About Us

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

About the Chamber

The Manhattan Chamber of Commerce is the convener, voice and advocate of the 120,000+ businesses across the borough of Manhattan, which is New York’s economic center.

We’re focused on advancing the economic vitality of our region by building a strong and thriving climate for the broad business community, including small businesses, startups and larger companies.

While there are significant advantages to doing business in New York City, we provide meaningful solutions to overcome the biggest challenges facing businesses here. Since 1920, the Chamber’s mission has been to empower its members to thrive.

Whether you are joining the Chamber for networking, professional development, visibility or business advocacy, your membership will assist you to achieve your business goals.


  • 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