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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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    New York, NY (January 23, 2014) – Progressive Computing (PCI) – a computer consulting and network installation, design and maintenance firm serving clients from offices in Manhattan and Westchester County, NY – has announced the promotion of Robert Patterson to Director of Sales and Marketing. A 13-year veteran of the IT industry, he has worked at Progressive Computing since 2011 as Business Development Manager.

    In his role as Director of Sales and Marketing, Patterson will still establish new client relationships and work as an account manager, and is also in charge of marketing, advertising and promotion for Progressive. He will oversee publicity outreach initiatives, like newsletter publications and seminars, continue his active role in community and trade organizations, and seek more speaking opportunities like this recent roles as a panelist at the ChannelPro SMB Forum in New Jersey and panel moderator at the New York Expo and Business Conference in Manhattan. Patterson will also manage the PCI sales team in their efforts to expand the company’s client base in Westchester and Manhattan.

    “I’m really excited about my new position at PCI, and the opportunity to shape our sales and marketing practices to help the company reach new levels of success,” said Patterson. “I am confident that we will form many fruitful relationships in 2014 and beyond.”

    Robb Patterson is a leading technology consultant and advisor to businesses and community organizations, as well as a sought after speaker and writer, in the New York Metro Area. He began his career as a freelance web designer, and then became a system administrator for a 40-use not-for-profit organization where he developed and managed the logistics department in addition to their computer network.

    In 2005, he founded the New York Small Business Server Group (NYSBS), which has grown into one of the largest SMB-focused technology peer groups in the world. With Patterson leading the way as its acting president, NYSBS’ 280+ members share industry best practices, collaborate to solve challenges, educate one another, and benefit from positive relationships with leading hardware and software vendors.

    An active member of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, Patterson serves as Co-Chair of its Tech Committee, developing and supporting technology-related events, and its Mid-Market Committee, which will build the Chamber’s mid-size business membership. Since 2010, he has been on the steering committee for the New York Business Expo & Conference, an annual event that features 200 exhibitors and 40 seminars, and attracts more than 10,000 executives.

    “Robb has been a critical part of our team since he joined PCI, managing our relationships and helping us grow our business in Manhattan,” said Progressive Computing CEO Robert Cioffi. “He’s always taken an active role in marketing and been very participative in community initiatives, so this promotion is not only well deserved but a logical extension of his natural talents.”

    About Progressive Computing, Inc. With offices in Westchester County, NY and Manhattan, Progressive Computing, Inc. is a leader in computer network installation, design and maintenance, offering professional, cost-effective IT services, computer consulting, technical support and computer repair to organizations since 1993. They are focused on providing cost-effective, reliable and

    right-sized solutions. As a Microsoft Small Business Specialist,, the PCI technicians and computer consultants are dedicated to delivering IT 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: ProManage: An all-inclusive fixed price contract to cover all technology needs. ProHosting: Enterprise-class datacenter services to the SMB for mission critical applications. ProAudit: Computer consulting services that scrutinize and appraise the strengths and weaknesses of existing computer networks and systems. ProBackup: Disaster Recovery service plan subscription that uses a combination of an onsite backup appliance and secure offsite data storage. General IT Services: Project or incident-based services with no contractual obligation. Westchester County Office Progressive Computing 35 East Grassy Sprain Road Yonkers, New York 10710 Tel: 914.375.3009

    http://www.progressivecomputing.com/

    Robert Patterson, Director of Sales and Marketing, Progressive Computing New York City Office Progressive Computing, Inc. 60 East 42nd Street Suite 1161 New York, NY 10165 Tel: 212.681.1212




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    Posted on January 20, 2014 by Anthony Smith

    Small businesses can create big success if they consistently set short-term, attainable goals. Whether your business is looking to expand into a new market, acquire new leads or make key new hires, these short-term goals will help you sustain momentum over the long term.

    1. Make sales and marketing a priority.

    Clearly, sales and marketing are key to success, but many small business owners don’t have expertise in these areas. Evaluate a few of the free or inexpensive cloud-based applications that can help you optimize for search engines and improve PPC campaign results, increase lead generation or make it easy to launch and maintain marketing campaigns. By getting a bit of help with these sales and marketing activities, you can increase market awareness about your product and allow your team to dedicate more time to improving it.

    See more at: http://bit.ly/1mSQbfW

    Ramon Ray
    Editor & Technology Evangelist
    Smallbiztechnology.com
    ramon@smallbiztechnology.com

    Tech & Biz Twitter Nuggets- http://www.twitter.com/ramonray
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  • 01/30/14--11:09: NYCEDC Announces RISE : NYC
  • This week NYCEDC announced RISE : NYC, Resiliency Innovations for a Stronger Economy, a competition to identify and deploy new technologies to help small businesses become more resilient to future storms, sea level rise and other effects of climate change.

    Hurricane Sandy revealed significant vulnerabilities in New York City’s buildings and infrastructure networks. The storm displaced entire communities, stalled business activity and shut down critical utility networks for days. Businesses in the city’s affected areas experienced not only physical damage to their buildings, but lost significant amounts of inventory and business-critical equipment. After the storm, many impacted businesses exhausted their resources while making the most basic repairs to get back to work. Unfortunately, not having the means to invest in resiliency measures, they remain vulnerable to future storms and other extreme weather events.

    Through RISE : NYC, up to $30 million is available to fund the installation of new and innovative resiliency technologies at small businesses impacted by Hurricane Sandy to enable them to better prepare for future storms. The competition is funded by the Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) program administered through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

    The competition seeks applications from a wide variety of businesses and organizations with innovative and scalable resiliency projects that will benefit small businesses by making their building systems, energy infrastructure and telecommunication networks better able to resist, adapt to, or bounce back from extreme weather events. RISE : NYC is also seeking project sites. Small businesses that suffered physical damage, were located in the inundation area, sustained a loss of power or utility connection, or are located in the revised 100-year floodplain can participate with an opportunity to receive a selected technology at no cost.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
    Visit the RISE : NYC website for more information and to find out how to apply.

    SHARE THE OPPORTUNITY
    Please share this funding opportunity with small businesses and technology providers in your community. If you have any questions or need additional information please reach out to info@rise-nyc.com or visit the RISE : NYC website.

    Application due date: Friday, February 28th

    NYCEDC information session:
    When: Monday, February 3rd, 2014
    Where: 110 William Street, New York, NY
    Time: 10 am

    Thank you for supporting a stronger, more resilient New York City.


    LEARN MORE

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  • 01/30/14--14:01: Hiring Our Heroes

  • March 27, 2014
    This University of Phoenix-sponsored hiring event is being conducted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, the New York National Guard, the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, the Department of Labor Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (DOL VETS), the New York Committee of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), the United States Army Reserve (USAR), the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, The American Legion, Goodwill Industries International, the NYS Department of Labor, NYC Department of Small Business Services, NBC News, and other local partners.

    A workshop for veterans and other military job seekers that focuses on resume writing, tips for successfully navigating hiring fairs, military skill translation, and interviewing will start at 8:00 AM. To register for the Hiring Our Heroes Employment Workshop, visit hohworks.eventbrite.com/
    For registration questions, please contact us at hiringourheroes@uschamber.com or call 202-463-5807.

    EMPLOYERS
    Must register for FREE at HiringOurHeroes.org
    JOB SEEKERS
    Register for FREE at HiringOurHeroes.org
    to guarantee admission. Walk-ins welcome but space not guaranteed.
    HIRING FAIR: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
    EMPLOYMENT WORKSHOP: 8:00 AM

    Download the free Hiring Our Heroes mobile app! All our powerful tools and resources at your fingertips.

    Find Hiring Our Heroes online:

    2014 Hiring Our Heroes Veterans Event – New York City
    69th Regiment Lexington Avenue Armory
    68 Lexington Avenue, Manhattan, New York, NY 10010


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    Today, Time Warner Cable announced customers in New York City and Los Angeles will be the first to benefit from major enhancements that will transform their services as they know it. The new experience includes best-in-class reliability, ultra-fast Internet speeds and state-of-the-art television services.

    This new customer service experience, currently dubbed “TWC Maxx,” will have its own brand name at the time of launch later this year.

    This elevated focus has three key components:
    · Rock-solid network reliability
    · Internet customers get big speed boost
    · New TV experience with more content, better interfaces and navigation

    Please click here to view the press release and/or check out our blog piece on Time Warner Cable Untangled.

    Time Warner cable is committed to delivering the best quality products and services to its customers, and to help make our customers’ lives simpler and easier.

    I hope you will share this exciting news with your constituents! As always, please do not hesitate to reach out to me with any questions or feedback.

    Sincerely,
    Cathleen Sims

    Cathleen Sims DeVito
    Vice President
    Northeast Government
    Relations - NYC
    cathleen.sims@twcable.com
    212.379.5984

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    By the Global Intellectual Property Center

    West-coasters pilgrimaging to the Super Bowl this year may be left super cold. While acclimating to polar temperatures for hours in an outdoor stadium in New Jersey is bad enough, opportunistic counterfeiters are seeking to make it worse.

    Knock-off memorabilia and apparel are destined to leave a chill on sports fans of all kinds. But you’re saying to yourself, what gives? A Bronco’s jersey is a jersey and a Seahawk’s sweatshirt is just a sweatshirt. That may be the case… unless it’s fake. Counterfeits, clothing included, are oftentimes made of inferior quality, making what appears to be a warm coat, mittens, etc to in fact be totally useless against the cold.

    But 400,000 Super Bowl attendees and consumers aren’t the only ones getting iced. Businesses and local economies suffer from this growing epidemic, as evidenced by this week’s $20 million bust on game day fakes. In “Operation Team Player,” U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement teamed with the NFL to identify and prevent the profiteering from counterfeit merchandise and tickets from a variety of sources, like warehouses, flea markets, and online vendors.

    David Hirschmann, president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber's Global Intellectual Property Center was cited as saying: "Counterfeit goods cost the global economy an estimated $250 billion each year. More than 1.2 million jobs in New Jersey, 900,000 jobs in Colorado and 1.2 million in the state of Washington depend on IP intensive industries meaning counterfeits have a direct impact on the economy in the home states of both teams and the host of the Super Bowl."

    Come this Sunday, somebody must win, and somebody must lose. But when criminal counterfeiters are off the streets and e-streets, everybody wins.

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    Glenn Busch

    Glenn Busch PC

    S. Latifah Abdur

    Latifah Abdur Integrated Artist

    Newelle McDonald

    Family Health

    Teddy Ginorio

    Teddy Ginorio Consulting

    Jessica Berman

    The Manhattan Center

    Tim Schmeier

    UFC Gym NYC

    Annette Juriaco

    The Madison Square Garden Company

    Collin Slattery

    Taikun Inc.

    Michael Higgins

    Morgan Stanley

    Heather Vacca

    Key Software Systems

    Frank Bastone

    Pinnacle Trips

    Mark Choice

    Pisgah Builders Inc

    Kristina Iulo

    The CHS Group

    Arthur Miller

    Stream Energy

    Peter Myette

    Peter L. Myette

    Patricia Cole

    P A Cole Consultants

    Barbara Ginty

    Independent Financial Services

    Christina Regan

    Xenex Merchant Services

    Adriana Cara

    Adriana Cara Life Coach

    Peggy Silbert

    American Cancer Society

    VICTOR QUINTANA

    MERRILL LYNCH

    Sam Davis

    Thalyon Marketing Group

    Omar Elkadiri

    Travel worldwide cheap

    Michelle Siegel

    Keller Williams NYC

    Patricia Grande

    Hall Capital Partners LLC

    JOSE HERNANDEZ

    HEALTHCARE CHAPLAINCY NETWORK

    Hershey S. Landau

    Hudz Group

    Lauren Raimondi

    All Aces Promotional Staffing

    Mindy Solkin

    The Running Center



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    Company Name

    Website

    Catharine Hough

    Massartre Ltd.

    Michael Coopersmith

    Integrated Technology Systems

    Stanley Ferol

    CinqTech, Inc

    Pamela Coppola

    Statewide Fire Corp

    William Montanaro

    Greater New York Council, Exploring Program

    Andrew Presti

    Presti & Naegele

    Angela Franco

    AMF Direct LLC

    John Rappaport

    McBurney YMCA

    Carol Tweedy

    Asphalt Green

    William Liberis 

    Pay Pros

    Torkan Maham

    Torkan USA Inc.

    Bernard Uhlfelder

    Yorkville Newsstand

    Marco Moreno

    Peru Trading Corp Import & Export ( PETRA CORP)

    Tamika Humphreys

    East Harlem Insurance Brokerage and Tax Service

    Pankaj Singh

    Arch Dental Associates

    Thomas Ambrosole

    NetConnect

    Eric Abraham

    ChronoNation



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    DALLAS—Feb. 3, 2014—Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) today announced the airline will offer new nonstop service to domestic destinations from Dallas Love Field following the repeal of flight restrictions imposed in 1979 limiting the reach of Dallas’ most convenient airport.

    Southwest will begin serving five new nonstop destinations on Oct. 13, followed by ten additional new nonstop destinations on Nov. 2. The addition of these 15 new nonstop destinations will bring Southwest to a total of 31 nonstop destinations from Love Field.

    “The official repeal of Wright Amendment federal flight restrictions signifies a turning point for the Southwest brand not just in Dallas, but from coast-to-coast,” said Gary Kelly, Southwest Airlines Chairman, President, and CEO. “We are pleased to offer this new service to the Customers of our home airport, who have waited 34 long years, and we thank the many, many folks who made this opportunity a reality. Goodbye, Wright Amendment. Hello, America!”

    Beginning Oct. 13, 2014, Southwest Airlines will launch nonstop service from Dallas Love Field to:

     Baltimore/Washington (BWI)

     Denver

     Las Vegas

     Orlando

     Chicago Midway

    Beginning Nov. 2, 2014, Southwest Airlines will launch nonstop service from Dallas Love Field to:

     Atlanta

     Nashville

     Washington, D.C. (Reagan National)

     Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood

     Los Angeles (LAX)

     New York (LaGuardia)

     Phoenix

     San Diego

     Orange County/Santa Ana

     Tampa

    Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and former U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison today joined Kelly and Southwest Employees at a news conference to celebrate the momentous occasion.

    The Wright Amendment, and its subsequent revisions, limit Southwest Airlines’ current nonstop all jet service from Dallas Love Field to nine states including Texas. The repeal of the federal law rewrites the map by allowing Southwest to potentially serve an additional 41 states and the District of Columbia (Reagan National airport) from Love Field.

    In May, the airline will announce the specific flight schedules and fares for the sale of the new service, giving Southwest’s Customers the first opportunity to book these flights via southwest.com.

    ABOUT SOUTHWEST AIRLINES CO.

    In its 43rd year of service, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) continues to differentiate itself from other carriers with exemplary Customer Service delivered by nearly 45,000 Employees to more than 100 million Customers annually. Southwest is the nation’s largest carrier in terms of originating domestic passengers boarded and operates the largest fleet of Boeing aircraft in the world to serve 96 destinations in 41 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and five near-international countries via its wholly-owned subsidiary, AirTran Airways. Southwest is one of the most honored airlines in the world, known for its triple bottom line approach that takes into account the carrier’s performance and productivity, the importance of its People and the communities it serves, and its commitment to efficiency and the planet. The 2012 Southwest Airlines One Report™ can be found at southwest.com/citizenship.

    From its first flights on June 18, 1971, Southwest Airlines launched an era of unprecedented affordability in air travel described by the U.S. Department of Transportation as “The Southwest Effect,” a lowering of fares and increase in passenger traffic wherever the carrier serves. On every flight, Southwest offers Customers the first two pieces of checked luggage (weight and size limitations apply) and all ticket changes without additional fees. Southwest’s fleet consistently offers leather seating and the comfort of full-size cabins, which are equipped with satellite-based WiFi connectivity, free live TV, and a new, sustainable cabin interior. In May 2011, Southwest acquired AirTran Airways and, by the end of 2014, intends to complete the full integration of AirTran’s network

    into Southwest. With 41 consecutive years of profitability, the People of Southwest operate more than 3,600 flights a day. Southwest Airlines’ frequent flights and low fares are available online only at southwest.com or by phone at 1-800-I-FLY-SWA.

    Media Contacts:

    Whitney Eichinger
    214-792-6604
    whitney.eichinger@wnco.com
    Multi-Media Assets and other Company news at swamedia.com
    Media Relations Team: 214-792-4847

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    On Friday night, many of us will be tuned in to the 2014 Olympic Winter Games opening ceremony.

    It’s an event that symbolizes peace and unity amongst nations. It’s also a moment for us to express our pride in America and everything for which it stands.

    AT&T has stood proudly with Team USA at every Olympic opening ceremony since 1984 in Los Angeles. As a Proud Partner of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Team for the past 30 years, we’ve showcased American athletes and celebrated their diversity all around the world. For these games, we’re shining a light on some of the hard work and dedication that goes into training for the Olympics, and asking fans to showcase their American pride by uploading U-S-A chants through our free #ItsOurTime app.

    The Olympic Games in Sochi also allow us to shine a light on a subject that’s important to all Americans: equality. As you may know, the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community around the world is protesting a Russian anti-LGBT law that bans “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations.” To raise awareness of the issue, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has called on International Olympic Committee (IOC) sponsors to take action and stand up for LGBT equality.

    AT&T is not an IOC sponsor, so we did not receive the HRC request. However, we are a long-standing sponsor of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), we support HRC’s principles and we stand against Russia’s anti-LGBT law.

    AT&T has a long and proud history of support for the LGBT community in the United States and everywhere around the world where we do business. We support LGBT equality globally and we condemn violence, discrimination and harassment targeted against LGBT individuals everywhere. Russia’s law is harmful to LGBT individuals and families, and it’s harmful to a diverse society.

    We celebrate the diversity of all Olympic athletes, their fans, Russian residents and all people the world over – including and, especially, our employees and their loved ones.

    As the games begin, we’re here to support and inspire American athletes who’ve worked hard and sacrificed much to achieve their dreams. We also want to be on record with our support for the LGBT community, and we hope that others involved with the Olympic Games will do the same.

    Go Team USA! #ItsOurTime.-


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    Applications open for the $50K Innotribe Startup Challenge until February 23rd, 2014!

    The 2014 Innotribe Startup Challenge is the best way to introduce your FinTech or Financial Services innovation to potential investors, partners and customers from over 9,700 financial institutions and corporations. Regional semi-finalists meet face to face with hand-picked decision makers in London (May 2014), Singapore (May 2014) or New York (June 2014). Finalists will present at the world's largest financial industry event (http://www.sibos.com) to compete for global recognition, exposure and a share of $50K in cash awards. Apply for the challenge by 23 February 2014 on http://www.innotribestartup.com.


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    Save the date for Con Edison's 4th Annual Contractor Awards Ceremony, being held March 11, 2014, at the Marriott LaGuardia Hotel in East Elmhurst, NY. Join other contractors that promote energy efficient programs and watch your mailboxes for your official invite. Enjoy a complimentary breakfast while celebrating your accomplishments in 2013. We'll also be raffling off prizes, including a 42” flat screen TV! For more information, contact Alicia Louisa at 516-784-1666.

    IMPORTANT PROGRAM CHANGES

    - 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 spring: 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 http://www.conedhvacrebates.com

    ATTENTION HEATING CONTRACTORS

    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.

    GET LISTED ON OUR PROGRAM WEBSITE

    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) occasions within a twelve (12) month period.
    - 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.

    APPLYING FOR REBATES IS EASY

    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.


    REFERENCE LINKS:
    The News: Check out the weekly edition of this HVAC Industry Newsletter

    HVAC Insider: Get the latest updates in HVAC industry news

    Consult Air: Services that specialize in Manual J Load Calculations

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    Several New York City-Area Hospitals Selected as 2014 Recipients

    Southwest Airlines announced today that 73 nonprofit hospitals and medical organizations from across the nation have been selected for the Southwest Airlines 2014 Medical Transportation Grant Program, with the total impact touching 99 facilities. The New York City-Area hospitals selected as 2014 participants are:

    These recipients will have the freedom to provide airline tickets to patients who must travel for treatment.

    Southwest’s Medical Transportation Grant Program seeks to lessen the burden of travel expenses for families who are facing serious illness by providing complimentary, roundtrip airline tickets to nonprofit hospitals and medical organizations. Visit the NUTS About Southwest blog to see a firsthand account of how the program has made a difference in the life of Toby Shaw, a little boy battling arthrogryposis, which affects the joints in his arms and wrists, and read stories from other patients and families who have benefited from the program.

    In 2014, Southwest will provide more than $2.8 million in free transportation to caregivers and patients seeking medical treatment. Now in its seventh year, Southwest’s Medical Transportation Grant Program has provided more than $13.2 million to organizations in 26 states. To see a full list of the 2014 recipients, please visit: www.southwest.com/medicalgrant. To read the news release, visit www.swamedia.com.

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    Ms. Pisarkiewicz succeeds Melanie Mortimer of SIFMA Foundation after serving five years. Mary Pisarkiewicz, founder and chief creative officer of design agency PM+CO., has been appointed as the new chair of Virtual Enterprises International’s (VEI) New York Advisory Board after serving as a member of the board for five years.


    Ms. Pisarkiewicz will lead a Board comprised of leading educators, business leaders, foundation heads and NYC officials, in advising and supporting VEI’s workplace-ready program in 45 NYC high schools.

    Ms. Pisarkiewicz is a brand design and marketing communications professional with more than 30 years industry experience. She has been responsible for successful branding and bottom line enhancement for clients in the food, entertainment, finance and healthcare industries, as well as for education and non-profit organizations. We are delighted that she has chosen to bring her skills to the Board and the program.

    “As a long-time member of the VE advisory Board, I have seen the dedication, creative vision and total commitment to improving the hopes of dreams of our students by helping prepare them for college and career,” said Ms. Pisarkiewicz. “It is my hope that together with the Board and the leadership of VEI, we can expand the program to many more high schools, providing students with hands-on learning about business and entrepreneurship and engage more corporate partners as supporters and mentors.”


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    On Friday Feb. 14th, Nancy Ploeger testified at the Council hearing on Friday regarding the Council's new amended paid sick leave bill extending requirements to all businesses with 5 or more employees.  She was representing 5 Borough Chamber of Commerce Coalition created four years ago to be the voice of small businesses in our city. 


    The Coalition created a panel to testify as to the burdens of this bill and unintended consequences.  Others on the panel included Victor Wong, The Partnership for New York City, Rob Bookman, the NYC Hospitality Alliance, Zulay Mateo, the Bodega Association USA, and Zulema Wiscovitch, the National Supermarket Association.


    The main point of the bill is now extending it to affect all businesses with 5 or more employees, mandating businesses to pay 5 paid sick days.


    All of us testified as to the fact that this new bill was issued without discussion, after we had spent over 4 years at the table fighting for a balanced piece of legislation and negotiating the current bill which affects employers with over 20 employees with a phase in for those with 15+ employees in six months. In addition points were made regarding the Council's wish to enact this effective April 1 without rules even being written as yet, without spelling out the consequences if a business should not be in compliance and even without staff at the DCA in place yet to handle this.


    In addition, we asked that the implementation be pushed back at least 9 months (the length of time businesses had to get ready for compliance for the current bill).  Council and the administration want this to go in effect in less than 48 days.


    Please find both our testimony and press release posted on our website.


    If you would like more information on the issue and/or would be willing to tell us your story and how this will affect your business, please send an email to info@manhattancc.org



      


    Thank you! 

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    NEW CAJUN COOKING SHOW 

    LAUNCH EVENT FOR NEW CAJUN AND SOUTHERN COOKING SHOW TO BE HELD ON MARDI GRAS, MARCH 4TH, FROM 6-8 PM, AT BEER AUTHORITY NEXT TO THE PORT AUTHORITY BUILDING NYC.

    • LIVE CAJUN COOKING DEMONSTRATION

    • SPECIAL MARDI GRAS CAKE FROM CAKE BOSS CAFE

    • FREE FOOD SAMPLES AND SLAP YA MAMA SEASONING (LIMITED SUPPLY)

    • COMPLIMENTARY ABITA BEER AND BEADS  

    • SPECIAL ONE DAY ONLY CAJUN MENU

    Pentloft Studios LLC is producing Cajun in the City, a new cooking show bringing the Bayou to the Big Apple, will have its launch at Beer Authority, 300 W 40th St, New York, NY 10018, on March 4th from 6-8 PM. 

    Host Cajun Ken will be cooking on the main floor and doing a live educational demonstration and handing out samples of his Bayou Sliders and Cajun In the City Boiled Shrimp. Free Mardi Gras cake from sponsor Cake Boss Cafe.

    Show excerpts and one full episode will air over Beer Authority’s entertainment system.

    Production and promotional filming will be taking place throughout the event.

    SPONSORS: Cake Boss Cafe, Abita Beer, Zapps Cajun Chips, Slap Ya Mama Cajun Seasonings, Big Apple Meat Market, Bargain Printing and Beer Authority ensure it will be a Mardi Gras to remember!

    This event is open to the public. Press are encouraged to schedule ahead for an interview with Cajun Ken and to receive a gift bag and media kit.

    Additional information is available on the website www.cajuninthecity.org and on the Facebook page

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cajun-In-The-City.

    For more information please contact me at, 

    Dede Boyd
    Press Contact
    Cajun in the City
    Cell: (203) 675-9033
    info@cajuninthecity.org



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    We are NOW accepting applications for the FastTrac TechVenture program beginning April 16th. We will select applicants with the most innovative "ideas" to become part of our growing alumni of New York City technology inventors. 

    FastTrac TechVenture
    is a FREE bootcamp facilitated by experienced entrepreneurs and designed to provide technology entrepreneurs with a proven framework and a network of connections to help grow your big idea into the next great innovation. The program consists of:


    • Seven (7) full week days (9am - 4pm) of intensive boot camp to help you determine the viability of your technology business, including all steps necessary to launch 
    • One-on-one assistance from experienced entrepreneurs who will help you review ideas, assignments, and business plan 
    • Interactive presentations from successful technology entrepreneurs who can share their experience and insight on how to launch your own successful technology business 
    • Wrap-up session to formally present the executive overview section of your business plan for maximum feedback 
    • Connection to services that will help you start your business, including NYC Small Business Solutions to get loan facilitation, legal and hiring assistance 

    Learn More and Apply now at MYBIGTECHIDEA.COM

    Thanks,
    Donna

    Donna Russo
    SUNY Levin Institute
    116 E. 55th Street - New York, New York 10022
    Tel: 212.317.3559

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