September 19, 2018
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Photo Credit: Staten Island Advance Article, RUMC
Richmond University Medical Center of Staten Island holds 5K Run/Walk

When Chamber member  Richmond University Medical Center of Staten Island  held its 2nd annual 5K Run/Walk earlier this month, the event attracted over 175 participants. One of those who competed was president and CEO Daniel Messina. 

Proceeds from the event will help to support the pediatric unit of the West Brighton hospital's new Emergency Department. Construction is projected to begin in early 2019. 
As for the actual race, Dave Michaels (19:31.3) captured the men’s portion while Isabelle Cammayo (21:33.4) was tops in the female division. 
Photo Credit: Staten Island Advance Article, Ben Asen
Historic Richmond Town names new executive director  

Historic Richmond Town  is making history as Jessica B. Phillips has been named the first female executive director of the facility. 

Phillips, who served as leader for the last five years at Fraunces Tavern Museum in Lower Manhattan, was elected by the Board of Directors of the Staten Island Historical Society, which operates the 100-acre living history village. 

Phillips officially takes on her new leadership role on Sept. 24. 

Network and have fun at Business After Hours

Business After Hours is the perfect opportunity for members and non-members to network in a fun environment. And the next one should be even more fun as Staten Island Chamber of Commerce members and the organization’s Young Professionals Group (YPG) will hold the affair at Chamber member  Staten Island FunPark

Located at 215 Schmidts Lane, the facility features mini golf, batting cages, and go-karts. The event runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The cost is $20 for members and $40 for non-members. 

Chamber member  Catering by Framboise  will handle the food and drink and will feature a taco station, macaroni & cheese station, jumbo pretzels, mini corn dogs, jalapeno poppers, wine, beer, and soda.

Building Awards applications extended  
 
Applications have been extended for the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce Building Awards Program. The program, now in its 57 th  year, was designed to acknowledge the building and design industries’ ability to adapt to the diversity of Staten Island’s growing population. 

Entries are being accepted for commercial, residential and mixed-use projects including new construction, renovations, alternations/additions, historical renovations, Sandy renovations, kitchens, bathrooms, and other single rooms. Categories include exterior, interior, interior decorating, outdoor space, specialty craftsmanship, and green space. 
The extended deadline is now Sunday, Sept. 30.  Judging will take place on Friday, Oct. 19. The Annual Building Awards Luncheon will take place on Friday, Dec. 7 at the Richmond County Country Club. 

For more info email  events@sichamber.com  or visit  sichamber.com .
Reserve table for ChamberCON 2018  

The Staten Island Chamber of Commerce’s annual membership meeting and community showcase – ChamberCON – will take place Oct. 18 at the Hilton Garden Inn. 
Space is limited so contact the Chamber to reserve your showcase space.  
To view the full schedule, visit  sichamber.com .

Empire State Bank to hold Grand Opening/Ribbon Cutting

Empire State Bank , a wholly owned subsidiary of ES Bancshares, Inc. will hold a grand opening for its new Banking Center on Sept. 20 at 4 p.m. The facility is located at 1698 Victory Blvd.

The Banking Center has a combination of friendly “Service Associates” who are supported by state-of-the-art banking technology.

As of June 30, 2018, Empire State Bank’s assets are $ 339 million, with three Banking Centers in Staten Island, Brooklyn, and Newburgh.  

EDUCATION CORNER
Tomorrow, Sept. 20 -- Martino Realty will hold a free home buying seminar at 3:30, 5:30 and 7 p.m.  

The seminar will discuss topics such as: How much can I afford?; Where do I begin?; Will I be able to get a loan?; Why buy vs. rent?; How important is my credit? 

Also, registrants will receive over $1,500 in savings for legal, inspection and mortgage fees just for attending. 
Sept. 25 – 5 Chamber Alliance Presents, Developing a Business Plan for M/WBE Certification: How to Become Certified and Start Selling to the Government. The event takes place from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Chamber office (950 W. Fingerboard Rd.).  

Some topics that will be discussed include understanding contract sizes, determining the right small business program for your business, and registering your business with different government entities.  

RSVP at events@sichamber.com or call 718-727-1900. 
Sept. 26 – 5 Chamber Alliance Presents, Realizing the Dream: Are You Ready to Buy? An Introductory Course. The event takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. at Neighborhood Housing Services (770 Castleton Ave.) 

The seminar will discuss the pros and cons of home ownership, assessing your personal and financial readiness for home ownership, common costs associated with home ownership, and how lenders evaluate mortgage readiness and make loan decisions. 

RSVP at membership@sichamber.com or call 718-727-1900. 
Our neighborhood development team launched the Downtown Staten Island marketing campaign as part of the Neighborhood 360° program . The goal of the campaign is to provide a lift to businesses in St. George, Tompkinsville, and Stapleton . Follow on social media @downtownSInyc and check out the website www.downtownSI.nyc to support the great work we’re doing!

New York City Economic Development Corporation has a leasing opportunity for a 7,500 square foot retail space adjacent to the Richmond County Bank Ballpark and upcoming Empire Outlets NYC on Staten Island’s North Shore. Downtown Staten Island is a growing cultural and entertainment destination. This retail space benefits from millions of annual visitors to the neighborhood.
PIC OF THE WEEK
Breakfast with the President
Enjoying breakfast with President and CEO Linda Baran, are new members Michael Cirigliano Rosas & Cirigliano ( to Linda's left); Kellie Cevallos, Personal Stylist at Macy's; Kristina Pennington, Assistant Store Manager Macy's; Jennifer Nerserian, Superintendent of Gateway National Recreation Area and Jean Douchet, the Chamber's Business Development Representative.
MEMBER BUSINESS TIP
Tips from NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS) 
With Hurricane Florence impacting the Southeast portion of the United States, many local residents think back to Hurricane Sandy and all the destruction that it caused.  

All businesses should have a disaster plan in place. If not, the NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS) offers free emergency preparedness workshops open to businesses across New York City. 


The SBS offers Emergency Planning Worksheets for download.  And can be found here
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation also offers a Small Business Preparedness Expanded Guide with tips and links to articles. That information can be found  here .  

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