Tuesday, August 28, 2012

MCC Testimonial: InaJiffy.com Connects 2 MCC members to do business

MCC has partnered with MCC member InAJiffy to help our members find business opportunities. InaJiffy is an online platform that connects businesses. Recently, a member found a fellow member to handle PR for his firm by using the service. Here's what he said:

"For months I was trying to find a publicist to help me promote my book. When I interviewed InAJiffy’s founder, Rohit Sood, on the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce radio show, The Voice of Manhattan Business, I thought it only right that I try the service. Within a matter of hours I received a proposal from a seasoned professional that was just what I had been looking for in terms of both services offered and price. I met with the publicist a day or so after receiving the proposal and was happy to accept it. I will certainly use InAJiffy in the future."

Bruce A. Hurwitz, Ph.D.
President and CEO
Hurwitz Strategic Staffing, Ltd.
Executive Recruitment and Career Counseling Services
255 West 36th Street, 8th Floor
New York, NY 10018
Office: 646-368-5381 - 212-300-2075 Fax: 212-300-2010
Corporate Website: www.hsstaffing.com
Radio: www.brucehurwitzpresents.com and www.thevoiceofmanhattanbusiness.com

This is just one of the many ways MCC connects its members to do business and create new opportunities!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

MCC Chairman's Breakfast at MetLife

MCC continued its exclusive MCC Chairman's Breakfast series on July 14, 2012 by gathering MCC partners, corporate members and invited guests for networking and an informational lecture by Mark Finley, General Manager, Global Energy Markets & US Economics, BP America. The event was sponsored by MetLife.

Guests network at the event

MCC President Nancy Ploeger addresses the attendees

Mark Finley of BP begins his presentation

Mr. Finley gives an overview of global energy markets

Mark Finley, BP, Sunita Bajaj of MetLife, Ronald I. Patrowitz, Esq., Interim Chairman of MCC,
 and Nancy Ploeger, President, MCC

100+ MCC partners, corporate members and invited guests attended the event

For more information on MCC corporate membership please contact Laura Bucko, VP/Director of Communications, MCC at laura@manhattancc.org.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Progressive Computing, Inc. Announces New Addition to Tech Team

Jose Rodriguez brings experience, vision and focus on exceptional service

Westchester County, NY (August 8, 2012)

Progressive Computing, Inc., (PCI) a computer consulting and network installation, design and maintenance firm, announces the addition of Technical Advisor Jose Rodriguez to their team. PCI now has a total of 10 professional technicians serving clients in Westchester and Manhattan. 

A six-year veteran of the IT industry and a graduate of the ASA Institute in New York City, Rodriguez formerly worked at Health Insurance Plan of NY (now Emblem Health) and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. At PCI, he provides clients with technical support and repairs for Windows-based PCs and laptops, and administration of servers. Rodriguez believes that helping customers understand the issues and opportunities related to technology is paramount to finding the right solutions in a timely and affordable manner, and often uses analogies and hand-drawn pictures to simplify explanations. 

"Our clients are mostly non-technical, so we place a high value on the capability of our team members to speak to end users in human terms," explained Robert Cioffi, Managing Partner for Progressive Computing. "Jose showed us great promise that he can simultaneously focus on the issue at hand while balancing the end-user concerns. He’s an excellent member of our growing team." 

Inspired by the movie "Swordfish" to pursue a career in IT and the thrill of building his own computer at the age of 16, Rodriguez consistently strives to enhance his skills and keep up with the latest trends and developments in the industry. Looking forward, he sees opportunity for PCI clients, especially related to transitions from desktop to mobile computing and from on-site to Cloud storage.

"I look forward to working with our clients to capitalize on technological advances in order to improve and simplify their business processes and increase their competitive position in the marketplace," says Rodriguez. "We are partners in progress." 

PCI plans for the remainder of 2012 include expansion into new and improved office space, and an upgrade in service offerings. For the time being, contact Progressive Computing, Inc. via the following outlets:

New York City
60 East 42nd Street Suite 1161
New York, NY 10165
Tel: 212.681.1212 Fax: 212.972.4182

Westchester County
909 Midland Avenue Yonkers, New York 10704
Tel: 914.375.3009 Fax: 914.375.2550 


About Progressive Computing, Inc.

With offices in Westchester County, NY and Manhattan, Progressive Computing, Inc. is a leader in computer network installation, design and maintenance, offering professional, cost-effective IT services, computer consulting, technical support and computer repair to organizations since 1993. They are focused on providing cost-effective, reliable and right-sized solutions. As a Microsoft Small Business Specialist,, the PCI technicians and computer consultants are dedicated to delivering IT 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: ProManage: An all-inclusive fixed price contract to cover all technology needs. ProHosting: Enterprise-class datacenter services to the SMB for mission critical applications. ProAudit: Computer consulting services that scrutinize and appraise the strengths and weaknesses of existing computer networks and systems. ProBackup: Disaster Recovery service plan subscription that uses a combination of an onsite backup appliance and secure offsite data storage. General IT Services: Project or incident-based services with no contractual obligation

Thursday, August 9, 2012

MCC Green Business Committee: Upcoming Events

We are so excited for cleantech opportunities we could not wait until September! Please read below for our next MCC Green Business Committee events.

For those of you interested in global cleantech opportunities, this is the event for you! Please read the description of the event below and hope you will join us. This event is free for MCC members and $15 for non-members. If you have interest in participating in the delegation to India in November and would like to be considered to meet with Mr. Nayar later in the day please let me know.

August 27th: 8:30-10:45AM: Opportunities in India’s Clean Tech Sector: Breakfast with Narinder Nayar, Chairman of Mumbai First

Are you interested in exploring the growing clean technology market in India, but unsure of where to start? Did you know the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce recently signed an MOU with Mumbai First, in an effort to help its members grow via exports? Are you aware of the initiatives taking place between the U.S. Department of Commerce and U.S. Department of Energy to promote U.S. businesses do business in this important market? If not, please join us for a networking breakfast opportunity with the U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory and Chairman Narinder Nayar of Mumbai First.

With the 5th largest energy generation capacity in the world, India is a prime market for U.S. companies interested in exporting their technology or service. During this breakfast, you will have an opportunity to network and learn about the vast opportunities in the Indian Clean Technology Market. A full draft agenda is as follows:

8:30 – 9:00 am – Networking

9:00 – 10:15 am – Formal Program

Introduction of the program by Nancy Ploeger, President, Manhattan Chamber of Commerce.
Discussion of the Indian Market by Ryan Hollowell, International Trade Specialist, New York U.S. Export Assistance Center. U.S. Department of Commerce.
Discussion of the overall market and introduce the trade mission proposal.
Discussion of relevant work taking place at DOE by Vatsal Bhatt, Brookhaven National Laboratory.
Discussion of the trade mission and market and DOE’s technical assistance
What the MOU Means for MCC Members
Keynote Address by Narinder Nayar, Mumbai First
Discussion of the Indian Market and the role Mumbai First can play in helping U.S. companies locate foreign partners.

10:15 – 10:45 – Follow Up Questions and Networking

Click here to register!

Don’t forget we are back in September with our MCC Quarterly Green Business Networking Event! Please register with the link below:

September 12th, 8-10AM MCC Quarterly Green Business Networking Event

Here is our line up of speakers!

Peter Insalaco, Eco-Active Media, Inc.

Debra Duneier, Eco-Chi

Jennifer Donahue, New England Clean Energy Council

Lauren Dykes, WeRecycle!

Click here to register!

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 www.conEd.com/energysavings.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

IWEC Award Winner News: SoundSense, LLC has been awarded one of

Here is news about past IWEC award winner SoundSense, LLC:

SoundSense, LLC has been awarded one of Commercial Integrator's 2012 BEST Awards at InfoComm

LAS VEGAS– June 2012

On June 13, 2012, EH Publishing announced the "SoundSense Hi Hat Muffler" as a winner in the category of "Acoustical Treatments" in Commercial Integrator's new CI Solutions Awards. The award recognize stand-out, problem-solving installations that address commercial customer's needs in a variety of vertical markets including: Corporate, Health Care, Retail, Houses of Worship, Government and more.  

Recessed lighting is an acoustic concern, creating a void in the ceiling configuration allowing sound to easily transmit between floors. The "SoundSense Hi Hat Muffler" significantly reduces sound transmission by enclosing the recessed can lights with a Class A fire rated material to deaden sound without restricting airflow. The Hi Hat Muffler was patented early in 2012 and will be released for retail sales in September of 2012.

Entries were received in seven categories and winners were chosen by the Commercial Integrator editorial and art staffs. Judging criteria included all aspects involved in system solution, such as project creativity, innovation, equipment incorporated, obstacles overcome, client's priorities met, aesthetic and benefits.

The winners for the 2012 CI Best Awards will be featured in Commercial Integrator's July issue and at www.commercialintegtator.com.

SoundSense was formed from South Fork Technological Consultants by Dr. Schnitta in 1990 to offer turnkey services to clients with noise and sound enhancement issues. SoundSense, headquartered in East Hampton, NY, is an acoustical consulting company specializing in acoustic design, acoustic material sales, and installation. The mission of Bonnie Schnitta is: “to make this a quieter world where we are not disturbed by noise, as well as a world where we can hear each other better.” 

Maryann Buquicchio
SoundSense LLC

Friday, August 3, 2012

MCC Thanks Renewing Members For July, 2012!

Kathrine GregoryMi Kitchen Es Su Kitchen®(Innovative Program Asso)www.miKitchenEsSuKitchen.com
Leo ParmegianiPKF LLPwww.pkfnewyork.com
Stacy Beneke www.stacylbeneke.com
John BissellJB Carpentry Inc.
Andrea BatresThe Taub Law Firm, P.C.www.taublawfirm.com
Jack KleinfeldKleinfeld Technical Services, Inc.www.KleinfeldTechnical.com
Brad KornBeth Israel Medical Centerwww.chpnyc.org
Alexander MasourasPrisma Cargo Solutions, LLCwww.prismacargosolutions.com
Paul B McLaughlin
Ellen R. TabakSukyo Mahikari Centers for Spiritual Developmentwww.CentersForSpiritualDevelopment.org
Masaki FujiharaJETRO NY (Japan External Trade Organization)www.investjapan.org
Yoko SuganoFurumoto Realty of NYC, Inc.www.furumotonyc.com
Rami Mosseri
Amaury RodriguezCapitales Fijoswww.capitalesfijos.com
Laura SchranzNYIT New York Institute of Technologywww.nyit.edu
Cristine CroninNYCharities.orgwww.nycharities.org


MCC Welcomes July New Members!

Kenneth SassanoNational Hanover Presswww.nationalhanover.com
Serena ArrabitoAmerican Lung Association of the Northeastwww.lungne.org
G Vincent KovatchKatz, Sapper & Miller LLPwww.ksmcpa.com
Claudette DuffIntegrity First Senior Carewww.integrityfirstseniorcare.com
Heather MarkelThe BullBuster Cafe and Boardroomwww.bustyourbull.com
Angie LeePrimeLending, a PlainsCapital Companyangielee.primelending.com
Andre ArchimbaudReachLocalwww.reachlocal.com
Amy GoetzAMG Design and Contractingwww.amgdcs.com
Joseph CunninghamUSA DRAINS INC/ General Contractingwww.nycplumbingcompany.com
Elizabeth SegalAT&T External Affairswww.att.com
Joseph GoldbergHodgson Russ LLPwww.hodgsonruss.com
Lauren WerlingBellmarc Realtywww.bellmarc.com/agents/profile.asp?id=LCW
Sue PhillipsScenterprises Ltd.www.scenterprises.com
Jairo BorjaBerkeley Collegewww.berkeleycollege.edu
Timothy AnglimYesCFOwww.YesCFO.com
LaShauna McDanielKeller Williams NYCwww.kwnyc.com/index.cfm?page=agents&agentName=LaShauna-McDaniel
Bonnie SchnittaSoundSense, LLCwww.soundsense.com
Alana McNicholLinda A. Hamilton CPA LLCwww.lahcpas.com
Donna StockmanSotheby's International Realtywww.sothebyshomes.com/nyc/offices/downtown-manhattan-brokerage
Laura RoyterSole Prop
Noel TemploMcGladrey LLP
Josh StigallSe7en, LLCwww.se7enllc.com
Ajju C.S. SindolliAjju's Group of Companieswww.ajjusminesandminerals.com
Valarie BaserValarie Michelle Decor LLCwww.valariemichelle.com
Yosjaira MatosMatos' Tax & Accounting Serviceswww.matostaxaccounting.com
Christopher McNeurAsia Rusticwww.asiarustic.com
Roshanak YousefianPisa Brothers Travelwww.pisabrothers.com
Carleen Lyden-KlussNew York Maritime Inc.www.nymar.org
Joseph PerelloCatch New Yorkwww.catch-nyc.com
Peter PintoNeha Tours & Travelswww.nehaholidays.com
William Shaw IIIWorld Class Shippingwww.worldclassshipping.com
Jennifer DonahueNew England Clean Energy Councilwww.cleanenergycouncil.org
Rami Niilo-Rama
Chanda GriffinPsychoanalyst
Stacy Goldman
Christine JowersMoving Arts Projectswww.dance-enthusiast.com
Victoria DrozdovCreative Environment Solutions (CES) Corpwww.CEScenter.com
NYC-EA CGNYConsulate General of the Netherlandswww.cgny.org
Raymond ZakhariMetro Medical Directwww.MetroMedicalDirect.com
Debra DuneierEcoChi, LLCwww.ecochi.com


Thursday, August 2, 2012

Important Alert Regarding Membership Dues Invoices

It has come to our attention that there is a "Chamber of Commerce of Times Square" mailing membership dues invoices to companies in and around Times Square and in some cases using the "Times Square Alliance" on their paperwork. This is not an initiative of the Times Square Alliance nor is it a bill from MCC. This is coming from "an organization" with a virtual office here in the Times Square area, using the address of 1501 Broadway.

The invoices are apparently being mailed from Brockton MA or other locations and are for membership dues, as noted.
There is also a federal tax ID number on the invoice which does not seem to be a registered number. Complaints have been registered with the NYPD, Post Office, Better Business Bureau, NYC Dept. of Consumer Affairs and NY Attorney General's office.

We are alerting you to this and encourage you to never pay invoices unless you double check them - from chambers or other organizations to make sure they are legitimate.
Should you have any questions or if you received one of these invoices, please feel free to contact us at 212-473-7875 or send an email to np@manhattancc.org.


Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Looking for a Few Good Companies: Call for Nominations & Applications

Here is an opportunity sent to us by Inner City CEO Insights:

ICIC is now accepting nominations and applications for both its Inner City Capital Connections (ICCC) and Inner City 100 programs. Urban businesses that are seeking access to growth capital are encouraged to apply for ICCC, which educates investment-ready companies about sources of growth capital and matches them with potential investors. Approximately 300 businesses have participated in the free program, 94 of which have collectively raised over $406 million in capital.

Businesses that are experiencing substantial revenue growth should apply for the Inner City 100 program. The Inner City 100 recognizes the fastest-growing businesses in urban America and supports their further growth through access to year-round executive education, networking opportunities and national visibility. Since the program’s inception, 720 unique firms have earned positions on the annual list, collectively generating more than $2.1 billion in annual sales.

Learn about qualifying criteria.