Thursday, May 31, 2012

Training Your Staff and Building Your Business Doesn’t Have To Be Costly

Investing in your business is a necessary part of growth, but finding the capital to take that step is not easy. That is why entrepreneurs must not overlook the free resources available to them, many of which can be found at NYC Business Solutions, a set of free services offered by the NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS) to help businesses start, operate, and expand in New York City.

Receive Grants to Train Your Staff

Since 2007, SBS has helped more than 100 companies train nearly 3,500 workers by providing them with more than $6 million in grants. Business owners can access funding through Customized Training grants, provided by NYC Business Solutions, which enable businesses to invest in the professional training services they need to develop staff skills specific to their industry. Customized Training provides awards of up to $400,000 that can cover 60-70% of eligible training costs, which eliminates the financial constraints that keeps businesses from investing in a more efficient staff.
And more businesses are taking advantage.
On May 2, 2012, SBS awarded over $200,000 in Customized Training grants to seven New York businesses to train 93 employees matched by over $130,000 in funds from the employers. These Customized Training awards are projected to increase revenues for the awarded businesses by more than $400,000 and increase the wages of its trainees by 20 percent. To learn more about Customized Training, visit

What Free Staff Training Can Do:

SSTL dba Bedroom Furniture Discounts is an online furniture retailer and wholesaler. The business will use a $25,085 Customized Training award to train 14 employees, including 2 new hires, on new order management software. The software will increase efficiency by allowing the company to achieve seamless coordination with its vendors. The program is projected to result in wage increases of 10 percent.”

Restaurant owners can also capitalize on training

If you own a restaurant, there is even a program that has already been designed for your staff. In partnership with the New York State Restaurant Association, NYC Business Solutions offers local restaurant and foodservice establishments free restaurant management training to develop the skills of their entry-level staff. Developed with input from restaurateurs across the country, this Restaurant Management Training focuses on four key areas that allow staff to take on new responsibilities, and help restaurant owners see greater revenue, and reduce costs.
You can choose to send your staff to one or any combination of course offerings, which include: Hospitality and Restaurant Management, Controlling Foodservice Costs, Restaurant Marketing, and Human Resources Management and Supervision.
Featured in the April issue of Total Food Service, the next session of this highly-touted training begins June 13. Enrollment applications will be accepted through June 6. For more information or to enroll your staff visit

Lead Your Business Into The Next Phase

Cultivating a better staff will help your business take off from the ground-up, but a business owner’s responsibility is to keep a clear head from up above. Having a strategic vision is what distinguishes an ordinary business owner from an effective business leader. FastTrac GrowthVenture can help you be that business leader.
FastTrac GrowthVenture is a business course designed to help you grow your business by creating an actionable growth plan in a safe, workshop environment. With the help of fellow business owners and experienced facilitators, you can draw upon the experience of others and receive feedback to plan out the next phase of your business.
FastTrac GrowthVenture is valued at $1,000, but offered to businesses, at no cost. Courses comprise of eight (8) four-hour sessions held twice a week—the course runs for four consecutive weeks. The next FastTrac GrowthVenture course begins August 6, 2012. Applications are now being accepted. For more information and to apply visit

With a good staff and an even better leader, your business can grow for a fraction of the price you thought you had to pay. You have already paid your taxes this year. Why not take advantage of the services that you’ve already paid for?

NYSERDA Sponsors Benchmarking Initiative to Help Commercial Building Owners Reduce Energy Use, Control Costs

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) launched a pilot program to help the commercial buildings sector reduce energy use, save on operating costs, and cut greenhouse gas emissions. Under the FlexTech Benchmarking Pilot, eligible customers will receive energy benchmarking and onsite energy assessments that will provide recommendations on low-cost building system upgrades.

Benchmarking can be a gateway to engaging in energy efficiency and can enable building owners, property managers, and facility operators to better understand and manage energy consumption. The pilot will also help applicable New York City facilities comply with Local Law 84, a component of the Greener, Greater Buildings Plan that requires building owners to benchmark energy consumption.

The pilot augments traditional NYSERDA FlexTech incentives by providing commercial, industrial, and institutional applicants up to $7,000 in benchmarking services per site with no cost-share. For more information, please contact Lauren Brust at (212) 564-5800 x101 or

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

NYC Business Success stories, Spring 2012

Congratulations to MCC Members Spring, 2012

Marissa Shorenstein, former spokeswoman for both Andrew Cuomo and David Paterson, was named president of MCC Bronze Partner AT&T New York.

MCC Silver Partner Constant Contact(R), Inc., the trusted marketing advisor to more than half a million small organizations worldwide, announced the promotion of Wendi Caplan-Carroll to senior regional development director for the New York metropolitan region. The New York metropolitan region has rapidly expanded since Wendi Caplan-Carroll joined Constant Contact in 2008.The region's growth has been largely driven by Wendi's commitment to small businesses and her ability to foster strategic partnerships with recognized industry organizations, facilitating easy access for small organizations seeking results-oriented online marketing training and resources.

MCC Board Member Ann Kayman of The New York Grant Company spoke at NYC Finance Expo 2012 on March 28 at the New York Bar Association. She spoke about “Grants, Economic Incentives & Green Finance.”

Ramon Ray of was honored by the SkedX blog recognize as a "Top 10 Twitter Small Biz Rock Star." Way to go!

At a recent MCC Chairman’s Breakfast, Thomas Rizk of the Royal Danish Consulate General secured a meeting with speaker Cas Holloway, Deputy Mayor of Operations.  They will discuss waste initiatives in NYC and Denmark and discuss possible improvements for NYC.

MCC Board member Philip Kiracofe of Horizen Ventures recently presented at the MCC Transportation Transformation Summit on April 26. He spoke about MTB Ayiti - Mountain Biking and Adventure Tourism in Haiti. Also his Failure Club project was nominated for a Webby Award. It is a web based show about supporting people in pursuing nearly impossible goals.

United Way recognized MCC Platinum Partner Wells Fargo with a Summit award for exceptional volunteer engagement. Wells Fargo is United Way's top national campaign raising $56 million annually, plus 52,700 team members volunteered 1.5 million hours in 2011 – a 10.8% increase over last year. One of the most innovative aspects of Wells Fargo's extensive volunteer efforts is a unique Volunteer Leave Program that provides fully paid leave for up to four months for team members to work on a significant volunteer project impacting a nonprofit organization or school. In 2011, Wells Fargo awarded volunteer leave to more than 26 team members representing more than 32.5 months of paid leave. Wells Fargo also offers extensive volunteer awards including Volunteer Service, Volunteer of the Year, Cash for your Cause, Shared Success and other regional awards.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Manhattan Chamber of Commerce and Announce New Resource for Businesses

The Manhattan Chamber of Commerce and are very pleased to announce a partnership that provides businesses a free, easy and efficient way to find vendors for business products and services. Whether you are looking to buy a new phone system, get direct mail or email marketing services, install a surveillance system for your facilities or one of several other services, can simplify your vendor selection process.  

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Benefits of Using is not just another directory with business listings and ratings. goes further by allowing business professionals to interact with other businesses in a way that facilitates exchange of information that enables efficient business dealings. 

InAJiffy is FREE to everyone to request quotes. MCC members signing up to receive leads will receive 15% bonus credits for responding to leads and contacting customers. All MCC members will also have MCC logo/membership displayed in their responses.

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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Clearwire Expands LTE Choices in North America

We are pleased to pass on this news from MCC corporate member Clearwire.

Qualcomm to Add 3GPP Band 41 to its Existing 3G/4G Multi-mode, Multi-band LTE Chipsets, Giving Global LTE FDD and LTE TDD Operators Expanded Range of Device Options

SAN DIEGO and BELLEVUE, Wash. — May 8, 2012 — Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) and Clearwire Corporation (NASDAQ: CLWR) today announced that Qualcomm will add support for Clearwire’s upcoming LTE TDD network to its line of multi-mode LTE chipsets with the inclusion of support for 3GPP’s Band 41 (B41) radio frequency. This new enhancement builds on Qualcomm’s existing multi-mode, multi-band support for LTE FDD, LTE TDD and major broadband wireless standards, thus enabling OEMs to develop a wide variety of cost-effective, fully harmonized LTE devices for networks around the world.

“The growth of LTE networks and services is closely tied to device manufacturers’ ability to develop and commercialize cost-efficient LTE devices,” said Steve Mollenkopf, president and chief operating officer, Qualcomm. “By adding support for the B41 band to our LTE chipsets, in combination with providing support for other LTE bands, Qualcomm is enabling OEMs to design cost-competitive devices and offer them in multiple geographies.”

“We are pleased that Qualcomm will expand the size of the LTE ecosystem by adding support for Clearwire’s LTE frequency bands to their chipsets. By working with Qualcomm, Clearwire will ensure that LTE TDD and LTE FDD will work seamlessly together. This will bring significant benefits to OEMs, network operators and consumers alike,” said Erik Prusch, president and CEO, Clearwire.  “Qualcomm is a well-established leader in mobile processor and modem solutions. Their Snapdragon processors and Gobi modems are synonymous with fast, low-power mobile computing and high-quality mobile broadband connectivity.”

Qualcomm LTE chipsets supporting the B41 band in combination with other LTE FDD/TDD bands are scheduled for commercial availability later this year.

About Clearwire

Clearwire Corporation (NASDAQ: CLWR), through its operating subsidiaries, is a leading provider of 4G wireless broadband services offering services in areas of the U.S. where more than 130 million people live. The company holds the deepest portfolio of wireless spectrum available for data services in the U.S. Clearwire serves retail customers through its own CLEAR® brand as well as through wholesale relationships with some of the leading companies in the retail, technology and telecommunications industries, including Sprint and NetZero. The company is constructing a next-generation 4G LTE Advanced-ready network to address the capacity needs of the market, and is also working closely with the Global TDD-LTE Initiative and China Mobile to further the TDD-LTE ecosystem. Clearwire is headquartered in Bellevue, Wash. Additional information is available at

About Qualcomm 

Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) is the world leader in 3G and next-generation mobile technologies. For more than 25 years, Qualcomm ideas and inventions have driven the evolution of digital communications, linking people everywhere more closely to information, entertainment and each other. For more information, visit Qualcomm’s website, OnQ blog, Twitter and Facebook pages.

This release contains forward-looking statements which are based on Clearwire management's current expectations and beliefs, as well as on a number of assumptions concerning future events made with information that is currently available. Forward-looking statements may include, without limitation, Clearwire management's expectations regarding future financial and operating performance and financial condition; proposed transactions; network development and market launch plans; strategic plans and objectives; industry conditions; the strength of the balance sheet; and liquidity and financing needs. The words "would," "may," "should," "estimate," "project," "forecast," "intend," "expect," "believe," "target," "designed," "plan" and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Readers are cautioned not to put undue reliance on such forward-looking statements, which are not a guarantee of performance and are subject to a number of uncertainties and other factors, many of which are outside of Clearwire's control, which could cause actual results to differ materially and adversely from such statements. For a detailed description of the factors that could cause such a difference, please refer to Clearwire's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the information under the heading "Risk Factors" in our Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on February 16, 2012 and our Form 10-Q filed on April 27, 2012. Clearwire assumes no obligation to update or supplement such forward-looking statements.

Except for the historical information contained herein, this news release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties, including Qualcomm’s ability to successfully design and have manufactured significant quantities of LTE components on a timely and profitable basis, the extent and speed to which these components are adopted and integrated into devices, change in economic conditions of the various markets Qualcomm serves, as well as the other risks detailed from time to time in Qualcomm’s SEC reports, including the report on Form 10-K for the year ended September 25, 2011, and most recent Form 10-Q. Qualcomm undertakes no obligation to update, or continue to provide information with respect to, any forward-looking statement or risk factor, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.


Qualcomm is a registered trademark of Qualcomm Incorporated.  All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.


Qualcomm Contacts:

Tina Asmar, Corporate Communications

Phone:  1-858-845-5959

Warren Kneeshaw, Investor Relations

Phone:  1-858-658-4813


Clearwire Contacts:

Susan Johnston, Corporate Communications

Phone:  1-425-216-7913

Alice Ryder, Investor Relations

Phone:  1-425-636-5828

MCC Is Pleased to Welcome Joe Perello, Founder Catch NY to the Board of Directors

Joe is the co-founder and Managing Partner of Catch New York, an integrated, full-service advertising and marketing agency based in New York City. Catch’s clients include the New York Yankees, Quiksilver, United Healthcare, NBA, AARP, Hewlett-Packard and the Partnership for a Healthier America.

Prior to co-founding Catch, Joe was the first CMO of the City of New York, appointed by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. Recognized by Harvard Business School as one of the most innovative initiatives set out by a City, Joe and his team set the standard for how public institutions and private companies can use their marketing assets to help each other prosper. Joe’s innovative model, based on successful sports leagues and franchises, generated over $100 million for the city and utilized the marketing efforts of its corporate partners to help the City achieve its marketing objectives for residents, businesses and visitors.

Before working for Mayor Bloomberg, Joe was VP of Business Development for the New York Yankees where he and his team helped double sponsorship revenue and sell $3 million tickets for the first time ever.

During the first dot com boom, Joe was a principal in David Bowie’s online music venture, UltraStar. He started his career as a direct marketer with MBNA America. He has spoken about marketing at Harvard, Stanford, and NYU and has written for the Sports Business Journal and Brandweek. Joe’s also been a dishwasher, short-order cook, painter, carpenter, and reporter. He serves on the boards of Two Bridges Neighborhood Council and the Armory Foundation and actually enjoys assembling Ikea furniture. Joe, his wife Wendy and their two sons live in Harlem.

Cathy Dove, Vice President, Technion-Cornell Innovation Institute addresses the MCC Board of Directors

Cathy Dove, Vice President, Technion-Cornell Innovation Institute addressed the MCC Board of Directors this morning with the latest news on the development of the new campus on Roosevelt Island. The new campus will create jobs, support local businesses and position NYC as the tech capital of the world. Please see text below from their website and click on the link for latest news.

It's official! Mayor Michael Bloomberg has selected Cornell and its partner, the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, to realize his vision for a cutting-edge NYC tech campus that will serve as a global magnet for tech talent and entrepreneurship. Follow the latest news and information about this exciting initiative: Cornell University is a leader in research and innovation that matters to New York City. From sustainable building design to Weill Cornell Medical Center's top ranked clinical and medical research, the ideas that sprout at Cornell take root in many of the industries that form the core of NYC's world class economy. With our leading edge research, history of innovation, commitment to New York, and deep roots in every aspect of NYC's tech ecosystem, combined with the Technion's recognized world leadership in technology commercialization, The NYC Tech Campus is poised to foster a new tech center for a new century in NYC.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Special Advertising Rates With METRO for 2nd Ave. Restaurant Week June 4-8th

MCC is working with METRO to do a couple of sections advertising 2nd Ave. Rest. Week.  We are letting you know about advertising opportunities in those sections and hope you will want to participate, market your business and support the businesses in the 2nd Ave. subway construction zone.  PDF attached re advertising specials-call Scott today-he is willing to work on pricing too (Contact MCC for rates:!  

And come on out yourself to dine at one of the 23 participating restaurants.  Listings here:

Thursday, May 3, 2012

MCC Thanks Renewing Members for April, 2012!

Jesse AshGreener Media
Claude CascioliClaude Cascioli
Soozan BaxterSoozan Baxter Consulting, LLC
Tamika HumphreysFiesta Auto Insurance and Tax Services
Brad BeckstromMount Sinai Medical Center
Nancy JohnsonOptimyze LLC
Lydia LewyckyForsander Associates Incorporated
Thomas McMahonTLM Associates
Kathryn WyldePartnership for New York City
Brian CairnsPhytology Labs
Kenneth MorrowBookkeeping USA, Inc.
Alan FreedmanSimco Brokerage
Laurie Zelnick
Wanda WootenStanley M. Isaacs Neighborhood Center, Inc.
Peter M. SemetisSale & Pepe Fine Foods and Catering
Suri BielerEclectic/Encore Properties Inc.
Tom MoebusThe Levin Institute
Laurent P WeilMaison Classic LLP
Matthew A. BauerMadison Avenue BID
Nur ErcanThe Marmara Manhattan
Daniel BaumNew York Relocation Guy
Melissa DanielsPlant Connection Inc.
Jeffrey BankAlicart Restaurant Group
Colette MaloufColette Malouf Inc.
Rob BujanGroup Health Solutions Inc.

MCC Welcomes April New Members!

Alexandra DicksonThe Allie Way
Dana BennettHodgson Russ LLP
Cathy FlemingHodgson Russ LLP
Jeff UngereMinutes
Remzi Guvenc KulenKulen Law Firm PC
Alexander ReznikComplete Body Development
Lark-Marie AntonLoews Hotels
Vhanya BarbaPricewaterhouseCoopers
Jonathan ElmoreNYC Business
Ingrid WiggbergThe Party Makers
Juan RodriguezJuan
Simone LillianSinvin Realty
Patrick McGlashanMcGlashan Law Firm, P.C.
Huseyin UnverSedesco, Inc.
Pawel BlumFindingMore
Ryan RzepeckiSocial Bicycles
Duane ThomasExit Realty Landmark
Michael OiringEmpire Capital of America
Dwight GrahamNew York Life
Neil SwansonBlue Ocean Systems
Adrienne Ricci7-Eleven
Neeta BhasinASB Communications
Kelly HoeyWomen Innovate Mobile
Anthony VernaKravitz & Verna LLC
Heldy PuteraIndonesian Investment Promotion Center
Marina GafanovichMarina Gafanovich
Lewis SchiffInc. Magazine's Business Owners Council
Linda LiuExit Realty Landmark
Jalanda JamesJalandaJames.com
Jimmy NewsonMobile Market Apps.com
Michael Grumet47th St. BID
Robert PoinerVGI Partners
Marcia ButlerMarcia Butler Interior Design Inc
Jacques DahanCiti-Habitats
Marsha BonnerMRW Consulting
Andrea J. ColemanAndrea J. Coleman, Esq.
Robert KremerFISONIC.US
Mario FigueroaNectar Advances
Ian MarkeyGreen Mountain Energy
Aman WilkersonSwipely
Scott EvenbeckThe New Community College at
Ingo NowottnyUnited Credit Solutions Inc
Denise Marie FugoNorthwestern Mutual Financial
Paul RobertsonSelf Employed
Jessie FahayRipple Effect Artists
Susan GlusicaWealth Advisory Group LLC
Ellen McKeon
Michael FinizioServPro
Stephen KlenertAtlantic Metro Communications
Nancy TetreauxSpeakSpin

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

MCC Green Business Committee Meetings, May and June 2012

Please join us for the following MCC Green Business sub-committee meetings as well as our signature MCC Green Business Quarterly networking event (speakers to be announced soon)!

MCC Events

May 10th: MCC Green Energy Sub-Committee Meeting, 5:30-7:30 PM MCC will be re-launching its Green Energy sub-committee. Please join us for this informational and networking session. Please let me know if you would like to be a member of this group.

May 11th: MCC Green Finance Sub-committee Meeting. Please let me know if you’d like more info and to be added to the green finance outreach list.

June 13th: MCC Quarterly Green Business Networking Event, 8:30-10AM: Sign up early, hear presentations from MCC members and network with the MCC Green Business Committee!

June 27th: MCC Green Design & Construction Sub-committee Meeting, The “New (Green Building) Normal”: Strategies for Greening Design and Construction Contracts  8:00-10:30AM Please join us as we re-launch this sub-committee. There will be an informative presentation, networking and the chance to hear from you about topics you’d like to know more about!

Co-Sponsored Events:

We thank Con Edison Commercial & Industrial Energy Efficiency Programs for sponsoring the MCC Green Business Committee for 2012. We have an exciting year of programming coming up and thank the Green Team and Con Edison Commercial & Industrial Energy Efficiency Programs for making this possible. For more information on how you can earn cash rebates and incentives for your buildings' energy efficiency upgrades and transforming your business space into a high-performance building, contact the Con Edison Commercial & Industrial Energy Efficiency Program office at (877) 797-6347 or visit their website

NYC Business Solutions Customized Training

NYC Business Solutions
Customized Training Funds 

NYC Business Solutions Customized Training provides access to employee training to keep businesses competitive and profitable. Customized Training eliminates the financial constraints that keep businesses from investing in staff development by providing awards of up to $400,000, which can cover 60-70% of eligible training costs.

Tell your business associates about these great funding opportunities today!     
To apply for Customized Training, applicants can complete the first step of the application process here. Once they complete the first step, applicants are immediately informed whether they are a good fit for Customized Training.

We provide funding for training in these four areas:
  • Training on recently purchased equipment or software
  • Training to offer new services or products to reach new markets
  • Training current staff to take on new responsibilities
  • Training to provide employees with the updated skills they need to stay current and competitive.
What are the benefits?

Businesses awarded a NYC Business Solutions Customized Training grant report up to a:  
  • 20% increase in sales
  • 20% decrease in costs
  • 25% increase in productivity
To learn more click here.

If you have questions about Customized Training, please contact us at

For more information on NYC Business Solutions Training:   |   |   Call 311 and ask for "NYC Business Solutions Training"