Manhattan Chamber of Commerce

Manhattan Chamber of Commerce

The Chamber accelerates and sustains business success for members. We are a driving force for economic prosperity.


Why Join?

  • Chairman's Breakfast with Jeh Johnson, Former U.S Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security

  • Chairman's Breakfast with the 82nd Attorney General of the United States, Eric H. Holder

  • Lessons from the C-Suite Featuring Mike Steib, CEO of XO Group

  • Manhattan Chamber of Commerce 2017 Best in the Business Awards

Chamber president urges City Council to halt legislation that would expand the number of street vendors in NYC
Manhattan Chamber elects Michael W. Kempner Chairman of its Board of Directors
Chamber statement on passage of Commercial Rent Tax legislation
Chamber hosts conversation with Jeh Johnson, former US Secretary of Homeland Security
Chamber president calls on City Council to study economic impact of bills
Chamber hosts conversation with Marc Morial, president and CEO of the National Urban League


  • Events


Love in Response to Hate. Hope in the Face of Tragedy: Pulse Nightclub Owner, Barbara Poma, Tells Her Story

On Wednesday, February 28, from 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM, Barbara Poma, Owner of The Pulse Nightclub and onePULSE Foundation Founder, will address The Manhattan Chamber of Commerce to tell her story and talk about her journey, part of which is how she engages the business community to promote acceptance and understanding for all members of the LGBTQ community.

Pulse Nightclub is embraced by the global LGBTQ community for the club’s culture of love and providing a venue where LGBTQ people and their friends and families could be themselves in a safe space. In the course of operating Pulse Nightclub and the aftermath of the horrific attack on the club that took 49 lives, Ms. Poma has become a respected and vocal human and civil rights advocate.

Ms. Poma will discuss how one of the nation’s worst mass shooting in modern American history has shifted her focus on to preserving the memory of those who lost their lives in the tragedy as well as:

• How she as a business owner has supported and contributed to the LGBTQ community and how other business owners can do the same
• How the LGBTQ community, their families and alllies have moved forward since the massacre at Pulse Nightclub
• How the onePULSE Foundation came about and what initiatives the foundation supports and plans for the future

The discussion, moderated by longtime LGBTQ activist and communications consultant Cathy Renna, now the owner of TargetCue, a PR firm specializing in LGBTQ issues, will be followed by an audience Q & A.