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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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    "It's been my privilege to be a part of the Business Referral Groups as well as a member of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce for the past 3 years.  On several occasions, potential clients have reached out to me either by direct referral from a fellow member or the leadership at the Chamber as well as through our MCC Website where they have searched and found me and picked up the phone.  I'm glad that the MCC is on "MY SIDE" and appreciate having them partnered as I journey to grow my print business in the Tri-State area!"

    Ken Sassano
    Prestone Printing Company

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    “When I joined the Chamber, for a fraction of the cost of the previous association with which I had been involved, I was immediately introduced to a Board member who asked me if I was interested in volunteering. I joined a Business Referral Group, attended networking events (at no cost to me as a member) and, before I knew it, I started to get clients. Today, my largest revenue streams are a direct result of my Chamber membership.  Additionally, my involvement as a volunteer increased. After only about three years as a member, I sit on the Board, co-chair the Entrepreneurship Committee, am an Ambassador, and host the Chamber’s weekly podcast, “The Voice of Manhattan Business.”  I am proof that the Chamber gives its members a chance to grow their business and meaningfully contribute to the business community.”

    Bruce A. Hurwitz
    Ph.D, Executive Recruiter & Career & Business Counselor, Hurwitz Strategic Staffing, Ltd.

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    “Being in technology sales/business development, I have made business networking connections that I would not have made otherwise if it had not been for my membership in the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce. I always look forward to the upcoming educational, networking and community oriented events, which allow me to be more involved and connected with the Manhattan business community. These events have had a significant, positive impact on my business and personal growth and I highly recommend membership.”

    Jay Nosenchuk
    Senior Account Director, Windstream

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    “Some of the outstanding benefits I’ve enjoyed as a Manhattan Chamber of Commerce member include attending events where I meet interesting professionals and prospects. I also joined an MCC Business Referral Group, where several members hired me to help them with marketing and branding. Since they speak highly of my work, others have hired and referred me. In addition, I was interviewed on MCC’s “Voice of Manhattan” podcast, was asked to be a panelist at an “Ask the Experts” event, and during MCC’s MarketingWeekNYC, I gave a presentation, “Brand Your Business Like a Pro”, which further established my expertise among a larger audience. I am very grateful to MCC for the many opportunities my marketing business has had. I can’t imagine a more supportive or better business organization.”

    Faith Kinslow
    Copywriter/Brand Strategist, True Identity Branding

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    “We have been involved with the Chamber for three years. I cannot say enough. Over the past year we established Transportation Transformation as a way to promote New York City bikeshare and as a way to develop a transportation strategy for a proposed E2NYC, a cleantech exposition in 2016. Transportation Transformation has been so successful, we may be launching it as a start-up. It would not have been possible without the support of the Chamber.“

    Tom Glendening
    President, E3Think

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    “Over the past few years, Microsoft has been a strong member/partner of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce. 2012 has been fantastic and going into 2013, I am excited to see the growth of cutting edge Microsoft technologies such as Office 365 and the impact that they have on the Small Business community. Working with the MCC Tech Committee to highlight these technologies first for MCC members will be very exciting!”

    Christine Gannon
    Business Development Manager, Microsoft

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    “The Manhattan Chamber of Commerce has been a constant resource in my life and career for the past 12 years. As I build my business, I know I can count on the Chamber for an abundance of riches--know-how, connections, and opportunities in our great city. The Chamber is my #1 go-to resource as a business owner in Manhattan.”

    Ann G. Kayman
    CEO, New York Grant Company

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    “The Manhattan Chamber of Commerce is respected as an important voice representing the business community. Networking opportunities are frequent and effective. I could not imagine doing business in Manhattan without membership in MCC.”

    Joseph F. Kirk
    EVP-Regional President, Wells Fargo

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    "It's tough to start and grow a business. It's even hard to do it in New York City. The Manhattan Chamber of Commerce is an oasis and resource for growing businesses, like none other. Sure it has events. Sure it has networking opportunities. Sure it has advocacy. Sure it has committees. But it also a passion and heart to see small businesses grow and thrive - like few other organizations have. If you're doing business in New York City, or anywhere in the USA, being a part of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce should be one of your priorities. I'm Ramon Ray, a four time entreprenuer and best selling author and the chamber has been a huge part of my persona nd professional success."

    Ramon Ray
    Publisher and Executive Editor, Smart Hustle Magazine

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    By David Williams

    For the past 21 years, Nancy Ploeger has been president of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce. Since joining the chamber in 1994 as the executive director, Nancy has represented the business community on a wide range of critical issues, most notably those involving health insurance, MWBE certification, government procurement, small businesses globalization, diversity and business resources for services sectors, among other issues. In February, Nancy is leaving her position at the chamber to take over at the wheel at an organization co-founded by the Chamber, International Women’s Entrepreneurial Challenge.

    Mileage covered: 1.3 miles

    Overcast, unseasonably 59 degrees

    Central Casting’s idea of what makes a great Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive – someone possessed with effortless boosterism, a lack of apparent guile and an ample reservoir of energy and bonhomie – Nancy Ploeger, President of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, and I are meeting to go about her rounds late one recent Friday afternoon.

    We join each other beneath her apartment building awning on East 88th Street, between First and Second.

    “So, where are we headed?” I ask as Nancy and I walk west, pushing her empty shopping cart that, clearly, has a lot of mileage on it.

    “We’re headed to Wankels. It’s about 97 years old, one of the few hardware stores left in the area. We’re going to be buying some dirt because we’re planting bulbs tomorrow in Ruppert Park,” she tells me.

    Like many New Yorkers (myself included) Nancy has caught the adopt-a-NYC-park bug. And she’s starting from the ground up. Literally.

    “All the soil in the park has worn away and all that’s left is concrete. I want to get some potting soil so the bulbs will have a chance to live.”

    Saint Louis born, Nancy has (Central Casting again) all the zest for living in her adopted city that only a true transplant possesses. The recipient of countless community and city accolades, Nancy would be a five star NYC general. If there were such a thing.

    “My first apartment was on East 90th Street. Then I moved to 88th between First and York for a year. Then my current place, since 1973. It’s a great prewar building.”

    At the Second Avenue crosswalk Nancy and I run into Rick, whom Nancy has known for years. Informing me that he was born in her building two-plus generations ago, Nancy is corrected.

    “No, Doctor’s Hospital,” Rick reminds her as he peels off to continue his own Friday rounds.

    “Many of the people have lived in my building a long time,” she continues. “But we have a lot of new people. Families with kids. And we have a BEAUTIFUL (all caps) laundry room, with a TV you can watch while your laundry is being done.”

    I tell Nancy that she lives on a nice looking block. Great, mature trees. And the church…

    “What makes the block is the church (Church of the Holy Trinity). The garden out front is one of my favorite places. You can just go in, sit on a bench and read a book,” she notes. It’s an active church with a homeless program. A few people spend the night there and then are out at 6:00 in the morning.

    “Plus, they have a search and care program for the elderly, and a day care center for kids.”

    But enough of the church’s role in the community. It’s now time to load up on some good mother earth at Wankels for Nancy to do her own important work in Ruppert Park. On our way, we swing by yet another park Nancy has adopted. A small, “pocket” park adjacent to a high-rise. “This park actually belongs to 200 East 87th. The owners were able to add extra height to the building if they added the park. For the first seven years they planted and cared for it but after then the homeless and others kept digging up the plants. And they got tired of spending all the money.

    “So now all they do is pick up the garbage and keep the water fountain working.”

    While she is doing all the heavy motivational lifting, her cause is being aided and abetted by a local church group that wants to do the gardening. They plan to put in bushes and a few trees. Nothing that is easy to dig up and spirit away.

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    By Ashley Bevensee

    After viewing a video paying tribute to the Drop Collaborative's first year in review (check out the video at:, Heather Justice, Executive Director of CTE (Career and Technical Education) office of Tennessee's Department of Education, praised the Drop Collaborative and participating students' efforts. In addition to her approval of the program, Sharon Necessary, the Career and Technical Education Consultant in the First Tennessee CORE office, plans to share the video and highlight the Drop Collaborative in next month's CTE directors meeting in Nashville, Tennessee. Sharon Necessary has also requested the Drop Collaborative be used as a best practice model for other CTE teachers state-wide.

    The Drop Collaborative was created to strengthen local community through food, education, and community outreach. By offering a space for students to apply classroom lessons to a practical environment through a SAE (Supervised Agricultural Experience), students can learn the art of sustainable farming and mentorship while providing families in need with fresh produce. Since 1982, Unaka High School has been home to one of two meat sciences programs in the country; teaching students the process of meat production. Until March 2015, Unaka High School did not have land available to teach food production from start to harvest or to raise cattle. Through the birth of the Drop Collaborative, Unaka's SAE program evolved. The first year's successes included inspiring dedication and commitment from student farmers, the purchase of our first calf, over 500 pounds of fresh produce donated to the community, and a mentorship day at the farm with younger students.

    Pattie Meyer, President, Edge City Design LLC, and Ashley Bevensee, both based in Philadelphia, Pa. developed the idea and mission of the Drop Collaborative. Through Edge City Design's lengthy relationship with Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, particularly with Nancy Ploeger (Founder of Community Benefit Fund) and Laura Bucko (Founder of Green Committee), Edge City Design gained practical knowledge on creating such a program. East Tennessee State University (ETSU) was the first local school that was contacted. Ron Roach, Ph.D​., Chair, Department of Appalachian Studies, and Kevin O'Donnell, Department of Literature and Language, wanted to help make the idea become reality. They connected us with Emily Bidgood of Appalachian RC&D Council who connected us with Unaka High School. Josh Armentrout, Agriculture Instructor; Melissa Loveless, CTE Principal; Betsy Oliver, Principal; and Mickey Taylor, CTE Director/Supervisor of Unaka High School were immediately interested and quickly developed strategies to implement the Drop Collaborative's vision. We would not have been able to begin work on the Drop Collaborative in such short notice if it were not for the dedication of Unaka High School as well as other players and friends -- Frances Meyer, David Robbins, Esq., Lawrence Pierce, Charlotte Markland, Chris Estlow, Joe Meyer, Margaret Meyer, Taylor Malone, and many others. Last but most certainly not least, the Drop Collaborative would not have been so successful without the motivation of Unaka High School's students who participated -- Logan Cannon, Israel Harrah, Savannah Wood, Jacob Graybeal, Savannah Agan, Sierra Wright, and Chris Erickson.

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    New York SmartCEO recently announced the winners of their 2015 Corporate Culture Awards, and Progressive Computing was among the 40 honorees. The Corporate Culture Awards celebrate companies in Greater New York that have successfully championed a positive, productive and performance-driven culture, and have worked with their employees to develop successful cultural practices. The winners were profiled in the November/December issue of SmartCEO magazine and celebrated at an awards ceremony at BNY Mellon in New York City.

    "We are extremely honored to be one of the recipients of the 2015 SmartCEO Corporate Culture Award,” said Robert Patterson, Director of Sales and Marketing at Progressive Computing. "We work with all of our team members to create a positive and productive environment that translates into optimum results for the company and our customers."

    Chief Visionary Officer, Ugo Chiulli, and the rest of the Progressive Computing team work to promote a message and attitude of togetherness in the workplace. The company has focused on maintaining a culture rooted in teamwork and family. Employees receive fully-paid health benefits, profit sharing, significant time off, and are given the opportunity to work from home as needed. The normal workday for Progressive Computing staff starts at 9am and runs until 6pm without exception, and employees are expected to be on call only once every 10 weeks, which is extremely rare in the IT industry.

     “The leaders of the companies named to the inaugural Corporate Culture Awards have realized that running a company is more than head count and the bottom line. It’s about creating a place where creativity, energy and ideas are cultivated. Through this they are able to not only enhance performance and sustain their companies’ competitive advantages but also enrich the lives of those they employ and inspire them to make a greater impact on the world,” says Jaime Nespor Zawmon, president of SmartCEO Events. “We’re honored to celebrate with the leaders of New York’s top company cultures and recognize them for building true performance-driven cultures.”

    The Corporate Culture Awards ceremony was held on December 3, and welcomed the leaders of New York’s top companies to enjoy a high-energy networking reception with activities including a red carpet, Guitar Hero, a putting green, and a live performance. These events were followed by a video-packed awards ceremony honoring the leaders of New York’s top company cultures.

    2015 Corporate Culture Award Winners

    180 South Advantage, Payroll Services, Brainlink International, The Brothers that just do Gutters , Brushfire, Inc., Crain's New York Business,  David Feldman Worldwide, DiGennaro Communications, The DSM Group, Durante Rentals, EYE Corp Medi,aFieldView Solutions, Inc.,  Fivesky  Gilt, Hackensack University Medical Center,  INDUSTRIAL RHYTHM L.L.C., InfoPeople Corporation;   InVNT; LeadDog Marketing Group, The Leading Niche, Likeable Media, LivePerson, Marketsmith, Inc., MASS Communications, MKG, Myriad Supply,  OTG Management,  Rush Communications,  Sharp Decisions,  The SPOT Experience, St. Christopher's, Inc.,  SUM Innovation,  SunPower by Infinity Solar, Tapad, Teads, TransPerfect, Vase Management LLC, Wilk Auslander,WorkWave.

    About Progressive Computing, Inc.

    With offices in Westchester County, NY and Manhattan, Progressive Computing, Inc. is a leader in computernetwork installation, design and maintenance, offering professional, cost-effective IT services, computerconsulting, technical support and computer repair to organizations since 1993.  The PCI team is focused on providing cost-effective, reliable and right-sized solutions that leverage a blend of both proven and cutting-edge technologies.  Clients regard them as their "on-demand" information technology department, entrusting that their recommendations, services and products will help them save money, become more efficient and grow their businesses.  Progressive Computing can support any IT outsourcing needs in a variety of ways with services that can be tailored and combined with others to deliver a custom solution to meet clients’ exacting needs.

    These include:
    • Managed Services - Management of all IT services for a flat-rate fee. 
    • Cloud Computing - Cloud based solutions that are fully scalable and available for a flat-rate fee.
    • Data Backup & Recovery - Complete backup and recovery services that protects your company data from the disasters or theft.
    • Vendor Management - Management of all technology vendors that streamlines relationships and efficiency.

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    Lauren Raimondi All Aces Promotional Staffing Inc
    Benjamin Tyler An Evolving Lifestyle
    Jared Epstein Aurora Capital Associates
    Nilgun Foley Connector LLC
    Evan Salz Copio Payroll Inc.
    Eileen Goldblatt Eileen Goldblatt
    Matthew Knolwland eMazzanti Technologies
    Daniel Rosenfeld Empire Tax Professionals, Inc.
    Henry Lapidos Export Trade of America, Inc.
    Donna Germain Germain Therapy Group
    Jeff Williams Guitar Center
    Federico Montomoli It Productions Group, Inc.
    Damian Kennedy Kennedy Cromwell
    Sham Malhotra king freeze mechanical corp.
    Mark DeGarmo Mark DeGarmo Dance
    Danielle Buchell Millenium Medical Billing
    Michael Cala MJC Accounting Services
    Rick Reiman MJM Global Insurance
    Carlos Pujol P3 Global Management Inc.
    Susan Poulakis Poulakis Design
    Jenet Levy Real estate agent at Halstead Property
    Sebastian A Weiss, Esq. SEBASTIAN A. WEISS, ESQ., L.L.M., P.C.
    Miles Ramboyong SGU Consulting
    Jacques Blinbaum SpotPog
    Ryan Sasson Strategic Financial Solutions
    LaTanya Martin The Back Office Guru
    Lyonnel Hernandez THE HOUSE OF LH, LLC
    Rachel Batish Zuznow USA Inc.

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    The second annual Microsoft Small Business video contest is here!

    Microsoft is launching their second annual Small Business video contest, and we need your help. Last year we launched our first small business video contest with a simple request for small businesses to share their business stories via a 2-minute video. We reached 21 million people and had over 175 entries.

    Our 2016 contest, starting January 25, is a great opportunity for business influencers to help small businesses in the US.

    We will recognize the best, most inspirational and original video that showcases a small business story. The grand prize winner will win $20,000, new Surface Pro 4s, and subscriptions to Office 365 for their business (up to 10 devices/seats) in addition to a publicity package.

    In addition, this year we will award a prize to four business associations. When a business connected to your organization enters the contest, they can write in your organization name for a chance to win a Surface Pro 4 and one-year subscription to Office 365.

    The 2015 grand prize winner was Citizen Frederick, a men’s retail clothing store. Other winners included an innovative technology product for pets, a women’s clothing boutique, an embroidery franchise and a frame shop. Among the dozens of entries we received there were many inspirational stories from non-profits, retail, and online businesses.

    "It was great fun and more importantly, our small business was seen by a few more people…It is great for a large company like Microsoft to support the little guys and both Luke and I appreciate your help!” Custom-Wood-Urns

    You can find more information and enter the contest by clicking here.

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    We want you to tackle some of the biggest issues facing our communities. Take the challenge and showcase your genius — the bolder and more ambitious your idea the better.

    In addition to a cash prize, winners will be connected to experts relevant to their idea and may have the opportunity to have their idea featured on MSNBC.

    92Y and Impact Hub are partnering to unearth the next generation of social entrepreneurs. Do you have an idea that could impact communities, environments and cultures in an innovative way? We’re looking to accelerate the growth of early-stage companies with the potential to have a major positive impact on our world.

    In addition to a cash prize, winners will be connected to experts relevant to their idea and may have the opportunity to have their idea featured on MSNBC.

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    MCC Press Release

    Manhattan Chamber of Commerce selects Jessica Walker as its next President

    Media Enquiries: or 212-541-6050

    New York, NY, February 2, 2016. The Board of Directors of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce has selected Jessica Walker to serve as its next President effective February 22, 2016.

    Ms. Walker comes to the MCC from the Partnership for New York City where she currently serves as the Vice President of Government Affairs. She will be taking the role from Nancy Ploeger who stepped down after 21 years as President of the MCC.

    “Jessica is the perfect person to pick up on the great work that Nancy has done for the MCC. She brings a wealth of experience in government affairs and business advocacy, which will enable her to hit the ground running,” stated Ken Biberaj, Chairman of the Board of the MCC.  “We had an overwhelming response to our search with a wealth of capable candidates applying, but Jessica stood out to the committee as someone who could immediately step up to the job. She is a well-regarded public policy expert and someone who understands the challenges that face the entire business community in New York City. We look forward to the vision, advocacy and strategic planning she will bring to the MCC.”
    “When I talked with Ken about leaving MCC, I suggested that Jessica would be a great candidate and I couldn’t be more excited that she is going to take over the leadership of our active and dynamic chamber,” notes outgoing president, Ploeger.

    “I am thrilled to join the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce and eager to lead such a dynamic organization. It is an honor to follow in Nancy’s footsteps and build upon her many accomplishments. I look forward to working with Chamber staff, members, the local community and New York’s appointed and elected officials to ensure that Manhattan remains a great place to start and grow a business,” stated Jessica Walker, MCC President-designee.

    The MCC currently has 15,000 members and subscribers and is a key voice in the city for the small and mid-size businesses in Manhattan.  Advocating for positive legislation at all levels of government is a major focus of the Chamber.  “Jessica’s experience and strength in government relations will help MCC continue to stand up for our community,” quotes Ronald Paltrowitz, Vice Chairman, General Counsel, and registered lobbyist for the Chamber.

    Ms. Walker’s Professional Career:

    Partnership for New York City - Vice President, Government Affairs (June 2012 - Present) Director, Legislative Affairs (June 2010 - June 2012)

    New York Citizens’ Committee on Aging - Vice President, Board of Directors (October 2006 - December 2010)

    New York Academy of Medicine - Policy Associate & Rudin Scholar in Urban Health (October 2007 - January 2009)

    United Neighborhood Houses of New York - Senior Policy Analyst (August 2005 - October 2007) Policy Analyst (June 2002 - August 2005)
    Multicultural Marketing Resources Public Relations Account Executive (June 2001-June 2001)

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    As of January 1, 2016, Con Edison’s Energy Efficiency programs have entered a new operating cycle called the Energy Efficiency Transition Implementation Plan (ETIP) which focuses on updated strategies and initiatives for achieving energy reduction. The former EEPS programs; Residential Program, Multifamily Energy Efficiency Program (MFEEP), Small Business Direct Install Program (SBDI) and the Commercial and Industrial Program (C&I) will continue to operate under updated rules and guidelines.


    Residential Program

    • The eligibility criteria for the Residential Program remains the same; offerings are to customers in residential buildings with 1 to 4 units 
    • The program has added new measures and appliances to the Appliance Rebate Program 


    • Customer eligibility has been expanded to include all residential buildings with more than 5 units (no longer capped at 75 units) 
    • The program will continue to give incentives for gas and electric direct-install and prescriptive measures. Additionally, the program will offer incentives for custom measures 
    • The program will no longer be offering free Common Area energy surveys to all building customers. 
    • Qualifying low-income customers will be offered additional benefits to participate, in the form of no- cost measures for building common areas. 


    • Eligibility has been updated to include service class 2, 9 and 51 customers who pay into the SBC with an average peak demand of up to 300kW (no longer capped at an average peak demand of 100kW) 
    • The program will continue to offer prescriptive electric measures in lighting and refrigeration; with an all LED offering for various lighting applications 


    • Program eligibility has been redefined to exclude Mulitfamily buildings and lighting projects for commercial buildings with an average peak demand of ≤ 300kW. 
    • The program will continue to offer incentives for both gas and electric prescriptive measures as well as custom measures 


    Multifamily buildings with greater than 75 units were formerly eligible under the C&I program. SBDI projects with an average peak demand in the 100-300kW range were formerly eligible under the C&I program. As of January 1st 2016, these former C&I projects that were not officially sold to a customer (per a signed  agreement with a customer to proceed with a work scope), will be re-directed to qualify for incentives only in the Multifamily and SBDI Programs respectively, per the new eligibility rules.

    Market Partners who have sold projects (i.e. have a signed work agreement with customers under the C&I Program as of Decemeber 31, 2015) will have a grace period to submit paperwork evident of that sold commitment. Such paperwork should be submitted to the C&I program on or before February 15, 2016 for
    participation in the former C&I EEPS. Projects that do not meet this criteria (jobs signed on or after January 1, 2016), must be transitioned to MFEEP or SBDI to qualify for incentives. Market Partners are encouraged to do the following to begin the transition process:

    For Multifamily projects, reach out to the current implementation contractor for MFEEP (The          Association for Energy Affordability), to initiate “Participating Contractor” status in this program,        and to work under the 2016 MFEEP guidelines.
           Program Contact: Jeff Laino, Program Manager
           Phone: 718-292-6733

    For SBDI projects, reach out to the current implementation contractor for SBDI (Willdan Energy          Solutions) by February 15, 2016 to learn of opportunities to coordinate on projects that are now          incentivized in SBDI.
           Program Contact: Rachel Seraspe, Program Manager
           Phone: 646-604-4498

    C&I Program Contact: Arthur W. Pearson, CEM, Manager, Business Development C&I                          Incentive
           Phone: 646 312 8910 x119

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    "Just wanted to send a word of thanks for all that you have done for the Block Advisors brand. From participating in our ribbon cutting to making such great events available for me to attend, it really have been a great year so far. Thank you."

    Mark Cobb
    H&R Block Advisors

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