Wednesday, February 3, 2016

PlumBenefits February Entertainment Guide

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These offers are provided to you by Manhattan Chamber Of Commerce.

Winter is the perfect time to experience the best that Broadway has to offer! Enjoy the hottest hit shows and some fantastic favorites - and with Plum Benefits, you're guaranteed to have fun and save money! There's so much to enjoy — look for great deals on Top of the RockSTAR WARS and the Power of CostumesNew York Knicks, or hop aboard The Ride.

For the Broadway fan, don't miss the sizzling On Your Feet! or the brand new revival of The Color Purple starring Jennifer Hudson. Enjoy School of RockThe Book of Mormon or Something Rotten!

Planning a winter getaway? Check out offers from Walt Disney World ResortUniversal Orlando,SeaWorld Orlando and more.

Don't forget, PlumBenefits members have access to great Local Deals, discounted movie tickets,rental cars and now, retail gift cards from over 50 major retailers and restaurants!

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February's Plum Favorite:
Wicked: So much happened before Dorothy dropped in. Exclusive Offer:Winter tickets from $94 + Free Gift with Premium Orders.
New Events:
Eclipsed: See Lupita Nyong'o in her stunning Broadway debut. Save over 35%.Tuck Everlasting: Take a journey you'll never forget in this daring new Broadway musical about love, family and living life to the fullest.Save up to 40% on Orchestra Seats.
Disaster!: Set in the wildest decade ever, DISASTER! is the new Broadway musical that delivers the most unforgettable music of the 70's. Save over $50.The Robber Bridegroom:Wildly creative and deliciously entertaining, Roundabout brings the rarely-seen theatrical gem back to the New York stage. Save $20 on tickets.
Westminster Dog Show: Limited Time Offer: Save over 35% to the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.
Arts & Theater:
Allegiance: See George Takei on Broadway - Exclusive Offer: $89 Orchestra Seats. Final performance February 14th.A View From The Bridge:See the critically acclaimed drama in its final weeks - Save up to 35%
Blackbird: Jeff Daniels and Michelle Williamsreturn to Broadway in this powerful drama. Save Over 35%.Long Day's Journey Into Night: See Jessica Lange and Michael Shannon on Broadway - Save over $30 on tickets.
MiserySee Bruce Willis in his Broadway debut. Final performance February 14.

Noises Off: Brace yourself for comic chaos. Save $20 on Orchestra Seats.

Shear Madness: Don't miss out on the fun and bring your friends to New World Stages to experience this hilarious, hair-raising hit. Save over 35%. 

Maurice Hines Tappin' Thru Life: Broadway legend MAURICE HINES taps us through his incredible career. Save over 15%.
Family & Attractions:
The Gazillion Bubble Show: Save over 50%on the Most UNBUBBLIEVABLE Family Show in New York.Matilda - The Musical: The Tony Award®- winning MATILDA THE MUSICAL is the story of an extraordinary girl who dreams of a better life. Save up to 40%.
Sistas: The Musical:Women reminisce on family and cultural journey as they sing songs from "Oh Happy Day" to "Single Ladies".Save over 40%.The Ride: THE RIDE is the world's only moving theater - a thrilling group adventure awaits you. Limited Time Offer - Save 40%.
Mountain Creek Ski Resort: Save up to 45% on lift tickets.

Empire State Building Observatory: One can tour the Observatory 365 days per year, day and night, rain or shine for breathtaking views of Manhattan and beyond. Save up to 25%.
Sports & Entertainment:
New York Knicks: Save over 35% on select games.WWE Live Road to Wrestlemania:Save over 40% on select seats to see WWE Live Road to Wrestlemania in Hershey, PA.
Ski Nationwide:Save big on lift tickets.NASCAR: Save over 50% + Sprint Fan Zone
Miami HeatSave up to 50% and Receive FREE Post Game Free Throw Passes on Select Games.

iFLY Indoor Skydiving: You can experience human bodyflight - Save nationwide.

Sourced Adventures- Hunter Mountain Day Trip: Save over $25 on Ski/Snowboard Day Trip.

Orlando Magic: Looking for a night out you won't forget? Spend it with the Orlando Magic where you'll get to see an NBA game live! Save up to 40%.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

MCC Press Release: Manhattan Chamber of Commerce selects Jessica Walker as its next President

MCC Press Release

Manhattan Chamber of Commerce selects Jessica Walker as its next President

Media Enquiries: ken@manhattancc.org or 212-541-6050

New York, NY, February 2, 2016. The Board of Directors of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce has selected Jessica Walker to serve as its next President effective February 22, 2016.

Ms. Walker comes to the MCC from the Partnership for New York City where she currently serves as the Vice President of Government Affairs. She will be taking the role from Nancy Ploeger who stepped down after 21 years as President of the MCC.

“Jessica is the perfect person to pick up on the great work that Nancy has done for the MCC. She brings a wealth of experience in government affairs and business advocacy, which will enable her to hit the ground running,” stated Ken Biberaj, Chairman of the Board of the MCC.  “We had an overwhelming response to our search with a wealth of capable candidates applying, but Jessica stood out to the committee as someone who could immediately step up to the job. She is a well-regarded public policy expert and someone who understands the challenges that face the entire business community in New York City. We look forward to the vision, advocacy and strategic planning she will bring to the MCC.”
“When I talked with Ken about leaving MCC, I suggested that Jessica would be a great candidate and I couldn’t be more excited that she is going to take over the leadership of our active and dynamic chamber,” notes outgoing president, Ploeger.

“I am thrilled to join the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce and eager to lead such a dynamic organization. It is an honor to follow in Nancy’s footsteps and build upon her many accomplishments. I look forward to working with Chamber staff, members, the local community and New York’s appointed and elected officials to ensure that Manhattan remains a great place to start and grow a business,” stated Jessica Walker, MCC President-designee.

The MCC currently has 15,000 members and subscribers and is a key voice in the city for the small and mid-size businesses in Manhattan.  Advocating for positive legislation at all levels of government is a major focus of the Chamber.  “Jessica’s experience and strength in government relations will help MCC continue to stand up for our community,” quotes Ronald Paltrowitz, Vice Chairman, General Counsel, and registered lobbyist for the Chamber.



Ms. Walker’s Professional Career:

Partnership for New York City - Vice President, Government Affairs (June 2012 - Present) Director, Legislative Affairs (June 2010 - June 2012)

New York Citizens’ Committee on Aging - Vice President, Board of Directors (October 2006 - December 2010)

New York Academy of Medicine - Policy Associate & Rudin Scholar in Urban Health (October 2007 - January 2009)

United Neighborhood Houses of New York - Senior Policy Analyst (August 2005 - October 2007) Policy Analyst (June 2002 - August 2005)
Multicultural Marketing Resources Public Relations Account Executive (June 2001-June 2001)

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

7 Days of Genius: Start-Up Challenge

We want you to tackle some of the biggest issues facing our communities. Take the challenge and showcase your genius — the bolder and more ambitious your idea the better.

In addition to a cash prize, winners will be connected to experts relevant to their idea and may have the opportunity to have their idea featured on MSNBC.

92Y and Impact Hub are partnering to unearth the next generation of social entrepreneurs. Do you have an idea that could impact communities, environments and cultures in an innovative way? We’re looking to accelerate the growth of early-stage companies with the potential to have a major positive impact on our world.



In addition to a cash prize, winners will be connected to experts relevant to their idea and may have the opportunity to have their idea featured on MSNBC.


In order to take part in the challenge, please click here.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

PlumBenefits January Family Fun Guide


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These offers are provided to you by Manhattan Chamber Of Commerce.
Now is the best time to experience the best that Broadway has to offer! Discover brand new hit shows and some fantastic favorites - and with PlumBenefits, you're guaranteed to have fun and save money! There's so much to enjoy — look for great deals on One World ObservatoryMadame TussaudsCircle Line Sightseeing Cruises, or hop on board Big Bus New York.
For the Broadway fan, don't miss Tony Award-winning shows like An American in Paris and Fun Home, plus favorites like Wicked and Matilda the Musical.
Planning a getaway? Check out offers from Walt Disney World ResortUniversal OrlandoSix Flagsand more.
Don't forget, Plum Benefits members have access to great Local Deals, discounted movie ticketsrental cars and much, much more!
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Fun for the Family

An Evening at the Theater
For the Sports Lover
Great Getaways

Second Annual Microsoft Small Business Video Contest


The second annual Microsoft Small Business video contest is here!

Microsoft is launching their second annual Small Business video contest, and we need your help. Last year we launched our first small business video contest with a simple request for small businesses to share their business stories via a 2-minute video. We reached 21 million people and had over 175 entries.

Our 2016 contest, starting January 25, is a great opportunity for business influencers to help small businesses in the US.

We will recognize the best, most inspirational and original video that showcases a small business story. The grand prize winner will win $20,000, new Surface Pro 4s, and subscriptions to Office 365 for their business (up to 10 devices/seats) in addition to a publicity package.

In addition, this year we will award a prize to four business associations. When a business connected to your organization enters the contest, they can write in your organization name for a chance to win a Surface Pro 4 and one-year subscription to Office 365.

The 2015 grand prize winner was Citizen Frederick, a men’s retail clothing store. Other winners included an innovative technology product for pets, a women’s clothing boutique, an embroidery franchise and a frame shop. Among the dozens of entries we received there were many inspirational stories from non-profits, retail, and online businesses.

"It was great fun and more importantly, our small business was seen by a few more people…It is great for a large company like Microsoft to support the little guys and both Luke and I appreciate your help!” Custom-Wood-Urns

You can find more information and enter the contest by clicking here.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

MCC Welcomes our New Members from December 2015

Name Organization Name Website
Lauren Raimondi All Aces Promotional Staffing Inc www.acespromo.com
Benjamin Tyler An Evolving Lifestyle www.anevolvinglifestyle.com
Jared Epstein Aurora Capital Associates
Nilgun Foley Connector LLC www.connectorllc.com
Evan Salz Copio Payroll Inc. www.copiopayroll.com
Eileen Goldblatt Eileen Goldblatt
Matthew Knolwland eMazzanti Technologies www.emazzanti.net
Daniel Rosenfeld Empire Tax Professionals, Inc. www.empiretaxusa.com
Henry Lapidos Export Trade of America, Inc. www.export-sale.com
Donna Germain Germain Therapy Group www.reflective-parenting.com
Jeff Williams Guitar Center www.guitarcenter.com
Federico Montomoli It Productions Group, Inc.
Damian Kennedy Kennedy Cromwell www.kennedycromwell.com
Sham Malhotra king freeze mechanical corp. www.kingfreeze.biz
Mark DeGarmo Mark DeGarmo Dance www.markdegarmodance.org
Danielle Buchell Millenium Medical Billing www.MillMedBill.com
Michael Cala MJC Accounting Services www.mjcaccounting.com
Rick Reiman MJM Global Insurance www.mjmglobal.com
R B Shrestha OFFICE ABROAD, LLC www.officeabroad.org
Carlos Pujol P3 Global Management Inc. www.p3gm.com
Susan Poulakis Poulakis Design www.poulakisdesign.com
Jenet Levy Real estate agent at Halstead Property www.jenetlevy.halstead.com
Sebastian A Weiss, Esq. SEBASTIAN A. WEISS, ESQ., L.L.M., P.C. www.weiss-law.com
Miles Ramboyong SGU Consulting www.sguconsulting.com
Jacques Blinbaum SpotPog
Ryan Sasson Strategic Financial Solutions www.stratfs.com
LaTanya Martin The Back Office Guru
Lyonnel Hernandez THE HOUSE OF LH, LLC www.thehouseoflh.com
Rachel Batish Zuznow USA Inc. www.zuznow.com

Monday, January 11, 2016

MCC Partner Progressive Computing Wins SmartCEO Corporate Culture Award


New York SmartCEO recently announced the winners of their 2015 Corporate Culture Awards, and Progressive Computing was among the 40 honorees. The Corporate Culture Awards celebrate companies in Greater New York that have successfully championed a positive, productive and performance-driven culture, and have worked with their employees to develop successful cultural practices. The winners were profiled in the November/December issue of SmartCEO magazine and celebrated at an awards ceremony at BNY Mellon in New York City.

"We are extremely honored to be one of the recipients of the 2015 SmartCEO Corporate Culture Award,” said Robert Patterson, Director of Sales and Marketing at Progressive Computing. "We work with all of our team members to create a positive and productive environment that translates into optimum results for the company and our customers."

Chief Visionary Officer, Ugo Chiulli, and the rest of the Progressive Computing team work to promote a message and attitude of togetherness in the workplace. The company has focused on maintaining a culture rooted in teamwork and family. Employees receive fully-paid health benefits, profit sharing, significant time off, and are given the opportunity to work from home as needed. The normal workday for Progressive Computing staff starts at 9am and runs until 6pm without exception, and employees are expected to be on call only once every 10 weeks, which is extremely rare in the IT industry.

 “The leaders of the companies named to the inaugural Corporate Culture Awards have realized that running a company is more than head count and the bottom line. It’s about creating a place where creativity, energy and ideas are cultivated. Through this they are able to not only enhance performance and sustain their companies’ competitive advantages but also enrich the lives of those they employ and inspire them to make a greater impact on the world,” says Jaime Nespor Zawmon, president of SmartCEO Events. “We’re honored to celebrate with the leaders of New York’s top company cultures and recognize them for building true performance-driven cultures.”

The Corporate Culture Awards ceremony was held on December 3, and welcomed the leaders of New York’s top companies to enjoy a high-energy networking reception with activities including a red carpet, Guitar Hero, a putting green, and a live performance. These events were followed by a video-packed awards ceremony honoring the leaders of New York’s top company cultures.

2015 Corporate Culture Award Winners

180 South Advantage, Payroll Services, Brainlink International, The Brothers that just do Gutters , Brushfire, Inc., Crain's New York Business,  David Feldman Worldwide, DiGennaro Communications, The DSM Group, Durante Rentals, EYE Corp Medi,aFieldView Solutions, Inc.,  Fivesky  Gilt, Hackensack University Medical Center,  INDUSTRIAL RHYTHM L.L.C., InfoPeople Corporation;   InVNT; LeadDog Marketing Group, The Leading Niche, Likeable Media, LivePerson, Marketsmith, Inc., MASS Communications, MKG, Myriad Supply,  OTG Management,  Rush Communications,  Sharp Decisions,  The SPOT Experience, St. Christopher's, Inc.,  SUM Innovation,  SunPower by Infinity Solar, Tapad, Teads, TransPerfect, Vase Management LLC, Wilk Auslander,WorkWave.

About Progressive Computing, Inc.

With offices in Westchester County, NY and Manhattan, Progressive Computing, Inc. is a leader in computernetwork installation, design and maintenance, offering professional, cost-effective IT services, computerconsulting, technical support and computer repair to organizations since 1993.  The PCI team is focused on providing cost-effective, reliable and right-sized solutions that leverage a blend of both proven and cutting-edge technologies.  Clients regard them as their "on-demand" information technology department, entrusting that their recommendations, services and products will help them save money, become more efficient and grow their businesses.  Progressive Computing can support any IT outsourcing needs in a variety of ways with services that can be tailored and combined with others to deliver a custom solution to meet clients’ exacting needs.

These include:
  • Managed Services - Management of all IT services for a flat-rate fee. 
  • Cloud Computing - Cloud based solutions that are fully scalable and available for a flat-rate fee.
  • Data Backup & Recovery - Complete backup and recovery services that protects your company data from the disasters or theft.
  • Vendor Management - Management of all technology vendors that streamlines relationships and efficiency.