November 10, 2017 E-Weekly Chamber Newsletter
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MEMBER NEWS
New ways to save the city's shopping districts

Local commercial corridors play a vital economic and social role in New York City neighborhoods. But many shopping districts are facing complex challenges that threaten their future, whether it’s falling foot traffic or dark and vacant storefronts. Obstacles to retail vibrancy are even more pressing in marginalized, long-neglected neighborhoods, mostly outside of Manhattan.

On Bay Street in Stapleton, Staten Island, for example, the storefront vacancy rate is an astounding 24% (it is 10% in Lower Manhattan). And on Fulton Street in East New York, Brooklyn, negative perceptions of public safety and the poor condition of storefronts contribute to a retail leakage of almost $600 million annually—meaning residents go elsewhere to spend their money. In these communities, nearly three quarters of merchants—mostly mom-and-pop businesses—lease their space, leaving them vulnerable to commercial displacement because of increasing rents.
PICS OF THE WEEK

REMEMBER: When you spot Elvis in his red Chamber shirt, be sure to say hello and snap a selfie with him. Then post it to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with  #SayHiToElvis  and tag @sichamber . You’ll be automatically entered for a chance to win prizes, including a $100 gift card!
Join us in welcoming   Broadway Stages  to the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce!
MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

Join Victory Sports Group for a Ribbon Cutting celebration, tomorrow, November 11!

Congratulations to Mark A. Scamardella, D.D.S. & Karen A. DiBona, D.D.S.  on celebrating 25 years in business! For Directory Listing, Click Here.
MEMBER BUSINESS TIP
10 ways to avoid violations if you're a Staten Island business owner
  1. List all your prices
  2. Display a refund policy
  3. If the A/C is on, close the door
  4. Receipts
  5. Multiple languages
  6. Different rules for different businesses
  7. Check expiration dates
  8. No gender discrimination
  9. Debit/credit minimums
  10. Layaway plans
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UPCOMING CHAMBER EVENTS & WORKSHOPS
2017 Building Awards Luncheon

Friday, December 1, 2017
Hilton Garden Inn

Business After Hours
Sponsored by St. John's University

Thursday, November 16, 2017
From 5:30 to 7:30 pm
St John's University, in the Kelleher Center

Small Business Saturday

Saturday, November 25, 2017
Shop Small, Shop Local!

UGLY SWEATER HOLIDAY MIXER
Sponsored by Valpak

Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Historic Richmond Town

Louis R. Miller Business Leadership Awards

Presented by the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce and the Staten Island Advance

Sponsored by Richmond County Savings Bank, a division of the NYCB family of banks

Thursday, February 15, 2018
Richmond County Country Club

Business Education & Business Event Dates
Staten Island Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 41277, Staten Island, NY 10304
718.727.1900  | sichamber.com