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New York City Council Honors Greater New York Chamber of Commerce for Providing Exceptional Service to the New York Business Community

January 2007


Small Business Resource Fair Huge Success.. over 1100 Executives and Civic Leaders in attendance.  Federal SBA Regulatory Hearings, Networking Breakfast,
LISTA Computer ER Emergency Center & Small Business Summit were all part of a business expo.

The Greater New York Chamber hosted its 6th Annual Small Business Resource Fair at Madison Square Garden on January 26th 2007. The Fair started with a capacity breakfast in the Madison Square Garden Theatre Lobby where Greater NY Chamber President, Mark S. Jaffe explained the importance of networking with Chamber members.

Before introducing his guest speakers, NYC Council Education Chair Robert Jackson and NYC Council Finance Chair David Weprin, the Chamber president took a few moments to describe the expert panelists and free information that would be available throughout the Fair on topics such as; Credit, Tax, Finance, Planning for Retirement, Reducing Health Care Costs and Computer Information Technology.

This year the fair also hosted a regulatory fairness forum. The Hearing was run by the United States Small Business Administration's Office of Advocacy and their local district staff. Congressman Gregory Meeks was on hand to speak to Chamber members and guests about the current important legislation issues of the 109th Congress.

As at all previous fairs, the Greater NY Chamber honored a local chamber for its exemplary work. This Fair was no exception, as Lloyd Williams of the Greater Harlem Chamber was recognized for his organization's efforts as that Chamber celebrates its 110th anniversary and the NY Women's Chamber was recognized for their efforts in helping to promote NYC's M/WBE certification program. Latinos in Information Sciences and Technology Association and their members held a Computer ER Clinic where attendees brought in their computers and LISTA technology experts Joe Rojas, Ricardo Garcia and Melissa Minchala gave free advice on security, virus protection, identity fraud prevention, safe gaming, disaster recovery and basic technology maintenance. LISTA National President and CEO Jose Marquez describes the event as “ground breaking and revolutionary”.

The original Small Business Fair was developed by a consortium of agencies, local chambers, civic leaders and businesses headed by the Internal Revenue Service Tax Education and Compliance Division and the Greater NY Chamber of Commerce. It has been proclaimed by the NYS Assembly, NYC Council and Mayor Bloomberg as a tremendous source of support for small business and entrepreneurs!

“Hundreds of entrepreneurs and small business owners make great contacts and improve their bottom line at these fairs each and every year!” says Mark S. Jaffe, the President and CEO of the Greater NY Chamber of Commerce. For more info on this Fair please contact the chamber offices at 212.686.7220 , e-mail questions to info@ chamber.com or visit our web site @www.chamber.com

Of course, the Fair would not have been possible without the Greater NY Chamber's members and sponsors including: Aetna, US Small Business Administration, NYS Empire Development Corporation, IRS, JetBlue, Tiger Schulman Karate, NY Health Purchasing Alliance, HealthPlus, NYC Human Resource Agency, Con Ed, HIP, US Postal Service, The Kabbalah Center, Staples, Broadview Networks, Super Shuttle, Prudential, Strategic Solutions, Sprint, GHI, LISTA , GenX , NY Sun, Metro, Moving Forward, Casa de Vinos, 93.5 FM and NBC Universal.