Welcome From the President & CEO

Fall Sizzles in Brooklyn

Summer may be officially over, but the start of fall is just as sizzling at the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce. In the coming months, we will be as busy as ever – with the launch of our mobile center, a delectable food festival, and our always-eventful Annual Meeting, to name a few. But that’s great news, because if we’re busy, then so are our Brooklyn businesses!

Two weeks ago, the Brooklyn Chamber started making house calls with the launch of Chamber on the Go. Chamber on the Go is an initiative that delivers our services directly to the doorsteps of businesses across the borough by way of a mobile solution center. Far too many businesses are struggling and in need of the outstanding services the Brooklyn Chamber offers, but owners have no time to get help. With Chamber on the Go, that’s no longer a problem, because we are now coming to them. Thanks to Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Council Member Robert E. Cornegy Jr. and the entire Brooklyn Delegation of the City Council for their support!

Give your kitchen a break and plan on eating out from October 8th to the 15th, during our 2nd Annual Italian Restaurant Week. We have even more fantastic eateries this year, with 42 restaurants participating from all over Brooklyn – from DUMBO to Sheepshead Bay to Bensonhurst. We’re kicking off the festivities on October 7th with a gala at the Federation of Italian American Organizations’ new cultural community center, Il Centro. It will surely be an Italian feast like no other! And I hope to see you marching in our Brooklyn Columbus Day Parade. 
On October 29th, I hope to see you all at our Annual Meeting. As always, you’ll hear about the terrific initiatives the Chamber is spearheading, have the opportunity to network with hundreds of Brooklyn’s best and brightest, and we’ll also announce the winners of our 2nd Annual Brooklyn Made Awards. And be sure to keep your ears open for a very exciting announcement regarding this year’s keynote speaker!

Later in the fall, we have BK Fit, the Chamber’s new, week-long wellness initiative, which kicks off on November 9th with a Health & Fitness Expo at the Factory Floor at Industry City. The Chamber is partnering with many great fitness institutions, and there will be countless opportunities throughout the week to get healthy-living tips and shrink your waistline. It’s the perfect time to work off all the extra calories from Italian Restaurant Week!

So while the heat of the summer may be dwindling, the Brooklyn Chamber and borough businesses are still sweltering. At this rate, bring on the cold of winter – Brooklyn can handle anything!