Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Manhattan Chamber of Commerce

Manhattan Chamber of Commerce Foundation

MCC Community Benefit Fund


2006 Accomplishments



The 2006 accomplishments of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce and its 501c(3) affiliates were numerous.  The Chamber:


  • Organized and ran 34 economic development events. Programs provided networking for small businesses and covered a variety of topics including:


    • general business/legal/marketing/financial, etc.
    • women – minority owned business issues/certification and procurement
    • technology/computers/Internet
    • New York City issues


  • Co-sponsored 28 additional events with other businesses and business/social service organizations, including:


o        1010 Wins

o        23rd St. Association

o        Arena Corp.

o        African American Women in Cinema

o        American Red Cross

o        Asia Society

o        Best Buy

o        Citibank/CitiBusiness

o        Columbia University Alumni Association

o        Commerce Bank

o        Count-Me-In

o        Crain’s New York Business

o        East Midtown Association

o        Employee ROI

o        Greenwich Village/Chelsea Chamber

o        Laz-y-boy

o        Microsoft

o        National Association of Women Business Owners/NY Chapter

o        New York City Department of Small Business Services

o        New York Enterprise Report

o        NY Public Library

o        NY XPO

o        PowerWithin

o        smallbiztechnology

o        Sterling National Bank

o        Tech Expo at Javits Center

o        Tracey Picon Communications

o        Union Square Partnership

o        Verizon Wireless

o        Wachovia Bank

o        Women’s Financial Association

o        Women’s Leadership Exchange

o        Women Presidents Organization

o        Young Start-ups


  • Organized three 5-Borough networking events for over 1000 NYC Chamber members to network and also hear from Mayor Bloomberg at the NY XPO


  • Co-sponsored “Newsmakers/Small Business Panels” with 1010 Wins featuring a panel of prominent business leaders discussing related topics and Donny Deutsch


  • Started a new GLBT Committee to focus on further business development in that arena


  • Helped to promote Power Within event featuring William Clinton, Lance Armstrong, Jonathan Tisch, Michael Eisner, Mark Burnett


  • Sponsored a WMBE event, "Opportunities for Business Growth & Development for Women Owned Businesses"  on how to navigate the City, State & Federal procurement maze with the Women Presidents Organization and an event with the NYC Dept. Bus. Services on Procurement


  • Co-sponsored Manhattan Golf Classic with Tom Watson, Donald Trump, Anika Sorenstam and Natalie Globis


  • Co-sponsored NY XPO and held a seat on the Steering Committee


  • Updated and printed the 2006 version of the Women and Minority Certification Guide available in print and online-distributed free through city, state and federal government agencies.


  • Sponsored a Transportation Conference to discuss alternatives for Manhattan organized by Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer with over 1000 attendees


  • Developed and printed the first NYC Workforce Development Guide available free to encourage business owners to utilize the underserved market  trained by the various organizations and agencies throughout New York City.  Also to be featured free on the MCC website.


  • Presented awards to New York business notables at the annual 2006 Business Awards Breakfast Presented by OPEN from American Express(sm) attended by over 300 members of Manhattan’s Business Community:


    • Keynote speaker and New Yorker of the Year Awardee, David Reminck, Editor, The New Yorker


    • Presented 9/11 Small Business Survival Awards to Evelyn Robb, Evelyn’s Chocolates: Rachel Allgood, Isocurve; Jan Fried, Steamer’s Landing; Jackie Sencion, La Lumia; Michael Davis, Elan Flowers


§     Presented other Business Awards to Joseph Holland, Uptown Partners; Stan Brooks, 1010 Wins; Robert Hammond & Joshua David, The Friends of the Highline; Dale Grant, Grant Associates (OPEN from American Express Small Business Award)


§     Award presenters included NYC Councilspeaker Christine Quinn, Norma Kamali, Norma Kamali Designs, Alain Townsend, Publisher Crain’s NY Business; Gifford Miller, Miller Strategies; Tim Zagat, publisher of the Zagat Surveys;


  • Promoted member businesses and New York City at numerous business expos including:

·         International Food Expo                                Small Business Summit 2006

·         Jewish Expo at Javits Center             NY Times Small Business Expo

·         CPA Fair

·         Festa Italia

·         NY Assoc. of Realty Managers

·         Women's Leadership Exchange

·         Gay Life Expo

·         Reaching Out MBA’s

·         Financial Times & NYU Leadership Summit

·         Mircosoft Intra Vendor Fair

·         4th Annual Women’s Business Conference

  • Advocated for and against legislation initiatives on behalf of members and Manhattan small businesses at the federal, state and city level.


  • Sent 52 Weekly email updates provided members and business associates with information on New York City business issues, information and events.


  • Printed and distributed quarterly newspaper, Business Matters, throughout Manhattan (12,000 copies per printing)


  • Served as a resource for small businesses to help them negotiate city government rules and regulations.


  • Helped to promote free technical assistance to NYC businesses from NASA through the SATOP program


  • Referred members to potential new business through events and seminars


  • Hosted 9 international interns from Europe/ South America and Africa, giving them exposure to the New York City business community and operations of a nonprofit corporation.


  • Served as a resource to over 50 reporters writing stories on small business issues and helped MCC members get press coverage from the stories


  • Aided NYC tourism through referrals from the MCC Web site and liaison with restaurants, hotels and tourism sites.


  • MCC President Nancy Ploeger represented the Chamber on the following boards:


o        New York Women’s Agenda

o        The Explorers

o        The Doe Fund

o        NYC District Export Council

o        Chamber Alliance of NY State (to be Chairperson 2007)

o        Parent Job Net

o        Health Advocates for Older People

o        Women’s Leadership Exchange

o        US Chamber of Commerce Business and Civic Leadership Council (the only chamber represented)

o        Mayor’s Women and Minority-Owned Business Advisory Board


§         The President also attended hundreds of economic development-related meetings with city, state and federal governments, as well as private companies and nonprofit associations


§         Encouraged participation in Principal for a Day. In April & October the President and 6 other MCC Board members demonstrated their support of the public school system. 


§         MCC Board members traveled to Washington DC for Small Business Day


§         MCC Board and members traveled to Albany, NY to participate in the Chamber Alliance Small Business Day


Current Partners of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce:


1010 Wins

Altria                                                                 Liz Claiborne

Asia Society                                                      METRO Newspaper

Bank of New York                                              Micro Office Solutions

Best Buy                                                           Microsoft

Beth Israel Hospital-Singer Division                      Miller Ellin

Bowne & Company                                            Morton’s Steakhouse

Cache                                                               Office Depot

Commerce Bank                                                OPEN from American Express

Con Edison                                                       Patina Restaurant Group

Councilmember Jessica Lappin                           Phoenix Beverages

Custom House                                                   Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Dial 7                                                                New York Society for Ethical Culture

EOS Airlines                                                     Schulte Roth & Zabel, LLP

Frank E. Campbell Funeral Home                        TimeWarnerCable         

Fresh Direct                                                      US Postal Service

Home Depot                                                      Verizon

JetBlue Airways                                                 Verizon Wireless          

                                                                        Videotex Development Corp.



                                                                        Washington Mutual













































                         International Program


      Manhattan International Development Corporation (MIDC)








·         Successfully ran 4 seminars and networking events including “Meet Your International Business Partners” expo/annual event attracting over 300 international participants in January 2006


·         Also co-sponsored 10 additional events with the Korean American Chamber of Commerce, US Chamber of Commerce, Barcelona Chamber of Commerce, Swiss-American Business Hub, Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce, US District Export Council, US Export Assistance Center, British American Business, Inc., NEXCO, Asia Society


·         Co-hosted business delegations from Rumania, Vietnam, Barcelona, India, Vienna and China


·         Co-sponsored World Trade Week May 2006 with an Awards Breakfast featuring 250 attendees and honorees



·         Continued to grow the international marketplace available on the MCC/MIDC website whereby government contracts are now incorporated in the available listings as well as free event posting and international trade coverage.




*The MCC Foundation was recently re-established and new programs will be identified and run under its umbrella in 2006 as well as the continuation of the International Program, the MIDC. It is a 501c(3) affiliate of MCC.















                                                                              COMMUNITY BENEFIT FUND


 MCC Community Benefit Fund (CBF)



·         Successfully ran the 2nd & 3rd Ave. Community Benefit Festivals on Manhattan’s upper eastside, attracting over 1.0 million people.  From the proceeds of these fairs, the CBF awarded 35 grants totaling $70,000 to not-for-profits in the Community Board 8 district. (see list below) Also, 24 not-for-profits raised an additional $43,000 through the MCC raffle ticket program. 

·         Also, gave $10,000 to the Eleanor Roosevelt High School on Manhattan’s upper east side.  The contribution is supporting the work of the college prep office in the school to fund trips to college campuses, establish interview skills and aid in the actual application processes for seniors

·         Successfully ran the second 2-day NYC Volunteer Expo, “Dare To Be Involved” held at Gotham Hall in April 2006 featuring 80 non-profits to help drive 1600+ volunteers to their worthwhile organizations.  Established a website www.nycvolunteerexpo.org



Year 2006 grant recipients include:

§         Asphalt Green                                                                     Repetoire Espanol                                 

§         Burden Center for the Aging                                                  Roosevelt Island Disabled Association    

§         Children’s Advocacy Center of Manhattan                               Roosevelt Island Seniors Association      

§         The Children’s Aid Society/Rhinelander Children’s Center      Search & Care, Inc.

*     Dicapo Opera Theatre Corporation                                         St. John the Martyr                   

§         The Doe Fund                                                                      Stanley Isaacs Neighborhood Assoc.      

§         Dorot Inc.                                                                            York Theatre Company                          

§         Elder Craftsmen, Inc.                                                            Turtle Bay Music School                        

§         Eviction Intervention Services                                                Yorkville Common Pantry                       

§         The Friends of P.S. 169, The Robert F. Kennedy School         92nd St. Y After School Program

§         Gramercy Brass Orchestra                                                   PS 158 Parents Association      

§         Health Advocates for Older People                                        

§         Holy Trinity Neighbors         

§         Inwood House

§         James Lenox House                                    

§         Jan Hus Presbyterian Church

§         Lenox Hill Neighborhood House

§         Mirror Repertoire Company

§         Mount Vernon Hotel Museum (former Abigail Adams Smith Museum)

§         Music at Holy Trinity Church

§         Neighborhood Coalition for Shelter

§         New York  Street Tree Consortium

§         New York Symphonic Ensemble Arts