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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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    There's nothing that I enjoy more than a road trip... grabbing a stack of maps and heading out to visit friends and family in Cleveland, Cincinnati, Charlotte, Asheville, St. Louis, Boston, and throughout Florida.

    Well, that's the way it used to be... because that stack of maps is gone. In fact, I rarely remember to put them in the car (and often regret that I don't).

    So now, instead of the maps, I have my trusty GPS that allows me to calculate and count down miles, minutes, and seconds remaining in any given trip.

    Regardless of where we're going (unless it's for a ride for the sake of simply taking a ride and burning some fuel) in order to get somewhere, it's important for us to know where we're going. In other words, we need a destination. And the more specific that destination is, the better. (I don't know about your GPS, but ours doesn't like vague destination points like "Charlotte." It needs a specific address.)

    Whether we're conscious of it or not, pretty much everything we do somehow starts with the end in mind. If we want to learn how to play golf, bake a cake, go to a movie, finish that book we started three vacations ago... they all start with the end in mind. Continue reading...

    Best regards,
    Gil Effron

    555 Fifth Avenue, 14th Floor
    New York, New York 10017
    347-920-3272 | 800-226-2428

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    Main Contact's Report Name

    Profile Website

    A Guide Named Sue

    Susan Katz


    Luann Alario

    BarWrite and BarWrite Press

    Mary Campbell Gallagher

    Celeritas Solutions

    Imran Husain

    ChinaSolved Consulting

    Andrew Hupert


    Gary Mcelyea

    Colucci & Umans

    Frank J. Colucci

    CouProm Inc.

    Elise Colomer

    Empire Global Ventures LLC

    Alexandra Stanton

    Float4 Interactive

    Fanny Sun

    Gold Shield Elite Investigation

    Leonard Golino

    Gramercy Dental Arts, PLLC

    Jay Neuhaus

    Greek Trade Office

    Apostolos Digbassanis

    Halstead Property, LLC

    Salvatore Fichera

    Huntington Learning Center

    Laura Gehringer

    Taipei Economic & Cultural Office in NY

    Pauline Tzuang

    J.J.Park Realty LLC

    Julia (Jisoon) Park

    Jersey Mike's Subs

    Henry Gallo

    Kasirer Consulting

    Suri Kasirer


    Danny Griffin

    LifeSmith University

    Kathleen Day

    Mautone Enterprises LLC

    Nicholas Mautone

    Merchant Industry

    Raj Kothapalli

    Nest Seekers International

    Ingrid Boyd

    New Business Specialist

    Norma Siciliano

    Novotel New York Times Square

    Arielle Desoucey

    NYG Limousine

    Javaid Chaudhry

    Operation Homefront Tri-State

    Daniel Hooker

    Pisarkiewicz Mazur

    PlantsFashion Inc.

    Guillermo Rodas

    Ramscale Productions Inc.

    Gail Bruce

    Savoca Enterprises Inc.

    Sharon Mahin

    SetUFree Virtual Services

    Ronnelle Melwood


    Michael Tracy

    The Display Shop Inc.

    Manuel Rodrigues

    The HR Advantage

    Barbara Walters

    The Jace Solution

    Joe Christi

    Town Sports International

    Gary Klencheski

    True Identity Branding

    Faith Kinslow

    Tyga-Box Systems, Inc.

    Nadine Cino Leed Ap

    ZettaMobile, Inc.

    Kevin Bowers

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    ACC1O - Catalonia Trade & Investment

    Clara Gutierrez

    Allan Fried, Career and Life Coaching

    Allan Fried

    Altios International

    Alexis Martin

    BA Cleaning Service ETC

    Amienata Bah

    Capitales Fijos

    Estefano Brandell

    Carr Business Systems

    Evan Donin

    Catch New York

    Joseph Perello

    Concept O'Connor

    Susan O'Connor

    Consulate General of the Netherlands


    Creative Environment Solutions (CES) Corp

    Victoria Drozdov

    Fromme Productions LLC

    Carolynne Fromme

    Integrity First Senior Care

    Claudette Duff

    KF Fit Inc.

    Kelly Jo Drejfald

    Kleinfeld Technical Services, Inc.

    Jack Kleinfeld

    Mercedes de Rosas

    Mercedes de Rosas

    Mi Kitchen Es Su Kitchen®

    Kathrine Gregory

    Cristine Cronin


    Barbara Scully

    Prestone Printing Company

    Kenneth Sassano

    ProChile - Trade Commision of Chile

    Alejandro Cerda

    State Farm Insurance

    Brock Barrett

    The Action Environmental Group

    Ron Bergamini

    The Art Institute of New York City

    Jennifer Ramey

    The BullBuster Cafe and Boardroom

    Heather Markel

    Working Sage

    Bianca Di Salvo


    Darnell Holloway

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    Get Talented, Job-Ready Interns!


    LEAP (Learn as you Earn Advancement Program) is a NYCEDC funded program through the “LINK” Initiative (Leveraging Innovations and our Neighborhoods in the Knowledge community).  The LEAP Program connects Associate and Certificate candidates to jobs in growing, in-demand occupations. The program seeks to address issues affecting student graduation rates including limited work place skills, financial burden and limited post-graduation placement opportunities.

    The LEAP Program is a great opportunity for employers to select ambitious, skilled, goal oriented interns to work at their organizations at a cost effective rate. Participating employers also have the option of hiring students they have trained as full time employees upon completion of their degree program. Students receive soft-skills training in the classroom and career counseling support during, and post-internship, resulting in program completion and full-time job placement. Students are selected from local community colleges and certificate programs in the specific sectors they are studying and are only accepted into the program if they meet the program prerequisites.

    Our ambitious, skilled and goal-oriented students are ready to be placed in the following sectors:

    • Administrative

    • Accounting/Bookkeeping

    • Information Technology/Web Development

    Employer Participation:

    Internships in any of the following sectors: Administrative/Assistant, Accounting/Bookkeeping, IT/Web Development
    Commitment for open feedback on the internships (helps with improving program/student training/preparation
    Paid Internship offering minimum of $8.00 -$15.00 per hour (employers discretion)


    Danielle Schweibert

    EDSI | Program Manager

    Learn as you Earn Advancement Program (LEAP)

    250 Schermerhorn Street, 2nd Floor

    Brooklyn, NY 11201

    C: 347.286.1624


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    NYAM and Age-Friendly NYC Honor New York City Employers Who Value Workers of All Ages


    New York, NY (August 14, 2013) – The New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM) announces the first annual Age Smart Employer Awards, the first of its kind that honors New York City employers who value workers of all ages. With a deadline to submit applications by October 1, 2013 online, the Awards is an initiative by NYAM and Age-Friendly NYC and funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Winners will join the distinguished family of Sloan Award winners throughout the U.S., as well as having exclusive use of the Age Smart Employer Awards 2013 logo, promotion at national and international conferences and will be honored at a ceremony with civic and business leaders in January 2014.


    “Today, 700,000 of New York City’s workers are over 55 and they hold a disproportionate percentage of jobs that support the sectors and industries that drive NYC’s economy,” says Nancy Ploeger, President of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce. “It is important for New York businesses to plan for population aging and to take action to enhance the contributions of older workers as a key competitive advantage. NYAM’s Age Smart Employer Awards will rightly recognize those organizations who are leading the way to use every employee’s best abilities.”


    “For the first time in history, the number of older adults in developed countries is growing faster than the number of young people,” says Ruth Finkelstein, Senior Vice President of Policy and Planning at NYAM. “Fueled by increased longevity and declining birth rates, this global phenomenon is transforming societies and economies around the world and is reflected in our workforce. Companies such as BMW, Wells Fargo and Marriott International have already implemented strategies that address the aging workforce, demonstrating increases in productivity and/or profits. Our mission is to acknowledge NYC companies who are also embracing the multigenerational workplace, creating innovative and talented management to stay ahead of the curve.”


    Employers of all types and sizes are eligible, including for-profit, non-profit and public entities. Organizations will be considered, based on their ability to demonstrate that their workplace optimizes the talent of older workers and creates environments that capitalize on age-diverse workforces, while meeting both business and employee goals. While applicants do not necessarily have to be headquartered in NYC, there must be a workforce presence in New York City and they must have been in operation for at least one year.


    An external selection committee which includes leaders in City & State, technology, healthcare, and other corporate, private and public companies will choose the winners. The committee includes: Committee Chair Robert Kaufman of Proskauer Rose LLP; Suri Duitch of the City University of New York; William Floyd of Google; Tom Harrison of Omnicom; Michael Hodin of Global Coalition on Aging; Gail Magaliff of FEGS Health & Human Services System; Robert Nadig, MD; Lee Perlman of Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA); Carol Raphael; Jack Watters, MD of Pfizer; Anne Weisberg of Future Work Institute; and Ursula Staudinger of Columbia University.


    Award winners will be announced in December and will be honored at a ceremony in January 2014. For more information, visit


    # # #


    Age Smart Employer Awards is an initiative of Age-friendly NYC and The New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM), funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. These awards honor New York City employers who value workers of all ages. The goal of the Age Smart Employer Awards is to identify and promote innovative strategies employers use in New York City use to create age-smart workplaces.


    The New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM) advances the health of people in cities. An independent organization since 1847, NYAM addresses the health challenges facing the world’s urban populations through interdisciplinary approaches to policy leadership, innovative research, evaluation, education, and community engagement. Drawing on the expertise of diverse partners worldwide and more than 2,000 elected Fellows from across the professions, NYAM’s current priorities are to create environments in cities that support healthy aging; to strengthen systems that prevent disease and promote the public’s health; and to eliminate health disparities.


    Age-friendly NYC is a public-private partnership between NYAM, the NYC Office of the Mayor, and the New York City Council dedicated to making New York City a great place to grow old by promoting active engagement of older adults in all aspects of city life. Age-friendly NYC’s contributions to the lives of older New Yorkers have attracted widespread attention locally, nationally, and internationally, and the initiative has become a model for similar efforts in other cities. Age-friendly NYC was the first city to be recognized by the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Global Network of Age-friendly Cities, a network of more than 100 cities around the world - See more at:

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    Practically everywhere I turn these days someone is handing me a survey.

     Image removed by sender. Gil Effron 2013 pic

    Last week alone I must have received three surveys from servers in restaurants. These are the kinds that ask us to go online, enter a number, receive a discount coupon for a next visit, and even win a prize. Another similar survey from an office products store also asked  me to go online.


    That doesn't include the several that popped up after I made online purchases. One popup survey asked about my "experience" visiting their website. Well, not only didn't I buy anything but I couldn't find what I was looking for. So I didn't answer.

    Some of the surveys that arrive as emails are quite long. I think the one that lands in my inbox following any service on my car must be the longest. My guess is that it contains about 40 questions -- many of which are extremely repetitive. (A high-powered marketing/testing firm obviously designed the survey because it asks the same question several times but in different ways. An old trick to get to try to get to the truth.) Continue Reading...


    Please take my Survey on Surveys.

    Sorry. But you know I couldn't resist. CLICK HERE.

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    Practically everywhere I turn these days someone is handing me a survey.

     Image removed by sender. Gil Effron 2013 pic

    Last week alone I must have received three surveys from servers in restaurants. These are the kinds that ask us to go online, enter a number, receive a discount coupon for a next visit, and even win a prize. Another similar survey from an office products store also asked  me to go online.


    That doesn't include the several that popped up after I made online purchases. One popup survey asked about my "experience" visiting their website. Well, not only didn't I buy anything but I couldn't find what I was looking for. So I didn't answer.

    Some of the surveys that arrive as emails are quite long. I think the one that lands in my inbox following any service on my car must be the longest. My guess is that it contains about 40 questions -- many of which are extremely repetitive. (A high-powered marketing/testing firm obviously designed the survey because it asks the same question several times but in different ways. An old trick to get to try to get to the truth.) Continue Reading...


    Please take my Survey on Surveys.

    Sorry. But you know I couldn't resist. CLICK HERE.

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    Chiller Incentive Update!

    Con Edison is pleased to announce a major enhancement to its Commercial and Industrial (C&I) Energy Efficiency Incentive program: all future chiller measures will be incentivized through the Electric Custom C&I Program at an increased rate of $0.16/kWh saved.

    This new chiller custom incentive rate will be available to program participants effective immediately.
    We encourage you to contact us early in the planning stages for your chiller replacement projects – as with all C&I programs, applications must be submitted before work has started on the project. Contact your Energy Advisor today, or call 877-797-6347 to speak with a C&I team member.

    For further information regarding chiller rebates and other available incentives, please contact your Con Edison C&I Program representative directly or call our hotline at 877-797-6347.
    Con Edison’s C&I Program offers a wide range of energy efficiency rebates and incentives for everything from lighting upgrades and energy efficient motors, to control systems, HVAC, data centers, and many other measures.

    Visit: | Call: 1-877-797-6347 | E-mail:

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    Fyi for the MCC Tech Committee

    I’m reaching out today to introduce you to the GREAT Tech Awards, an award competition to send five NY tech companies on a week-long business development trip to London (October 14-19, 2013) to help them expand their startup to the UK. We are also recognizing one British company that has successfully expanded here to NY. This competition is run by UKTI with the help of our advisors, judges, and sponsors. Below is a flyer with more information.

    We are currently accepting applications until September 6th, and will be announcing the final winners at a gala in NYC on October 2nd, 2013.

    PS. Here’s a video clip highlighting the GREAT Tech Awards:

    Are you a New York tech company with global aspirations? Or a British tech company who has successfully expanded to New York?
    The GREAT Tech Awards will celebrate the strong relationship between the technology scenes in the United Kingdom and United States reinforcing the message that cities such as London and New York are leading hubs for technology and innovation.

    Five New York-based technology companies in categories listed below will win a GREAT opportunity to explore expansion to the
    UK during an exclusive business development visit to London
    from 14-19 October 2013:

    1. Hardware
    2. Education
    3. Lifestyle
    4. Finance
    5. Media
    The Advisors’ Choice Award will recognize a successful British tech company that has established a dynamic presence in the New York market. The winner of this award will receive prizes from UKTI and BritishAmerican Business. Find out more here.

    Prize package for the New York winners includes: One premium economy round-trip airplane ticket provided by Virgin Atlantic Airlines departing from JFK on October 14, and returning from LHR on October 19, 2013, a meeting with a senior representative at No.10 Downing St., over $4,000 worth of legal services courtesy of Taylor Wessing LLP, a two-day customized business development program in London (15-16 October), one entry pass to London’s Wired 2013 Conference (17-18 October 2013), an introductory meeting with a major British brand to be selected by Sponsor, a tour of co-working and shared office spaces in London, a complimentary BritishAmerican Business annual corporate membership (in either London or New York), a complimentary Gold Ticket Registration to the BritishAmerican Business Christmas Luncheon (in either London or New York), a half page feature on all winners in BritishAmerican Business New York Network magazine
    Ben Lerer, CEO/Co-founder of Thrillist Media Group and Lerer Ventures;
    David Karp, CEO/Founder of Tumblr
    John Borthwick, CEO/Co-founder of Betaworks
    Margaret Dohnalek, Global Head of Technology, PepsiCo;
    Simon Bradley, Vice President, Marketing, North America, Virgin Atlantic Airlines

    Advisory Board:
    Elizabeth Gould, Senior Producer at Bloomberg Media;
    Paul Murphy, Senior Vice President at Betaworks;
    Shivon Zilis, VC at Bloomberg Beta;
    Tarek Pertew, CEO/Founder of Wakefield Media and Uncubed;
    Ziv Navoth, CEO/Co-founder of Paragraph and Tech City Investment Organization Advisor
    Apply now!
    Applications will close at 11:55pm EST on Friday, 6 September.
    To apply, please click here.

    When will the winners be announced?
    The six winners will be celebrated at The GREAT Tech Awards Gala
    on 2 October in Manhattan. For more updates on The Tech Awards,
    follow us @UKTItechNY #GREATtech

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  • 08/20/13--09:28: Would you hire yourself?

    Before you answer, let me answer because I asked myself that question just this morning as I found myself bouncing around from one task to the next.
    My honest, honest answer: "No. Absolutely not." Knowing what I know about me, I'd never hire me.

    The reason is that while I'm keenly aware of what I do well... of what I like to do... and what I want to do, I'm also keenly aware of what I don't do well. That's all the other stuff I need to do but hate to do -- you know, that side of the business that includes all the little unending but absolutely necessary chores that accompany the title of entrepreneur.
    I find it interesting that business owners I know will sometimes complain to me about their employees. "This employee doesn't do this or that. Another won't whatever. I'm having the same old problem with so-and-so." They tell me they'd never hire that person again.
    Sometimes their complaints are warranted. Realistically, I don't think the problem is always the employee. Continue Reading...

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    MCC will honor Rob Walsh at this year’s Annual Business Awards Breakfast on November 7th. Rob wrote to us at MCC to recognize our work on behalf of small businesses in NYC. Please see his message below.

    I’m very honored to be part of this terrific group being recognized by the Manhattan Chamber.

    It has been a productive 12 years and I’m grateful for all that you have done in helping us build up our program and strengthen this Agency.


    Robert W. Walsh
    110 William Street, 7th Floor
    New York, NY 10038

    Please click here to register for this year’s MCC Annual Awards Breakfast:

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    From: Scotwork North America

    Scotwork NA, negotiating skills training firm, earns spot on Inc. 5000

    Parsippany, N.J., Sept. 5, 2013 -- Inc. magazine has ranked Scotwork North America, part of the world’s largest independent negotiation skills training firms, NO. 2984 on its seventh annual Inc. 500|5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies. The list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy—America’s independent entrepreneurs. Fuhu tops this year’s list. Scotwork NA, with an impressive 113% three-year sales growth, joins LivingSocial, Edible Arrangements, CDW and Lifelock, among other prominent brands featured on this year’s list.

    “We’re honored by Inc. Magazine’s recognition of our impressive sales growth,” said Marty Finkle, Scotwork NA CEO. “Our success is a function of the trust we’ve earned from clients.” He added that, “Professionals in sales, procurement and many other disciplines attend our gold-standard negotiation courses and ask us to consult on real-life negotiations because they know we can help them achieve measurably better results—as we’ve already done for several hundred companies.”

    In a stagnant economic environment, median growth rate of 2013 Inc. 500|5000 companies is an impressive 142 percent. The companies on this year’s list report having created over 520,000 jobs in the past three years, and aggregate revenue among the honorees reached $241 billion.

    About Scotwork North America

    Scotwork NA is the North American division of Scotwork Negotiating Skills, the world's largest independent provider of negotiation skills training and consulting with offices in 35 countries. Its seasoned negotiators offer consulting and training in 22 languages to more than 9,000 executives and managers worldwide. Scotwork also offers exclusive one-company courses, more advanced training, and consultation to help with actual negotiations. Contact

    Media contact: Jack E. Appleman

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    Profile Website

    Alfredo De La Fe

    Enhanced Business Solution, Inc.

    Jodi Reynolds

    Lucky Strike Entertainment

    Red Real Estate

    Red Real Estate

    Margie Holt


    Drayton Berger

    Northwestern Mutual - Drayton Berger

    David Katz

    N2 Global Solutions, Inc.

    Ali Ruth Davis

    Real Estate Board of New York

    Theodora Blanchfield

    Make Your Blog Awesome

    Abigail Franklin

    The New York Academy of Medicine

    Neil Levin


    Alex Keomurjian

    Alex Keomurjian/ Pines Harbor Realty

    Judith Frey

    Judith Frey Green Business Consulting

    Karen Fultz

    Total Health and Wellness

    Diana Lloyd

    Diana Lloyd Accounting LLC

    Pierre Gervois

    China Elite Focus Magazines LLC

    Mindy Gibson


    Gabriel Diaz

    Atto LLC

    Erin McKinnon

    Green Light Sustainability Advisors

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    Maxwell Cane ProTek Recycling Inc.
    Patrick Hardy P Hardy Technologies, Inc.
    Ananda Sivalingam FEEM
    Chelsey Pendock Innovision Advertising LLC
    Chris Castillo CwCastle Associates
    Erik Grimmelmann New York Technology Council
    Jonathan Bloch Exchange Data International Inc
    Ashley Bell Second Time Around
    Jing Herman GT Forge, Inc dba Get Taxi
    Istvan Iambor Voltage Electric Corporation
    Connell McGill Enertiv, Inc.
    Georgia Benage Chase Bank
    Tomas Korb P6PA+Architects
    Google Business Photos by Black Paw Photo Orsi Soos
    Nina Vucetic Nina Vucetic
    Roman Chiporukha Sentinel Solutions
    Henry Tisor Cruises Inc.
    Gregory Hallford LEEDing Strategies
    Dmitriy Kheyfits Kheyfits PLLC
    Nathan Grant Nespresso BIS
    Taner Orhan Wallonia Trade & Investment
    Fiona MacLeod UK Trade & Investment
    Jason Stevens Northwestern Mutual - Jason Stevens
    William Giordano UBS Financial Services
    Christian Karavolas Quantum Equipment Corp.

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    Dear EIS Friends and Supporters!

    Please take a moment to read the article, attached, which appears in today's THE NEW YORK TIMES.

    Each day, EIS meets a person much like those profiled in the piece. Just yesterday, Pauline was at EIS. Pauline lives with her 18 year old son in Upper Manhattan; she works as a security guard and during a good week she can earn $300.00 so many, if she does not work, she does not get paid. Pauline is a widow thus she and her son do get a monthly Social Security support subsidy of $550.00 per month. Still- it's almost impossible for her to keep up with her monthly rent payment of $1090/month...particularly when she must also buy a monthly metrocard, put food on the table and do laundry! She and her son don't live a luxurious life but routine activities do cost money. This spring her son was ill and the co-payments for antibiotics and other medications made things even more difficult...Pauline fell behind in her rent and is now in Housing Court.

    EIS is trying very hard to keep Pauline and her son from entering the shelter system. What have we done? EIS sat Pauline down for Benefits Entitlement Counseling and application filing; we are pretty positive her household should receive SNAP (food stamp benefits) as well as health care through Child Health Plus, if not medicaid. We also have reached out for rental arrear stipends. EIS is also in discussions with Pauline's landlord about a payment plan arrangement; the housing management agency recognizes Pauline and her son are good tenants to have in their building...but we all understand rent must be paid.

    As the article points out, the average monthly cost to the City of maintaining a family in the shelter system is $3000.00. Pauline and her son make it on a lot less each month!!
    We thank you for your generous support to and interest in EIS-our work, our mission and our clients!

    Please take a moment:

    NYTimes: In New York, Having a Job, or 2, Doesn’t Mean Having a Home

    Affordable-housing advocates say the homeless work force is proof of the widening gap between wages and rents and the difficulty in escaping the shelter system.

    Eviction Intervention Services
    Eviction Intervention Services
    1233 2nd Avenue, NYC 10065
    p.(212) 308-2210
    f.(212) 715-9908

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    Jeff Worden associate producer for FOX network's MasterChef is spreading word of their open call audition on Saturday, October 26th. They are scouting America for their nextMasterChef!

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    For media information, please contact:
    Keyana Corliss
    Merritt Group

    Role Reversal: Corporates to Pitch Budding Startups at SwitchPitch NYC
    Popular DC event heads to the Big Apple to Rev-Up Startup Community

    New York, New York, July 31, 2013: SwitchPitch, the only place where established companies can pitch their technology needs to vetted startups, announced today that it will be holding its second reverse pitch event on October, 1, 2013 at NYU Skirball Center. On the heels of its successful Washington, DC launch in March 2013, SwitchPitch is making its way to the Big Apple where it aims to facilitate continued growth for the NYC startup community by allowing organizations like News Corp., TIME, Inc., Edelman PR, CPX Interactive and New York Daily News to pitch their project needs to qualified and vetted startups. As witnessed by 300+ in attendance at the DC event, this role reversal will allow startups to accelerate customer revenue and engage in strategic partnerships, while providing corporations with the opportunity to get their projects off the ground at entrepreneur speed and efficiency.

    While pitching is traditionally reserved for startup companies trying to make a name for themselves among more established organizations, SwitchPitch is flipping the tables to allow some of the biggest and most successful corporations to present their technology and marketing project needs to an audience of nearly 850 early stage companies. Accordingly, these large corporations will be able to complete projects in a more efficient, entrepreneurial time frame and build relationships with future technology leaders. Similarly, startups will have the chance to ramp up their customer acquisition base, building long-term lasting relationships between today and tomorrow’s successful companies. Both will have the chance to network with a star-studded list of local companies and listen to keynotes from the likes of Kevin Ryan, founder of Gilt, co-founder of Doubleclick, among others.

    “After the success we had in DC, there was no doubt in our mind that the next evolution of SwitchPitch would take place in NYC,” said Sita Vasan, Executive Director of SwitchPitch. “We’re once again proud to be connecting today’s business and technology leaders with those of the future. We saw great success earlier this year and are continuing to see the fruits of relationships cultivated at our first SwitchPitch event. We look forward to providing the same opportunity to corporates and startups in the metro-NYC area. “

    Large organizations and startups looking to join SwitchPitch should head to www.switchpitch.comand select “Apply to Attend” or reach out to Sita Vasan at More information can be found on the SwitchPitch website and below:

    At a Glance: SwitchPitch NYC

    Large Corporations looking for a corporate partner to get their projects off the ground, cost efficiently and at lightning speed! Projects should preferably be budget-approved or early stage low-budget opportunities whereby a startup could start a project engagement with a large company. For example, build an intranet website, set up a social media marketing tool, structure a database, or build new mobile apps to increase engagement.
    Startups looking to accelerate business development by viewing the needs of many big companies efficiently. Companies present their technology project needs to the startup community, both online through our project listings, and at live events!

    What: SwitchPitch, where established companies can pitch their technology needs to Metro-NYC area startups

    When: Tuesday, October 1, 2013 || 2:00 PM

    Where: NYU Skirball Center || 60 Washington Square South, Suite 503, New York, NY 10012-1019

    How: For $95/person (until August 31st, $195 thereafter), startups can attend the event, listen to keynotes and corporate pitches, enjoying a networking Happy Hour and submit online proposals to the corporate project they most align with by using SwitchPitch’s proposal submission platform.

    Presented by: Exhilarator

    Read the press release online.

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    Con Edison (NYSE: ED) today announced that its Board of Directors has elected John McAvoy as Consolidated Edison, Inc.'s president and chief executive officer, effective January 1, 2014. McAvoy will also serve as CEO of Con Edison's principal subsidiary, Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc.

    After 40 years of service, Kevin Burke will retire as president and CEO on December 31. He will remain the non-executive chairman of the board for a transition period. Burke, who is 62, joined the company in 1973 and has served as president and CEO since 2005.

    "John McAvoy is very talented and will ably guide the company as it moves forward," Burke said. "John is a leader. His extensive experience in the energy industry will be invaluable to our customers, investors and all who rely on the company."

    McAvoy, 53, was appointed president and chief executive officer of Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc. in 2012. Since joining Con Edison in 1980, McAvoy served as senior vice president of Central Operations with responsibilities for the planning, design, operations and maintenance of the electric generation, transmission and substations systems, the generation and distribution of the steam system and construction activities for the company. Over the years, he has held positions of increasing responsibility, including vice president of System and Transmission Operations and general manager of Substation Operations.

    He earned an MBA from New York University and a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Manhattan College.

    McAvoy is a graduate of the Rockefeller Fellows program. He currently serves on the boards of the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, the Hudson Valley Economic Development Corporation, Orange County Partnership, and the Rockland Economic Development Corporation.

    Consolidated Edison, Inc. is one of the nation's largest investor-owned energy companies, with approximately $12 billion in annual revenues and $42 billion in assets. The company provides a wide range of energy-related products and services to its customers through the following subsidiaries: Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc., a regulated utility providing electric, gas, and steam service in New York City and Westchester County, New York; Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc., a regulated utility serving customers in a 1,350 square mile area in southeastern New York state and adjacent sections of northern New Jersey and northeastern Pennsylvania; Consolidated Edison Solutions, Inc., a retail energy supply and services company; Consolidated Edison Energy, Inc., a wholesale energy services company; and Consolidated Edison Development, Inc., a company that participates in infrastructure projects.

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