About Us

Our mission is to drive economic growth by helping members achieve business success.

About the Chamber

We are here to help you win.

The Manhattan Chamber of Commerce is a community of businesses -- including startups, long-time neighborhood stores, mid-market firms and large companies -- that help one another succeed.

  We are a "super connector" that facilitates strategic partnerships, deals and brand elevation among businesses of all sizes.

  We are a thought leader on the future of the city's economy and the collective voice for business at all levels of government..

  We are the guardian of small businesses and startups that must navigate the costs and complexities of New York.

The Chamber also has two 501(c)3 nonprofit arms: Our foundation allows us to provide resources, education and other programming to the business community. Our community benefit fund allows us to support the good work of charitable organizations focused on improving quality of life in Manhattan.

  • A Brief History

  • 1920

    Eleven prominent merchants found The Yorkville Chamber of Commerce, which expands over the years, becoming the Mid-East Manhattan Chamber of Commerce and then the East Manhattan Chamber of Commerce.

  • 1993

    The Chamber establishes a Community Benefit Fund, which owns and manages two of the largest street fairs in the city. The proceeds are distributed to charitable organizations in the local community.

  • 1994

    The Chamber establishes its foundation to provide mentoring and educational opportunities for small and mid-sized businesses.

  • 1997

    The Chamber expands once more to cover the entire borough and is given its current name: the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce.

  • 2016

    In 2016, the Chamber brought on Jessica Walker as its new President and CEO.

Each year the Chamber compiles its major activities and accomplishments in an Annual Report.

Highlights from 2017 included achieving tax relief for small businesses (after advocating on the issue for several years), convening influential conversations with government and civic leaders, providing top-notch networking opportunities for our members, and going out into the community to help business owners where they are.

Download Latest Report
2017 year in review