July 11, 2017 E-Weekly Chamber Newsletter

SI Chamber Launches New Street Cleaning Services Made Possible by City Grant Funding.

If you’re walking along Bay Street in St. George, Tompkinsville, or Stapleton these days, keep an eye out for Elvis.  He’ll be sweeping the streets and wearing a shirt and cap emblazoned with the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce and NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS) logos. 

When you spot him, be sure to say hello and snap a picture – or better yet a selfie -- with him.  Then post it to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag  #SayHiToElvis and tag  @sichamber.  You’ll be automatically entered for  a chance to win prizes, including a $100 gift card.  
Expanding Building Awards Committee

The Chamber would like to expand its Building Awards committee. We are seeking Chamber members who are architects/engineers, builders, general contractors, certified interior designers, interior decorators, craftsmen, and landscape contractors/designers. If you are interested in helping us coordinate this popular program and annual event, please contact Joyce Suss at jsuss@sichamber.com or call her at 718-727-1900.  
Additional industries have been added to Business Guild 1 : Contractor; Credit Card Processing; Exterminator; Jeweler; Liquor Store; Optometrist; Physicians; Chiropractor; Dentist; Audiologist; Pharmacist; Optometrist; Veterinarian; Security Systems; Security Guard; and Telecommunications.

Business Guild 1 meets every Tuesday from 7:45am - 8:45am at the Hilton Garden Inn. Please email Michele at mesposito@sichamber.com  

Small businesses  across New York City  are thriving now more than ever  thanks to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s commitment to championing the needs of local business Today, small businesses are seeing 40% fewer fines,  opening at a faster rate,  and  utilizing increasingly accessible City services At the NYC Department of Small Business Services, we are committed to  ensuring that all New  Yorkers   have the opportunity to share in  this flourishing local economy.  That’ s why  we provide  supportive programs  specifically tailored to the needs of  our diverse city.     
ELVIS IS ON BAY STREET! When you spot him 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! 
Site Visit in Staten Island, for the start of LISC-NYC Commercial Corridor Challenge Program.
Northfield Bank and Northfield Bancorp, Inc. (NasdaqGS:NFBK), announced that John W. Alexander, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, has advised the Company’s Board of Directors that he intends to retire as Chief Executive Officer of the Company effective October 31, 2017.
Tips for While the Power Is Out
  • Tune your battery-operated radio to local stations for updates about service restoration in your area. 
  • Use flashlights rather than candles or gas lanterns to minimize the risk of fire. 
  • Check on friends or neighbors who are elderly, disabled, or have special needs. Remember that elevators may not operate during an outage.
  • Turn off light switches and unplug appliances to prevent damage to the appliances when service is restored. Leave only a single lamp or radio turned on so you’ll know when power’s been restored. 
  • Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible. Food will stay frozen for 24 to 48 hours with the doors closed. 
  • If your water service depends on electrical equipment, use bottled water until service is restored.
  • Do not go near downed power lines.
  • Never use charcoal or gas grills indoors, because they can cause a buildup of deadly carbon monoxide.
  • Use emergency generators safely.
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Police Officer of the Year Luncheon
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Noon at The Historic Old Bermuda Inn

YPG Business By the Beach
Thursday, July 27, 2017
The Vanderbilt at  South Beach

2017 Building Awards Program
Application Deadline: Friday, September 15, 2017
Judging Date: Friday, October 6, 2017
Journal Ads Applications Due: Friday, November 3, 2017
Awards Luncheon: Friday, December 1, 2017

2017 Annual Membership Meeting & B2B Expo
Thursday, October 19, 2017
The Vanderbilt at  South Beach

HOLIDAY MIXER - Sponsored by Valpak
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Historic Richmond Town

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