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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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    Novo Consulting, LLC is an Executive Stress Management™ coaching firm, specializing in helping executives better manage their stress in order to become more productive and effective in their professional and personal lives.  The human stress-response asserts that stress be adhered to first.  Therefore, when you or members of your management team are stressed your/their minds are with the stress and less present at work.  The message our firm wants to convey is four-fold:  Everyone experiences stress, stress will affect your performance, you can learn to better manage your stress in order to reduce its effects on your performance, and the newly learned and valuable skills can also be applied to future stressors.

    As CEO of Novo Consulting, I chose to maintain a company focus on executives, because of my related doctoral training experiences at Yale School of Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry.  During my two years of training at Yale, I worked with individuals from diverse backgrounds (e.g., in terms of gender, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, nationality, religion, educational background, disability/ability), and much of my time was spent focusing on the ways stress interacts with the onset and maintenance of health and mental health concerns.  I learned how to and applied relevant skills in helping clients reduce and better manage stress so that they could live happier and healthier lives.  I absolutely loved helping our clients in this way.  Though, it was the positive outcomes of working on stress that I saw in my clients, regardless of their presenting concerns or demographics, that sparked my ongoing and future career interests in stress management.  Dealing more positively with stress works, and it works with executives and well-educated individuals.

    Our firm’s Founder and President recently opened our doors with a general executive stress management idea in mind.  He himself had viewed the positive effects of stress management on high functioning individuals and was excited about offering this to others.  When I came on-board, almost immediately after company opening and graduation from my Ph.D. program in Counseling Psychology at Lehigh University and doctoral fellowship training at Yale University, I restructured the company to include specific Executive Stress Management™ coaching sub-specialties.  I wanted people to know that everyone experiences stress for a multitude of reasons, and we offer stress management skills for many of the common ones.  Further, the skills can be applied to various other common stressful situations.  

    We then discussed our brand goals further.  At first, we had an idea in mind of only offering our services to female executives.  We thought that this would afford us opportunities to build even more professional competence, because we would be focusing all of our learning as the coaches on the best stress management skills available for a particular population.  We then quickly noticed the attention our firm was getting from male executives, so we decided to thoughtfully, purposefully and thoroughly lay out a plan to maintain the current quality of our female brand while adding an adjacent and very separate division of our company focusing on stress management for the Male executive.  The unique divisions would then ensure Executive Stress Management™ sub-specialties and stress management plans that would best fit the needs and desires of Female and Male executives.  Blending the divisions did not seem beneficial to the Female executive or the Male executive.  The Female division, Executive Stress Management™ for the Female Executive, has been up and running since this July, and the Male division, ESM, will debut on August 24th of this year.

    Finding the right balance of services has also been a work in progress for our company.  We considered waiting to open our doors until we had our Service Menu fine tuned, but we realized that it would be the response from clients about our current services that would help us recognize our strengths and loopholes.  So, we have allowed our services options to unfold as we receive feedback and discuss the best possible company solutions based on this information provided.  For now, we offer one-on-one, small group, phone and Skype coaching, pre-and custom-designed seminars and workshops and pre-and custom-designed company and small group (meaning, put together by a group of interested executives) retreats.  We will also be offering seminars, workshops and retreats initiated by our company and offered to all executives, and advertisements for these will be found on our social media and web (including our soon to be launched App -- stay tuned more for info coming soon) sites.

    Until our ESM debut on August 24th and our upcoming App launch, feel free to visit our website and company Facebook page for information on our current offerings.
    Please do not hesitate to contact me, Karyn Gunnet-Shoval, Ph.D., with any questions, inquires, etc. at Karyn@NovoConsultingNYC.com or 646-543-0320.





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    By Nelson D. Schwartz and Rachel Abrams, nytimes.com

    Even a pep talk from the chief executive of Apple, the single biggest American company by market value, did little to soothe investors on Monday.

    As the Chinese stock market slump ignited fear around the world, Apple’s chief, Timothy D. Cook, broadcast to Wall Street that the tech giant’s business in China was just fine, thank you. His corporate cheerleading wasn’t just unusual because of its message, but also because of his delivery method, an email to a financial television host.

    It worked — for a time. But by the end of the day, Apple and the rest of the market had yielded to the gravitational pull of investor fear.

    While Apple’s 2.5 percent loss was milder than the overall market’s plunge, Mr. Cook is fighting the same forces as ordinary investors and financial professionals. On some days, market psychology — and the tendency for panicked sell-offs to feed on themselves — counts for more than long-term fundamentals like growing iPhone sales in China or strong earnings results.

    Investors are now trying to separate the fact from the fear, as they digest how China’s problems will affect the rest of the world. And the process could make for some messiness in the markets, particularly in the United States, where investors have been lulled into a sense of security by a long bull run in stocks.

    By 2 p.m. Monday, Gregory J. Blank, an independent financial adviser based in New York, had already fielded nearly 20 phone calls from anxious investors. He handles assets for about 200 clients, a mixture of younger adults and retirees.

    “They see it in the news,” he said. “They get worried. They call.” Mr. Blank said that the older investors were more concerned, since it was harder for them to replenish whatever they had saved up for retirement. But the worst thing to do right now is to panic, he advises them.

    One retiree, a former secretary at a global investment bank, was among the concerned callers. “She started the phone call with ‘Should we sell?’” Mr. Blank said. “By the end of the phone call, she said, ‘Well, maybe we should buy.’”

    But staying put is not always the best option for everyone — creating the sort of selling pressure that could add to the tumult.

    David Enrico, a 31-year-old model from Los Angeles, eyed the market with growing anxiety on Monday. Mr. Enrico and his wife are preparing to buy a home and are concerned about the short-term effects on their savings.

    “I just saw this, and I got a little nervous because I don’t want my nest egg, my down payment for the house, to be subject to the market volatility,” he said.

    Mr. Enrico emailed Mr. Blank to make sure that he could liquidate his positions immediately if need be, but so far hasn’t pulled the trigger.

    “In the short run, market sell-offs are limited by psychology,” said David Kelly, chief global strategist for JPMorgan Funds. “That doesn’t mean it’s not dangerous. The biggest risk here is that we all collectively lose our nerves at the same time.”

    “It’s possible that enough of a frenzy will be whipped up that people could hunker down,” he added. “I don’t think it will happen, but that’s the biggest risk.”

    Advisers and corporate executives are now trying to assure investors that a slowing Chinese economy isn’t necessarily a big problem for most American companies.

    And Mr. Cook’s comments, which were sent to Jim Cramer, host of CNBC’s “Mad Money,” did help Apple weather the worst of Monday’s trading. After opening down more than 10 percent from Friday’s close, Apple’s shares quickly rebounded, helping the Dow Jones industrial average recover somewhat from an early plunge of more than 1,000 points.

    “I get updates on our performance in China every day, including this morning, and I can tell you that we have continued to experience strong growth for our business in China through July and August,” Mr. Cook said in the email to Mr. Cramer. “Obviously I can’t predict the future, but our performance so far this quarter is reassuring.”

    Like Mr. Cook, many Wall Street seers insist the overall data doesn’t foreshadow an economic slump — or worse.

    For starters, Mr. Kelly noted that only about one five-hundredths, or 0.2 percentage point, of gross domestic product in the United States is generated by exports to China. Long-term investors with multiyear time horizons, he cautions, shouldn’t let themselves be gripped by the fear that has overtaken some professional traders.

    “Valuations aren’t stretched, and there isn’t a general economic downturn,” he said. “It’s been very tough to trade these markets, but that view applies to a much smaller slice of the population.”

    What’s more, China, while an important source of earnings gains for large American companies, isn’t expected to tumble into the kind of outright recession the United States went through from 2008 to 2009. It just may not grow at the 7 percent that Chinese leadership is targeting.

    “Even the most pessimistic observers think China will still grow by 4 or 5 percent,” said Kate Warne, investment strategist at Edward Jones, a brokerage firm based in St. Louis. “We’d love to have 4 or 5 percent growth in this country.”

    She said that the long, steady rise of the stock market this decade, with relatively few downdrafts, is only adding to the sense of panic now.

    “It’s been four years since we’ve had a correction like this, and that’s a long time to go without one,” Ms. Warne said. “When stocks drop, it’s always scary, but it seems more scary this time because we haven’t had this recently.”

    Also, technological and structural changes on Wall Street in recent years have ways of amplifying the normal push and pull of the markets. The increase in high-frequency trading, and the popularity of strategies that employ computer algorithms rather than humans to buy and sell, can exaggerate volatility.

    Another possibility for why fear can build so quickly nowadays, experts say, is the exit of some traditional players like banks and brokerage firms. Under pressure from Washington and their own investors, banks and brokerage firms have reduced riskier activities like trading, only to be replaced by hedge funds — with quicker trigger fingers, in some cases.

    Of course, these explanations are cold comfort as ordinary investors watch their savings shrink. Still, some individuals, having survived the trauma of the recession, are showing a bit of sang-froid because of the fear that has overtaken trading floors from Shanghai to New York to Frankfurt.

    Margaret Matteson of Folsom, Pa., said she heard about the market sell-off on NPR as she was driving to work. She said she would only become worried if there were broader economic implications — she lost her last job in 2009 during the recession. The latest bout of volatility didn’t make her nervous, but she said she was a bit puzzled about what was behind it.

    Ms. Matteson, 33, who manages a software database for an art museum, says she only cares if it affects her job. “I don’t care what it does to my portfolio,” she said. “It is going to sit there for 20 or 30 years. I like it when it goes down. I chip in and play my little game and put in $25.”

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    By Mercedes Garcia,

    With each passing day, a growing number of consumers are carrying debit and credit cards in their wallets that have the latest chip technology. While consumers expect to have access to the latest technology to protect their financial transactions, these new chip-enabled cards are only half of the equation. Businesses need to upgrade their card readers to accept this more secure EMV technology – and they need to do so soon.

    Beginning Oct. 1, merchants that do not upgrade to terminals that can accept EMV-enabled cards may be held liable for counterfeit card transactions that occur at their business locations. This represents a significant change for businesses because under current federal law, a card issuer absorbs costs related to counterfeit fraud transactions. While EMV technology has been widely used in other parts of the world for years, the United States has only more recently adopted it. The Oct. 1 liability change is the latest step in this adoption process.

    This shift to EMV technology is all part of an effort to increase the security of in-person card transactions. An EMV-enabled card moves sensitive information that’s currently stored in the magnetic stripe to a small gold- or silver-colored computer chip embedded in the card. Then, instead of sliding the card, the consumer inserts the chip card into a slot or taps it on a chip-enabled payment terminal, which prompts them to complete the transaction. 

    Every time a customer uses an EMV-enabled card to make a purchase, the chip generates a unique transaction code that cannot be used again. This provides a huge advantage over traditional cards, whose magnetic stripes contain unchanging data that can be stolen and replicated over and over again by hackers. 

    While a number of large retailers are already accepting credit and debit cards with EMV chips, a recent study by Intuit reports that only half of small business owners know about the liability change and only one in five know about the October deadline. In fact, only 42 percent of U.S. small business owners have made the commitment to migrate to EMV-compatible systems, according to the same survey. 

    Fortunately, there are resources available designed to guide these small business owners through the upgrade to EMV technology before the deadline. Master Your Card, a community empowerment program sponsored by MasterCard, offers information and resources to help small business owners understand the benefits of EMV. As part of these resources, Master Your Card has created a toolkit that provides information on how to successfully integrate chip-enabled terminals. 
    It’s important that small businesses get on board quickly to experience the benefits of EMV technology. 

    Avoid liability and provide greater safety. Accepting chip-enabled cards will protect small businesses from being liable for any counterfeit fraud that occurs at their business. It also sends a signal to criminals that your business is serious about security and protecting your customers’ transaction data. 

    Meet customers’ expectations. Consumers want the enhanced security that chip-enabled cards provide and say they will probably use their cards more often because the chip makes their transactions safer.

    Leverage other innovations in electronic payment technology. Most EMV-enabled terminals also accept near-field communication, such as touch-and-go and mobile payments. By upgrading your terminal, you’ll be able to accommodate customers who want to pay for purchases using the latest electronic payment technology innovations.

    The cost of EMV card readers vary based on the provider and the features that come with the terminal. However, businesses can work with their processors to upgrade their terminals and other equipment seamlessly. Ask about one-time purchasing costs versus leasing fees over time so that you get the best value.

    Electronic payment technology is more integrated into consumer spending activities than ever before. Small businesses thrive when they provide convenience, security and relationships built on good service. Businesses that accept EMV chip cards are showing their customers they care about their safety and security. And consumers are more likely to shop where they know their money is safe. 
    For more information on EMV, visit www.masteryourcardusa.org/.

    Mercedes Garcia is Vice President, Senior Business Leader Global Community Relations at MasterCard. She is a liaison to the Master Your Card community empowerment program, which helps consumers, small businesses and governments get more from their money by using prepaid, debit and credit cards to their advantage.

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    It takes only a few minutes to ask the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to review a flood insurance claim filed as a result of Hurricane Sandy. And it doesn’t cost anything.

    More than 11,500 policyholders of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) have entered the review process and some policyholders have already received additional payments on their claim. The deadline for requesting a review is Sept. 15, 2015.

    To be eligible, flood insurance policyholders must have experienced flood damage between

    Oct. 27, 2012 and Nov. 6, 2012. Policyholders can call the NFIP’s Hurricane Sandy claims center at 866-337-4262 to request a review of their claim. This review may result in additional payment to the policyholder.

    It will be helpful if policyholders have a few key pieces of information when they call:

    • The name on the flood insurance policy,
    • The address of the damaged property,
    • The name of the insurance company, and
    • The policy number that was in effect at the time of the loss.

    When they call, policyholders will be asked a series of questions to determine whether they qualify for review. Once qualified, policyholders will be called by an NFIP-certified adjuster, who will serve as a caseworker through the review process. The timing of the adjuster’s initial call may be affected by the volume of requests for review. Our goal is to complete most reviews within 90 days of the initial call.

    “Getting started in the Sandy Claims Review is as simple as making a call and answering a few questions,” said Roy Wright, Deputy Associate Administrator for FEMA’s Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration, which runs the NFIP. “We will review the claim file and let the policyholder know whether they are due any more money.”

    Policyholders also can go online to www.fema.gov/hurricane-sandy-nfip-claims to download a form to request a review. The completed form may be e-mailed to FEMA-sandyclaimsreview@fema.dhs.gov or faxed to 202-646-7970 to start the process.  For individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability and use 711 or VRS, please call 866-337-4262.  For individuals using a TTY, please call 800-462-7585 to begin the review process.

    Policyholders who have already requested their review can call 866-337-4262 if they have questions or need more information. They can also choose to drop out of the review process at any time.

    The Sandy claims review process is intended to be simple for the policyholder and does not require paid legal assistance. Additionally, there are several nonprofit service providers ready to offer free advice and answer questions policyholders may have. A list of these advocacy groups can be found at www.fema.gov/hurricane-sandy-nfip-claims.

    FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.


    The social media links provided are for reference only. FEMA does not endorse any non-government websites, companies or applications.

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    MCC member Guttman Community College has let us know if the following opportunity:

    At Guttman College, we are committed to integrating real world experiences into all of our courses to enhance learning, and provide career preparation and job readiness for our students. Real world career-building experiences in the form of internships, service, volunteerism, and support for a range of class projects is needed to help position our students for career success. We would love to bring you on as a Guttman Partner.

    Our very next opportunity for partnership will be on Friday, October 16th as a work site observation site for a classroom project in our Ethnographies of Work class. In this class, Guttman students investigate a range of careers and are required to conduct an observation/interview project in a career field of interest. The project culminates with a final career exploration paper, which will help students explore their career of interest with great depth. 

    Students in the Ethnographies of Work class have specifically identified you as a company of interest. Please take a moment today to let me know if you are available to allow 1-3 students to complete an observation at your worksite on Friday, October 16th at 1:30-2:30 pm, 3:00-4:00 pm, and/or 4:45-5:45 pm. 

    Additional information about Guttman College can be found here. http://www.guttman.cuny.edu/index.html  


    For Further information please contact:

    Tiffany M. Bailey
    Office of Partnership and Community Engagement
    The City University of New York
    50 W 40th Street, New York, NY 10018
    tel: 646-313-8115
    Tiffany.Bailey@guttman.cuny.edu




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    The Negotiation Institute WIN Summit announces Executive Forum Angels Founder Kathleen Murray as Speaker.
      
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    How important is your Emotional IQ when you’re a woman negotiating? You don’t want to lose your temper, burst into tears, or sink into a funk while negotiating, but what about positive emotions? Can being cheerful, laughing, or feeling calm and serene have a positive impact on your negotiations? Kathy will participate in a panel discussion centered on the common assumptions about women and negotiating, with a special focus on the impact of emotions on the outcome of a negotiation.

    Kathy Murray is an experienced and creative business growth executive, angel investor, and advisor. She is currently Founder & Co-Chair of Executive Forum Angels, President of Harvard Business School Women’s Association of NY and Founder of McMorran Strategists, LLC. Kathy has held senior management roles at publicly-traded firms and partnerships including PwC, Aetna and FARO. read more...

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    Kisland Cole

    COLE ELECTRIC CORP

    www.coleelectricnyc.com

    Jason Ross

    Empire Valuation Consultants, LLC

    www.empireval.com

    Jon Tang

    Empire Valuation Consultants, LLC

    www.empireval.com

    Eric Flaxman

    Hertz Herson LLP

     

    Kaylin Marcotte

    Kaylin Marcotte

     

    Laure Vincot

    Oracle

     

    Lauren Zitowsky

    Teen Life Coach Inc

     

    Krista Altok Tassa

    Estonian American Chamber of Commerce & Industry

    www.eacci.org

    Diego Diaz

    Guatemala Trade Office

    www.investinguatemala.org

    Lindsey Kayman

    Environmental Education Fund

    www.environmentaleducationfund.org

    Kirin Lewis

    Professionals for NonProfits

    www.nonprofitstaffing.com

    Jan Hanvik

    The Clemente

    www.theclementecenter.org

    Raybblin Vargas

    Bits and Bites LLC

     

    Anthony Hudgins

    ACH Services t/a KeepsakeCarpets

    www.keepsakecarpets.com

    Tianqi Bi

    American Cancer Society Asian Initiatives

     

    Rosa Tejada

    ArToursNY, Inc.

    www.artoursny.com

    Imran Husain

    CDS

    www.celeritas-solutions.com

    Elena Ravich

    Citi Habitats

     

    George Sotrillis

    George Sotrillis EA LLC

    www.gsnytax.com

    Filiz Thever

    Halstead Property

     

    George Munchus

    Project Results

     

    Moe Hossain

    RLB general construction

    www.rlbgcc.com

    Scott Koenig

    RLE Industries

    www.rleindustries.com

    Jay Neuhaus

    Sleepwell Orthotics

    www.sleepwellorthotics.com

    Geri Stengel

    Ventureneer

     

    Vivian Vulpone

    Vivloe Corporation

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    Shari Wallwork

    WageWorks

    www.transitchek.com

    Kenn Stearns

    18|8 Fine Men's Salons

     

    Ascot Diamonds

    Ascot Diamonds of New York

    www.ascotdiamonds.com/NewYork.aspx

    Adam Lebenstein

    ASL Productions

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    Janice Hamilton

    JMH Education Marketing, Inc

     

    Frederic Brunel Acquaviva

    LUXURY JEWELRY BRANDS AMERICA

    www.ginette-ny.com

    Alexandrea Merrell

    Orndee Omnimedia Inc

    www.orndee.com

    Sandy Alestra

    Professional Intelligence Agency, Inc.

    www.ProfessionalIntelligenceAgency.com

    Lisa Hendrickson

    Spark City

    www.sparkcity.co

    Joseph Salim

    Sutton Place Dental Associates

    www.suttonpda.com

    Crystal Denunzio

    Theodore Williams Construction, LLC.

    www.twcc-llc.com

    Photinee Thomson

    Vision Textiles USA, Inc

    www.waste2wear.com

    Dan Bank

    Mercury LLC

     

     

    Atila School of driving

     

     

    Bondurants

     

     

    Bonjour Crepes & Wine

     

     

    Bounce

     

     

    Caledonia Scottish Pub

     

     

    Chase Bank

     

     

    Danny's Cycles

     

     

    Dorrian's Red Hand

     

     

    Gotham Café

     

     

    Health Nuts

     

     

    Heidelberg Restaurant

     

     

    Ithaka

     

     

    Madame Paulette

     

     

    Marty O 'brien's

     

     

    Patsy's Pizzeria

     

     

    Pedal Pusher Bike Shop

     

     

    Perlei

     

     

    Persepolis

     

     

    Personal Training Institute

     

     

    Pink Lemon Park Nails

     

     

    Piu Tono Hair

     

     

    Serina's Wine Bar & Café

     

     

    Sharkys Cuts for Kids

     

     

    Sleepy's on 86

     

     

    Supply House

     

     

    Swig

     

     

    Two Little Red Hens Bakery

     

     

    Up Thai

     

     

    Uskudar

     

     

    Vespa

     

     

    Visual Optique

    www.visualoptique.com

     

    Whiskey & Wine off 69

     

     

    Al Forno Pizzeria

    www.alfornopizzeria77.com

     

    Baraonda

    www.baraondany.com

     

    Boqueria UES

    www.boquerianyc.com

     

    Brother's Jimmy BBQ

    www.brotherjimmys.com

    Rafael Toro

    Goya

     

     

    Gramercy Brass Orchestra of NY

    www.gramercybrass.org

     

    Ricky's NYC

    www.rickysnyc.com

     

    Stumble Inn

    www.nycbestbar.com/stumble

     

    USA Lock Smith

     

     

    UVA

    www.uvanyc.com

     

    Vermicelli

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    The Spry Group LLC

     

    Thomas Politi

    Politi + Siano Architects, pllc

    www.psa-nyc.com

    Rebecca Eddy

    Eddy & Schein In Home Administrators for Seniors

    www.eddyandschein.com

    Mergen Saryyev

    Central Park Bike Tours

    www.bikerent.nyc

    Lauren Staff

    Elle Esse Group

    www.elleessegroup.com

    Robert Gelb

    Unclaimed Property Recovery Service, Inc.

    www.uprs-inc.com

    Linda Zhao

    Port Authority New York/New Jersey

    www.panynj.gov

    Melissa Grounds

    Blank Financial

     

    David Smith

    Mildred Elley College

    www.mildred-elley.edu

    Tatiana Kaletsch 

    BodyVision

    www.TatianaKaletsch.com

    Michael Schwartz

    Prana Solutions

    www.pranatel.net

    Jodi Reynolds

    Lucky Strike Entertainment

    www.bowlluckystrike.com

    Martin Radensky

    Martin Radensky Inc

     

    Alexis McSween 

    Bottom Line Construction & Development, LLC

    www.bottomlinellc.com

    David Tran

    Happy Happy Auto Repair

     

    Marcia Morante

    Productive Organizing

    www.productiveorganizing.com

    Ilirjan Fundo

    Fundo Group

    Tirlok Malik

    NRI TV FILM CLUB

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    www.acc10.com

     

     


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    I came to the United States in September 2012 with two suitcases and an idea to start a subsidiary of our successful European software company. Two years later, I can finally relax knowing that we made it through the worst. Manhattan Chamber of Commerce has its invaluable place in our story and we can’t imagine doing it without them.

    Martin Kudrnac

    Vice President, OKsystem


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  • 10/21/15--10:05: MCC Testimonial: Alex Mazza
  • "The MCC has helped me develop my business and myself throughout the last 3 years. The value of joining is incredible. I was amazed at the frequent access to networking events, trainings, and business building opportunities. Anyone serious about growing their business should take advantage of the MCC."

    Alex Mazza


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    “As a Young Professional, I find it extremely helpful to be involved in the chamber when trying to achieve a career and widen my network. Thanks to the chamber, I not only have a very valuable network in almost every industry one could want to be a part of, but I've also gotten to attend incredible events for both educational and entertainment purposes. The involvement with the chamber has given me, as a young professional, more connections than my whole academic career all together. “

    Anna Strindberg 


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    Here’s what happened when MCC Ambassador spoke at a recent MCC Event:

    I want to thank all of you for making MCC such a fantastic organization. And for the many opportunities I’ve been given.

    “Ask the Experts” was a much appreciated event as evidenced by the accolades from the audience. Aside from the attendees who came over to me at the end of the presentation to thank me, I just opened the email below asking me to give a 60 minute presentation at the NY Public Library on Branding and/or Creating a USP. 

    Guess what? I just happen to have one up my sleeve as a result of giving the presentation, “Brand your Business Like a Pro” at MCC's MarketingWeek in June! It’s exactly the content that the Business Outreach Specialist wants!

    Good things happen to those who MCC! Or perhaps the slogan should be “Business happens to those who MCC!"

    Best regards,

    Faith Kinslow

    Copywriter/Brand Strategist




    www.trueidentitybranding.com
    Mobile: 917.607.3267


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    PRESS RELEASE

    The Manhattan Chamber of Commerce lends its support to Small Business Saturday® and drives commerce to Manhattan small businesses.

    New York City – <October 29, 2015> –  The Manhattan Chamber of Commerce (MCC) today announced its participation in this year’s Small Business Saturday, taking place on November 28th. Small Business Saturday is a day dedicated to strengthening the community by supporting local small businesses.

    The Manhattan Chamber of Commerce encourages all small businesses in Manhattan to participate in Small Business Saturday. Over the next few weeks MCC will reach out to its members and encourage them to take advantage of the materials at ShopSmall.com, plan in-store events for November 28th and put together promotional campaigns to optimize sales for the day. MCC will promote all businesses who sign up for the program. “We love Small Business Saturday!” says MCC President Nancy Ploeger. We have participated for the last several years and has been a great success, especially for the businesses affected by the Second Avenue Subway Construction. This year we hope to include businesses beyond our retail and restaurant members to include service sector companies such as technology, legal, accounting and others to also join in to promote their services. Small business is essential to a thriving NYC economy and we look forward to highlighting all those who participate this year.”

    Created by American Express in 2010, Small Business Saturday serves as the ceremonial kickoff to the holiday shopping season for small businesses across the United States. In 2014, nearly 3,000 Neighborhood Champions rallied local businesses and created events and activities to drive shopping at small businesses around the country. The day was also championed by elected officials in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., including President Obama.

    The Manhattan Chamber of Commerce recognizes the importance of supporting small businesses in Manhattan, the jobs they help create, and the culture they instill in local communities. According to the U.S. Small Businesses Administration, as of 2014, small businesses nationwide accounted for 63% of net new private-sector jobs created and represented 99.7% of all employer firms.1

    Merchants and consumers can learn more about Small Business Saturday and how to get involved by visiting ShopSmall.com and the official Small Business Saturday Facebook page.

    Contacts:

    Laura Bucko
    VP of Communications
    Manhattan Chamber of Commerce
    212.473.7875
    laura@manhattancc.org

    Heather Norton
    American Express
    212.640.0496
    heather.a.norton@aexp.com

    ABOUT SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY

    November 28th marks the sixth annual Small Business Saturday, a day to support the local businesses that create jobs, boost the economy and preserve neighborhoods around the country. Small Business Saturday was created in 2010 in response to small business owners’ most pressing need: more customers.

    1Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy Frequently Asked Questions, March 2014.

    This Small Business Saturday Supporter Toolkit Asset (“Toolkit Asset”) is intended for use by organizations that have committed to supporting Small Business Saturday and executed a Partnership Agreement for Small Business Saturday (the “Partnership Agreement”). For those organizations (“Small Business Saturday Coalition”), the right to use this Toolkit Asset is granted subject to the terms and conditions of the Toolkit Terms and the Partnership Agreement.

    Please be sure to read the Toolkit Terms before using this Toolkit Asset. By using this Toolkit Asset, you are affirming that you have read and agreed to the Toolkit Terms. If you are not a member of the Small Business Saturday Coalition, you are not permitted to use this Toolkit Asset. If you wish to join the Coalition, contact LBuim@wipp.org to find out how to sign up.


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    NYC & COMPANY UNVEILS NEW 'UNLOCK NYC' CAMPAIGN TO INSPIRE AND STIMULATE WINTER TRAVEL TO NEW YORK CITY 

    — New Tips to Showcase Only-in-NYC and Lesser Known NYC Experiences to Help Visitors “Find a Winter Less Ordinary”—

    —Lowest Hotel Room Rates of the Year and Dining and Theater Deals Make NYC More Affordable for Global Travelers—

     London, United Kingdom (November 2, 2015) — NYC & Company, New York City’s official destination marketing organization, today announced a new year-round seasonal promotion, Unlock NYCTM, with the first iteration to expand visitation to the five boroughs during the winter, utilizing the new tagline, “Find a Winter Less Ordinary. The new marketing and communications initiative was unveiled during World Travel Market (WTM), the leading global event for the travel industry. Tips will highlight quintessential and only-in-NYC experiences that will help visitors discover New York City during the winter months. In January, February and March, a typically slower period of travel, travelers can take advantage of the lowest hotel room rates of the year as well as NYC & Company’s signature dining and theater promotions. For more information on Unlock NYC, visitnycgo.com/unlock.

    “There are endless reasons to love New York City in every season, but something special happens when the snow falls – from Lunar New Year celebrations in Flushing and the tree lighting in Rockefeller Center, to watching the Polar Bear Club brave the frigid waters on Coney Island. People from around the world feel the pull of New York City, and with Unlock NYC visitors can find the hidden gems – the New Yorker’s New York – and experience our city on a budget,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio.

    “This winter, we are giving visitors the keys to unlock a more accessible, affordable and intimate NYC. Whether it’s walking the Brooklyn Bridge as snow falls, skating on one of the outdoor ice rinks, or keeping warm in a world-class museum, we’re encouraging visitors to discover a different side of NYC,” said Fred Dixon, president and CEO of NYC & Company.

    Starting today on nycgo.com/unlock, the campaign features tips, designed to tell stories and illustrate unexpected insights from icons and landmarks, that will inspire visitors to create their own NYC moments and plan their NYC vacations. In an effort to reach visitors at different points of their trip-planning cycle, additional tips will be unveiled as part of a three-phase content strategy. At launch, tips from NYCGo will include both daytime and nighttime experiences sharing insights from the following categories: Hidden Spaces in Iconic Places; Cinematic City; Eats,Treats & Secret Menus; Stores with Stories; and Broadway & Beyond. Building upon phase one, the site will ultimately incorporate insights from tourism industry experts and social media influencers, and finally, a social media campaign will invite visitors and New Yorkers to be the expert and share their own insider tips about their winter in NYC experiences. Sample highlights include:

    • The Morgan Memorial Hall of Gems at the American Museum of Natural History is like window-shopping on another world—ascend a short staircase and you're surrounded by sparkling jewels. Looking for a rock of your own? The Diamond District is a short subway ride away.
       
    • The Staten Island Ferry has enclosed seating, runs 24/7 and, best of all, is free. Take a night sightseeing cruise: grab a coffee or beer (sold on board), curl up by the big picture windows and watch the city skyline sail by. Disembark in St. George, and stay for a drink or a meal.
       
    • Zabb Elee, in Jackson Heights, Queens, earned a Michelin star, but for those in the know, the scene is at its downstairs sake bar. Order a drink and relax over beautiful small plates like the chili garlic pasta with shrimp tempura—just the sort of spice to warm you on a winter’s night.
       
    • As soon as you bite into a charred slice from a real Brooklyn coal oven, it hits you: you’ve never had pizza like this before. Three of the best places to savor the genuine article are Totonno’s, in Coney Island, and Grimaldi’s and Juliana’s, both in DUMBO. They only sell whole pies, so invite someone special along to share it.
       
    • Sam’s Soul Food, on the South Bronx’s historic Grand Concourse, is more than just a restaurant. Run for more than 15 years by Ghana native Samuel Amoah, the welcoming spot exudes warmth and often includes music spun by DJ Hollywood, an influential figure in hip-hop. You may even see the likes of Grandmaster Flash or DJ Kool Herc drop by.

    “We invite visitors to celebrate the season, warm up from the day and savor memories made during a winter vacation in NYC. By thoughtfully showcasing hidden opportunities and unexpected highlights through actionable experiences, we’re able to uncover, unveil and ultimately reveal what makes winter in NYC so extraordinary,” said Abby Spatz, chief marketing officer of NYC & Company.

    The first iteration of Unlock NYC is designed to drive awareness and consideration of New York City as a winter destination by combining iconic visuals with inspirational narrative. With an initial estimated $7 million media value reaching 1.3 billion impressions, Unlock NYC is supported through an integrated multimedia plan through paid, owned, shared and earned media. The supporting promotion will include multiple phases based on visitors’ trip-planning behaviors by region and will continue to evolve during each of Unlock NYC’s subsequent seasonal promotions. Launching in London today with promotion during WTM including 65 outdoor billboards and digital media, Unlock NYC also has an international presence with out-of-home media in Spain and Italy. The research-driven digital media plan will target core US markets such as Boston, DC, Los Angeles and Philadelphia, tailored to the regions’ visitor behaviors. The campaign will also be promoted through a new 15-second TV spot airing nationally on Comedy Central; out-of-home in Boston launching today and in New Jersey and Pennsylvania commuter rails launching closer to January; and social media engagement using #UnlockNYC.

    During the first three months of the year, the average daily room rate is approximately $235, which is about 22 percent lower than the average for the rest of the year, giving visitors and New Yorkers a chance to save on their hotel stay. For the best available rates of the year, visit nycgo.com/hotels and reserve through NYC & Company’s exclusive hotel booking engine, Booking.com.

    Additional savings opportunities are available through NYC & Company’s signature dining and theater promotions. The first dining program of its kind, NYC Restaurant Week® offers New Yorkers and visitors three-course prix-fixe lunches for $25 and three-course prix-fixe dinners for $38 (excluding beverages, gratuities and taxes). The dining program returns January 18–February 5 with reservations opening January 6. Visitors and New Yorkers can take advantage of two-for-one theater tickets to a selection of the best shows in town during NYC Broadway WeekSM (January 19–February 5; tickets on sale January 7) and NYC Off-Broadway WeekSM (February 1–14; tickets on sale January 18).

    Unlock NYC is produced by NYC & Company in partnership with Booking.com and the New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment.

    To view photos of winter imagery curated for the new Unlock NYC initiative, visit the media library at nycgo.com/pressphotos. Follow @nycgo_press on Twitter for the latest information about New York City travel and tourism.

    About NYC & Company:
    NYC & Company is the official marketing, tourism and partnership organization for the City of New York, dedicated to maximizing travel and tourism opportunities throughout the five boroughs, building economic prosperity and spreading the positive image of New York City worldwide. For more information, visit nycgo.com

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    Contact: NYC & Company / Chris Heywood 212-484-1270
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