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Manhattan Chamber Launches New Tools to Help Small Businesses Succeed

New “Help Desk” will address business concerns and a partnership with Townsquared will bring businesses together

Friday, March 31, 2017

 NEW YORK, NY — Today the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, a community of businesses that work to help one another succeed, unveiled two innovative new programs aimed at helping startups and small businesses excel in the complex, competitive and costly city of New York.


A new Help Desk will provide real-time support and expert advice for any and all small business needs, questions and concerns. Business owners will be connected with help on a variety of topics including: funding, legal issues, government regulations, staffing, marketing, real estate, health care, technology and more. To access help, businesses simply submit their questions to or call (212) 473-7875.


A new partnership between the Manhattan Chamber and Townsquared (, an online-platform that fosters group communication between local businesses, will allow Chamber members to easily connect with other members, Chamber staff, and valuable resources available to them.


These interventions are critical because, according to the US Small Business Administration, fewer than 79% of all new business establishments survive their first year; about half survive five years or longer; and only about one-third survive 10 years or longer.


The Chamber’s new initiatives are part of a major restructuring within the organization that began when Jessica Walker took over as president and CEO in February 2016. Other changes have included a new logo, website, programmatic focus and strategic plan for moving the organization forward.


“The Manhattan Chamber of Commerce has a vital role to play in helping startups and small businesses win in this town,” said Walker. “This is just the beginning of what’s to come!”


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