Wednesday, December 17, 2014

MCC Advocacy Efforts on Behalf of Small Businesses

Please read about MCC’s recent efforts to help small businesses in Crain’s:

Lobbying City Hall

"We have less time to react to cover an employee now that it's a policy that you can take off and get paid rather than swapping shifts," said Mr. Sinensky.

The Manhattan Chamber of Commerce is mounting a big effort this year to convince the mayor and council that they should modify the commercial rent tax, another sore spot for local owners, by raising the rent threshold to $500,000 and above, among other measures. Today, the tax falls on businesses below 96th Street that pay at least $250,000 in annual rent.

"My rent tax goes up as building improvements are passed through," said Eneslow Shoes & Pedorthics owner Robert Schwartz, who has two stores in Manhattan, in Murray Hill and on the Upper East Side. "That's $27,000 in taxes on top of the rent."

Even one potential bright spot for some firms—a possible reduction in federal corporate taxes—has small businesses in partnerships and S corporations worried that it will put them at a competitive disadvantage.

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

MCC Partner News: Loews Hotels & Resorts Appoints S. Kirk Kinsell as CEO

Loews Hotels & Resorts, a wholly owned-subsidiary of Loews Corporation (NYSE: L), has named S. Kirk Kinsell as President and Chief Executive Officer, effective March 2, 2015. Paul Whetsell will remain CEO until that time and will then become Vice Chairman of Loews Hotels & Resorts to ensure a smooth transition. Both will report to Jonathan Tisch, who will continue his leadership as Chairman.

Mr. Kinsell joins Loews Hotels after 19 years in senior positions with InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) and more than 35 years in the hospitality business. Most recently, Mr. Kinsell served as President, The Americas for IHG. With more than 3,700 hotels under his management, Kinsell was responsible for business development and performance of all hotel brands and properties in North and South America. Prior to IHG, Kirk was with ITT Sheraton and Trammell Crow Hotel Company.

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Monday, December 1, 2014

MCC Thanks Novembers Renewing Members

Company Contact Name Website
All Stars Project, Inc. Gail Peck
re:Write Margie Smith Holt
Massartre Ltd. Catharine Hough
Resolve Executive Marketing Bob David
Emerging Technologies Institute Lyonel Coriolan
NYHD - New York Hearing Doctors Craig Kasper
Center for Employment Opportunities Tani Mills
Seastreak LLC Heather Irvin
VISIONS-Services for the Blind & Visually Impaired Diane Weiss
Alicart Restaurant Group Jeffrey Bank
Attitude New York, Inc. Rosina Rubin
Score NYC Michael Goldman
CwCastle Associates Chris Castillo
Bond New York Properties LLC Edith Nanazia
Forza Abstract Marisaa Freglette
Milly LLC Edward Oshrin
Partnership for Student Advancement Anne Bonfiglio
LUNARIS, Inc.  Philippe Lambert
UK Trade & Investment Fiona MacLeod
Bob Altavilla Interiors
Jessica Polizzi

MCC Welcomes Novembers New Members!

Company Contact Name Website
emedia, LLC Shari Lowsky
The Ideas Team, Inc. Umang Malhotra
Start Hear USA Bruce Bent II
Christina Scott Christina Scott
Cohen, Schneider & O'Neill LLP Cliff Schneider
Tigress Ventures Ita Ekpoudom
Four Freedoms Park Conservancy James Skurka
Forrest Hill Financial Group Frank Schursky
Restaurant Marc Forgione Christopher Blumlo
Le Pain Quotidien Kyle Thomas
SoulCycle Gabby E Cohen
Softchoice Christopher Spadafora
Find Your Trainer David Hung
International Properties Group, Inc. George Donohue
Altamarea Group Olivia Young
Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation Marc Steglitz
Fundation Group LLC Ryan Masters
Manhattan Eats LLC Laura Araujo
Def Method Joseph Leo

Friday, November 21, 2014

Special Event on December 2nd: Sustainability in the Hospitality Industry: A Global Perspective "Food, Operations, Work Culture, and Community"

Sustainability in the Hospitality Industry: A Global Perspective
"Food, Operations, Work Culture, and Community"
Hosted at the
NYIT Auditorium on Broadway
1871 Broadway, New York, NY 10023
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

On Tuesday, December 2nd from 8:00am-4:00pm a conference will be held at the New York Institute of Technology hosted by the Global Center for Hospitality Management, the New York State Restaurant Association & Green Hospitality Initiative. The conference will be on “Sustainability in the Hospitality Industry: A Global Perspective.” This conference will bring together leaders from all aspects of the hospitality industry to discuss and share their expertise regarding sustainability in hospitality organizations and related industries. The sustainability issues that will be addressed will pertain to: Food, Operations, Work Culture and Community.
The day's events will include: continental breakfast and lunch networking session; guest speaker presentations; short films; "green flash" presentations on current trends in sustainability. Below are a few of the many knowledgeable speakers that will be attending the conference:
  • Dr. Rahmat Shoureshi, Provost and VP for Academic Affairs, New York Institute of Technology (NYIT)
  • James Versocki, ESQ., Archer, Byington, Glennon & Levine, LLP 
  • Sadri Altinok, President, Turkish Cultural Centers
  • Dr. Robert J. Koenig, Associate Dean and Professor of the School of Management and Department of Hospitality Studies, New York Institute of Technology (NYIT)
  • Alan Someck, Director, Green Hospitality Initiative
  • Alan Fairbairn, M.A./C.H.A./C.H.I.A.
    Professor of the School of Management and Department of Hospitality Studies, New York Institute of Technology(NYIT)
  • Laura Bucko, VP/Director of Communications, Manhattan Chamber of Commerce 
  • Alex Askew, President and CEO, BCA Global
  • Karen Washington, Co Founder at Black Urban Growers and La Familia Verde
  • HervĂ© HoudrĂ©, Regional Director of Operations & General Manager InterContinental New York Barclay
  • Vlada Kenniff, Managing Director, Planning, Projections, and Demand Management
  • Kyle Thomas, Sustainability Manager, Le Pain Quotidien
  • Adanna Roberts, Program Manager, NYC WasteMatch
  • Liz Williams, President and Director, Southern Food and Beverage Museum
  • Maya Shenkman, Director of Hotel Services, Great Forest Inc.
  • Magdalene Sim, Director of Communications, Great Forest Inc.
  • Steve Sasso, General Manager, The Benjamin in New York
  • Naomi Mirsky, Vice-President, Sustainability and Innovation at Denihan Hospitality Group (Denihan)
  • Bill Telepan, Chef/Owner of Telepan & Telepan Local
  • William Patrick Cornelius, Chef William Creations
  • Euripides Pelekanos, Founder & CEO, Bareburger
  • Margaret Stapleton, National University Development Manager, Entertainment Cruises, Inc. 
  • Rob Salvatico, Partner and Senior Vice President, Operations of Jaral Properties, Inc. and Jaral Management Corp.
  • Alan Mindel, Operating Partner, Samar Hospitality
  • Joel Grassi, Pest Management professional, BHB Pest Elimination and many others...
Admission to the conference: $25.00

For a more comprehensive list of speakers and more details on the conference, click here:

Friday, November 14, 2014

MCC Member News: The Partnership for Student Advancement (PSA) Wins Competition

On October 14th, 2014, the Partnership for Student Advancement (PSA) participated in a crowdfunding type event sponsored by The Funding Network and participants donated $15,000 to the charity. PSA won a competition and had been chosen as one of three charities that presented to the large group of attendees. Anne Bonfiglio, Executive Director, gave the presentation followed by a 6 minute Q&A. The web site is

The Partnership for Student Advancement (PSA) was founded in 2004 and it helps financially underprivileged high school students, particularly minorities, identify and pursue a career path. PSA’s life skills training and career development programs include skill and aptitude matching and business readiness training.

PSA provides a support system and builds self-esteem through the various one-on-one coaching sessions which help students learn about themselves, and set goals. Armed with the results of the eight hour skill and aptitude testing, students develop both knowledge and belief in self which prepares them to choose a major course of study, move forward and make a life for themselves