82nd Street Partnership
37-06 82nd Street, Jackson Heights, NY 11372
Executive Director: Leslie Ramos
QUICK GLANCE: Budget of $224,000 with more than 200 businesses under its umbrella. The district is on 82nd Street from 37th Avenue to Baxter Avenue. The board meets quarterly with the annual meeting in June.
There are free immigration services every Monday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 71-29 Roosevelt Avenue. All services are free, confidential and open to any member of the community. Some of the services include DACA, TPS and document replacement and renewal. Call (212) 652-2071 with any questions.
Bayside Village BID
213-33 39th Avenue, Bayside, NY 11361
Executive Director: Christine Siletti
QUICK GLANCE: Budget of $218,000 and over 350 members.
Founded in 2007, the BID includes commercial property owners and residents on Bell Boulevard between 35th Avenue and Northern Boulevard, as well as a block east and west on 41st Avenue.
Business Center for New Americans (BCNA)
78-27 37 Avenue, Jackson Heights, NY 11372
Manager of Business Development: Tshering D. Gurung
QUICK GLANCE: Since 1997, BCNA has been serving New York City entrepreneurs.
BCNA is an approved Small Business Administration Intermediary Lender and a certified Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI). BCNA’s Microloan program is the cornerstone of its services. They provide small business loans and microloans to business owners who are not able to obtain loans from traditional lenders.
Loans range from $500 to $50,000 with terms up to three years. Loan officers help clients with creating business plan and financial statements, and offer credit counseling to help clients understand, improve and repair credit. They offer workshops on small business management, social media, credit building and home ownership.
Forest Hills Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 751123, Forest Hills, NY 11375
President: Leslie Brown
QUICK GLANCE: Re-formed in 1995, the group has over 225 members.
Chamber meetings are held on the last Wednesday of the month at 9 a.m. at the West Side Tennis Club, 1 Tennis Place, in Forest Hills.
The Jazz Thursday Free Outdoor Concerts will take place on Thursday, August 16, ( LA Blacksmith and Jazz Plus) and Thursday, August 23, (Spanglish Fly Band) at 7 p.m. on 70th Road between Queens Blvd. and Austin Street.
Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce
39-01 Main Street, Suite 511, Flushing NY 11354
Executive Director: John Choe
QUICK GLANCE: Founded in 2014 and representing over 200 businesses.
Litter in the area is rampant, and the chamber is making it a priority. The chamber is partnering with the city for locations for up to 50 new garbage cans in Downtown Flushing.
The Annual Members’ Exhibition will take place on Friday, August 3, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard. Visual artist members of Flushing Town Hall show their work in this exhibition, which is a yearly tradition. Most artworks are for sale; proceeds support the Visual Arts program and local artists. $5 suggested donation/Free for members and students.
On July 11, the Chamber-organized Greenmarket returned to Maple Playground at 136-50 Maple Avenue. The market will be open on Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. until November 28.
Greater Jamaica Development Corporation
90-04 161st Street, Jamaica, NY 11432
President: Hope Knight
QUICK GLANCE: Founded in 1967, the group has 75 members.
GJDC’s work expands economic opportunity and improves quality of life for the ethnically and economically diverse residents of Jamaica and for the region at large, which benefits from rational, well-planned, and sustainable metropolitan growth. Upcoming events include:
• Pop-Up Art at Parsons: J Expressions Mobile Library: Wednesday, August 1, and Wednesday, August 15, at 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Parsons Public Space, Parsons Blvd. between Archer and Jamaica Avenues. Join us for a series of free art and literary activities
• Corn Roast: a free Farmers Market event on Saturday, August 11, from 1 a.m to 2 p.m. at 90-40 160th Street Jamaica. For more info call 718.297.4708 or email email@example.com
• Caribbean Carnival on Saturday, August 18, at 11 a.m. It starts in the Rockaways at Beach 20th Street and Sea Girt Blvd. and ends at Bayswater Park at 701 Bay 32nd St.
• Pop-Up Art at Parsons: Pulp Mobile DIY Papermaking: Wednesday, August 22, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Parsons Public Space, Parsons Blvd. between Archer and Jamaica Avenues.
Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation – Woodhaven BID
84-01 Jamaica Avenue, Woodhaven NY 11421
QUICK GLANCE: Budget of $257,000 with more than 350 businesses under its umbrella.
On Jamaica Avenue from Dexter Court to 100th Street, the BID features six supermarkets. They are providing free benches for store owners along Jamaica Avenue. They also provide 2.5 and 5 percent home improvement loans. The BID is already planning for its annual street fair on Jamaica Avenue, which this year takes place on September 30.
Jamaica Center BID
161-10 Jamaica Avenue, Suite 419
Jamaica, NY 11432
QUICK GLANCE: Budget of over $1 million.
Founded in 1979, the district includes 300 stores on Jamaica Avenue between Sutphin Boulevard and 160th Street in Jamaica. They offer a value card and support business owners in their expansions and openings.
Valerie Stevens is director of Business Services and Operations, supporting member businesses in their marketing efforts. Stevens has been focusing on social media to assist with branding and expansion. The BID is currently looking for a sponsor for their banners and trash can program along Jamaica Avenue. Upcoming events include:
• Foreclosure Prevention Workshop: Wednesday, July 11 from 10 a.m. to noon at 90-04 160th Street. The event will include information on NHSJ services, what foreclosure is, liquidation options, etc.
• All Nations Apostolic Tabernacle (ANAT) Community Street Fair on July 21 at 9 a.m. at 89-28 Parsons Boulevard. Health Screenings include Hypertension, Mammogram, Prostate, Cholesterol. Activities include games, prizes, Bouncy house, face painting, puppet show.
JFK International Airport Chamber of Commerce
616 Duke Street, Westbury, NY 11590
Executive Director: Mercedes Altman
QUICK GLANCE: Founded in 1978, the group has over 200 members.
JFK Airport is the only airport in the country to have its own chamber of commerce wholly dedicated to the airport business community, which employs 35,000 people. The airport handles more than 50 million passengers a year, using almost a half-million square feet of warehouse space to handle more than a million tons of air freight cargo a year. Upcoming events include:
The Chamber’s next monthly meeting will take place on Wednesday, August 8, from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at Port Authority Building 14. Guests are welcome but must RSVP. Light Breakfast will be served.
Long Island City Partnership
President: Elizabeth Lusskin
Founded in 1979, the Long Island City Partnership advocates for economic development that benefits LIC’s industrial, commercial, cultural and residential sectors. The goal is to attract new businesses to the neighborhood, retain those already here, welcome new residents and visitors, and promote a vibrant and authentic mixed-use community. The LIC Partnership operates the LIC Business Improvement District and the LIC Industrial Business Zone.
Maspeth Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 780265, Maspeth, NY 11378
President: David Daraio
QUICK GLANCE: Founded in 1953, they have 120 members and a budget of $115,000.
The next chamber meeting is on Tuesday, July 10, at noon at Connolly’s Corner, 71-15 Grand Avenue. The majority of their budget is spent on holiday lights, banners, beautification and festivals, including replacing the street banners on Grand Avenue. There has recently been a push to form a BID on Grand Avenue, which is being supported by the Queens Chamber of Commerce.
Maspeth Industrial Business Association (MIBA)
BOC: 96-11 40th Road, Corona, NY 11368
Coordinator: Quincy Ely-Cate
QUICK GLANCE: Roughly 600 businesses with 30 active members.
The Maspeth Industrial Business Association, a project of the Business Outreach Center Network, provides a collective voice in advocating the needs and interests of industrial and manufacturing businesses in Maspeth.
They help companies in the Maspeth Industrial District in developing workforce, accessing tax credits, obtaining financing, navigating government regulations and, in some cases, finding real estate.
MIBA is hosting the Ops21 Technology Workshop: Digital Manufacturing on Wednesday, August 1, from 8:30 a.m to 1:00 p.m. at the LIC Conference Center, Queensboro Room, 41-21 27th Street, Long Island City.
This is a Digital Manufacturing Workshop which is intended to increases your general understanding of digital manufacturing technologies (e.g. sensors, data analytics, IoT, process simulation, electronic work instructions, etc.) so that you can better identify which technologies may be most relevant to your company.
The Ops21 Technology Workshop: Advanced Materials will take place on Wednesday, August 8 (Time and location TBA). Take advantage of this unique opportunity to learn about how advanced technologies could benefit your business on a practical level.
Middle Village Chamber of Commerce
79-47 Metropolitan Ave., Middle Village, NY 11379
President: Salvatore Crifasi
QUICK GLANCE: Budget of $8,000 with 35 businesses under its umbrella.
Formed in 1929. MVCC meets annually and focuses on the Metropolitan Avenue shopping district between 69 and 80th streets. Annual membership fee is $150, and they are looking to gain momentum through attracting new members.
The mission is to improve the area and assist local businesses if they have any concerns or needs.
The Juniper Valley Park Concert Series returns on Tuesday, August 7, at 7 p.m. at 80th Street and Juniper Boulevard North with the band Generations. NYPD Night Out Against Crime takes place the same night at 5 p.m.
The August 21st show will feature Andy Cooney and his world famous Irish band.
Myrtle Avenue BID
62-14 Myrtle Avenue, Ridgewood, NY 11385
Executive Director: Ted Renz
QUICK GLANCE: Budget of $500,000 with over 300 retail and service businesses under its purview.
Board meetings are held four times a year with the annual meeting in June. The district includes Myrtle Avenue in Ridgewood between Fresh Pond Road and Wyckoff Avenue. Program support is provided by the Ridgewood LDC.
One of the longest running BIDs is also one of the more innovative in its approach to helping maintain an active business corridor by helping landlords rent vacant properties. The website ridgewood-ny.com shows properties that are currently for rent in the district. There are currently ten stores looking for tenants.
The BID’s Summer Sidewalk Sale will be held From August 2 to August 5
Queens Economic Development Corporation
12-55 Queens Boulevard, Room 309
Kew Gardens, NY 11424
Executive Director: Seth Bornstein
QUICK GLANCE: Budget of $1.5 million and a resource for over 2,000 businesses in the borough of Queens.
Funded by Department of Small Business Services, they strive to create and retain jobs via programs that grow neighborhoods and assist small businesses. QEDC assists by providing one-on-one consultations, hosting workshops, operating training courses and networking events.
Rockaway Business Alliance
QUICK GLANCE: Budget of $40,000 and a resource for over 200 businesses.
The Rockaway Business Alliance was founded in 2012 after Hurricane Sandy. RBA’s vision is to create business corridors that are clean, safe, and welcoming, with shopping, dining, attractions, and engagement for the local community and the visitors drawn to Rockaway’s beaches and open spaces. RBA seeks to create and curate an inviting atmosphere for all to enjoy year round.
The Ferry Pop-Up Market will take place on August 25 at the B108 Ferry Landing.
Rockaway Development & Revitalization Corporation
1920 Mott Avenue, Far Rockaway, NY 11691
President: Kevin Alexander
QUICK GLANCE: Founded in 1978, the group has 30 members.
Founded in 1978, the Rockaway Development & Revitalization Corporation (RDRC) was established to promote the revitalization of the Rockaway’s economic base and neighborhoods by creating long-standing partnerships with city and state agencies. RDRC is governed by a twelve-member board of directors and a five-member merchant advisory board.
RDRC’s current city and state collaborations include the Downtown Far Rockaway Storefront Improvement Program, The Downtown Far Rockaway Public Wi-Fi Project, The Rockaway East Workforce Development Program and most recently, the planned $288,000,000 Downtown Far Rockaway Redevelopment Project.
With over 250 businesses and 61,000 or 53 percent of the Rockaway’s entire population living within 2 miles of downtown Far Rockaway, one of RDRC’s goals is to reduce the over $91 million in market leakage to neighboring downtown shopping districts.
REMA membership meetings are held on the fourth Monday of the month at 1 p.m. at RDRC, located at 1920 Mott Avenue in Far Rockaway.
Steinway Street BID
25-69 38th Street, Suite 1C, Astoria 11103
Executive Director: Marie Torniali
QUICK GLANCE: Founded in 1991, the BID has over 300 members.
Board meetings are held seven times a year. The BID’s vision is to make Steinway Street user friendly, while highlighting the local businesses on the street and bringing together the Astoria community in a positive way.
The BID works to improve sanitation, marketing, security, holiday lighting, beautification and Internet access along this famous street in Queens.
Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 4399, Sunnyside, NY 11104
President: Patricia Dorfman
QUICK GLANCE: Annual budget of $55,000.
The chamber is an organization built around assisting and helping local business and professionals by providing resources to increase business, safety and historical preservation.
45-56 43rd Street, Sunnyside, NY 11104
Executive Director: Jaime-Faye Beam
QUICK GLANCE: Budget of $480,000 with more than 250 businesses under its umbrella.
The BID is still looking for sponsors for Sunnyside Street Banners along Queens Boulevard and Greenpoint Avenue. Sponsorships start at $350 and last for one year. Upcoming events include:
Beats in Bliss Plaza with Paul Maringelli & the Rockabilly Band is on Tuesday, August 21, from 4 to 7 pm at Bliss Plaza, 46-01 Queens Blvd. In this free event, local legend Paul Maringelli is bringing back the Sunnyside Rock-a-Billy Band, along with fun games for kids and parents to enjoy.
Beats in Bliss Plaza with The Traditions is on Wednesday, August 22, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Bliss Plaza. Relive the days of doo-wop battles under the ‘El’ with The Traditions.