On Thursday July 27, I participated in two productive networking events with the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce. First, I attended the new Business Referral Group at Microsoft in Times Square. Then, that evening, I went to a networking mixer at Davio’s Steakhouse in midtown.
Unlike many Meetups, these events were focused on high level networking. Productive conversations and introductions were quite possible because of the size of the venue and level of professionalism. The venues were conveniently located and spacious.
The Manhattan Chamber of Commerce was established in July 1920. The Manhattan Chamber of Commerce was started by eleven prominent business owners in the Yorkville section of Manhattan. Now the Chamber represents over 100,000 companies in Manhattan and partners with over 300 business organizations in the city. The chamber supports the business community and help companies grow through advocating for positive business legislation, hosting monthly educational seminars and networking events, marketing and international outreach. They also hold street fairs, volunteer expos and support the non-profit community.
There are ten advantages to membership in the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce:
- Membership brings credibility to your business. You can increase positive perception among consumers and business owners when you’re identified as a member of a chamber of commerce.
- Increase your visibility in the community. As a new member of the chamber of commerce, you will be listed in the chamber newsletter, e-newsletter, on Facebook and have the opportunity to be highlighted in other chamber publications
- Create networking opportunities. The Manhattan Chamber of Commerce has numerous committees and serving on one of them provides numerous networking opportunities as well as professional leadership development. They offer over sixty networking events each year.
- Gain a voice in government. The Manhattan Chamber of Commerce will address tough issues like the MTA State of Emergency and economic justice. It also helps protect the principles of free enterprise and aids businesses in being treated fairly.
- Make business contacts. The chamber’s most fundamental mission is to generate more business activity for the community. In fact, Mads Hebbelstrup, Director of Membership for the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, has made clear how seriously they take this responsibility.
- Receive chamber newsletters.
- Acquire customer referrals. Every day, the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce receives calls from individuals and businesses looking for potential vendors, and chamber members typically recommend chamber members.
- Events and programs. In addition to networking events, the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce provides members with great opportunities to get to know new people and expand their prospect base. From workshops to symposia, these are important ways to expand your knowledge and network.
- Promotion and publicity. With a chamber membership, you can reach potential clients through member exclusive advertising and opportunities for business-to-business advertising and publicity
- Access to members-only discounts and services
Among the folks I networked with were:
Two guest attended. They were:
Business Relationship Manager at Santander Bank, N.A.
Tran L Huynh
VP & Senior Relationship Manager at Wells Fargo
Mads is the Director of Membership for the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce. He was actively engaged at the event and participated in many conversations.
Co-Founder and managing partner at JD Capital Solutions
Founder & CEO
New York City-based full-service digital marketing consultancy that specializes in transforming your online presence.
Business Advisor, SBDC LaGuardia
America’s SBDC Keller Graduate School of Management of DeVry University
Investment Adviser Representative at Lighthouse Financial Network, LLC
Lighthouse Financial Network, LLC
National Financial Network Adelphi University
Senior Manager, German American Chamber Of Commerce, Inc.
Founder at Grossman Consulting
Grossman Consulting New York University – Leonard N. Stern School of Business
President, Renz Consulting LLC
Renz Consulting LLC University of Delhi, India
ERICK C. PADILLA
Sr. Project Manager, Genesis
The next Manhattan Chamber of Commerce networking around town will be on August 15, 2017:
3 West Club
3 West 51st Street New York NY