Lifeblood of the Community

Last month, I had an opportunity to attend the Queens Chamber breakfast. At the event, there were a number of elected officials in attendance including NYC Council Members. It was held at York College’s new state-of-the-art Facility Dining Hall at the Academic Core Building in Jamaica

I grew up in South Ozone Park and have always recognized that businesses are the lifeblood of the community. Throughout the neighborhoods of Hill Crest, St. Albans, Briarwood, Hollis, and Kew Gardens, to name a few you’ll find a plethora of businesses representing people from all walks of life.

You, as a business owner, contribute in ways unimaginable to the fabric of this most diverse borough of New York City and the world. From nail salons to insurance agencies to the mom-and-pop restaurants they each bring their own unique slice of life to the fabric of these neighborhoods.

The presentation at York College highlighted the tremendous work Queens Chamber outreach team performs on a regular basis, visiting businesses throughout these Jamaica neighborhoods and neighborhoods all throughout this richly diverse borough. They provide resources such as Chamber on the Go, which connects businesses to city resources such as financial assistance, commercial leasing, and MWBE certification and so much more.

This outreach team happens to speak 19 different languages which is indicative of neighborhoods they serve.

If you haven’t taken advantage of or experienced the numerous resources the Chamber offers designed to enrich and nourish your business it’s not too late.

Make it your priority to visit their website for everything needed to assist in the sustainability of your organization.

On behalf of the Board of Directors of Queens Chamber, thank you for continually supporting this 111-year-old organization which advocates for your rights, creates opportunities to build your network, and curates educational platforms to keep you on the cutting edge of our fast-changing society.

Without you doing what you do every day, our communities certainly would not be the same.

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