Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Microsoft Office 2013 Launches in Bryant Park

MCC Silver Partner Microsoft held a special event in NYC's Bryant Park to launch Office 2013. MCC member Melanie Gass of Centerpoint Solutions attended and sent us these great pre-event photos. To learn more about how to use for your business and personal use please join MCC on February 21st at the Microsoft Office. Please click here to register.

Friday, January 11, 2013

New York City Clean-Tech Trade Mission, India: Chennai, Delhi and Mumbai, March 3-9, 2013


With the 5th largest energy generation capacity in the world, India is a prime market for U.S. companies interested in exporting their clean technology product or service. The U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC), the City of New York and the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, with technical support from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), are collaboratively organizing the New York Clean Technology Trade Mission to India, scheduled for March 3-9, 2013, and will include stops in Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai. The Mission will focus on facilitating business in India’s emerging market for energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies and services by: 1) introducing NY companies to industry representatives, potential clients and partners; 2) introducing NY companies to Indian government officials in India to learn about policy initiatives that will impact the implementation of energy generation, energy conservation and environmental projects; and 3) by giving NY companies media opportunities before, during and after the trade mission with a strategic partnership with the Times Business Solutions group and Times of India. 

Urban India has attracted investment based on strong growth and is expected to generate nearly 70 percent of GDP by 2030, but as the urban population and its incomes rise, need for every service will expand five-to-seven folds, including energy. India will need to dramatically step up urban infrastructure to bridge the gap between service demands and availability, which will require $ 1.2 trillion worth of investments in capital expenditure in cities over the next two decades.

Mission Outline:

The mission will help participating firms gain market insights, make industry contacts, solidify business strategies, and advance specific projects, with the goal of increasing NY green exports to India. The mission will include one-on-one business appointments with pre-screened potential buyers, agents, distributors and joint venture partners; meeting with national, regional and local government officials; networking events; and media opportunities. Participating in an official U.S. industry delegation, rather than traveling to India on their own, will enhance the companies’ ability to secure productive meetings in India. 

Potential Meetings for Delegates:

· One-on-One meetings with at least 3-5 potential partners at each stop

· Briefings by US DOC Staff and other U.S. Government Agencies at each stop

· Meetings with relevant government officials, local and nationally

 · Networking events with potential partners and customers. 

Trade Mission Details:

What – SE Asia Renewable Energy Trade Mission to Manila, Philippines and Bangkok, Thailand

When – March 3-9, 2013

Cost – SME: $4,100: Additional Company Representative: $1,000

Large Company: $5,000 Additional Company Representative: $1,000

Cost includes ground transportation, one-on-one matchmaking meetings, government briefings, some meals and a discounted hotel rate. 

Contact – For more information, contact Laura Bucko, MCC, at

Thursday, January 10, 2013

MCC Small Business Recovery Grant Distribution: Suteishi Restaurant in South Street Seaport Area

MCC awarded a $500 grant to Victor Chan, owner of Suteishi Restaurant, 24 Peck Slip in the South Street Seaport footprint. Victor’s restaurant was 6 feet under water during Sandy and now the landlord has to replace AC units as well as make other infrastructure repairs to the building and space. Victor has spent 7 years at this location building the business and his clientele and did not want to give up and move elsewhere. He thought out of the box, raised some monies through crowdfunding and is renting a kitchen from other local business owner so he can offer his catering menu, keeping some of his employees and satisfy his customers even though the restaurant is not open. Good for you Victor!

We thank Constant Contact’s SaveLocal, XES in Chelsea and Paypal for helping raise the funds. 

Victor Chan poses with MCC’s President Ploeger in front of his shuttered restaurant.

MCC Small Business Recovery Grant Distribution: Fidi Cleaners, Lower Manhattan

MCC awarded a $500 grant to Matt Khatamov, owner of Fidi Cleaners located at 89 Washington Street in lower Manhattan. Matt’s business not only had no power, ho heat or water, all of the buildings around him which house his clients were closed and many told that they would not have power for 5 months. They made other arrangements and probably only 30% of the residential units around him are occupied despite the fact that generators were brought in and have been powering the building. A man living in Tribeca who works in the neighborhood came in and saw that Matt needed business and brought a lot of clothing down for Matt to clean. New Yorkers do help each other!
We thank Constant Contact’s SaveLocal, XES in Chelsea and Paypal for helping raise the funds.

Matt Khatamov accepts SB Recovery Fund check from MCC’s President Ploeger.

NOW CASTING NATIONALLY! Looking for Established and Multi-generational FAMILY BUSINESSES

We received the following opportunity at MCC:

My name is Heather Briggs and I am a Casting Producer for Embassy Row. We are currently casting a new show that will help family businesses grow and expand. We want to cover all industries and I wanted to reach out to you to see if you could spread the word.

Below is a little blurb if you would like to pass this information on to anyone you think might be interested. You can reach me at 212-570-9700 ext.279 if you have any questions.

Thank you,
Heather Briggs


Major business focused network is seeking established and multi-generational FAMILY BUSINESSES to compete on a new television program to potentially win a large sum of money to invest in their company. 

Tough economic times? Trying to pick of the pieces from unforeseen circumstances? Time to increase brand awareness?


Please Include:

- Basic company info (Description, location and history of business)

- Brief introduction to family members involved and their roles

- Photos of company / family members 

- Phone number(s), email address, website (if applicable)

- How would your company use a large sum of money if awarded?

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

MCC Small Business Recovery Grant Distribution: Major League Screen Printing

Last week the Staten Island Chamber & MCC awarded a $500 grant to Bill Siciliano, Owner of Major League Screen Printing located in Staten Island. In business for 23 years, Bill suffered severe damage to his facilities and printing presses.He is repairing his machines and getting back up and running to serve his local clientele. We thank Constant Contact’s SaveLocal, XES in Chelsea and Paypal for helping raise the funds.

Bill Siciliano accepts SB Recovery Fund check from Staten Island Chamber president, Linda Baran.

Monday, January 7, 2013

MCC Small Business Recovery Grant Distribution: Ampco Tech Electric Corp.

Last week the Staten Island Chamber & MCC awarded a $500 grant to Carmine Ippoliti, President of the 20 year old Ampco Tech Electric located in Staten Island. Carmine’s businesses had damage from flooding and lost all power tools and one commercial van. Carmine will use the funds to replace tools and begin serving her clients. We thank Constant Contact’s SaveLocal, XES in Chelsea and Paypal for helping raise the funds.

Carmine Ippolito accepts SB Recovery Fund check from Staten Island Chamber president, Linda Baran.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

MCC Thanks November and December, 2012 Renewing Members!

Robert Mitchell The Vortex Group
Marissa Shorenstein AT&T External Affairs 
Linda Hamilton Linda A Hamilton, CPA LLC 
Geoffrey Dann Dann Asset Advisors, LLC
Lyonel Coriolan Emerging Technologies Institute  
Rosina Rubin Attitude New York, Inc. 
Gustavo Rangel JWU LLC 
Donna Vassallo MarketingWorks NY 
Winnie Schirrmeister Voice Over Talent
Shannon Pelikan Cooley Godward Kronish LLP 
Mathew Heggem The Bookkeeping Company 
Edward Oshrin Milly LLC 
Mary Sarah Baker The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College  
David Bomke New York Energy Consumers Council, Inc. 
Justin Lapatine Global Strategy Group 
Jerry Arzu Telsey Advisory Group 
Michele Calderon Econoler USA Inc. 
Henry Meer City Hall Restaurant 
Stephanie Shalofsky The Organizing Zone 
Brian Cullman Songs on Toast, Inc.
Heather Irvin Seastreak LLC 
Helen Weinberg Buddha Beads
Aristos Constantine Cyprus Embassy Trade Center 
Wendy Maurice
David Brooks Just Bulbs
Theresa Slater Empire Interpreting Service EIS 
Neill Barbera United Protective Systems Inc. 
Henryk Sanecki Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in NY 
Leonard Farber The Farber Center for Radiation Oncology 
Michael J. Caputo Branch Restoration, Inc. 

MCC Welcomes November and December, 2012 New Members!

Joana Filgueiras Manhattan Residential Group 
Suzanne Strassburger Strassburger Meats/Suzy Sirloin Inc 
Kirk Bernard New York Life
Lauren Kay SmartSitting 
Michael Coopersmith Integrated Technology Systems 
Dr. M. Starita Boyce Ansari MSBphilanthropy Advisors,LLC 
April Morley Defy Ventures 
Justin Park Vidaao 
Ann Marie Sabath At Ease Inc.
Greg DeFreitas-Lee WorldPay US, Inc 
Tom Griffin Internship USA
Debbie Irwin Debbie Irwin Voiceovers 
Hannah Bagell Blueprint Technologies
David Jennison Merchant Exchange
George Chaprastian Masq Restaurant & Bar
Anthony Pepe The Manlyn Development Group, Inc. 
Maria Goris CitySites Real Estate Group, Inc 
Joshua Melendez Joshua M. Melendez
Tom Migdale Multi Financial Securities Corp 
Dave Fischer Chartwell Seventeen Advisory Group-Sandler Training 
Kimberly Mishkin SAS ~ Support and Solutions for Women 
Mary Gibb Agencia International, Inc 
Chloe Carmichael Carmichael Psychology, PLLC
Nicolas Kimaz LIFELONG