BY THOMAS J. GRECH, PRESIDENT & CEO
As the final weeks of summer wind down, vacations come to an end, and life prepares to return to normal routines, the Queens Chamber of Commerce is making moves.
After 20-plus years at our current location in the Bulova Corporate Center, our offices are relocating to a larger space within Bulova.
As we prepared for our move among numerous boxes, the dedication of our staff and volunteers never wavered. Educational programs and networking opportunities continue to flourish.
This summer also brought an enthusiastic group of interns from various schools across Queens to our offices. During their six weeks with us, they added tremendous value to the outreach work we’re doing.
The interns were as diverse as the borough they represent, combining their learned knowledge with the tools we equipped them with to impact our community.
Like most months, the Chamber has a host of events planned for our members to engage, network and promote their business. Our New Member Orientation early this month provides an opportunity for those who recently joined to explore how to navigate the benefits of membership.
Borrowing the phrase that our Business Development manager Brendan Leavy often uses, “if you join a gym you have to work out to see results.”
Joining the Queens Chamber of Commerce is no different; we encourage all new and current members to become actively involved, which ultimately stimulates business growth.
Other events scheduled this month include Balancing the Competing Demands of Work and Life, a free seminar that will explore utilizing flexible work strategies, and Matters of the Heart, a dialogue about heart disease which will conclude with CPR training.
We close out the month with our first-ever late evening event, Late Night Chocolate Networking. We’ll return to Aigner Chocolates in Forest Hills as owners Rachel Kellner and Mark Libertini treat our guests to a chocolate-making demo and tour of their wonderful shop.
As the seasons change, one thing remains constant: the commitment the Queens Chamber of Commerce has made to its members and business community to advocate on your behalf, educate you on relevant subject matters, and offer networking opportunities for you to make new business connections.
As I often say, “I have the greatest job in the world” as president and CEO of this wonderful organization known as Queens Chamber of Commerce. The staff works tirelessly on your behalf to ensure you and your business have what you need to succeed.
If you want to learn more, visit queenschamber.org. Thank you for your continued support.