July 18, 2017 E-Weekly Chamber Newsletter

The Chamber would like to commend Senator Chuck Schumer and Borough President Oddo for supporting the Chamber’s effort to get the North Shore BRT on track.

The Staten Island Chamber of Commerce and sponsors Gerald Peters Inc. and Sottile Security International Inc. hosted the annual Police Officer of the Year Luncheon on Wednesday, July 12 at Historic Old Bermuda Inn in Staten Island. Staten Island’s top police officers from 2016 were recognized by NYC Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill and the Chamber’s Safety and Security Committee.

Additional industries are open in the SI Chamber of Commerce Business Guild 3 group: Restaurant, Exterminator, Jeweler, Credit Card Processor, Liquor store, Optometrist, Dentist, Veterinarian, Auto Mechanic, Auto Body Shop, Auto Audio & Alarm Installer, Landscaper, Accountant, Check Cashing, Alarm Company, Insurance Adjuster and more!

Business Guild 3 meets at Annadale Terrace on Thursday's from 7:45am - 8:45am. Any Chamber members interested please email Michele at mesposito@sichamber.com or call the Chamber at 718.727.1900.

As part of its "Neighborhood 360" revitalization work in Downtown Staten Island, the Chamber is busy planning beautification activities for the area.  If you have an interest in participating in any way — large or small — we’d like to hear from you.  Maybe you’re a business owner who’d like to sponsor a newly cleaned-up tree pit.  Maybe you’re a property owner who’d like to help plan a clean-up event.  Maybe you’re a resident who has a great idea to spruce things up.  Any ideas and participation are welcome!

Please contact Janet Dugo at 718-727-1900 or JDugo@sichamber to learn more or to get involved.
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! 
Last week the Chamber attended Congressman Daniel M. Donovan's Small Business Owner Roundtable. From left to right: The owner of Hypno-Tronic Comics; Steve Grillo of the Staten Island Economic Development Corporation; Dean Balsamini of the Small Business Development Center at the College of Staten Island; the owner of Hey Viv, Congressman Dan Donovan, Linda Baran of the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce; the owner of The Richmond Hood Company; and owners Solomon Chemo of Richmond Wealth Management and Henry Salmon of Equity Valuation Associates.
The Chamber held a marketing workshop on Tuesday, July 11, presented by Thump Local, LLC and Constant Contact. Thank you Rich and Susan for sharing your professional expertise with our Chamber members and guests.
Join  Keller Williams Realty tomorrow, Wednesday, July 19 from 5 to 9 pm as they celebrate their Grand Opening!! RSVP at info@kwsiny.com
On Saturday, July 15th, 2017  SensationALL Kids celebrated its Grand Opening with a Chamber Ribbon Cutting!
How to Enhance the Security of a Home Computer

Victory State Bank is urging business owners and consumers to be proactive in keeping their computers secure.

As the United State Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) reminds us, “Computers help us maintain our financial, social, and professional relationships. We use them for banking and bill paying, online shopping, connecting with our friends and family through email and social networking sites, researching data posted on the Internet, and so much more. … Because our computers play such critical roles in our lives, and we input and view so much personally identifiable information (PII) on them, it’s imperative to maintain computer security that ensures the safe processing and storage of our information.”

To help consumers and entrepreneurs become more effective in securing their computers, Victory State Bank is sharing these tips form US-CERT:

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

SI Advance Workshop - SEM/SEO and setting KPI's
Presented by Bill Cooke, SI Advance
FREE for Members! 
Thursday August 3,  2017
9:00 to 11:00 am
The Staten Island Advance
950 West Fingerboard Road, Staten Island, NY
Room 303 / RED Room 3rd Floor
(Must Pre-Register, Limited Seating)

Seeking applicants for 2018 Business After Hours
Applications will be accepted through August 31.

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

"Back to School" Business After Hours
Sponsored by St John's University
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
St. John's University, Kiernan Suite in Kelleher Center
300 Howard Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10301

Lions Pride Leadership & Business Workshop
Presented by Wealth and Legacy Group
FREE for Members!
Tuesday September 26,  2017
9:00 am to 12:00 pm
The Staten Island Advance
950 West Fingerboard Road, SI, NY 10305
Room 303 / RED Room 3rd Floor
(Must Pre-Register, Limited Seating)

Web Design Workshop
Presented by Tom & Co.
FREE for Members!
Thursday October 5, 2017
9:30 am to 11:00 am
The Staten Island Advance
950 West Fingerboard Road, Staten 
(Must Pre-Register, Limited Seating)

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

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

Sponsored by Valpak
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Historic Richmond Town

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