Manhattan Chamber of Commerce Review June 23, 2017

The Manhattan Chamber of Commerce hosted a new members breakfast on June 23, 2017 at the offices of Block, Anchin and Block in Times Square in New York City. Around forty members participated. The attendees included new members, ambassadors, chamber staff and active members of the board of directors.

The event was hosted by KD of Acharya Anchin, Block & Anchin LLP Accountants.

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.

The Manhattan Chamber of Commerce works to accelerate and sustain business success for their members through:

  • Connections: Facilitating strategic partnerships for members and offering networking opportunities.
  • Visibility: Promoting member exposure and credibility through marketing, advertising, business recognition, and participation in high-profile events.
  • Education: Providing resources and information to assist members in making strategic and informed decisions.
  • Advocacy: Acting as the collective voice for business on public policy and economic development decisions at all levels of government.

Chambers of commerce are still relevant despite advancements in technology and online networking. Members receive numerous promotional perks, exclusive advertising and networking options, and additional exposure for their companies or organizations.

There are ten ways a membership in the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce can benefit you and your business:

  1. Membership in the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce 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.
  1. Increase your visibility in the community. As a new member of the Manhattan 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.
  1. Create networking opportunities. The Manhattan Chamber of Commerce has several committees and serving on one of them provides numerous networking opportunities as well as professional leadership development.
  1. Gain a voice in government.
  1. Make business contacts. The chamber’s most fundamental mission is to generate more business activity for the community. The Manhattan Chamber of Commerce initiates more business-to-business commerce and more opportunities for networking and connecting local professionals than is available through most other local organizations.
  1. Receive chamber newsletters.
  1. Acquire customer referrals.
  1. Chamber events and programs. Manhattan Chamber of Commerce events and programs provide members with great opportunities to get to know new people and expand their prospect base.
  1. 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.
  1. Access to members-only discounts and services.

Among the folks I networked with were:

Ruperto Arvelo


ARVELO architecture+design, pllc

Ruperto has over 21 years of experience in different types of projects both nationally and internationally. He has worked in several architecture firms in New York, New Jersey and Puerto Rico during his professional development as an architect and interior designer. For many of those years he worked as a designer and project manager at the New York Gensler Office.

Adria Gross

President, CEO MedWise Insurance Advocacy, Division of MedWise Billing, Inc.

Amy Mayes

Photographer/Owner at Amy Mayes Photography

Matt Hoon

Insurance Expert


Noreen Sumpter

The Potentiator, Beyond Potential, Founder of the Live Life Your Way Program

Live Life Your Way (LLYW)

Mads Hebbelstrup

Director of Membership at Manhattan Chamber of Commerce

Manhattan Chamber of Commerce

Lauren Kelly

Associate Manager at Accenture

The next Manhattan Chamber of Commerce networking event is Tuesday June 27 at Lucky Strike Manhattan 624-660 W 42nd Street (42nd Street & 12th Ave.) New York NY. For more details and to register:

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