2014 has started at a torrid pace for the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce. We hosted another successful RED Night at the Brooklyn Army Terminal, kicked off our inaugural Brooklyn Economic Exchange – or BKEX – event with Borough President Adams, led a record delegation up to Albany to ensure our members interests are being heard and welcomed our 1600th member, Hill Country- and we are already on the way to 1700!
You may recall it was just this past December at our gala that we announced the 1500th member of the organization. The speed with which new members are signing up and current members are renewing is a reflection of Brooklyn’s economic vitality. Brooklyn is a global brand where people want to work play and live. Even through the coldest of months, Brooklyn is still hot!
Despite this success, this is no time for a victory lap. Spring is a time for new beginnings, and it is with renewed energy and an invigorated spirit that we are looking to the months ahead.
By now you should already know about BKLYN DESIGNS, one of the biggest design exhibitions in New York City, which will feature Brooklyn-based designers on Mother’s Day Weekend; Brooklyn Eats, which will highlight the borough’s food and beverage makers in June; and the Building Brooklyn Awards in July, which will celebrate real estate projects that make Brooklyn such a great place to live and do business.
This Spring we are also launching exciting new initiatives that you may not have heard about. Starting the season strong out of the gates on March 21, the Chamber will staff and manage the North Flatbush Business Improvement District (BID) through the Brooklyn Alliance. This partnership with the North Flatbush BID will include the Chamber of Commerce’s Neighborhood Business Center pilot program, which will host representatives from NYC Business Solutions, Good Help employment services, Brooklyn HealthWorks and Affordable Care Act Navigators for health insurance.
In partnership with NYU and the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership we will launch our exciting new Brooklyn Newsmakers series (sponsored exclusively by Investors Bank) on April 4. This major new initiative features high-level guest speakers, including elected officials, economic development leaders, educators and technology innovators and others addressing a citywide audience. Our first guest will be New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito.
This Spring the Chamber is also going to be bringing you a new way to find the best restaurants, shops, nightlife, cafes, tourist attractions and events in NYC's most exciting borough through the new ExploreBK website. ExploreBK.com will be the premier guide to Brooklyn as a destination.
And speaking of Brooklyn as a destination, the Chamber is excited to be taking Brooklyn to the International Pow Wow (IPW) - the largest annual tourism conference in the world- April 6th to 10th in Chicago! Look for us in Booth # 1234, right next to NYC & Co. as we showcase the best and newest in Brooklyn attractions, accommodations and special events. As explained in greater detail on page 24, we will be partnering with NYC & Company and Brooklyn Boulders – a Brooklyn based rock climbing gym who has expanded to Massachusetts and now Illinois – to bring our “Brooklyn Night,” event to the Windy City. What better way to spread the spirit of Brooklyn than with Brooklyn-made food and drinks!
And by the way, congrats to my dear friend Fred Dixon on being named President and CEO of NYC and Co.
This is just a hint of what is to come in the months ahead. Keep up-to-date with all things Brooklyn Chamber related in our daily e-newsletter the Buzz. I also strongly encourage you to take advantage of all our member events. We are moving forward by leaps and bounds and we will continue to work as hard as ever to make sure you have the tools you need to be a successful in today’s Brooklyn.
See you at our next event!