MCC works to drive membership in a number of ways. We offer membership specials from time to time to garner new members and we promote our low annual fees. We also offer monthly credit card billing to make membership more accessible to those who prefer to pay on a monthly basis rather than a lump sum. And we promote engagement in our Business Referral Groups as well as in our active committees spanning many industry and focused sectors such as global, women’s, LGBT, tech, green and sustainability, healthcare and young professionals.
We also hold quarterly new member breakfasts where new members meet some of our staff and Ambassadors and learn about how to get the most out of their membership.
MCC works with its partners such as Microsoft to hold educational events for small business owners to learn how to run their businesses more effectively and enhance their growth opportunities. MCC is also heavily engaged in offering member companies networking opportunities to find potential clients and strategic partners. Businesses can also market their goods and services through MCC’s robust website, social media, meetings with members and community street fairs. MCC was recognized as one of the Top 100 Social Media Friendly Chambers of Commerce.
And MCC works with the 5 Boro Chamber Alliance and GoBizNYC to advocate for positive business legislation, a huge challenge in an often anti-business climate. City, state and federal legislators tend to create bills that are anti-business and have many unintended consequences which we have to be on top of and point out to make the bills more business friendly. This is also an attraction for all size businesses to join the chamber in our quest to be the voice for businesses-and especially for small businesses who otherwise have no voice.
MCC excels by addressing the specific needs of the Manhattan business community. Our chamber has special initiatives such as assisting businesses affected by construction of the 2nd avenue subway, teaching businesses about the Affordable Care ACT (ACA), the launch of MarketingWeekNYC (sponsored by Microsoft) which addresses the need to teach businesses how to attract and retain customers and the launch of and participation in the International Women’s Entrepreneurial Challenge (IWEC), a global program to support women owned businesses with revenue over $1 million.
“We are an active chamber with many tentacles out into the business community to help our members and their companies flourish,” says Nancy Ploeger, President of MCC for nearly 20 years.