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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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    AT&T Redoubles Longstanding Commitment in NYC to Keeping Service Members Worldwide Connected to Loved Ones

    (November 21, 2013) New York, NY – Just in time for the holidays, our service members overseas will be able to better stay in touch with their loved ones, thanks to a new partnership between AT&T and the five New York City Chambers of Commerce. Between now and December 13, New Yorkers can place their old devices in specially marked bins at all five Chambers across the city. AT&T has a long-standing mission of connecting members of our nation’s military with their loved ones back home. With the support of AT&T and cell phone donations by its customers, Cell Phones for Soldiers has generated more than $3 million to help connect military members to their families back home.

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    2nd Ave. Business, Marianne Vera Salon, set for Small Business Saturday! #ShopSmall Get out there on Nov. 30th and shop local! Where will you shop on Small Business Saturday?

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    MCC recently participated in the IWEC awards event held in Lima, Peru, November 10-13th. WE congratulate US awardees Kristina Bouweiri, Reston Limousines, Nadine Cino, Tyga-Box Systems, Inc. and Wendy Shen, FLOMO/Nygala Corp.

    Please read the following for more info:

    The Lima Chamber of Commerce in Peru welcomed over 100 women entrepreneurs from Africa, Asia, Europe and North and South America to celebrate the Seventh Annual International Women's Entrepreneurial Challenge Conference (IWEC) November 10-13th. This was a major geographical expansion for IWEC’s since it is the first time the conference will be held in South America. The conference recognized successful women entrepreneurs from numerous industries including computer software, fashion, manufacturing, electronics, agribusiness, health services, skin care, real estate, research technology, shipping and freight forwarding, export of mineral products, education and many other enterprises. The firms lead by these women represented a turnover of more than one billion dollars and employ over 20,000 employees. IESE Business School presented seminars on leadership and on how to “Build Successful, Respected Companies,” the theme of the Conference. Business owners participated not only in the seminars but also in structured networking sessions with local Lima Chamber of Commerce members. All participants are interested in networking and are looking for business opportunities in Peru, which has one of the fastest growing economies in South America.

    IWEC’s mission is to present a platform for the exchange of knowledge, experience, connectivity and to promote dialogue among women entrepreneurs and business leaders throughout the world. Through these educational dialogs, women business owners can further develop their companies, raise their profiles in mentoring younger employees or other entrepreneurs and expand their markets.

    This year at the Conference, 26 women were honored from Canada, Colombia, Bolivia, Spain, Sweden, South Africa, the United States, Peru, Turkey, The Philippines, The Netherlands, Bangladesh and India.

    During the conference attendees explored subjects such as: global economic challenges; Women’s leadership in growing businesses, mentoring and numerous other topics related to leadership and management of successful businesses.

    IWEC was initiated in 2006 by the Barcelona Chamber of Commerce in association with the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry Ladies Organization FICCI/FLO and joined by the U.S. Department of State and the Cape Chamber of Commerce. The organization has held annual conferences in Barcelona, New York, New Delhi and Cape Town, South Africa and next year, the Conference will be held in Stockholm Sweden and will be hosted by Chamber Trade Sweden comprised of 8 Swedish Chambers.

    More information on the conference and *awardees can be found at:

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    Company Name Website
    ConnectMe Eugene Erichsen
    Alliance Chimney Anthony Velez
    Allied Chimney Mike Velez
    New York State Insurance Fund (NYSIF) Kerry Kirwan
    Creating Epiphanies, Inc Marine Saint-Vil
    Square Circle New York Robert Rogan
    Howard Hughes Corporation Lincoln Palsgrove
    Mark S. Grodberg, Esq. Mark Grodberg
    CanYouCheckThis,Inc John Jacobs
    Green Light Sustainability Advisors Erin McKinnon
    Licenders Adie Horowitz
    AHRC NYC Amanda Bates
    The Margolis Law Firm Jeffrey Margolis
    Arthur D Warady Arthur Warady
    GO' Coaching Susan O'Sulllivan
    Merrill Lynch Melissa Kenshalo
    Forza Abstract Marisaa Freglette
    Yellow Dot Sandra Clayton
    Bob Altavilla Interiors Jessica Polizzi
    IDUNA Apples Inc. Richard Zhang
    Sunlight Fine Rugcare & Restoration Haim Shemesh
    ALM Accounting, Tax & CFO Services Almira Hoovert

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    Company Name Website
    AT&T External Affairs Elizabeth Segal
    HSBC Bank USA, N.A. Charles Ryan
    Cruises Inc. Henry Tisor
    City Hall Restaurant Henry Meer
    Emerging Technologies Institute Lyonel Coriolan
    Signature Systems Group, LLC. Arnon Rosan
    Seastreak LLC Heather Irvin
    Alliance for Downtown New York Stephanie Jennings
    Global Strategy Group Justin Lapatine
    Attitude New York, Inc. Rosina Rubin
    Hudson Furniture Inc Barlas Baylar
    Citi-Habitats Christopher Butt
    Margolis Law Jeff Margolis
    Sebastian A. Weiss, J.D., L.L.M. (Taxation) Sebastian Weiss
    Bond New York Properties LLC Edith Nanazia
    MarketingWorks NY Donna Vassallo
    Milly LLC Edward Oshrin
    Partnership for Student Advancement Anne Bonfiglio
    Union Square Partnership Jennifer Falk
    Cyprus Embassy Trade Center Aristos Constantine
    United Security Systems Dana Goffer

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    A guide to the best holiday gifts from East Village Merchants
    The East Village Gift Guide presents 36 unique items found locally that make great gifts for this
    holiday season. These items are all from independently owned businesses throughout the East
    Village, a neighborhood on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.

    This guide -­ the first of its kind -­ is the product of the East Village Community Coalition (EVCC),
    an organization at work to recognize, sustain, and support the architectural and cultural
    character of the East Village. For seven years, EVCC has been producing the “Get Local! Guide
    to East Village Shops,” a printed directory of over four hundred shops in the East Village. The
    East Village Gift Guide expands upon this “Get Local!” campaign by helping people shop locally
    during the holidays. The gift guide invites East Villagers, New Yorkers and visitors from all over to
    discover stores of the East Village and their one-­of-­a-­kind products, all of which distinguish East
    Village shops from the rest of the city.

    In addition to showcasing the unique items from East Village merchants, this guide is one of the
    first initiatives aimed at increasing the collaboration between local businesses. Over the last
    three months, EVCC has been working with small business owners to form a
    neighborhood-­wide merchants association that will help promote and advocate for the small and
    independent businesses in the East Village. Using funding from AvenueNYC, a program of the
    NYC Department of Small Business Services, and the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce,
    EVCC is working to develop a merchants association. A Steering Committee of local merchants
    has given the association its official name, the East Village Independent Merchants Association
    (EVIMA), and is planning the inaugural meeting for EVIMA at the end of January.

    Copies of the East Village Gift Guide are available in both digital or print formats. Digital copies of
    the guide are available at this link or on EVCC’s website. Printed copies are available at
    participating stores (listed below), EVCC’s office (143 Avenue B) and the FUNKtional Art Fair, a
    holiday fair located La Plaza Cultural Community garden at Avenue C and 9th Street. Visit one of
    these locations to pick up your very own gift guide!

    If you would like to know more about EVCC and EVIMA or help us spread word about the guide,
    please visit this website,, or send an email to

    List of Participating Merchants:

    1. Barbara Feinman Millinery
    2. Dusty Buttons
    3. rena REBORN
    4. Random Accessories
    5. Cloak & Dagger
    6. Sailor Rose
    7. The Wild Ivy
    8. Marjory Warren Boutique
    9. Fragance Shop
    10. Enzs
    11. Dejavu Boutique
    12. Eileen Fisher
    13. Gallery Vercon
    14. CADET
    16. Russian & Turkish Baths
    17. Yoga East
    18. Shamburger’s Chinese Hawaiian Kenpo Academy
    19. Parlor
    20. Swing Organic Hair Salon
    21. Ruff Club
    22. Social Tees Animal Rescue
    23. Pink Olive
    24. Goat-­Milk Kidwear
    25. Jane’s Exchange
    26. Dinosaur Hill
    27. Keshav Music Imports
    28. Tinkersphere
    29. Pageant Print Shop
    30. A Repeat Performance
    31. Anthony Aiden Opticians
    32. Dorian Grey Gallery
    33. Love Shine
    34. Butter Lane Bakery
    35. Physical GraffiTEA
    36. Clayworks Pottery

    The East Village Community Coalition works to recognize, support, and sustain the built and
    cultural character of the East Village. This character includes a diverse population;; low-­rise,
    human scale blocks and affordable buildings with historic and architectural significance;; a
    multitude of community gardens;; indigenous stores and businesses;; and the neighborhood’s
    history and ongoing tradition as a haven for those seeking freedom to express artistic, creative,
    and social concerns.

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  • 12/11/13--09:41: Con Edison December Updates
  • DECEMBER Updates 

    Friendly reminder to offer your customers energy efficient options so they can benefit from Con Edison's gas rebates. Also, please remind your installers to affix serial number stickers of certain manufacturers on all equipment where applicable. Customers selected for a quality assurance inspection will have a more difficult path to receiving a rebate without the CP sticker on the equipment due to the missing information.

    Are you listed under our "Find a Contractor" link? Being listed provides added visibility to a wider base of customers looking for ways to improve their homes and make them more energy efficient. There's only a few requirements to take advantage of this free outreach:

    - You must have successfully installed Prescriptive Measures in the past;

    - Have submitted applications for incentives on at least four (4) occassions within a twelve (12) month period; and

    - Your installation work must have been inspected by the IC on at least four (4) occasions.

    Please contact the Green Team at 800-430-9505 should you have any questions about being listed on the site.

    When submitting the rebate be sure to include an invoice that lists the following:
    - Install date

    - Contractor name and address

    - Customer name and address

    - Model and serial number of all equipment installed*

    - Notation that equipment is paid in full
    Also provide your customers with the AHRI certification number or a copy of the manufacturer's specification sheet.

    *Programmable thermostat serial numbers not required.

    - Please note: Electric Air Sealing and Indirect Hot Water Heater rebates have been discontinued since September 1, 2013;

    - The Home Energy Survey Program has been discontinued, effective June 27, 2013. Please contact the Green Team at 800-430-9505 should you have any questions or concerns;

    - New customer kits will be provided to all customers who complete an HVAC Electric or Gas rebate program. The free electric kits include 3 CFL light bulbs, and the free gas kits include a low-flow shower head and a faucet aerator as a thank you for participating;

    - The Appliance Recycling program will be undergoing a few changes shortly, including the addition of primary refrigerators to the program;

    - Starting this fall: Con Edison will offer rebates for the purchase of qualifying CEE refrigerators and Energy Star dehumidifiers that can save your customers energy and money;

    For more information on program details, visit

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    Use this checklist to help you post required signs and avoid fines.
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    MCC welcomes new Friends Partner Fogo de Chão!

    Fogo de Chão
    40 West 53rd Street

    Internationally-Renowned Southern Brazilian Steakhouse Opens First Big Apple Location, Their Largest Outpost in the World, in Midtown Manhattan

    Start spreading the news – Fogo de Chão has arrived in New York! The award-winning churrascaria – Brazilian steakhouse – which first opened in Porto Alegre, Brazil 35 years ago– will open in the heart of Midtown Manhattan on Thursday, December 19th on West 53rd Street (lunch begins Monday, December 23). At 16,000 square feet, this is the largest Fogo de Chão in the world. The New York location will stand as a flagship among their locations in iconic cities like Beverly Hills, Washington DC, Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, Brazil.

    The Big Apple’s first Fogo de Chão is a short walk from Times Square and just steps away from MoMA, the Museum of Modern Art. This prime location makes Fogo de Chão the ideal dining spot for locals, tourists, and dignitaries alike. The $16+ million dollar, three-level design of this expansive restaurant seats more than 300 guests and includes two bars -- one on the main level and a mezzanine bar overlooking the restaurant. For the first time, Fogo de Chão will offer a separate bar menu exclusively for the New York location.

    “The Manhattan opening of Fogo de Chão is a major milestone in our 35-year history, on par with our arrival to the United States from Brazil in 1997” says Fogo de Chão Chief Executive Officer Larry Johnson. “This has been a long time coming and we’re thrilled to have found the ideal location to introduce New Yorkers to our Brazilian culinary traditions.”

    The first Fogo de Chão location featuring designs by renowned architect Jeffrey Beers, the restaurant reflects Beers’ inspiration of the “classic gaucho” way of life, a South American cowboy who sleeps under the expansive skyline of stars and prepares his meals on an open fire. With experience living and working in Brazil, Beers shares a particular affinity for Brazilian culture and design. Upon entering the restaurant, guests can immediately sense the authentic gaucho spirit of Fogo de Chão. They are greeted by a 17-foot-high, bas-relief sculpture of Antônio Caringi’s famous Brazilian sculpture, O Lacador (The Lassoer), also a historical monument in Porto Alegre, Brazil. A striking multi-level Escher-esque stairway with glass railings leads guests between the restaurant’s three levels and a wooden ribbed proscenium wraps across the ceiling with alabaster lights throughout. Once at the top level, an oversized braided leather chandelier commands center stage in the mezzanine bar along with a curved ‘overlook’ with a drink ledge where guests can enjoy a cocktail while gazing down on the street level bar and main dining room, 40 feet below. The restaurant also features private and semi-private dining areas to accommodate special events.

    Brazil is home to some of the best food in the world, and now Fogo de Chão is giving New Yorkers the opportunity to experience the authenticity of Brazilian culture and food. The restaurant’s unique dining experience is based on the centuries-old gaucho tradition known as churrasco, the art of roasting meats over an open fire. The story behind Fogo de Chão began while its founders were young boys growing up in Southern Brazil. Through the years they learned how to grill the meats the gaucho way from their fathers, and soon took charge of a culinary tradition that was passed down generation to generation for over three centuries.

    Fogo de Chão specializes in espeto corrido, or “continuous service,” where a team of Brazilian-trained gaucho chefs, led by Head Gaucho Chef Ezequiel Manfrin, prepare, cook and carve tableside 16 different cuts of beef, lamb, chicken and pork. Guests decide both the pace and the portions of their dining experience by using a small, double-sided disc that signals to the gaucho chefs that they are ready for additional service. Placing the green side up signals to gauchos to continue presenting meats to the table and placing the red side up signals that one is satisfied – at least until they are ready to begin sampling the meats again!

    While meats are at the forefront, the restaurant also features a gourmet salad and sides bar with more than 30 selections, including gluten-free offerings. Options include fresh vegetables, cured meats, warm Brazilian cheese bread, imported cheeses, caramelized bananas and crispy polenta. To complement the dining experience, Fogo de Chão boasts an impressive, award-winning 200-label wine list, as well as an array of South American-inspired cocktails, many of which change seasonally. The decadent dessert menu features their signature, house-made Papaya Cream with fresh papaya, vanilla ice cream and Crème de Cassis liqueur, South American Flan, Crème Brûlée and much more.

    About Fogo de Chão
    Fogo de Chão® Churrascaria - Brazilian Steakhouse was founded in 1979 in Porto Alegre, Brazil and expanded into the U.S. in 1997. There are currently 21 locations throughout the United States and nine locations in Brazil with the recent November 2013 opening in the Jardins neighborhood of São Paulo. San Jose, California to follow in 2014.

    For more information, please visit

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    The following press release was issued this morning:

    JPMorgan Chase Launches $250 Million Global Economic Opportunity Initiative

    Through research, data and investments, "New Skills at Work" aims to revolutionize the way employers and skills trainers develop talent for jobs in local high-growth industries

    NEW YORK, NY – December 12, 2013 – JPMorgan Chase & Co. today launched an unprecedented five-year, $250 million global workforce readiness and demand-driven training initiative called New Skills at Work. The new initiative will be the largest ever private-sector effort aimed at addressing the "skills gap" that exists across many industries, such as healthcare and advanced manufacturing, where not enough trained workers have the specific skills to fill the jobs available.

    The announcement was made at an event in Washington, DC hosted by the Aspen Institute featuring JPMorgan Chase Chairman and CEO Jamie Dimon, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, former Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council Melody Barnes, and Aspen President and CEO Walter Isaacson.

    According to an IMF analysis, the skills gap accounts for approximately one-third of the U.S. unemployment rate. By 2020, an estimated 63% of the projected 48 million job openings will require some sort of post-secondary school training. Using research and data analysis, public-private partnerships and engagement with local leaders and organizations, New Skills at Work will accelerate economic growth by supporting training programs that will have the greatest impact.

    "Addressing the skills gap can be one of our most powerful tools for reducing unemployment and creating more broadly shared prosperity," said Jamie Dimon, chairman and chief executive officer of JPMorgan Chase. "JPMorgan is using its best assets, including industry intelligence and strong partnerships in local communities, to provide a platform for employers, educators and workforce participants to help people gain the skills they need to succeed."

    Dimon will chair the JPMorgan Chase Global Workforce Advisory Council, which will bring together a group of private sector, non-profit, education and workforce development thought leaders to ensure the effectiveness of the effort. The Advisory Council will advise on the development, implementation and evaluation of New Skills at Work. Melody Barnes, former Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, will co-chair the Council.

    One of the key challenges is that too little data about employer demand is available to inform workforce training programs. New Skills at Work will fill that void by producing Workforce Readiness Gap Reports in local markets to help drive more effective and strategic local workforce planning. This research will explore regional level workforce deficiencies and challenges and seek to identify holes in local job markets and the skills needed to fill identified gaps. The data will be used to inform program development efforts with both the supply and demand sides of the skills gap challenge. On the demand side, the data will help business groups and sector associations to broadcast the skills they need to compete and prosper. On the supply side, the data will help leading national workforce training groups including the Aspen Institute's Forum for Community Solutions, the Institute for Public Policy Research, the National Academy Foundation, Jobs for the Future, Participle, Year Up and YouthBuild develop the training programs and credentials targeted to meet employer demands.

    "Our work with JPMorgan Chase is vitally important to the future success of America's workforce," said Steve Patrick, executive director of The Aspen Forum for Community

    Solutions at The Aspen Institute. "In our country, 6.8 million young people graduate high school unprepared to meet the needs of a 21st century economy, and with this new initiative, we can create the capacity to drive solutions that connect youth to careers vital to America's growth."

    New Skills at Work research and programming will focus on major U.S. and European urban areas, with an initial focus on Chicago, Columbus, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, the San Francisco Bay Area and London. Specific grants and partnerships for individual cities will be announced in the early months of 2014.

    "Closing the skills gap has to be one of the top priorities of our economic development efforts around the nation," said Mayor Emanuel. "In Chicago, we have focused on training our students to ensure they have the skills and education they'll need to get the jobs that will be available in the future. Around the nation, we must direct our collective effort on similar missions, and I'm grateful that JP Morgan Chase has put so much energy and resources into addressing these critical issues. I look forward to working with all Americans to make progress on these important economic issues and get people into good jobs and careers."

    In Chicago, Mayor Emanuel's work to close the skills gap includes an innovative program at the City Colleges of Chicago – called College to Careers. The program, launched in 2011, partners faculty and staff at City Colleges with more than 100 industry leaders to design curriculum and facilities and offer internships and job opportunities to ensure Chicagoans are ready to hit the ground running in fast-growing fields. Leaders from the private and public sectors, college faculties and industry groups come together to design innovative coursework, curriculum and training, to ensure students are trained with the skills they need for the jobs of tomorrow.

    The partnerships that New Skills at Work will develop with non-profit organizations will aim to expand education and training programs that are proven effective at helping Americans acquire new job skills and find employment in their communities. For example, Year Up was specifically chosen for their targeted job training investments that help support young people ages 16 to 24 – both those who are currently enrolled in school and those who are not on a path towards a degree – as well as adults who are underemployed or need additional training to progress in a career or transition to a new field.

    "This initiative from JPMorgan Chase is investing in more than our work, it's investing in building the partnerships necessary to catalyze a new workforce," Gerald Chertavian, founder and chief executive officer of Year Up. "Despite talent and motivation, millions of young adults lack access to training for careers that provide them with a living wage. At the same time, U.S. businesses need more and better-trained talent to compete on the global stage, highlighting the need for a program like New Skills at Work, providing tools to gain the necessary career skills."

    Chauncy Lennon, PhD, JPMorgan Chase's Senior Program Director for Workforce Development, will lead New Skills at Work. Lennon recently joined JPMorgan Chase from the Ford Foundation, where his work focused on promoting economic advancement for low-income workers by improving access to workforce development and work support programs.

    About JPMorgan Chase & Co.

    JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) is a leading global financial services firm with assets of $2.5 trillion and operations worldwide. The Firm is a leader in investment banking, financial services for consumers and small businesses, commercial banking, financial transaction processing, asset management and private equity. A component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, JPMorgan Chase & Co. serves millions of consumers in the United States and many of the world's most prominent corporate, institutional and government clients under its J.P.

    Morgan and Chase brands. Information about JPMorgan Chase & Co. is available at

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    MCC congratulates the following partners and members on being named one of Crain’s Best Places to Work 2013:

    MCC Platinum Partner MetLife
    MCC Silver Partner Microsoft
    MCC Bronze Partner Anchin, Block & Anchin
    MCC Bronze Partner WithumSmith+Brown
    MCC Corporate Member Cooley
    MCC Corporate Member Squarespace
    MCC Member Charter School Business Management

    Please see the complete list at:

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    Royall Witt

    New York Paralegal Online

    Lydia Scoon


    Adnan Lekic


    Brandon Hurst

    Shared Value Media

    Cal Zarin

    Radical Leverage

    Erin Hersey

    New York Daily News

    Dave DeMay

    Energy Efficient Lighting Design

    marilyn sloan

    New York Historical Society

    Kathleen M. O'Connor

    EcoLogic Solutions, Inc.

    Anselm Doering

    WSKQ-FM Mega 97.9 / WPAT-FM Amor 93.1

    Juan Almanzar


    Eileen Crossin

    Wildflower Brands LLC

    Max Assoulin

    Warby Parker

    Ruthie Thier

    Advantage Payroll Services

    Robert Buckley

    Dr Andrew Jacono

    Andrew Jacono

    East Harlem Merchants Association

    Raphael Benavides


    Graham Caparulo

    Law Offices of Stephen B. Kass, PC

    Diana Revzin


    Jasmine Teer

    Fogo De Chao Holdings

    Ashley Young


    Jerin Arifa

    Framing Change

    Ellen Bayer

    Opal Advising

    Meghan Carlson

    Hungarian Consulate Investment&Trade Office NYC

    Zsuzsanna PAPANEK

    Miss Amazing Inc.

    Jordan Somer

    The Sixsisters Inc

    Jules Bafoly


    Florence Sommer


    Jennifer Jones

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    Anil Melwani

    Armel Tax & Accounting Services

    Gary Matzelle

    Branch Restoration, Inc.

    Deahna Penn

    Department of Veterans Affairs

    Theresa Slater

    Empire Interpreting Service EIS

    Ashley Young

    Fogo De Chao Holdings

    Lynette Deiss

    H&R Block

    David Brooks

    Just Bulbs

    Arthur Zilberman


    Ronald Law

    MetroPlus Health Plan

    Patricia Ahaesy

    P&V Enterprises

    Jerry Arzu

    Telsey Advisory Group

    Stephanie Shalofsky

    The Organizing Zone

    Cathleen Sims

    Time Warner Cable Business Class

    Tim Rowe

    UPS Marketing

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    Follow us on Twitter: @THSHLAW for the firm or @THSH_Employment for the Employment Law Department.

    This article is not legal advice and may constitute attorney advertising in some jurisdictions. Employment Notes January 2014

    In accordance with legislation signed into law by Governor Cuomo in April 2013, New York’s minimum wage (formerly $7.25 per hour) increased to $8.00 per hour as of December 31, 2013. As a result, the effective minimum overtime rate has jumped to $12.00 per hour. These changes are the first of three staged increases in the State minimum wage, with the rates rising to $8.75 and $9.00 on December 31, 2014, and December 31, 2015, respectively.

    The increase in the State’s minimum wage has additional implications for employers. For instance, companies that classify employees as exempt executive or administrative employees must be sure to raise such employees’ minimum weekly salary from $543.75 to $600.00 as of

    December 31.

    In a rare reprieve for employers in the hospitality industry, the New York State Department of Labor (DOL) has issued proposed regulations providing that food service workers (such as waiters, bartenders, and other employees primarily engaged in serving food or beverages to guests) may continue to receive a minimum direct wage of $5.00, meaning that an employer tip credit of $3.00 (up from $2.25) will now be permitted, so long as the tips actually received by the employee bring his or her total hourly compensation to at least $8.00. For other service employees regularly receiving tips, such as coat and bathroom attendants, the minimum direct wage will remain at $5.65, resulting in an increased permitted tip credit of $2.35 per hour (up from $1.60).

    Subject to the DOL’s guidance and implementation requirements, numerous other New York regulations will be affected by the minimum wage increases, including rules relating to employee uniform maintenance pay, meal and lodging allowances, and the building services industry. In light of these changes (and similar 2014 minimum wage increases in other states, such as California, New Jersey, and Connecticut) employers should take the opportunity to review their wage and hour practices and consider whether any payroll adjustments will be required.

    For more information on the topic discussed, contact:

    Joel A Klarreich

    212-508-6747 : @staffing_lawyer

    Andrew W. Singer

    212-508-6723 : @employer_lawyer

    Stacey A. Usiak

    212-702-3158 : @law4employers

    Jason B. Klimpl

    212-508-7529 : @HR_Attorney

    Employment Notes, a newsletter produced by Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt LLP’s Employment Law Department, provides insights on recent employment caselaw, legislation and other legal developments impacting employer policies, human resource strategies and related best practices. To subscribe to the newsletter, email

    About Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt LLP

    Since 1978, Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt LLP has combined a powerful mix of insight, creativity, industry knowledge, senior talent and transaction expertise to successfully guide clients through periods of challenge and opportunity. Our mission is to deliver the highest quality legal services in a practical and efficient manner, bringing to bear the judgment, common sense and expertise of well trained, business minded lawyers. Through our commitment to service and successful results, Tannenbaum Helpern continues to earn the loyalty of our clients and a reputation for excellence. For more information, visit Follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter: @THSHLAW.

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    The U.S. Small Business Administration and Yelp are partnering to provide America’s small businesses with the information they need to successfully engage with online reviewers and tips for monitoring their online reputation. This new partnership will include a series of free educational webinars and workshops around the country and instructional materials in an effort to help small businesses adjust to the new realities of online word-of-mouth and address the challenges and opportunities that come along with this change.

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    JANUARY 26, 2014 12:01 A.M.

    Wells Fargo, the bank that's big just about everywhere except New York, has its eyes on the Big Apple.

    Five years after gaining a toehold in the city when it acquired Wachovia at a fire-sale price, the San Francisco giant is starting to stir. It has hired dozens of bankers to cultivate relationships with small and midsize New York businesses, quietly assembled a formidable capital-markets operation and is experimenting with new kinds of smaller branches to maximize its retail presence in the city's tight spaces.

    "We're committed to Manhattan and the region across all lines of business," said Joe Kirk, Wells Fargo's regional president for New York and Connecticut. "We're going to be wherever our customers want us."

    It might be tempting to dismiss those words as so much chest-thumping, particularly since Wells Fargo is a relative bit player in a city already saturated with huge financial institutions and scores of community banks.

    Yet Wells Fargo comes with some singular strengths: It is widely considered the country's best-run big bank, and about two years ago surpassed JPMorgan Chase as the nation's largest by market value, even though JPMorgan's balance sheet is nearly $1 trillion bigger.

    Nor does Wells Fargo appear hobbled by the legal problems afflicting so many other big banks, having set aside less than $3 billion to resolve bubble-era litigation, according to Bloomberg, compared with more than $20 billion for JPMorgan and $19 billion for Bank of America. The bank's brand vies with American Express for the best reputation in finance .

    "These guys stick to the basics; they don't get into businesses they don't understand, and they're better at selling to clients than anyone else," said Charles Wendel, president of Financial Institutions Consulting, which had Wells Fargo for a client in the past but doesn't now. "Now that they're here, they're not going away."

    Still, Wells Fargo officials insist the bank will grow in the New York market slowly. That seems in keeping with an institution so cautious that it waited more than two years to replace Wachovia's signs because it wanted to make sure computer systems were seamlessly knit together.

    "The reason Wells Fargo came out of the financial crisis in such strong fashion is the conservative approach it has taken for many years," Mr. Kirk said. "We're going to be very methodical."

    Read More Here:

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    By Brady Dale / CONTRIBUTOR

    EcoLogic Solutions raised $1.75 million on an offered $2 million equity round,according to an SEC filing. The company makes more ecologically friendly cleaning products and offers green custodial consulting to companies.

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    The 50 Yard Lounge is the premier destination for hospitality during the biggest football week of the year in NYC. Curated like a food & wine festival collided with traditional football hospitality, the 50 Yard Lounge is a unique blend of food, football, and music, sure to be a once in a lifetime experience for guests. Crafted with the spirit of New York City in mind, 50YL will provide guests with a combination of the best bites of the city, an opportunity to meet football legends and celebrity chefs and the ultimate big game experience.

    Located at One Penn Plaza, just a short walk from Times Square and in the shadows of MSG and Penn Station, the 50 Yard Lounge will open on Wednesday, January 29th and run through the game on Sunday, February 2nd. The 50 Yard Lounge will operate from 9 AM to 3 AM each day.

    Daily programming will feature:

    •Food from the best chefs and restaurants in NYC •Drinks from top mixologists, sommeliers, wine makers and brewmasters •Appearances by celebrity chefs, current & retired NFL legends, and celebrities from the entertainment world •Mash-ups that bring chefs and athletes together on-stage •Sounds of NYC, including live music and DJs throughout the day

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