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- 01/12/16--09:19: MCC Welcomes our New Members from December 2015
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- The eligibility criteria for the Residential Program remains the same; offerings are to customers in residential buildings with 1 to 4 units
- The program has added new measures and appliances to the Appliance Rebate Program
- Customer eligibility has been expanded to include all residential buildings with more than 5 units (no longer capped at 75 units)
- The program will continue to give incentives for gas and electric direct-install and prescriptive measures. Additionally, the program will offer incentives for custom measures
- The program will no longer be offering free Common Area energy surveys to all building customers.
- Qualifying low-income customers will be offered additional benefits to participate, in the form of no- cost measures for building common areas.
- Eligibility has been updated to include service class 2, 9 and 51 customers who pay into the SBC with an average peak demand of up to 300kW (no longer capped at an average peak demand of 100kW)
- The program will continue to offer prescriptive electric measures in lighting and refrigeration; with an all LED offering for various lighting applications
- Program eligibility has been redefined to exclude Mulitfamily buildings and lighting projects for commercial buildings with an average peak demand of ≤ 300kW.
- The program will continue to offer incentives for both gas and electric prescriptive measures as well as custom measures
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- 03/31/16--13:27: MCC Welcomes our New Members from January 2016
- 03/31/16--13:34: MCC Thanks January's Renewing Members
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- 04/08/16--11:47: MCC Welcomes Our New Members From March 2016
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"It's tough to start and grow a business. It's even hard to do it in New York City. The Manhattan Chamber of Commerce is an oasis and resource for growing businesses, like none other. Sure it has events. Sure it has networking opportunities. Sure it has advocacy. Sure it has committees. But it also a passion and heart to see small businesses grow and thrive - like few other organizations have. If you're doing business in New York City, or anywhere in the USA, being a part of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce should be one of your priorities. I'm Ramon Ray, a four time entreprenuer and best selling author and the chamber has been a huge part of my persona nd professional success."
Publisher and Executive Editor, Smart Hustle Magazine
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By David Williams
For the past 21 years, Nancy Ploeger has been president of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce. Since joining the chamber in 1994 as the executive director, Nancy has represented the business community on a wide range of critical issues, most notably those involving health insurance, MWBE certification, government procurement, small businesses globalization, diversity and business resources for services sectors, among other issues. In February, Nancy is leaving her position at the chamber to take over at the wheel at an organization co-founded by the Chamber, International Women’s Entrepreneurial Challenge.
Mileage covered: 1.3 miles
Overcast, unseasonably 59 degrees
Central Casting’s idea of what makes a great Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive – someone possessed with effortless boosterism, a lack of apparent guile and an ample reservoir of energy and bonhomie – Nancy Ploeger, President of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, and I are meeting to go about her rounds late one recent Friday afternoon.
We join each other beneath her apartment building awning on East 88th Street, between First and Second.
“So, where are we headed?” I ask as Nancy and I walk west, pushing her empty shopping cart that, clearly, has a lot of mileage on it.
“We’re headed to Wankels. It’s about 97 years old, one of the few hardware stores left in the area. We’re going to be buying some dirt because we’re planting bulbs tomorrow in Ruppert Park,” she tells me.
Like many New Yorkers (myself included) Nancy has caught the adopt-a-NYC-park bug. And she’s starting from the ground up. Literally.
“All the soil in the park has worn away and all that’s left is concrete. I want to get some potting soil so the bulbs will have a chance to live.”
Saint Louis born, Nancy has (Central Casting again) all the zest for living in her adopted city that only a true transplant possesses. The recipient of countless community and city accolades, Nancy would be a five star NYC general. If there were such a thing.
“My first apartment was on East 90th Street. Then I moved to 88th between First and York for a year. Then my current place, since 1973. It’s a great prewar building.”
At the Second Avenue crosswalk Nancy and I run into Rick, whom Nancy has known for years. Informing me that he was born in her building two-plus generations ago, Nancy is corrected.
“No, Doctor’s Hospital,” Rick reminds her as he peels off to continue his own Friday rounds.
“Many of the people have lived in my building a long time,” she continues. “But we have a lot of new people. Families with kids. And we have a BEAUTIFUL (all caps) laundry room, with a TV you can watch while your laundry is being done.”
I tell Nancy that she lives on a nice looking block. Great, mature trees. And the church…
“What makes the block is the church (Church of the Holy Trinity). The garden out front is one of my favorite places. You can just go in, sit on a bench and read a book,” she notes. It’s an active church with a homeless program. A few people spend the night there and then are out at 6:00 in the morning.
“Plus, they have a search and care program for the elderly, and a day care center for kids.”
But enough of the church’s role in the community. It’s now time to load up on some good mother earth at Wankels for Nancy to do her own important work in Ruppert Park. On our way, we swing by yet another park Nancy has adopted. A small, “pocket” park adjacent to a high-rise. “This park actually belongs to 200 East 87th. The owners were able to add extra height to the building if they added the park. For the first seven years they planted and cared for it but after then the homeless and others kept digging up the plants. And they got tired of spending all the money.
“So now all they do is pick up the garbage and keep the water fountain working.”
While she is doing all the heavy motivational lifting, her cause is being aided and abetted by a local church group that wants to do the gardening. They plan to put in bushes and a few trees. Nothing that is easy to dig up and spirit away.
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By Ashley Bevensee
After viewing a video paying tribute to the Drop Collaborative's first year in review (check out the video at: http://www.dropcollaborative.com/happy-holidays.html), Heather Justice, Executive Director of CTE (Career and Technical Education) office of Tennessee's Department of Education, praised the Drop Collaborative and participating students' efforts. In addition to her approval of the program, Sharon Necessary, the Career and Technical Education Consultant in the First Tennessee CORE office, plans to share the video and highlight the Drop Collaborative in next month's CTE directors meeting in Nashville, Tennessee. Sharon Necessary has also requested the Drop Collaborative be used as a best practice model for other CTE teachers state-wide.
The Drop Collaborative was created to strengthen local community through food, education, and community outreach. By offering a space for students to apply classroom lessons to a practical environment through a SAE (Supervised Agricultural Experience), students can learn the art of sustainable farming and mentorship while providing families in need with fresh produce. Since 1982, Unaka High School has been home to one of two meat sciences programs in the country; teaching students the process of meat production. Until March 2015, Unaka High School did not have land available to teach food production from start to harvest or to raise cattle. Through the birth of the Drop Collaborative, Unaka's SAE program evolved. The first year's successes included inspiring dedication and commitment from student farmers, the purchase of our first calf, over 500 pounds of fresh produce donated to the community, and a mentorship day at the farm with younger students.
Pattie Meyer, President, Edge City Design LLC, and Ashley Bevensee, both based in Philadelphia, Pa. developed the idea and mission of the Drop Collaborative. Through Edge City Design's lengthy relationship with Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, particularly with Nancy Ploeger (Founder of Community Benefit Fund) and Laura Bucko (Founder of Green Committee), Edge City Design gained practical knowledge on creating such a program. East Tennessee State University (ETSU) was the first local school that was contacted. Ron Roach, Ph.D., Chair, Department of Appalachian Studies, and Kevin O'Donnell, Department of Literature and Language, wanted to help make the idea become reality. They connected us with Emily Bidgood of Appalachian RC&D Council who connected us with Unaka High School. Josh Armentrout, Agriculture Instructor; Melissa Loveless, CTE Principal; Betsy Oliver, Principal; and Mickey Taylor, CTE Director/Supervisor of Unaka High School were immediately interested and quickly developed strategies to implement the Drop Collaborative's vision. We would not have been able to begin work on the Drop Collaborative in such short notice if it were not for the dedication of Unaka High School as well as other players and friends -- Frances Meyer, David Robbins, Esq., Lawrence Pierce, Charlotte Markland, Chris Estlow, Joe Meyer, Margaret Meyer, Taylor Malone, and many others. Last but most certainly not least, the Drop Collaborative would not have been so successful without the motivation of Unaka High School's students who participated -- Logan Cannon, Israel Harrah, Savannah Wood, Jacob Graybeal, Savannah Agan, Sierra Wright, and Chris Erickson.
New York SmartCEO recently announced the winners of their 2015 Corporate Culture Awards, and Progressive Computing was among the 40 honorees. The Corporate Culture Awards celebrate companies in Greater New York that have successfully championed a positive, productive and performance-driven culture, and have worked with their employees to develop successful cultural practices. The winners were profiled in the November/December issue of SmartCEO magazine and celebrated at an awards ceremony at BNY Mellon in New York City.
"We are extremely honored to be one of the recipients of the 2015 SmartCEO Corporate Culture Award,” said Robert Patterson, Director of Sales and Marketing at Progressive Computing. "We work with all of our team members to create a positive and productive environment that translates into optimum results for the company and our customers."
Chief Visionary Officer, Ugo Chiulli, and the rest of the Progressive Computing team work to promote a message and attitude of togetherness in the workplace. The company has focused on maintaining a culture rooted in teamwork and family. Employees receive fully-paid health benefits, profit sharing, significant time off, and are given the opportunity to work from home as needed. The normal workday for Progressive Computing staff starts at 9am and runs until 6pm without exception, and employees are expected to be on call only once every 10 weeks, which is extremely rare in the IT industry.
“The leaders of the companies named to the inaugural Corporate Culture Awards have realized that running a company is more than head count and the bottom line. It’s about creating a place where creativity, energy and ideas are cultivated. Through this they are able to not only enhance performance and sustain their companies’ competitive advantages but also enrich the lives of those they employ and inspire them to make a greater impact on the world,” says Jaime Nespor Zawmon, president of SmartCEO Events. “We’re honored to celebrate with the leaders of New York’s top company cultures and recognize them for building true performance-driven cultures.”
The Corporate Culture Awards ceremony was held on December 3, and welcomed the leaders of New York’s top companies to enjoy a high-energy networking reception with activities including a red carpet, Guitar Hero, a putting green, and a live performance. These events were followed by a video-packed awards ceremony honoring the leaders of New York’s top company cultures.
2015 Corporate Culture Award Winners
180 South Advantage, Payroll Services, Brainlink International, The Brothers that just do Gutters , Brushfire, Inc., Crain's New York Business, David Feldman Worldwide, DiGennaro Communications, The DSM Group, Durante Rentals, EYE Corp Medi,aFieldView Solutions, Inc., Fivesky Gilt, Hackensack University Medical Center, INDUSTRIAL RHYTHM L.L.C., InfoPeople Corporation; InVNT; LeadDog Marketing Group, The Leading Niche, Likeable Media, LivePerson, Marketsmith, Inc., MASS Communications, MKG, Myriad Supply, OTG Management, Rush Communications, Sharp Decisions, The SPOT Experience, St. Christopher's, Inc., SUM Innovation, SunPower by Infinity Solar, Tapad, Teads, TransPerfect, Vase Management LLC, Wilk Auslander,WorkWave.
About Progressive Computing, Inc.
With offices in Westchester County, NY and Manhattan, Progressive Computing, Inc. is a leader in computernetwork installation, design and maintenance, offering professional, cost-effective IT services, computerconsulting, technical support and computer repair to organizations since 1993. The PCI team is focused on providing cost-effective, reliable and right-sized solutions that leverage a blend of both proven and cutting-edge technologies. Clients regard them as their "on-demand" information technology department, entrusting that their recommendations, services and products will help them save money, become more efficient and grow their businesses. Progressive Computing can support any IT outsourcing needs in a variety of ways with services that can be tailored and combined with others to deliver a custom solution to meet clients’ exacting needs.
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The second annual Microsoft Small Business video contest is here!
Microsoft is launching their second annual Small Business video contest, and we need your help. Last year we launched our first small business video contest with a simple request for small businesses to share their business stories via a 2-minute video. We reached 21 million people and had over 175 entries.
Our 2016 contest, starting January 25, is a great opportunity for business influencers to help small businesses in the US.
We will recognize the best, most inspirational and original video that showcases a small business story. The grand prize winner will win $20,000, new Surface Pro 4s, and subscriptions to Office 365 for their business (up to 10 devices/seats) in addition to a publicity package.
In addition, this year we will award a prize to four business associations. When a business connected to your organization enters the contest, they can write in your organization name for a chance to win a Surface Pro 4 and one-year subscription to Office 365.
The 2015 grand prize winner was Citizen Frederick, a men’s retail clothing store. Other winners included an innovative technology product for pets, a women’s clothing boutique, an embroidery franchise and a frame shop. Among the dozens of entries we received there were many inspirational stories from non-profits, retail, and online businesses.
"It was great fun and more importantly, our small business was seen by a few more people…It is great for a large company like Microsoft to support the little guys and both Luke and I appreciate your help!” Custom-Wood-Urns
You can find more information and enter the contest by clicking here.
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New York, NY, February 2, 2016. The Board of Directors of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce has selected Jessica Walker to serve as its next President effective February 22, 2016.
Ms. Walker comes to the MCC from the Partnership for New York City where she currently serves as the Vice President of Government Affairs. She will be taking the role from Nancy Ploeger who stepped down after 21 years as President of the MCC.
“Jessica is the perfect person to pick up on the great work that Nancy has done for the MCC. She brings a wealth of experience in government affairs and business advocacy, which will enable her to hit the ground running,” stated Ken Biberaj, Chairman of the Board of the MCC. “We had an overwhelming response to our search with a wealth of capable candidates applying, but Jessica stood out to the committee as someone who could immediately step up to the job. She is a well-regarded public policy expert and someone who understands the challenges that face the entire business community in New York City. We look forward to the vision, advocacy and strategic planning she will bring to the MCC.”
“When I talked with Ken about leaving MCC, I suggested that Jessica would be a great candidate and I couldn’t be more excited that she is going to take over the leadership of our active and dynamic chamber,” notes outgoing president, Ploeger.
“I am thrilled to join the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce and eager to lead such a dynamic organization. It is an honor to follow in Nancy’s footsteps and build upon her many accomplishments. I look forward to working with Chamber staff, members, the local community and New York’s appointed and elected officials to ensure that Manhattan remains a great place to start and grow a business,” stated Jessica Walker, MCC President-designee.
The MCC currently has 15,000 members and subscribers and is a key voice in the city for the small and mid-size businesses in Manhattan. Advocating for positive legislation at all levels of government is a major focus of the Chamber. “Jessica’s experience and strength in government relations will help MCC continue to stand up for our community,” quotes Ronald Paltrowitz, Vice Chairman, General Counsel, and registered lobbyist for the Chamber.
Ms. Walker’s Professional Career:
Partnership for New York City - Vice President, Government Affairs (June 2012 - Present) Director, Legislative Affairs (June 2010 - June 2012)
New York Citizens’ Committee on Aging - Vice President, Board of Directors (October 2006 - December 2010)
New York Academy of Medicine - Policy Associate & Rudin Scholar in Urban Health (October 2007 - January 2009)
United Neighborhood Houses of New York - Senior Policy Analyst (August 2005 - October 2007) Policy Analyst (June 2002 - August 2005)
Multicultural Marketing Resources Public Relations Account Executive (June 2001-June 2001)
These offers are provided to you by Manhattan Chamber Of Commerce.
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For Multifamily projects, reach out to the current implementation contractor for MFEEP (The Association for Energy Affordability), to initiate “Participating Contractor” status in this program, and to work under the 2016 MFEEP guidelines.
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"Just wanted to send a word of thanks for all that you have done for the Block Advisors brand. From participating in our ribbon cutting to making such great events available for me to attend, it really have been a great year so far. Thank you."
H&R Block Advisors
The re-launched Help Center is a free, one-stop shop for LL84 information and assistance, with dedicated full-time staff supported by CUNY interns, located at the Building Energy Exchange (BEEx) in downtown Manhattan. If building owners have questions about deadlines, whether or not a property is covered, how to gather energy and water data, or how to use the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager® tool, the Help Center is available to assist.
The NYC Benchmarking Help Center can be reached at:
PHONE: 212-566-LL84 (212-566-5584)
Benchmarking energy and water usage is a key element of the City's Greener, Greater Buildings Program (GGBP), and is valuable for improving a building's operations by providing a clear picture of overall energy and water usage. Furthermore, the aggregated public data allows owners and managers to compare their usage to other buildings, while year-over-year comparisons of the data can help identify and prioritize energy saving opportunities and track progress.
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|Brian Raynor||Tri State Office Interiors||www.tristateoi.com|
|Jennifer Rose||UNO Pizzeria & Grill||www.unos.com|
|Fergie Kuzucuoglu||Victoria Classics|
|Katherine Foronjy||Vitamin Enriched Casting||www.vitaminenrichedfilms.com|
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|Michael Ackerman||Combustion Systems & Instruments Inc.||www.csinstruments.net|
|Nagwa Awad||Dawan Global||www.dawanglobal.com|
|Evan Horowitz||Evan Horowitz Advising||www.EHAdvising.com|
|Alan Freedman||Freedman & Son's|
|Steve Barclay||Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office||www.hketony.gov.hk|
|Jason Yuen||JPMorgan Chase||www.jpmorganchase.com|
|Shirley Rossman||Life Planning Group|
|Benjamin Mihalik||Morgan Stanley Wealth Management||www.morganstanley.com|
|Jennifer Pautz||New York University||www.nyu.edu/ogca|
|Anne Bonfiglio||Partnership for Student Advancement||www.psapartnership.org|
|Manny Guzman||Pestrol, Inc.||www.pestrol.com|
|Ralph Siciliano||Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt LLP||www.thsh.com|
|Tamara Nall||The Leading Niche||www.theleadingniche.com|
|Tim Rowe||UPS Marketing||www.ups.com|
|Joseph Kirk||Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.||www.wellsfargo.com|
|Neal D'Alessio||American Colonial Corp.|
|Thomas Koeppel||Auntie Anne's Pretzels|
|Sarah Berman||Avenue of the Americas Association||www.aveoftheamericas.org|
|Bob Harlow||Bob Harlow Research and Consulting||www.bobharlow.com|
|Matthew Lovendusky||Brown & Brown of NY||www.bbinsnyc.com|
|Erin Carr||Columbia Care LLC||www.col-care.com|
|Julian Cordero||Cordero Law LLC||www.mycorderolaw.com|
|Brian Antolin||CoTo Travel LLC||www.cototravel.com|
|Kim Pang||Crohn's & Colitis Foundation||www.ccfa.org/chapters/newyork|
|Michael Cerasoli||Eagle Global Advisors||www.eagleglobal.com|
|Tony Miceli||Electrosonic, Inc.||www.electrosonic.com|
|Steven Cohen||Excelsior Growth Fund||www.excelsiorgrowthfund.org|
|Harry Prichett||Harry Prichett Coaching||www.harryprichett.com|
|Sachiko Tsutsui||Hitachi IT Global Holding Corporation||www.hitachi.com|
|Ryan Adams||HZQ Consulting||www.hzqconsulting.com|
|Christiane Kirchgaessner||Kaffee & Klatsch NY||www.kaffeeklatschny.com|
|Kendra leman||KMK Commercial Lines Insurance||www.kmkcommercialinsurance.com|
|David Laufer||Laufer Public Affairs Strategies|
|Luigi Ceneri||One Source Financing, LLC||www.onesourcefinancing.com|
|Daniel Rosenfeld||Richmond County Ambulance Services||www.rcambulancenyc.com|
|Shane Canning||Sandmark Realty||www.sandmarkre.com|
|Laurence Scot||Skody Scot & Co., CPAs||www.skodyscot.com|
|Vinnie Hung||Sun & Associate Architects|
|Tess Calma||The Hotaling Group||www.hg-insuranceservices.com|
|Rebecca Borrero||The Paul Hotel||www.thepaulnyc.com|
|Ryan Igbanol||True North Franchise Consulting||www.truenorthfranchising.com|
|Molly Slingerland||Altria Client Services, Inc.||www.altria.com|
|Angel Tineo||Angel R Tineo,CFP|
|Nick Petkoff||Better Brokers, LLC|
|Christophe Le Gorju||Business Outreach Network|
|William Nowottny||Century First Credit Solutions||www.centuryfirst.net|
|Ernest Conrad||Conrad Engineers|
|Daisy Gallagher||DeWitt UES Rehabilitation & Nursing Center||www.cassenacare.com|
|Aubrey Hays||DSI SVA|
|Frank Valente||Frank J Valente, DC, PC||www.midtown-chiropractor.com|
|Pedro Gomez||Legacy Restoration Metal Stone Wood, LLC||www.legacy-restoration.biz|
|Naini Nakagawa||Matchmyspirit Inc.||www.matchmyspirit.com|
|Gerard Reinhardt||Reinhardt IP||www.ReinhardtIP.com|
|Ron Bergamini||The Action Environmental Group||www.actioncarting.com|
|Sven Oehme||The European-American Business Organization||www.eabo.biz|
|Daniele Baierlein||The Madison Square Garden Company|
|Kristin McDonough||The New York Public Library - SIBL||www.nypl.org\sibl|
|Janice Sands||The Pen and Brush Inc||www.penandbrush.org|
|Jack Schursky||United ARTs Press||www.unitedartspress.com|
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|Philip Herman||All Generations Entertainment|
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|Mindy Dunnigan||AXA Advisors|
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|Bill Ghitis||BIAN International LLC||www.bianconsulting.com|
|Ilana Yaari||Blueprint Technologies||www.bptech-inc.com|
|Jessica Polizzi||Bob Altavilla Interiors||www.bobaltavillainteriors.com|
|Kyah Paterson||Bridgehampton National Bank||www.bridgenb.com|
|Carlos Jusino-Berrios||Carlos M. Jusino-Berrios M.D.|
|Jean-Philippe Krahmer||Colliers International||www.colliers.com|
|Wendi Caplan-Carroll||Constant Contact||www.constantcontact.com|
|Florence Sommer||Corcoran-Florence Sommer|
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|Rob Byrnes||East Midtown Association||www.eastmidtown.org|
|Frank Schursky||Forrest Hill Financial Group|
|George Amato||Frank E. Campbell Funeral Chapel||www.frankecampbell.com|
|Scott Evenbeck||Guttman Community College||www.guttman.cuny.edu/index.html|
|Lynette Deiss||H&R Block||www.hrblock.com|
|Joseph Goldberg||Hodgson Russ LLP||www.hodgsonruss.com|
|Brian Chanlatte||iCorps Technologies||www.icorps.com/it-services-nyc|
|R.J. Folik||Interconnected Technologies, LLC||www.iNTek-llc.com|
|Melissa Kilpatrick||Ivy League Early Learning Academy||www.ivyleagueearlylearning.com|
|Jen Slaw||Jen Slaw Speaks||www.jenslawspeaks.com|
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|Lauren Banyar Reich||LBR PR|
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SpotPog, which connects drivers with a parking space with drivers looking for one, has teamed up with every borough's Chamber of Commerce to convince people to use the app.
You can find the original article by visiting Crain's New York Business
By Matthew Flamm
SpotPog, a free app for swapping public parking spots, launched in New York with some fanfare last June and then seemed to disappear. Its founder is now preparing a new initiative for the app, this time with a specific user in mind.
Instead of trying to sign up just about anyone with a car who needs a parking space, Manhattan-based SpotPog founder Jacques Blinbaum is targeting people whose livelihoods depend on finding a spot during the day: the city’s thousands of commercial drivers. Blinbaum, with the support of the chamber of commerce in each of the five boroughs, is seeking out electricians, plumbers, cable guys, contractors and the supervisors of commercial van fleets to build a critical mass for the app. A pilot program is set to begin in the coming weeks as drivers come on board.
"There really is a need in New York for this kind of crowd-sourced parking app," Blinbaum said. "The biggest value is for commercial users. For them, driving around in circles is about missing out on a job."
SpotPog's first year was a good learning experience for Blinbaum, who is CEO of the Brazilian electronic payments firm F2b, which he founded in 1998. He realized that the app, which shows nearby users available parking spots on a map, has worked best within small, closed communities: SpotPog has been very successful among students at Queens College and health-care workers around hospitals.
Blinbaum added that he hopes the circles of intense users will eventually overlap and create a community that crosses the city. With F2b as a development partner, he also sees the app one day expanding in the U.S. and internationally.
Users are given a credit when they first sign up for the app. They then earn a credit by handing their space over to the first user who contacts him or her. The credit system is designed to incentivize drivers to post the spaces they're about to leave, since they'll need that credit for a space the next time they're searching for one.
Blinbaum says he's looking to build a user base and is not concerned right now with making money from SpotPog. The app also allows homeowners to rent out their driveways for parking, and SpotPog takes a cut of that transaction.
The company found a receptive ear at each chamber of commerce since parking is such a universal headache, not to mention a source of traffic congestion and air pollution in every borough. About 30% of traffic in the city is believed to come from people searching for a space.
Blinbaum acknowledges that he will need to educate users in order for the app to succeed.
"People have to understand there's a tipping point here," he said. "Short of the tipping point, they may get frustrated and not come back. They have to understand they have to build a solution, and they all have to work together to do it."
Correction: SpotPog allows homeowners to rent out their driveways for parking, and the firm takes a cut of that transaction. That fact was misstated in an earlier version of this article published online April 14, 2016.
Source:Crain's New York Business
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