Welcome From the President & CEO

Things are certainly heating up at the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce – and I’m not just talking about the temperature!

This summer is shaping up to be the Brooklyn Chamber’s busiest ever, with incredible events on a daily basis that will take our staff all across the greatest borough in the world. We’ve already gotten off to a hot start this June with our fourth annual Not-For-Profit Summit – which was a tremendous success once again thanks to Investors Bank – and we’ll be keeping it up in the weeks ahead by marching in the Coney Island Mermaid Parade on our very own Explore Brooklyn float on June 20th, launching Caribbean Restaurant Week on June 22nd, and participating in the Summer Fancy Food Show with 18 of Brooklyn’s best manufacturers from June 28th to 30th.

Then, of course, the Chamber will host our annual Building Brooklyn Awards on July 21st at the crown jewel of Flatbush, the stunning Kings Theatre. Brooklyn has become the creative center of New York City, and BBA honors the very best and most imaginative construction and renovation projects in the borough. We have 13 terrific award winners this year, and I am very happy that we are honoring my dear friends Purnima Kapur, who is the Executive Director of the New York City Department of City Planning, and Industry City CEO Andrew Kimball.

The Chamber’s big news, that is sure to last well through the summer and into the fall, is the creation of Cheers NY, the first-ever craft beverage festival that will showcase beer, wine, cider and spirits from across New York State from October 2nd-4th. We are very proud to partner with the State of New York on this unique event through its Empire State Development Corporation and Taste NY. The Brooklyn Chamber has reserved some of the coolest, most beautiful event space at Industry City in Sunset Park, including an outdoor garden and a Brooklyn-Made food pavilion. Cheers NY will also be participating in the 2016 Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco, and vendor applications are currently available by contacting Adriana Scotti at ascotti@brooklynchamber.com

So be sure to mark your calendar for the first weekend in October and don’t miss the Chamber’s cheers to Brooklyn and all of New York!