Ravitz, Executive Vice President of the BCW. "We all have a personal and professional commitment to protect our environment for generations to come."

    The 2015 Westchester Business Expo will be held at the Hilton Westchester on March 18, from 1pm to 5pm. For more information, visit http://wbxpo.com/.

    Business Council of Westchester
    Contact: (914) 694-3919
    www.westchesterny.org



    Westchester Green Business Challenge
    Contact: westchestergbc@gmail.com
    www.westchestergreenbusinesschallenge.org


    Progressive Computing
    (914) 375-3009
    www.progressivecomputing.com


    Clancy Relocation & Logistics
    (914) 712-6837
    http://www.clancymoving.com

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  • 03/24/15--11:33: 2015 IWEC Awards
  • The International Women Entrepreneurial Challenge was established in Barcelona in 2007, with the goal of connecting small & mid-size women business owners globally - those who are already in the global marketplace & want to expand, or are ripe to get into the market and learn from other women leaders. Also the goal is to “pay it forward” with the IWEC awardees emphasizing their own CSR programs be in mentoring, board participation, community outreach and support, etc. The Barcelona Chamber of Commerce, Federation of Chambers of Commerce in India/FLO and Manhattan Chamber of Commerce originated this initiative and were quickly joined by The US State Department and Cape Chamber of Commerce. Each year a new country is added to the roster and currently we have representation from: Barcelona, NYC/US, India, Sweden, Peru, Central Asian countries, Turkey,South Africa and other African countries. In addition, four women’s business associations are engaged with IWEC and also nominate one awardee: Women Presidents Organization, WeConnect International, Taiwan Women’s Entrepreneurs Association and United Succes. The location of 2015 Annual IWEC Conference will be Istanbul, Turkey Nov. 15-18th.

    Three awardees are chosen by the individual chambers and, along with chamber executives, they are invited to participate in the annual conference to receive their award and to network and share best practices. Conferences to date have been held in Barcelona, NYC, New Delhi India, Cape Town South Africa, Lima Peru and Stockholm Sweden.

    Why should you apply? If chosen, you have the opportunity to:

    *gain further international recognition for your business
    *network with potential strategic partners and clients
    *share and learn from best practices to help your business grow globally
    *share your corporate responsibility/mentorship programs and learn of others from awardees
    *connect with a network of other awardees/chambers and be a part of the IWEC family

    The Awards Criteria:


    Must be a woman-owned, for-profit business and must be actively involved in importing or exporting goods or services or be a successful company ready to begin global business

    Business must be 51% owned by a woman (or if handed down through a family, a woman must be the president, CEO or managing director for at least three years) actively involved in the day-to-day running of the business

    Business must be a for-profit entity in services or manufacturing (excluding performing arts)

    Business must be in existence at least three years

    Business must have a minimum annual revenue equivalent to US $2.0 million

    Agrees to be involved with IWEC as a past awardee for two years (supporting, attending conferences, etc.)
    Company must be run ethically that express our values and standards that guide our conduct – must exhibit a commitment to honesty, fairness, objectivity and responsibility.

    Must be able to attend the annual conference
    I hereby acknowledge and affirm that I and my company meet the above criteria.

    ______________________________________________________________________
    Print Name Signature

    2015 IWEC Universal Awards Application


    Deadline for submission: April 30, 2015


    Contact information

    Name:_________________________________________________________________

    Title:___________________________________________________________________

    Company name:__________________________________________________________

    Address:________________________________________________________________

    City, State, ZIP/PIN/Postal Code_______________________________Country________

    Phone:_____________________________Fax:_________________________________

    Email address:___________________________________________________________

    Website:________________________________________________________________

    Chamber affiliation: _______________________________________________________

    Business information

    % of ownership by woman:__________________(must be 51% or more)

    Years in business:_________________________(must be a minimum of 3 years)

    Annual revenue:___________________________(must be a minimum of $2.0mill in US dollars)

    Industry:_________________________________(not including non-profits or performing arts)

    How many employees do you have?___________(total number of employees throughout your company)

    Please attach document to answer the following questions in 500 words or less per question (additional supporting documents are welcome):

    Describe the story of you and your business:

    Why should you be considered for this award?

    What is your Business Plan for the next 3-5 years?

    Where would you like to further import or export your goods or services and why are you choosing this/these markets?

    Have you or are you involved in a CSR initiative? If so, please describe.

    What is your philosophy on corporate social responsibility and how does your company you support it? Please describe.


    Mail to: 
    Nancy Ploeger, MCC, 1375 Broadway/3rd floor, NY, NY 10018
    Or email to np@manhattancc.org or fax to 212-473-7875

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    Here is some news from MCC Bronze Partner EisnerAmper : 

    "We’d like to share some very good news with all our clients and friends. EisnerAmper LLP is named as Institutional Investor’s Alpha Awards Top Accounting Firm providing services to hedge funds for 2015. EisnerAmper, in fact, swept the top spot in EACH of the five categories in which firms were rated: audit, tax, regulatory & compliance, hedge fund expertise and overall client service. More than 625 hedge fund firms participated in the survey. 

    What makes this award and recognition so special to us is the fact that it is our clients who spoke out so positively on the quality and value of our work. It is the goal of everyone here at EisnerAmper that clients in all of our practice areas and across all of our locations receive the same award-winning service for which our financial services team has been recognized.

    We are, as always, grateful to our clients and friends for the support we receive and your enduring vote of confidence. Thank you. 

    Sincerely, 

    Charly Weinstein CEO, 
    EisnerAmper LLP"

    Please click here to get more information.


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    Hello All!

    Through Plum Benefits, I was able to see the Broadway show “An American in Paris”.  I enjoyed the show and you can too by taking advantage of an exclusive offer for “An American in Paris” provided through Plum Benefits. You have access to their website as an employee which offers over 150 exclusive live entertainment discounts! 

    Please check out the following links and the attached document for more information on the show:
    CBS Sunday Morning met up with our cast and creative team at the Théâtre du Châtelet for a piece that aired yesterday morning. 

    Also check out our video trailer for a short 60-second introduction to the show. 














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    3. Read and follow the easy steps on our site, and once registered you can access Plum Benefits and all our offers nationwide. 
    4. Use the search Engine at the top right and search for “An American in Paris”


    You have access to their website as an employee which offers savings up to 60% on over 80,000 offers in the most desirable destinations around the world. 
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    If you have questions contact the Plum Benefits customer service team at 212.660.1888 (Available Mon – Sun  8am-12am EST) or contact@plumbenefits.com.
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    Company Name Contact Name Website
    Jooba LLC Joshua Garay
    Spindell Media Relations, LLC Ahvi Spindell www.spindellmediarelations.com
    iCorps Technologies Brian Chanlatte www.icorps.com
    PFS  INVESTMENT Osee Belvilus
    Royal Aroma LLC Ibrahima Diallo http://royalaroma.com/
    New York Life Justin Hochberg
    C.E.I.N.Y. Corp. Daniel Jeon www.ceinewyork.com
    PNC Bank www.pnc.com
    Town Shop Danny Koch www.townshop.com
    Interconnected Technologies, LLC R.J. Folik www.iNTek-llc.com
    WeWork Cary Magaram www.wework.com
    Haven Life Brittney Burgett http://havenlife.com
    RLE Industries Rena Koenig
    Headwin International Logistics Peggy Laumann
    Ivy League Early Learning Academy Melissa Kilpatrick www.ivyleagueearlylearning.com
    Spreemo Alexander Hantman www.spreemo.com
    The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C. David Perecman www.perecman.com
    The New York DUI Experts Jason Drews http://www.newyorkduilawyer.net
    MassMutual Financial Group Amanda Mallan
    QUALITY EDGE LLC SHEKHAR GADEKAR www.qeindia.com
    MallHawk. Inc. Melissa Pranzo www.mallhawk.com
    Morgan and Curtis Associates Brandon Wolk
    Savant financial Technologies, Inc. d/b/a Ariel Partners Craeg Strong www.arielpartners.com
    Combustion Systems & Instruments Inc Michael Ackerman www.csinstruments.net
    Derek T. Smith Law Group, PLLC Akili Cross www.newyorkcityemploymentlaw.com
    Norman J. Pastorek MD, PC, FACS Gya F http://www.normanpastorekmd.com/
    Curtain Call Yumi Kim www.curtain-call.biz
    Everest Chiropractic Gabriel Nadel www.everestchiropractor.com
    Dream House Professional Services Chris Hendrickson
    TallGrass PR/The Hayzlett Group John Lee www.tallgrasspr.com
    FinanceSolutions.org Daniel Blum www.financesolutions.org
    Executive Hotel Le Soleil New York RK Ambat
    Remix Design Leisl Schrader http://www.remixdesign.ws
    IZAVELVARELA Isabel Varela
    Foresight Karen Daniel http://www.foresightforgood.com

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    Contact Name Company Name Website
    Bruce Whitacre National Corporate Theatre Fund www.nctf.org
    Aaron Thompson DIFT, LLC www.darylroththeatre.com
    Rob Byrnes East Midtown Association www.eastmidtown.org
    Pamela Coppola Statewide Fire Corp www.StatewideFireCorp.com
    Sven Oehme The European-American Business Organization, Inc. www.eabo.biz
    A Palmer Beekman Estate www.thebeekmanestate.com
    Monica Blum Lincoln Square Business Improvement District www.lincolnsquarebid.org
    Adib Kassis Middle East Airlines
    Devi Narain Ridgewood Savings Bank www.ridgewoodbank.com
    June Klein Technology & Marketing Ventures Inc www.the-5th-estate.com
    James Refino ManhattanTechSupport
    Scott Evenbeck Guttman Community College http://www.guttman.cuny.edu/index.html
    Phyllis Ettinger Royal Health Care Services www.Royalhcs.com
    Anderson Winck Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse www.fogo.com
    James McGowan Adelphi University - Manhattan Center - James McGowan www.adelphi.edu
    Laura Capra Metropolitan Commercial Bank www.metropolitanbankny.com
    George Lence Nicholas & Lence Communications http://www.nicholaslence.com/
    Steven Taylor Taylor-Made Training www.taylormadetraining.com
    Alexa Adams Ohne Titel www.ohnetitel.com
    Florence Sommer Corcoran-Florence Sommer
    Shirley Rossman Life Planning Group
    Newelle McDonald Newelle-Ness http://mcdonald-fuld.myshaklee.com
    Susan O'Connor Concept O'Connor www.pressredesignnyc.com
    Maggy Siegel Asphalt Green www.asphaltgreen.org
    Bill Ghitis BIAN International LLC www.bianconsulting.com
    Ernest Conrad Conrad Engineers
    Salvatore Chieffalo TargetCast tcm, Inc www.targetcast.com
    Bernard Uhlfelder Yorkville Newsstand
    Joshua Garay Jooba LLC
    Peter Acken AMINYC www.aminyc.com
    Carlos M. Jusino-Berrios M.D.
    Erwin Petschauer John Petschauer Inc. www.jpins.com
    Laura Giustiniani Justin Group Inc. www.justingroupinc.com
    Robert P. Russo, C.P.A. PC www.robertprussocpa.com
    Ted Rabinowitz WordPoint Communications www.tedrabinowitz.com
    Isabel Varela IZAVELVARELA
    Marco Moreno Peru Trading Corp Import & Export ( PETRA CORP) http://www.petracorp.us
    Karina Amaluisa Trade Office of Ecuador in New York www.proecuador.gob.ec
    Renee Lundholm The Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce, Inc. www.saccny.org
    Monica Pearson SecReliant LLC www.secreliant.com
    Kuldeepak Acharya Anchin, Block & Anchin LLP www.anchin.com

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    Ken Biberaj, chairman of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, has been busy working to raise the group's profile since he came on board in November. Here are a few things you don't know about Ken.















    Titles: ​Chairman of the board, Manhattan Chamber of Commerce; VP of the Russian Tea Room​ and associate broker for Morgan Barrington Associates of NY.

    On the job since: ​Since 2005 for the restaurant and real estate company. This past January for the Chamber.

    Chamber: ​Ken’s focused on raising the profile of the Chamber and growing membership. They’ve done events with leaders like NYPD commissioner Bill Bratton (shown below) and Economic Development Corp President Kyle Kimball. Ken says there’s been a lot of interest in joining the Chamber from the real estate industry since the membership’s filled with potential tenants. 

    Morgan Barrington: ​The firm owns properties in Manhattan and the Bronx that it leases and repositions, and it does third-party brokerage. Ken says he’s carved out a niche working with restaurants and repped Rouge Tomate on a deal to move them from the Upper East Side to West 18th Street. Morgan Barrington also owns and runs the Russian Tea Room on 57th Street, which Ken helped restore and reopen in 2006.

    Size: ​The Chamber has 10,000-plus members and subscribers.

    Grew up: ​Born in New York but grew up in Northern Virginia.

    Current home: ​Upper West Side.

    School: ​Undergrad at American University, Master's in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School and a J.D. from New York Law School.

    First jobs: ​Busboy at Chili's Bar and Grill while in high school and then pushed carts at Costco (which Ken says was no fun during the Blizzard of '96).
    Job in another life: High school government teacher​

    Daily habit: ​Every morning Ken gets up with his 23-month-old son, Hudson, cooks breakfast for his wife, Valerie, and they watch “Bubble Guppies.”

    Favorite book: ​Dan Brown books. ​

    Favorite movie: ​The Shawshank Redemption.

    Favorite vacation spot: ​Cape May, NJ.​

    By Scott Klocksin, www.bisnow.com

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    AT&T Pushes Mobile Tech Innovation in NYC

    Dear Friends,

    As New Yorkers, we rely on the city’s extensive transit system.

    AT&T continues to push the envelope for what’s possible with mobile technology, challenging individuals to tap into their creativity to develop apps that will improve the travel experience for everyone in New York City.

    YoTrain! Wins Grand Prize in  AppQuest 3.0

    An app that notifies you when the next train will arrive before you even reach the station won the $10,000 grand prize in AT&T’s most recent tech challenge.

    YoTrain! uses voice alerts to automatically notify riders when the next train will arrive when they are within half a block of any station pre-set in their app.

    AT&T — along with the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA), Transit Wireless and NYU’s Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP) — announced the winners of AppQuest 3.0, the third technology competition of this kind.

    AppQuest 3.0 solicited the development of new mobile solutions designed to help improve commutes for millions of subway, bus and rail riders, with a specific focus on helping people with disabilities.

    The teams utilized newly available real time data from the MTA, as well as new beacon technology in developing the apps. Forty-three teams from 10 countries submitted apps, with eight teams winning $50,000 in prizes.

    Other winners included NYC Accessible, an app which provides riders with real time information through email and/or text messages about subway station accessibility, including elevator/escalator locations and outages, and Departures NYC, which allows an individual to obtain bus departure information by simply pointing their mobile device at the direction of a bus stop to get departure times displayed on their screen.



    Next Stop: Wireless Subway Stations

    In February 2015, 21 subway stations in Queens added wireless access, bringing nearly all of the borough’s 78 stations online. Transit passengers can make a call, send a text, or search the Internet from almost any station platform along their commute. The two remaining Queens stations, Jamaica-Van Wyck and Flushing–Main Street, are in the process of coming online. The Jamaica-Van Wyck station is expected to see the work completed by the end of March, and Flushing-Main Street station by the end of 2015. All 279 subway stations throughout NYC are expected to come online by 2017.

    Tribeca Film for All

    As the Presenting Sponsor for the Tribeca Film Festival for the second year in a row, AT&T is giving film lovers in NYC the chance to see a movie for free.

    Hundreds of New Yorkers turned out for last year’s Film for All, and we are proud to open the doors for this program again this spring. From Monday, April 6th, to Thursday, April 9th, film fans can head to an AT&T store to register for two free tickets to the screening of their choice on Friday, April 24th (while supplies last*).

    Each of the 60-plus participating company-owned AT&T retail stores across the five boroughs and New Jersey will provide ticket registration for Film For All Friday; New Yorkers can use the device on site or their phones to reserve tickets. In addition, rush tickets will be available on the day of the screenings on a first-come, first-served basis.

    This day of free screenings is an opportunity for movie lovers to participate in this wonderful New York City festival.

    *Between April 6  to April 9, 2015 (or while supplies last), the first 2,500 eligible participants that visit any participating AT&T retail store in NYC will receive two (2) complimentary tickets (same screening) to any regular or matinee films (excluding premieres) being screened at the Tribeca Film Festival® on April 24, 2015. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Sponsor: AT&T Mobility, LLC. Terms available at: Filmforallnyc.com/tickets.

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    If you have a fantastic idea for a business and are not independently wealthy, then what do you do? Based on existing models, your best bet is to find a number of investors that are willing to provide the capital necessary for you to get your feet off the ground. The downside is that you have less of a say in what happens to your business as private investors will push towards turning a profit over your business plan.

    In the past decade, this well-established model is no longer the only option if you are looking to raise money. Crowdfunding through online websites has become big, allowing for countless individuals to invest small amounts of money. Let’s take a moment to review the power of crowdfunding, the current size of the industry, and some of the campaigns that have achieved success through crowdfunding.

    The Industry of Crowdfunding

    According to the World Bank, by 2025, the crowdfunding industry will have between $90 to $96 billion dollars invested in it. In 2013, there was $5.1 billion, with $2.7 billion invested in 2012. What these numbers show is very clear. The industry of crowdfunding is expanding at an incredible rate. Based off of the idea that individuals can provide just a little capital towards ideas, products, and business models that they believe in, crowdfunding is growing in popularity and using social media to get the message across.

    Industry Leaders

    Kickstarter__Indiegogo_LogosTwo major players and industry leaders for crowdfunding are Kickstarter and Indiegogo. Kickstarter has strict guidelines and exists for creative projects looking to raise capital for their ideas. Indiegogo also allows creative projects, as well as fundraising for pretty much everything. In addition, they have recently expanded their international markets and have seen strong growth.

    Crowdfunding campaigns

    While the above two industry players account for a good amount of the current market in crowdfunding, more than a dozen additional companies help to provide a fundraising model for every kind of need. Through these sites, there have been a number of success stories ranging in the 5 and 6-figure range. Having earned six figures through crowdfunding, Oliver Apparel only ended up putting in $5,000 of their own money. In addition, My Yoga Pro is a good example of a five-figure going on a six-figure campaign that started small and has a great number of backers. Through these success stories and more, crowdfunding is the perfect way to move forward with a fantastic idea and business plan.

    Author: Jimmy Newson

    Source : jimmynewson.com

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    You're probably more stressed than a New York City carriage horse, according to a new study.

    A California academic who specializes in equine medicine conducted an intensive study of stress levels on Big Apple carriage horses and found them completely angst-free — even after a long day trotting in Central Park.

    Joe Bertone, who teaches at Western University of Health Sciences, said he became intrigued with the carriage-horse debate after visiting New York several years ago.

    “Vets I know and respected were telling me (the horses) were having a pretty darn good life, but I wanted to put some science behind it,” he said.

    In a study sponsored by the horse-carriage industry, which provided a $5,000 grant, he and his team analyzed the levels of cortisol — a hormone produced during stress in humans and animals — in 13 carriage horses at the Clinton Park Stables on W. 52nd St. over a three-day period in August.

    The animals were examined four times a day — mostly by taking saliva samples and checking their body temps — including right before they left for work and right after they got home.

    “I couldn’t find more content animals,” said Bertone, who is board-certified in internal medicine for large animals, with a specialty in horses. “They were very relaxed.” 

    He sent one of his students to Pennsylvania to check on carriage horses on their five-week furlough, which the city requires as a rest for the animals.

    Some of those horses had elevated cortisol levels, possibly because they were in an unfamiliar environment, according to Bertone.

    Bertone said he came up with the idea for the study himself.

    “My No. 1 concern is animal welfare,” he said.

    The research was presented at the Interdisciplinary Forum for Applied Animal Behavior in Texas in February, and will be featured at several other science gatherings this year. 

    It remains to be seen if it can influence the horse-carriage debate here in New York.

    A spokesman said the administration was looking for a “humane and equitable solution that moves the horses off our streets” while protecting jobs.

    Bertone said he noticed another sign that the horses were happy with city living — their sleep habits. In prior studies, he found horses won’t sleep when they’re stressed, no matter how tired they are.

    But during his visits to the Clinton Park Stables, “in the mornings, we heard them snoring,” he said.

    Source: Jennifer Fermino, New York Daily News

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    Student Work-based Learning Opportunities

    The 2013-14 GreenLife Internship Wraps Up.

    This spring semester, five 11th graders completed their 9-month long intership with GreenLife, a horticulture and job-readiness internship program funded by The Friends of Roosevelt Park. The students, Paloma Paredes Jacquez, Gail Irby, Jesica Perez, Jeferson Nunez and Mamethierno Faye, spent the summer and fall maintaining the green spaces and gardens of Theodore Roosevelt Park, at the American Museum of Natural History.





    Through this internship, the students worked closely with Richard Squire, their direct supervisor. Under his leadership and guidance, they learned how to use a variety of gardening tools and equipment, such as weedwackers, lawnmowers and hand pruners, to maintain the gardens and grounds. The students unanimously agreed with Gail's reflection on Richard: "He was great. He worked with us and was there with us every day. He talked with us and worked to understand us."

    According to Mamethierno and Gail, in addition to working with and learning from Richard, the highlight of this internship was the opportunity to work outdoors with their hands, to spend the day, in nice weather, working with people you know and like.

    Beyond the immediate horticultural skills, students learned other "soft skills" necessary for success in workplace. As stated by Paloma, the students learned "how to work with people." Jeferson and Gail both expanded upon that: Jeferson stating that the internship helped to improve their communication skills as they frequently had to be able to "correctly answer the people walking through the gardens and park who'd ask them about the flowers and plants with which they were working.""We learned even more about the importance of following directions and meeting expectations," said Gail, "even when you don't like the work. ...You're not always going to enjoy everything about your work, or the people you work with, and so you have to learn how to be happy with it and get it done."


    The Spring 2015 Scholars-at-Work Program is Underway

    Beginning in February 2015, seven of our seniors with advanced standing, Saul Robles, Naod Alemayhu, Mariama Barry, Anastasia Foxe, Yeltsin Morales and Aissatou Ndiye, were successfully accepted into the Department of Education's competative Scholars at Work program. Scholars at Work, a joint initiative begun by the New York City Department of Education, the New York City Department of Small Business Services, and the New York City Workforce Investment Board, began in 2010 to provide increased options and opportunities for New Yorkers graduating from the City's career and technical education (CTE) high schools (of which, UAGC is one). During the 14-week paid internship, participating students not only receive career training and experiences at their worksites, but they also take part in job-readiness workshops and recruitment events provided by the City's Workforce 1 career centers.

    Our students, Saul Robles, Naod Alemayhu, Mariama Barry, Anastasia Foxe, Yeltsin Morales and Aissatou Ndiye, are working at The MTA's Rapid Transit Operations, Charan Electrical Enterprises, Skyline Sightseeing, Hells Kitchen Bath and Home, Super Shuttle at the Hilton Hotel, and at Panorama Windows respectively.

    In terms of direct connections to the green careers, Aissatou, working at Panorama Windows, is learning about, and watching, the manufacturing of low-e (low-emissivity) windows, for "all types of buildings," residential and commerical. Naod, at Charan Electrical, who is planning on majoring in electrical engineering next year in college, is building on his knowledge base of circuitry from his prior Electrial courses, and is learning about new types of conduits and wall recepticals, and how to insulate around them to seal off air leaks for the improved energy performance of walls. Anastastaisa, at Hells Kitchen Bath and Home, is working directly with her supervisor to design blueprints for their clients' home renovations, is learning "the different types of wood for cabinetry so [she] can make [home improvement] recommendations."

    Indirectly related to UAGC's sustainability theme, Saul, at the MTA's Rapid Transit Operations, does one thing at his job: "I help try to keep the trains working on time without delay. I monitor mileage units. After a certain amount of miles, they're (train cars) taken in to ensure they continue to work properly. I study and manage a lot of data tables – typing in numbers for other people to make recommendations for trains to service. It's a lot of responsibility, but I like that."

    Beyond making connections between our school's theme and mission, this experience is also providing our students with the "soft skills" required for success in both college and the workplace. At Hells Kitchen Bath and Home, Anastasia is learning that "it's all about accuracy. If you get one detail or calculation wrong, the entire plan will be thrown off and ruined. You need to be precise. One of our clients is redesigning his kitchen--because of the way his building was constructed, there are corners that are hard to work within. We had to decrease the size of the cabinet he’s putting in so that he can get what wants in the space he’s got...and we had to convince him that that's what was best." Anastasia is also learning, as an intern, the delicate workplace art of managing up: "I always feel like I’m trying to teach them to be organized with their clients, and organizing their clients' plans and [blue] prints." For Yeltsin, interning with Super Shuttle, the art of the sale is his prime learning task. Through his job, he's "learning a lot of people skills--how to communicate, listen and persuade. I'm like a salesman; I have to convice people (the various hotel concierges and guests) that they need what I’m selling/representing. I really like talking with people so this isn't a challenge for me." Mariama and Aissatou, at Skyline Sightseeing and Panorama Windows, also acknowledged that they're learning the importance of communication with their clients and customers. Mariama has to "help customers figure out how to plan their trips--where to buy tickets for events, where to board [tour] busses...I need to know a lot about the City...and, no matter what, even if they're wrong, the customer is always right. They make the company--so they have to be put first." At Panorama Windows, Aissatou "[talks] to new people on the phone--listening to what they want so that I can tell them about what we can provide, and how to achieve what they want for their homes in terms of increased sustainability" and decreased energy costs.

    How do these students plan to use their experiences to guide their future career paths?

    Naod: I'm hoping that they offer me a summer job. I want to study electrical engineering in college, and want to be an electrician while I’m fulltime in college. I want to learn about and know how to install new devices. I want to learn everything I can about electrical systems.

    Yeltsin: I think the communication skills will really help me with job interviews in the future. If I become an artist, then I can use my communication skills through my art to get out messages.

    Aissatou: I think this will help me get future jobs--I'm able to expand my resume and get job training skills. When I'm older, looking for a job, I've already got some experience in the business world. I could get a job working in an office as an office manager.

    Saul: I still don’t know what I want to do in life, and am hoping that this internship will help me figure out what I want to do. I like a lot of responsibility, and would prefer office work to hands-on.

    Mariama: [A counterpoint to Saul] I'm learning that I do not want to work in an office. Last summer, I also worked in an office--and it was really boring.

    Anastasia: My line of work is somewhat aligned to what I want to do--I want to work in.

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    Recipients include Hispanic Federation, New York Common Pantry, and Bottomless Closet, NYC

    New York, N.Y., April 13, 2015– Wells Fargo announced today that in 2014, it provided over $12.4 million in contributions to local nonprofit organizations across New York, an increase from $11.1 million from the previous year.  The 765 grants supported affordable housing, community development, health services, the environment, and financial education and literacy.  The company’s 1,600 New York-based team members also spent nearly 22,000 hours volunteering for local causes throughout the state –an increase of 13 percent over the prior year. 

    “We have the opportunity to make a difference in communities all across New York, and in 2014, that’s exactly what we did,” said Wells Fargo New York and Connecticut Region President Joe Kirk.  “Thanks to our team members’ engagement in the areas where we live and work, we now have families that are in homes for the first time, communities that are being revitalized and small business owners who received a first-hand education about getting started.”

     A sampling of the state’s organizations which received grants from Wells Fargo include the Hispanic Federation, God’s Love We Deliver, the New York Common Pantry, Bottomless Closet NYC, and the American Red Cross.  Nationally, Wells Fargo donated $1.1 billion to nonprofit groups over the past four years, surpassing its initial goal of donating $1 billion by 2017. Overall, Wells Fargo donated $281.2 million to 17,100 nonprofits in 2014, an increase from 2013’s $275.5 million in contributions, marking the sixth consecutive year of more than $200 million in total annual corporate giving.

    About Wells Fargo

    Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.4 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 9,000 stores, 12,000 ATMs, the Internet (wellsfargo.com), and has offices in more than 35 countries to support the bank’s customers who conduct business in the global economy. With more than 265,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States.  Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 26 on Fortune’s 2012 rankings of America’s largest corporations. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy all our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. 

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    Delta Launches Two Routes Connecting Atlanta to Medellin and Cartagena 

    Delta will continue expanding its network in Latin America with service from Atlanta to Medellin and Cartagena, Colombia starting December 19, 2015, subject to foreign government approval. The service between Atlanta and Medellin will provide enhanced connectivity to Barcelona, London and Madrid, while the service between Atlanta and Cartagena will offer great leisure travel opportunities. More

    Seattle Hub Offers Expanded Convenience to North America, Asia and Europe

    Delta offers quick and easy connections through its Seattle hub from 17 West Coast cities to Amsterdam, Beijing, Hong Kong, London, Paris, Shanghai, Seoul and Tokyo. Additionally, Delta will expand its domestic schedule from Seattle beginning in May and June with daily service to Boise, Sacramento and Denver, and seasonal service to Ketchikan and Sitka. Further expansion, beginning in December, will provide daily service to Kona, Hawaii, additional seasonal service to Palm Springs and Tucson and expanded service to Fairbanks, Juneau, Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta. This service complements existing schedules to Anchorage, Calgary, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Portland, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, Salt Lake City, Spokane, and Vancouver. Seattle is Delta’s fastest-growing hub and will offer 126 peak-day departures to 35 destinations by summer 2015 and is the fastest path between the continental U.S. and Asia.

    Delta Resumes Seasonal Service between Atlanta and Dublin

    Delta resumed its seasonal nonstop flight between Atlanta and Dublin on March 30, 2015. The daily flight complements Delta’s existing daily nonstop service between Dublin and New York-JFK, significantly increasing travel choices for customers flying between the Republic of Ireland and the United States. More

    Delta Resumes Service between New York-JFK and Athens

    Delta increased travel options for customers between New York-JFK and Athens when the service resumed on March 30. Delta is increasing its operations between JFK and Athens with up to five additional weekly flights. During the peak summer months, Delta will offer up to 5,900 weekly seats between the United States and Greece. More

    For additional info please see the Delta Air lines website.



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    By Angela Marie Franco, April 13, 2015


    When I joined the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce five years ago, I joined for all the basic reasons – network and connect with other companies and create more business for myself.  That is what I set out to accomplish.


    However I can say that my membership became so much more as I got more involved in the functions of the Chamber.  First I went to as many events as I could and met different groups and business owners.  Then I decided to focus my time on my specific interests and where I could meet intelligent and motivated people that I could learn from.  So I joined the Green Committees – design and construction, green energy, green financing and social responsibility, the Global Business Committee and a Business Referral Group.  Each committee within the Chamber brought me to new contacts, new interests and new prospects and customers.


    I learned that the Chamber not only advocates to government on behalf of businesses, but is also open to new ideas, innovation and forming new committees that would benefit the membership and expand the mission of the chamber.  So it was that I joined the MCC Ambassadors and the Entrepreneurship Committee. Three years ago, my colleague and I came up with a plan for a forum for members that were in the marketing trade.  We pitched it to the Chamber and so the Marketing Professionals Group was formed.


    This year we are announcing our third annual Marketing WeekNYC that will take place during the week of June 8-12, 2015.  We have a grand launch event on June 8thcreated by the Chamber Committee, and then individual members of the committee will hold their own events during that week. 


    I am producing an event on June 9th from 6-8pm that is hosted by Wix.com at 235 West 23rdStreet, NYC. The topic is “5 Key Pillars to Winning More Business.”  My “power panel” of marketing experts have all been sourced through the chamber membership – Jimmy Newson, filmmaker and founder of A Billion Entrepreneurs, Ramon Ray, technology evangelist and Publisher of Smart Hustle Magazine, Louise Angelino, SEO specialist and owner of Little Angel Media Group, Beverly Stacy, website developer and owner of Façade Interactive and myself Angela Marie Franco, owner of AMF Direct and marketing instructor to help business owners find new customers.

    This educational panel of experts could not become possible without the connection and camaraderie of the chamber.  Here I meet like-minded business owners who know that when you give you also receive.



    I hope you will join us during Marketing Week NYC and sign up for my event at http://www.manhattancc.org/External/WCPages/WCEvents/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1639.


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    We’d like to share some very good news with all our clients and friends.


    EisnerAmper LLP is honored to be named as Institutional Investor’s Alpha Awards Top Accounting Firm providing services to hedge funds for 2015. EisnerAmper, in fact, swept the top spot in EACH of the five categories in which firms were rated: audit, tax, regulatory & compliance, hedge fund expertise and overall client service. More than 625 hedge fund firms participated in the survey.

    What makes this award and recognition so special to us is the fact that it is our clients who spoke out so positively on the quality and value of our work. It is the goal of everyone here at EisnerAmper that clients in all of our practice areas and across all of our locations receive the same award-winning service for which our financial services team has been recognized.
    We are, as always, grateful to our clients and friends for the support we receive and your enduring vote of confidence. Thank you.
      
    Sincerely,

    Charly Weinstein
    CEO, EisnerAmper LLP

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    BIZFI.COM: NEW PLATFORM CONNECTS SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS WITH FUNDING PARTNERS AND AUTOMATES PROCESS 
    BILLIONS OF DOLLARS NOW AVAILABLE FOR SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS THROUGH BIZFI.COM
    New York – April 15, 2015 – With the improving U.S. economy, many businesses are looking for capital to expand. But finding the best funding option to meet their needs is a time consuming and a difficult endeavor. To support the small business community, Merchant Cash and Capital (MCC), one of the pioneers in alternative financing, created Bizfi, a connected online marketplace designed specifically to help small businesses compare funding options from different sources of capital and get funded within days.
    Bizfi’s proprietary technology makes finding financing simple and fast. By providing basic financial information, business owners can instantly find out how much funding they qualify for. Bizfi’s multiple funding partners enable the business owner to immediately view several options from companies that are willing to provide financing. The platform’s account management tool lets business owners directly submit all documents needed for funding, track their repayment and even request additional funding. Bizfi also assigns a trained funding professional to each customer to help sort through their options. 
    “Having worked in the alternative funding space for more than a decade, we listened to our clients' and partners' feedback to create a technology solution that provides funding options to small businesses faster and easier than ever before,” said Stephen Sheinbaum, who founded Merchant Cash and Capital 10 years ago and also founded Bizfi. “Akin to traditional consumer loan aggregators, Bizfi provides small business owners, franchisees, and entrepreneurs access to billions of dollars from multiple sources to find the right product that works for their specific needs.”
    Sheinbaum concluded, “We have built a technology platform that securely automates the process of finding financing and provides small businesses a one-stop-shop to be able to immediately obtain the capital they need to grow. Bizfi is the future of alternative financing and we look forward to helping hundreds of thousands of businesses achieve their growth objectives.” 
    About Bizfi
    Bizfi combines proprietary technology and unmatched customer service to instantly provide multiple funding options to businesses. Designed for small businesses, Bizfi’s connected marketplace brings together a wide variety of funding partners to present solutions – and offer real-time approvals. A process that once took hours, now takes minutes.
    See how much you qualify for by visiting www.Bizfi.com.
    Media Contact: 
    Abbie Sheridan / Andrew Herweg 
    KCSA Strategic Communications 
    asheridan@kcsa.com / aherweg@kcsa.com
    212-896-1207 / 212-896-1273


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