Welcome From the President & CEO

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and that rings true in Brooklyn more than anywhere else!

Christmas, Hanukkah and the New Year are just about here, which means things are busy in the world’s greatest borough. With people from across the city, country and planet visiting this winter, Brooklyn will be so hot, our stores and restaurants will be melting the snow.

When doing your holiday shopping, remember to shop and buy in Brooklyn, especially our certified “Brooklyn Made” products – which separate the Brooklyn makers from the Brooklyn fakers! You can visit our Brooklyn Made Holiday Pop-up on December 20th and 21st near the Barclays Center and take care of all your shopping needs in one place!

And be sure to keep checking ExploreBK.com for updates on all the great holiday events in Brooklyn this month, like a tour of the Dyker Heights Christmas lights, the lighting of the world’s largest menorah at Grand Army Plaza, or the Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar. The Brooklyn Chamber is here to make sure you celebrate the holidays the right way – in true Brooklyn style!

We look forward to celebrating with you on December 18th at our Annual Winter Gala at El Caribe Country Club in Mill Basin. Christmas comes early at this year’s event, with the announcement of a very exciting membership milestone that you won’t want to miss!

The weeks leading up to this issue have certainly been eventful at the Chamber. Italian Restaurant Week was a tremendous success – not only did it provide a boost for all 42 restaurants that participated, but thousands of people got to taste the finest Italian cuisine New York has to offer. And we made sure we got everyone back into shape with our BKFit Week and Expo, which brought together the borough’s fitness leaders to help people get a head start on their healthy New Year’s resolutions.

In October, we had our largest Annual Meeting and Trade Show ever, with over 700 attendees, and we once again honored six Brooklyn Made Award winners, who represent the very best in Brooklyn products. Believe me, each of them would make a terrific stocking stuffer!

There’s no doubt that the beginning of 2015 will be just as amazing as the end of 2014 at the Chamber, and we can’t wait to get started!

This Thanksgiving, the entire Brooklyn Chamber staff and I were thankful for all of you – our members – and I want to deeply thank everyone who joined, renewed or showed support for the Chamber over the past year. You ARE the Brooklyn Chamber!

Here’s wishing everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa and a very Happy and Healthy New Year! Remember, Santa already brought us the greatest gift of all – Brooklyn!