The Chamber helps Yvonne Surrey get organized for new business opportunities.
What does your business do? When and Why did you join the Brooklyn Chamber?
We are a home-based business in Prospect Lefferts Gardens that helps people find balance in their lives through hands-on organizing of their home and business spaces and setting up systems for getting things done. We also conduct workshops about organizing, time and office management, team building skills and effective communication. Since April 1996, we’ve worked with a cross-section of people – professionals and non-professionals alike – who find themselves stuck and are looking for a new way of doing things.
I joined the Chamber shortly after attending an event at a local college in 2000 where President Kenneth Adams impressed me with his presentation.
How has your Brooklyn Chamber membership assisted your business?
Just before the Chamber moved to 25 Elm Place, I conducted a seminar for the staff about how to have a successful move. A reader of the Chamber’s newspaper Brooklyn’s Progress saw the article that ran about this seminar and contacted me to work with her on organizing her home office. I sat on the Chamber’s Membership Committee with Elisa Glenn of the Business Library. She invited me to speak at a seminar at the library where 150 people attended. I received five clients from that one speaking engagement including the director of the library who was present at that event. I believe in getting involved at the Chamber and utilizing the Member tools. Although I already knew how to execute my business, the committee work proved to be valuable in helping me to learn the language of business as well as to gain experience in new areas. Brooklyn’s Progress and the Business After Hours and other Chamber networking events help me to make connections that give my business exposure.