The latest news and information from the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce.
The FDNY Valor Awards Luncheon gives the Chamber and the business community a chance to honor the heroic actions of New York’s Bravest who protect Staten Island, and to acknowledge the men and women who go above and beyond the call of duty. Staten Island’s top Firefighters, Paramedics and EMTs from 2015 and 2016 will be recognized by the Commissioner of the New York City Fire Department, Daniel A. Nigro, as well as the Chamber’s Safety and Security Committee.
Sometimes the tax deadline arrives and you are simply not ready to file. But, if you choose to file for an extension, don't make the mistake of not paying. Filing for an extension gives you more time to file, not more time to pay. If you owe taxes, they are due on the regular filing deadline.
Banker Suzann P. Rizzo Has Deep Roots in the Community
SI Chamber to Honor Business and Community Leaders at 23rd Annual Louis R. Miller Business Leadership Awards BreakfastKristin Foye - February 1, 2017
The Staten Island Chamber of Commerce will honor eight of the borough’s business and community leaders at the 23rd Annual Louis R. Miller Business Leadership Awards Breakfast, beginning at 8 a.m. Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at Richmond County Country Club.
Join in the Celebration of the Chinese New Year at the Staten Island Children’s Museum On Sunday, January 29Jennifer Dudley - Staten Island Children’s Museum - January 24, 2017
Kick off the Year of the Rooster with costumed folk dances, a lion dance, and a kung fu demonstration by professional dancers and students from the New York Chinese Cultural Center School of the Arts. The performers will explain the origin of the dances and their importance to Chinese culture today.
The Staten Island Chamber of Commerce will host its 2017 Small Business Outlook Breakfast and Board Installation on Thursday, January 19 at Li Greci's Staaten located at 697 Forest Avenue, Staten Island, NY. The Chamber hosts this annual program to provide Staten Island business owners with an expert perspective of the economy.
Providing a quality service is just one piece of the company’s fabric at Stop & Stor. Being part of a community and setting an example of leadership giving is essential to Stop & Stor’s operating philosophy. Stop & Stor demonstrated this philosophy by donating $300,000 to charitable causes in 2016 through the Stop & Stor Charitable Fund.
The Staten Island Children’s Museum is excited to share their newest interactive exhibit, Sensory Imaging with their members and visitors. Created to immerse children in multi-sensory exploration, a “magic” screen reacts to children’s touch by displaying brilliant bursts of color wherever it’s touched. The deeper or firmer the touch, the bigger the burst of color! The exhibit empowers children (of ALL ages!) to experiment with sensory processing. Most of all, it’s just plain fun!
Judging takes place for the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce 2016 Annual Building Awards for Excellence in Design & ConstructionJoyce Venezia Suss - October 31, 2016
Building Awards Journal Ads Deadline: November 11
Building Awards Luncheon: December 2
Staten Island Chamber of Commerce Encourages Local Holiday Shopping on Small Business Saturday – November 26Kristin Foye - October 28, 2016
“Con Edison is proud to be the lead sponsor of this important educational initiative,” said Katia Gordon, Con Edison’s Staten Island Regional & Community Affairs Manager. “The YEA! program evokes the spirit of entrepreneurship and introduces youth to skills they can use for their entire lives. Our support is an investment in our community’s future leaders and we look forward to being a part of the program.”
“Thank you to Linda Baran and the members of the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce for inviting me to speak,” Oddo said.
Linda Baran is celebrating her 30th anniversary at the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce, including the past 12 years as the Chamber’s first woman president and chief executive officer.
Staten Island Chamber of Commerce presents its NEWLY RENOVATED 2016 Annual Building Awards for Excellence in Design & ConstructionJoyce Venezia Suss - September 8, 2016
The Staten Island Chamber of Commerce Building Awards Program, now in its 55th year, has been redesigned to acknowledge the building and design industries’ ability to adapt to the diversity of Staten Island’s growing population.
The Member of Excellence Award is a new award that will be granted to outstanding members of the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce. With 122 years of service and approximately 700 members, the Chamber includes individuals who have built upon their personal strengths to succeed in their respective fields. Each member has a unique story and together our members form the core of the largest business organization on Staten Island. This award will highlight the personal talent behind the most successful Staten Island businesses. The Member of Excellence award will be bestowed upon Chamber members in good standing who have demonstrated the core values of support, engagement and commitment to the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce.
The Staten Island Chamber of Commerce is now accepting “early bird” applications from Staten Island high school students for next year’s Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) program, running from October 2016 to May 2017.
The insurance industry has seen many changes in the last 10-20 years; New and different types of insurance contracts that offer more flexibility and choices than the traditional offerings.
Sometimes financial burdens can be overwhelming for an individual or family. There may be times when the only option seems like making a withdrawal from your Individual Retirement Account (IRA).
SI Chamber to Host Annual Police Officer of the Year Luncheon with Police Commissioner William BrattonKristin Foye - July 8, 2016
The Staten Island Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Police Officer of the Year Luncheon on Thursday, July 14 at 12 noon at Li Greci’s Staaten (697 Forest Ave., Staten Island, NY) and is sponsored by Gerald Peters and Sottile Security International, Inc. Staten Island’s top police officers from 2015 will be recognized by NYC Commissioner William J. Bratton as well as the Chamber’s Safety and Security Committee.
Staten Island businesses came together in the largest exclusive Business to Business Expo to date on Staten Island. Included in the event were representatives from international, national and regional businesses. Coming from as far as China, Japan, and Germany, and throughout the United States, these businesses met to form relationships and further the economic growth and vitality of the Island.
New Owners Celebrate with Giveaways, Product Tastings and Special Dignitaries
Beyond the Ferry Business to Business Expo, an exciting new collaboration between the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce and KDDI/Telehouse, will debut on Staten Island on Thursday, June 23, 2016 from 12PM-5PM. For the first time, the Expo will bring together local, national and international businesses to explore the economic vitality of the Island.
Wednesday, June 8, torrential rains forced the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce to postpone its annual golf outing, but that led to a great meal for the Island’s hungry and homeless residents.
"With a number of high-profile projects happening on our shores, interest in doing business on Staten Island is booming," said Linda Baran, president and CEO of the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce. (Staten Island Advance/ Jan Somma-Hammel)
The Staten Island Chamber of Commerce will host its 30th Annual Richard B. Irwin Memorial Golf Outing on Wednesday, June 8, 2016 from 12:30 pm to 8 pm at LaTourette Golf Course. This year’s outing will showcase Chamber businesses and also kick off the summer with the Third Annual High School Invitational for Staten Island public, private and parochial high school students, starting at 7 am. Click here to register.
Golfers will enjoy specialty foods and products from Chamber businesses throughout the day, and prizes will be given to some top competitors. Contests include two hole-in-one contests, with prizes being a 2016 Grand Cherokee from Island Auto Group and a motorcycle from Harley Davison of Staten Island; a “beat-the-intern” contest; and trophies including longest drive and closest-to-the-pin. The outing will be topped off with an upscale barbecue dinner catered by Smokin’ Pit.
A good credit history is nearly indispensable. Without it, you'll have trouble buying a car, renting an apartment, and perhaps even getting a job, since some employers order job applicants' credit reports. Here are ways to establish a good record.
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – SCORE of State Island, a prominent nonprofit organization dedicated to providing cost-free mentoring and education to both aspiring and established entrepreneurs, has relocated to new centrally located Island headquarters.
Cocktail Hour sponsored by Atlantic Salt, Inc.; Entertainment sponsored by Wil John’s Tire Empire; Cruise Prize sponsored by Expedia CuiseShipCenter and our “Tuxedo” sponsors at the highest level are Con Edison; National Grid; Northfield Bank; Richmond County Savings Bank; Santander Bank; Time Warner Cable; United NY Sandy Hook Pilots; Luthman Law Firm PLLC; IDB Bank; and People's United Bank.
Staten Island, NY – The Staten Island Chamber of Commerce will hold its 121st Annual Gala on Saturday, April 30, 2016 at the Hilton Above Rooftop & Ballroom, located at 1100 South Avenue. Event co-chairs are Stefanie L. DeMario of Angiuli & Gentile LLP, and JoAnn Libretti of Empire State Bank.
The insurance industry has seen many changes in the last 10-20 years. New and different types of insurance contracts that offer more flexibility and choices then the traditional Whole Life Policy or Universal Life Policy.
M&T Bank announced today that it has successfully completed its conversion of the former Hudson City Savings Bank branches it acquired in late 2015.
My name is Pauline Scanlon, I am a Certified Executive Function Deficits/Time Management Specialist. I am the owner of Believe + Succeed LLC, a small business here on Staten Island.
A live “Shark Tank-style” event where students get funding to launch enterprises
The Staten Island chapter of New York State Women will honor their longest standing members Margaret Barry and Geraldine Walters Smith with their Lifetime Distinction Award. Margaret served the organization for 53years; Geraldine for 52 years.
“These women distinguished themselves through her lifetime dedication and passion to help our community, “said Catherine DiStefano, president. “While Margaret and Geraldine contribute in different capacities throughout the years, their efforts have made a difference in the lives on Staten Island women and their families.”
The Next Step Announces New EBook in Entrepreneur-ing Series: The Prof's Guide to Entrepreneur-ing: Using Entrepreneurial Skills to Launch Your Own Business or be the Boss of Your CareerLisa Vento Nielsen - February 26, 2016
The Next Step, run by Lisa Vento Nielsen, is a local Staten Island company focusing on college and career readiness and offers seminars and classes offered through Wagner College Department for Lifelong Learning. The Next Step is excited to announce the first EBook in the series of Entrepreneur-ing - a term coined by Ms. Vento Nielsen to represent the focus of using entrepreneurial skills to either launch your own business or to be the boss of your career.
Delta Vacations is Partnering with the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce to Help Warm Up Your WinterMeagan Devereaux - February 24, 2016
The Staten Island Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce an innovative new Membership Drive. In partnership with Delta Vacations, Chamber members who enroll new members will be entered into a drawing for a trip for 2 with accommodations anywhere in the United States, Mexico or the Caribbean.
Congratulations to Robin Lefkowitz, she has been promoted to Executive Vice President of Northfield Bank. Robin Lefkowitz is also on the Chamber's Board of Directors and is the Co-Chair of the Membership Council.
Community Outreach and Business Growth Is a Shared Goal for Staten Island
The Staten Island Chamber of Commerce (SICC) will hold its annual Board Installation Breakfast on Thursday, January 28 at the Staten Island Museum Auditorium at Snug Harbor (1000 Richmond Terrace) from 8:00 to 9 am. The Chamber’s Executive Board, the SICC Board and Foundation Board Officers for 2016 will be sworn into office in the presence of the organization’s most active and influential members. Richmond County Civil Court Judge, The Honorable Robert J. Gigante, Surrogate Richmond County, will administer the oaths of office.
After years of demanding increased transit options on Staten Island, last month the MTA finally allocated $5 million in its Capital Plan for preliminary work on the North Shore Bus Rapid Transit Line (NSBRT).
Steve Viola, Midland Wine & Liquors lends a hand during the installation of the first of many holiday banners to be placed along Midland Avenue with Victor E. Vientos, Director of Retail Attraction & Business Services, Staten Island Chamber of Commerce Foundation and Project Manager - Establishing East Shore Local Development Corp. Thanks to funding from Councilman Steve Matteo and the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery, Midland Avenue begins its transformation in the revitalization efforts vital to the Midland Avenue business corridor.
Staten Island Chamber of Commerce to Launch Shop Small “Passport to Staten Island” Contest to Encourage Local Holiday ShoppingKristin Foye - November 6, 2015
STATEN ISLAND, NY – The Staten Island Chamber of Commerce will launch a shop small business “Passport to Staten Island” contest next Tuesday, November 10 to encourage local shopping as a lead up to Small Business Saturday. Small Business Saturday falls on the Saturday after Thanksgiving and is a day promoted by American Express stressing the importance of locally owned small businesses in communities across the country.
As the gift giving season is close upon us, I would like to inform you of a new Chamber initiative underway in partnership with the New York City Police Department (NYPD) aimed at protecting the interest of Staten Island florists and garden centers.
The FAIR CHANCE ACT makes it illegal for most employers in New York City to ask about the criminal record of job applicants before making a job offer. This means ads, applications, and interview questions cannot include inquiries into an applicant's criminal record - which allows the applicant to be judged on his or her qualifications. This FACT SHEET has additional information.
SI Chamber’s Annual Meeting to Include Keynote Speaker Peter Shankman, Review of Small Business Saturday, Chamber Update and Town Hall Q&AKristin Foye - October 16, 2015
Staten Island, NY – October 16th – The Staten Island Chamber of Commerce will host its Annual Membership Meeting on Thursday, October 22nd, from 8:00am to 11:00am at the Hilton Garden Inn.
For a business to prosper, there has to be more than a casual consideration of the expense report. Most businesses do their budget yearly, but some smaller organizations have gone to a three-month (or quarterly) budget to improve their ability to be more agile with their capital. There are times, however, where no matter what you seem to do, expenses outfox profits and your company has to take a hard look at what they are going to do to right the ship
Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden is pleased to announce that the 28th Annual Staten Island JAZZ Festival, presented by Universal temple of the Arts, will take place on Saturday, October 17, 2015 in Snug Harbor’s historic Music Hall from 2:00 to 7:00 PM. The festival will feature nationally renowned jazz artists as well as some of Staten Island’s leading performers in the field of jazz and modern sound. In addition, there will be workshops open to the public in the morning on collage art, dance, music, and vocals, as well as a panel discussion on the history and future of jazz.
Mr. Enzo Boscarino, a native Italian, was born in Sortino in province of Siracusa. He graduated in Italy at the Istituto G. Lombardo Radice, Catania, in Elementary Education. Since he was a young boy he discovered his passion for playing the guitar and singing. He enrolled at the Universita’ di Catania, but when he was 21 years old he decided to come to the United States. Here, he continued his studies at the University of Connecticut as well as his passion for the music, playing in different concerts.
I know it is hard to believe, but the holidays are just around the corner…. And that means, it’s party time!
Whether you have 25 of your ‘nearest and dearest” coming for Thanksgiving, or you just want to have your best friends over for an intimate pre-Christmas dinner party, or feel like it is time to reward your office team for a job well done, or thank some special clients without whom you could not survive, chances are that at some point in the next few months, you’ll be hosting an event in your home or office.
Staten Island, NY – September 16th – The application deadline for The Staten Island Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Building Awards Program has been extended to Friday, September 25th. Open to the entire Staten Island community, the Building Awards program celebrates the best in construction and design for commercial and residential properties on Staten Island. Homeowners with new construction or renovations, contractors, engineers, architects, interior designers, landscapers, and craftsman are all encouraged to submit entries that show off quality and beautiful work. New residential and commercial structures, as well as renovation projects are eligible.
Staten Island pediatricians may soon be getting a visit from an aspiring young entrepreneur who wants to talk candidly about one of childhood’s greatest fears: inoculations.
Danielle Aylmer was the winner of the first Young Entrepreneurs Academy’s (YEA!) investor panel in 2013/2014, pitching her idea for Syngies, a toy that snaps onto a syringe to distract youngsters from the sharp (needle). The investor panel – comprised of Staten Island business people - is similar to a “Shark Tank” experience for young participants in the annual after-school program sponsored by the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce Foundation. Applications are now being accepted for the academy’s third class.
Thursday, August 13, 2015 the Garibaldi-Meucci Museum went back to the past to the Renaissance period with a compelling presentation, focused on Michelangelo Buonarroti, by Ph. D Francesco Santoro.
The geeks at Tekie Geek have been busy this summer with the launch of their new website, involvement in the Summer Youth Employment, and preparation for events that include the NY Expo Business Conference & Staten Island’s first technology expo- Tekamorphosis.
Join Star Networking Group NYC in honoring Staten Island's Top Women in Business next Thursday, September 10th at The Staten Island Hilton from 6-9 pm. Purchase tickets at www.HomeReporter.com/events or Call 718.238.6600 ext. 110 $125 per ticket • Table of 10 $1200
Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) recruiting students for 2015-16
The Staten Island Chamber of Commerce Foundation is searching for high school students who could be the next Bill Gates or Martha Stewart. Applications are now being accepted for the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) 2015-2016 class. YEA! is an after-school, extracurricular program that guides high school students through launching and running their own real businesses or social movements.
Staten Island, NY – August 20th – The Staten Island Chamber of Commerce is accepting applications for the Annual Building Awards Program now through September 14, 2015. Open to the entire Staten Island community, the Building Awards program celebrates the best in construction and design for commercial and residential properties on Staten Island. Homeowners with new construction or renovations, contractors, engineers, architects, interior designers, landscapers, and craftsman are all encouraged to submit entries that show off quality and beautiful work. New residential and commercial structures, as well as renovation projects are eligible.
SI Chamber & SI Advance Hosted Annual Police Officer of the Year Luncheon with Police Commissioner William BrattonKristin Foye - July 30, 2015
Staten Island, NY – July 28th – The Staten Island Chamber of Commerce and the Staten Island Advance hosted its annual Police Officer of the Year Luncheon on Tuesday, July 28th, at the Hilton Garden Inn (1110 South Avenue, Staten Island, NY). Staten Island’s top cops from 2014 were recognized by NYC Commissioner William J. Bratton as well as the Chamber’s Safety and Security Committee.
The Garibaldi-Meucci Museum, located at 420 Tompkins St. Staten Island, on July 11, 2015 hosted an art exhibit of Staten Island artist: Annette Marten.
The Staten Island Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Inc. has received a grant from the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery to create the “East Shore Local Development Corporation (ESLDC). As such, the Foundation is seeking a full time Director of Retail Attraction and Business Services to create the ESLDC and the build relationships...
SI Chamber & SI Advance to Host Annual Police Officer of the Year Luncheon with Police Commissioner William BrattonKristin Foye - July 8, 2015
Staten Island, NY – July 8th – The Staten Island Chamber of Commerce and the Staten Island Advance will host its annual Police Officer of the Year Luncheon on Tuesday, July 28th, at 12pm at the Hilton Garden Inn (1110 South Avenue, Staten Island, NY). Staten Island’s top cops from 2014 will be recognized by NYC Commissioner William J. Bratton as well as the Chamber’s Safety and Security Committee.
Honorees will receive the Police Officer of the Month award for their daily commitment and service to borough residents. A Police Officer(s) of the Year will also be announced during the event. This special ceremony occurs each year to commemorate the NYPD’s great work in the Staten Island community.
Tickets begin at $60 per person, $40 for members of the NYPD and $500 for a full table (10 guests). Reservations are required and can be made online at www.sichamber.com or with Jennifer McGurk at 718-727-1900.
The Noble Maritime Collection, Atlantic Salt, Inc. and The Staten Island Chamber of Commerce were thrilled to have the U.S. Coast Guard Eagle dock on Saturday, June 13th to be the center of their 3rd Atlantic Maritime Festival.
Over 100 members participated in a friendly game of golf at the 29th Annual Richard B. Irwin Memorial Golf Outing last Thursday, June 11th. High School Students also participated in the Second Annual High School Invitational at the LaTourette Golf Course.
Businesses rely heavily on computer networks. A properly designed network lowers the cost of ownership and is typically less than 50% of the total cost of ownership (TCO). It also increases work flow and productivity because the network is reliable and performing at its best.
The five borough Chamber alliance recently sent a letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo, temporary Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan, and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, urging them to re-authorize the Relocation and Employment Assistance Program (REAP).
On May 6, 2015, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed into law a bill that, effective September 3, 2015, prohibits employers in the five boroughs from requesting or using consumer credit reports in any employment decision. This follows the trend of several other states and local legislatures that have outlawed the practice in recent years.
Glyn Caddell, founder of Caddell Prep LLC, has some advice for students who are looking to make math a little bit easier to understand. Unfortunately, there isn’t a magic button that can be pressed to make math easier. “Many students tell me that math is too difficult for them to understand, but a lot of the time it’s because they never put in the effort to memorize the basics,” Caddell said. Math classes build off of one another. In order to do well in one class, certain knowledge must have been acquired in a previous class. Here is a list of three items students should focus on in order to make math easier.
Al Gentile has owned the St. George Pharmacy for thirty-one years. In March of 2012, he moved the business to a larger building on Stuyvesant Place with the goal of including a medical center.
How do you develop a consistent hiring practice to help ensure that your investment in human capital will give you a good return on investment?
The City of New York Department of Parks & Recreation requests proposals for the sale of specialty food from Mobile Food Units at various locations Citywide.
Business owners are encouraged to complete the survey.
Check out these great holiday offers from Chamber members and remember to stay tuned for additional information on Holiday bargains!
Staten Island Chamber of Commerce Launches “Passport to Staten Island” contest to encourage local Holiday ShoppingRyan Gleason - November 17, 2014
Staten Island, NY. November 14th, 2014 – The Staten Island Chamber of Commerce launches a contest on Friday to encourage Island consumers to Shop Small and Shop Local this Holiday Season. In anticipation of American Express’ popular “Small Business Saturday” initiative, the Chamber is partnering with local businesses and elected officials to highlight Staten Island’s mom-and-pop stores.
Here are some new ideas for for business professionals and the entire Staten Island community.
As a part of New York City's new Paid Sick Leave Law, the Department of Consumer Affairs has begun to take complaints and issue violations and fines to businesses.
Comment of By Linda M. Baran - President and CEO to the MTA Board of Directors on September 24, 2014
On behalf of the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce, our 700 members and their 20,000 employees, I would like to take this opportunity to endorse the advancement of Staten Island’s North Shore Right-of-Way (ROW) Bus Rapid Transit Project.
Here are some new ideas for for business professionals and the entire Staten Island community.
Here are some new ideas for business professionals and the entire Staten Island community.
The Federal Reserve Bank of New York is conducting a Small Business Credit Survey.
2015 Health Insurance Open Enrollment is from Nov. 15, 2014 - Feb. 15, 2015. Small businesses (2-50 employees) can enroll all employees by September 30th for a November 1, 2014 coverage start date.
Here are some new ideas for Chamber members and business professionals.
The Chamber is now accepting applications for the 53rd Annual Building Awards Program. Every Staten Islander who has a new residential or commercial property that they think defines the best in design and construction is encouraged to apply.
June through November, the most popular time for tented events, coincides with hurricane season. Therefore, having some fundamental knowledge of tent safety will help you ask the right questions to your tent vendor.
Don't project your feelings about money to your prospect. Let your prospects buy your product or service because it satisfies their plain.
Does your business have employees of different generations working together? The Age Smart Employer Awards is coming to Staten Island in September to learn from businesses who use and value workers of all ages.
Small Business First is a new initiative announced by Mayor Bill de Blasio last month and led by the NYC Department of Small Business Services and the Mayor's Office of Operations
Business Guild II is conducting a holiday food drive to combat hunger.
As a business professional, it is important to do search engine optimization and back links for your website each week in order to improve your ratings.
Jesse R. Zeigler is now the Communications and Culture Manager for the World Cares Center.
Frank Wilkinson of Rab's Country Lanes has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Bowling Proprietors Association of America (BPAA).
A new anti-litter campaign features Island faces telling residents to clean up after themselves.
The sounds of sirens on hot summer days make some of us think of a child floating and lifeless in a swimming pool. Each summer, we hear of these tragedies.
Did you know that almost one third of your potential client base could be lost due to an improperly formatted email? Here are a few tips that you should keep in mind when created an email campaign.
The key to success is getting on with your plan.
Learning to ask great questions is better than learning to say great things.
Maryann Piazza, CEO of Majestic Vending and Services, Inc., was featured as a speaker and recipient of The Heiser Group's "Women Leaving a Legacy 2014."
Full disclosure selling allows you to get an answer.
What does it take to be a successful salesperson? An outgoing personality? A disciplined work ethic? Influential contacts? Those may help. But, those alone will have little impact unless they are part of a bigger framework built on three critical elements.
Price becomes a roadblock when you present a product or service with a price tag that is out of line with the prospect's expectation. In that instance, price is not the problem, you are!
Personal branding strategies will go a long way to enhancing your company's image.
How often have you been sitting in the car after a sales call, and you thought of something you should have done that would have been more appropriate than what you just did?
Dovid Winiarz of Fidelity Merchant Services is now the president of Business Guild II!
Low cost. More options. Unlimited phone lines for a fraction of the cost. Do these features seem appealing to you? These features can be made available to you when choosing VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) phone systems for your business.
Don't be afraid to make a mess because sometimes cleaning up will interrupt your creative flow. But, remember, you must clean up after yourself. Better yet, hire someone to do it for you.
The Chamber is proud to have Michele Esposito back in the office!
One problem with 'feature & benefit' selling is, while it may convince prospects to buy, it can also motivate them to stop the competition and take the knowledge you have just given them.
The Chamber is accepting applications from all Staten Island high school students for the 2014-15 semester!
Take the Small Business Credit Survey, open through May 15th.
Get your presentation through the prospect's primitive brain filter without creating stress or tension that triggers fight or flight responses.
When starting a new business, whether it be big or small, job protection is key for your employees and customers. Surveillance cameras provide an extra level of security that make people feel safe and more secure in their job environment.
Historic Richmond Town has launched their new 4th generation website!
The easiest way to increase your business is to be more accessible.
Ivy Branding and Marketing Group Celebrates One Year In Business!
How did you start in this business? Why did you choose this field? Is this what you always wanted to be when you “grew up”?
I previously worked for the NYC Department of Transportation in the Office of Safety Outreach and Education which provided car seat inspection and installation services.
The tax return deadline is fast approaching for nonprofit organizations.
Take the Small Business Credit Survey, open through May 15th.
Showtime Publications, which has published local theatre and entertainment programs for the past 31 years, has expanded into book publishing.
Is paying zero tax a good idea for your corporation?
Claire Properties celebrates four years in business!
Do not wait to file your taxes, because time is money!
Digital Edge and a nationwide speciality food producer have announced the launch of a new website.
Are you up to date on your software? If not, get ready! Starting on April 8, 2014 online technical support will no longer be available for Windows XP. But no worries, there is a solution!
After hearing NY1's story about a 92-year-old woman who was forced to stay inside her Grasmere home due to the heavy amount of snow and ice covering her driveway and stairs, Mark Catone of Signature Auto Group decided to lend a hand.
Despite its name, the "kiddie tax" doesn't apply just to children in diapers or elementary school. In fact, it may even cause tax complications for parents of twenty-somethings.
After receiving a positive response to her book, "Snatched From The Fire", Patricia Amis decided to start a sportswear product line to empower victims of domestic violence. Now she needs your help to obtain an appearance on ABC's "Shark Tank".
A brand communicates, acts and reactes, creates experiences, helps you form a relationship and if marketed correctly, will become a part of people's lives.
Business Planning: It is always important to maintain a documented plan for your business. While many business owners create a plan when first starting, significant portions do not look back and actively update the plan which is an issue that can lead to failure.
AHRC New York City is an employment and business services program that has been providing companies with qualified and trained entry level employees since 1949.
How did you start in this business? Why did you choose this field? Is this what you always wanted to be when you “grew up”?
As a child, I was always around the jewelry business. I remember hanging out and running around the store as a little kid. As I got older, I started to understand the business better, and I knew there was nowhere else I’d rather be.
You have the ability to keep your pipes from freezing and prevent a ton of headaches. Find out how here!
P.A.C. Plumbing, Heating, and Air Conditioning celebrates 35 years in business!
The Chamber's Small Business Committee has created this short survey to help focus advocacy efforts in 2014. All responses will be kept strictly confidential. We encourage you to fill out the entire survey, however, questions marked with a * are optional. Click here to participate!
Time Warner Cable has been making customers its top priority since the late 1940s and continues to strive to suit the ever-changing needs of the customers in the age of digital technology.
Richmond County Savings Bank has been a Chamber member since 1931 and currently has 22 branches conveniently located throughout Staten Island.
National Grid has been an active member of the Chamber since 1962 and has always been there to support Staten Island customers, especially those living in communities impacted by Superstorm Sandy.
Northfield Bank was founded in 1887 and still manages to function under the core values of service, product and stabiltiy as well as support local charitable organizations.
Learn how to utilize a trade show to showcase your brand.
Moore Catholic High School has enhanced its Student International Program, approved by the Board of Trustees.
Learn what to look out for when launching a Facebook page for your business.
Tekie Geek, a web and IT consulting company that has been serving Staten Island and the NY Metro area since 2012, was spotlighted in Capital One Small Business on January 12th.
Cynthia Scarinci is a certified public accountant and accounting professor in the College of Staten Island's school of business and is doing some valuable work within the Staten Island community.
Learn how to better brand your business with the following strategies.
FerryAds.com unveiled its first jumbo digital displays!
This is a general overview of how the surtax works along with planning strategies to minimize surtax exposure to the clients you serve
How did you start in this business? Why did you choose this field? Is this what you always wanted to be when you “grew up”?
Back in September 2012, I had a very close friend start working as a Loan Originator for a company called MortgageIT, based in downtown Manhattan. One evening while I was at his house with a few friends he mentioned that this company was looking to hire new LO’s and if anyone wanted to come in for an interview he would help us get in.
John J. Vento, CPA, P.C. helps you determine whether you are considered to have hired an independent contractor or an employee.
Superstorm Sandy had destroyed Midland Pharmacy and all it contained. After putting forth great efforts to bring the neighborhood business back to its original location, the owners were able to reopen before the new year.
John Vincent Scalia Sr. is the latest recipient of the Louis R. Miller Small Business Leadership Award!
Borough President James P. Molinaro has partnered with Chamber member Barnes & Noble once again to distribute new books donated by customers to schools across Staten Island.
The Staten Island Mental Health Society's Ancilla Cuffy was one of the honorees at the annual Community Service Awards on November 18th.
Two of our Chamber memberes are two of the four new board members at the Richmond University Medical Center Foundation!
John J. Vento, CPA, P.C. tells readers how to deduct their actual expenses attributable to the business use of their home.
The Chamber's Holiday Business After Hours took place on Wednesday, December 18th, at The Historic Old Bermuda Inn Restaurant and Catering Hall.
Currently, 16 students in the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) are looking for scholarship partner sponsorships of $2,000. These scholarships will allow these teens to successfully launch their businesses.
Rebecca Iacobellis CPA, PLLC tells readers how to limit their exposure to the many new or increased taxes in 2013.
Superstorm Sandy carried seven feet of water into Marina Cafe. The restaurant underwent a complete renovation and reopened on December 3rd, 13 months later.
The Chamber's Annual Holiday Board Luncheon took place on Thursday, December 12th at Chamber member La Strada Italian Restaurant. One 50 year member was honored as well as six 25 year members.
We have great raffle prizes for our Holiday Business After Hours!
The Staten Island Yankees have a new CEO, Steven Violetta!
Former Chamber member Rick Maloy has written a book and will share the proceeds with the Wounded Warriors Project.
John J. Vento, CPA, P.C. tells you how to apply cost segregation to your current income tax bill.
John J. Vento, CPA, P.C. has suggestions for filing your 2013 taxes.
Michael Assenza, Vice President of Stat-Land Security Systems and Secretary of the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce, was named NY1's "Staten Islander of the Week" on November 29th.
The Staten Island Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with the College of Staten Island and the Governor's Community Rising Committee, is conducting a short survey on local businesses effected by Super Storm Sandy.
Drs. Zhanneta Shapiro and Stella Furman from Audiology Island appeared on CBS-TV's "American Health Front" on November 30th.
Philip Guarnieri and Anthony Costa have built their bank with hands-on experience and a commitment to small business. Now, they celebrate ten years as bank managers.
Everything Goes is celebrating its 30th anniversary by offering 30 percent through December 12th.
The National Association of Remodeling/Home Improvement Contractors of Staten Island (NARI-HIC) will donate labor and building materials to protect the Kruser-Finley House at Historic Richmond Town from winter weather conditions.
Heating equipment is a major cause of fire deaths. The National Association of the Remodeling Industry Staten Island Chapter tells you how to avoid these heating-related fires from occurring.
After Louise DeVitto lost a bracelet she bought on October 23rd from Gerald Peters Gold Mine Jewelers, the store replaced it for free.
State Assemblyman Michael Cusick (D-Mid-Island) was inspired by Alexander Federico, owner of Coastal Plumbing Supply, to introduce a bill to reinforce wellness initiatives outlined in President Obama's Affordable Care Act.
After 13 years of operation, Island Shores Senior Residences lost its entire first floor to Super Storm Sandy and found itself in about eight feet of water. It reopened on three months, on February 2nd.
Cell Phones For Soldiers, a month-long drive brought to you by AT & T and the Chamber, will end on Friday, December 13th.
¨ How did you start in this business? Why did you choose this field? Is this what you always wanted to be when you “grew up”?
My passion for music started early with tapes and CD's. I realized very early on that this is what I wanted to spend my life doing.
¨ What is the most important business lesson you’ve ever learned? Life lesson?
You only have one chance to make a first impression. Never judge a book by its cover.
Sales Manager Sal Criscuolo and Financial Equities Mortgage Bankers provide insight into your homeowners insurance policies.
After 13 years of operation, Island Shores Senior Residences lost its entire first floor to Hurricane Sandy and found itself in about eight feet of water. The complex reopened on February 2nd, three months after the superstorm.
Cory Schifter, owner of Casale Jewelers, will donate $3,000 of his winnings from a 2012 nationwide contest to three local charities.
Two family-owned real estate firms, Chamber member Salmon Real Estate (along with its sibling company, Equity Valuation Associates) and Turvey Dellomo, have merged.
As a member of the SI Chamber, enjoy discounts from some of our newest members!
Frank Scarangello Sr., president-emeritus and CEO of Scaran Heating and Air Conditioning, passed away on November 2nd at the age of 89.
The Chamber has spent the past year providing resources to 200 small businesses affected by Hurricane Sandy. The Chamber has recapped and updated publications within the past few dates on this very topic.
Students in the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) experienced their first field trip to the Richmond County Bank Ballpark on Wednesday, October 30th.
The Hylan Blvd. Small Business Block Party took place on Tuesday, October 29th, to remind the community that these businesses have recovered from Hurricane Sandy and are open to the public.
Today is the LAST day to apply for the Fee Waiver for Business Recovery!
On October 29, 2012, Hurricane Sandy carried more than six feet of water into Hylan Medicine Cabinet. The pharmacy reopened six months later.
The Chamber will be publishing blog entries regarding the recovery process of Staten Island businesses following Hurricane Sandy.
Beware of Vampire Voltage! ConEdison advises business owners on saving energy in three simple steps.
Chamber member George K. Wonica, broker/owner of Wonica Realtors & Appraisers, has received the 2013 Realtor of the Year Award from the New York State Association of Realtors