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BROOKLYN APRIL/MAY2017 2016• •Vol Vol99, Issue 98, Issue1 2 January/February

BUSINESSES NEWS NewsFOR forBROOKLYN Brooklyn businesses

Brooklyn Chamber Returns to D.C. Delegation Meets with White House, Congress and Hosts Brooklyn Night


he Brooklyn Chamber hosted its second annual Brooklyn Night and Legislative Trip to to Washington, D.C. from Nov. 29 to Nov. 30, 2016. The trip encompassed meetings with elected officials, a White House briefing on several presidential initiatives as they related to small businesses and the annual Brooklyn Night party. The delegation nearly 90 members and staff from the Chamber and Davidoff, Hutcher and Citron LLP, a commercial law and government

relations firm. “The delegation had a productive visit on its latest Washington, D.C. trip,” said Brooklyn Chamber President and CEO Andrew Hoan. “Thanks to a concerted effort by our team and DHC’s, we were able to facilitate interactions between our members and their elected officials, allowing small businesses and nonprofits to voice their policy concerns in person. It’s that kind of interaction that makes the Washington trip so Continued on Page 7

Andrew Hoan named next Chamber President


ndrew Hoan was named the next President and CEO of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce on Dec. 19, 2016. Carlo A. Scissura accepted a new position as President and CEO of the New York Building Congress. Hoan had first worked with Scissura in the

Office of Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz. He served as the Chamber’s Chief of Staff since 2013. As the organization’s second-incommand, he had a crucial role in the organization’s renaissance. Scissura had been President and CEO of

the Chamber since September 2012. During his tenure, membership grew by roughly 200 percent to a total of over 2,100 members, the Chamber launched innovative new programs including Chamber on the Go, Explore Brooklyn and Brooklyn-Made, and helping to substantially expand its role as an

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advocate for Brooklyn and its business community expanded substantially. Brooklyn Chamber President and CEO Andrew Hoan said, “This is truly a bittersweet moment for me. While I am honored to lead the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce Continued on Page 4

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Eriksen Translations Celebrates 30th Anniversary


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Exploring all that Brooklyn Has to Offer


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Presidential Transition

Andrew Hoan named next Brooklyn Chamber President and CEO Carlo A. Scissura to lead New York Building Congress Continued from Page 1

as its new President and CEO, I am saddened by the departure of an incredible boss, mentor and friend in Carlo Scissura. During the last four years, Carlo spearheaded a renaissance at the Chamber that resulted in a tremendous growth in membership, the creation of numerous innovative programs and services, and the success of countless businesses throughout Brooklyn. There is no question that Carlo’s are big shoes to fill, but I am buoyed by his and the Board’s confidence in me and grateful for all of the lessons he has taught me over the years. I wish Carlo the best of luck in his new endeavor and look forward to continuing to work with him to make Brooklyn a better place to live, work and own a business.” New York Building Congress President and CEO Carlo A. Scissura said, “It has been one of the greatest privileges of my life to serve as President and CEO of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce. While I depart with a heavy heart, I am comforted by all the wonderful work we accomplished together - from

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helping thousands of small businesses across Brooklyn and growing membership to record levels, to launching innovative programs like Chamber on the Go, Brooklyn-Made and Explore Brooklyn, creating new programming in Washington, D.C., and being one of the primary advocates for this incredible borough I call home. I will always look back fondly on the time I spent at the Chamber and treasure the memories and incredible relationships created here. Andrew Hoan is the perfect candidate to now lead the Chamber, and I look forward to working with him in my new role as President and CEO of the New York Building Congress. I have the utmost confidence that, through Andrew’s direction, the Chamber will continue to be one of the largest and most successful business organizations in the state. My deepest thanks to my dear friend, Board Chair Denise Arbesu, the entire Board of Directors and all the staff that has worked with me throughout my tenure.” Brooklyn Chamber Board Chair Denise Arbesu said, “Words cannot express the debt

of gratitude that the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce owes to Carlo Scissura. As President and CEO, he has surpassed any and all expectations, molding the organization into the largest and fastest-growing chamber of commerce in New York State. I will miss him deeply as a colleague, but as a friend, I am proud of him and wish him the best of luck in his new role. Succession Planning is part of our Strategic Plan, and as Carlo’s Chief of Staff and second in command, the Executive Committee and Board have the utmost confidence in Andrew Hoan taking the reins. Along with Carlo, Andrew has been a driving force behind the resurgence of the organization. I can think of no candidate with more experience or expertise, and the Executive Committee and our Board were absolutely confident that the ideal next President was already right here within our ranks. I have no doubt that his appointment will be equally well received by the countless Chamber members he has already done so much to help over the years.”

Chamber news

Brooklyn Chamber Announces 2016 Brooklyn-Made Award Winners O n January 5, 2017, the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce announced the winners of the 2016 Brooklyn-Made Awards, honoring this year’s best certified Brooklyn-Made products. The awards recognize companies and entrepreneurs that manufacture their goods in the borough, growing the Brooklyn brand while promoting local economic development. The awards were divided into six categories: food, beverages, apparel, design, technology/ hardware and Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprises (MWBE). The winners of each category were Brooklyn Delhi, Café Grumpy, Scosha, Wax Rax, Zieba NY and Isabella’s Creations, respectively. “We were very proud to recognize and support these accomplished businesses and their high-quality, Brooklyn-Made products,” said Brooklyn Chamber President and CEO Andrew Hoan. “These industrious companies invest in Brooklyn — fostering local economic development, creating jobs for Brooklynites and manufacturing great products that expand our brand — and they deserve this honor.” “Brooklyn-Made is a wonderful recognition that rewards businesses for making substantive contributions to their local

economies and communities,” said Brooklyn Chamber Board Chair Denise Arbesu. “The winners of these awards have it all — product design, development and assembly all take place right here in our borough.” The Brooklyn Chamber introduced the

Brooklyn-Made certification in 2014. It is used to show consumers the extent to which various products are made in the borough. The system evaluates producers across a range of criteria, including the sourcing of materials, product assembly and the loca-

tion of employees. Applicants are awarded one of three certifications — gold, silver and bronze. Only legal businesses, headquartered in Brooklyn, that make one or more physical products are considered for Brooklyn-Made certification.

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NYPD Commissioner James P. O’Neill Keynotes Brooklyn Newsmakers N YPD Commissioner James P. O’Neill was the keynote speaker at the December 2016 installment of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce’s Newsmakers series. Commissioner O’Neill touched on a range of topics in his address, including neighborhood policing, a recent spike in hate crime and the state of crime in Brooklyn and throughout the city. He also discussed his childhood roots in Flatbush and his 33-year career as a police officer, first as part of the Transit Police and later as part of the NYPD. “I appreciate the opportunity to be part of the Brooklyn Newsmakers series,” NYPD Commissioner James P. O’Neill said. “What a great opportunity to engage with those who live and work in Brooklyn, my hometown. This kind of dialogue is absolutely essential to fighting crime and keeping people safe. Cops can’t do it alone. Public safety is a shared responsibility, and neighborhood policing is the way forward.” “Brooklyn’s public safety and vibrant economy go hand-in-hand,” said Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez. “As Brooklyn’s chief law enforcement officer, I am committed to working with the NYPD to keep our borough’s business owners, employees and residents safe, which in turn helps our communities thrive.”

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NYPD Commissioner James P. O’Neill

“Fair and effective policing is a vital component of the local atmosphere that helps Brooklyn businesses thrive and give back to their communities,” said Former Brooklyn Chamber President and CEO Carlo A. Scissura. “We’re very happy to have Commissioner O’Neill, a native Brooklynite, here to speak about many of the most pressing issues that affect our city. Many thanks to Investors Bank, NYU Tandon and the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership for making this possible.” “Commissioner O’Neill is a terrific addition to our growing list of prominent Newsmakers keynote speakers,” said Brooklyn Chamber Board Chair Denise Arbesu. “The NYPD’s essential role in keeping New Yorkers safe is highly relevant to the Brooklyn business community, and we are glad to be a part of that conversation.” Newsmakers is sponsored exclusively by Investors Bank, and is held in conjunction with the NYU Tandon School of Engineering and the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership. Investors Bank Chief Operating Officer Domenick Cama said, “We are grateful for the opportunity to sponsor the Brooklyn Newsmakers programs, and pleased that attendance has steadily increased since the series began. More importantly, the briefing sessions provide Chamber of Commerce members and their guests with up-close ac-

cess to the leaders who manage New York City.” “Tandon is committed to making the world and NYC safer through our research, among other areas, in cybersecurity and safer transmission of information across digital platforms. We are delighted to contribute to the well-being of the City and grateful to the NYPD for their diligent efforts in keeping us all safe. I am, thus, very pleased that the NYPD Commissioner O’Neill is addressing Brooklyn on our campus,” said NYU Tandon School of Engineering Dean Katepalli Sreenivasan. “We are delighted to welcome an important partner, Chief James O’Neill, to Downtown Brooklyn for what should be an enlightening conversation about his vision for the NYPD,” said Regina Myer, President of the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership. “Having grown up in Brooklyn, Chief O’Neill brings with him a deep understanding of our borough and we are excited to work with him to ensure Downtown Brooklyn remains one of the City’s safest neighborhoods.” Previous Newsmakers events have featured New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman, Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, and Public Advocate Letitia James, among others.

Chamber News

BKLYN DESIGNS to Kickstart NYCxDesign from May 5 to 7, 2017 The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce Announces Show Dates, Call for Applications and New Incentives for Exhibitors


rooklyn’s premiere design event, BKLYN DESIGNS, is gearing up for another successful edition at the spacious and light-filled Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint from May 5 to 7, 2017. Presented by the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and co-produced with Novità Communications, the show will kick off the first weekend of NYCxDESIGN - New York City’s official citywide celebration of design - with a veritable pool of Brooklyn’s finest designers, architects and artists illustrating their work in myriad ways, from exhibitor booths to a curated marketplace to bespoke installations. The Chamber is calling for the first round of exhibitors producing a range of creative products and services in the borough and offering special pricing for multiple applicants from the same neighborhood. “We take pride in being the only show during NYCxDESIGN that is dedicated exclusively to Brooklyn talent. We were one of the first design fairs to showcase the local creative economy and continue to find new ways of supporting and highlighting our bustling design community,” said Andrew Hoan, President and CEO of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce. BKLYN DESIGNS is currently accepting applications for exhibitor space and tables in the BKLYN BUYS marketplace from emerging designers and established brands across a range of categories including furniture, lighting, textiles, art, surfaces, accessories and design and architectural services. A jury of design industry experts will review the submissions on a rolling basis. In an effort to bring down the cost for participants, BKLYN DESIGNS will offer white gallery walls, at no additional charge, to accepted exhibitors to present their

work. The Chamber is also excited to announce a new neighborhood focus for this year’s show, highlighting the borough’s creative hubs and strong sense of community. Participants who apply in a neighborhood cluster, with four or more booths, will receive a 15% discount. About BKLYN DESIGNS: Founded in 2003 by the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, BKLYN DESIGNS was one of the first design fairs to shine a spotlight on the creative economy in Brooklyn, and helped put many Brooklyn mak-

ers and supporters on the map. Attendees include designers, architects, builders, developers, store buyers, industry influencers, educators, urban planners and design-savvy consumers, who all come together to celebrate the borough’s rich design heritage, iconic style and bustling creative community. With thousands of visitors over the three-day weekend, BKLYN DESIGNS is one of the most vibrant shows in New York City. The 2017 edition is May 5-7 at the Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint. For more information, visit www.bklyndesigns.com.

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special, and we hope that it will remain that valuable for years to come.” The first day began with a lunch reception, which was keynoted by U.S. Senator Mazie K. Hirono of Hawaii. Senator Hirono spoke about her efforts to host a Hawaii-themed reception on Capitol Hill that emulated Brooklyn Night. She also praised the Chamber for bringing its views to lawmakers on the hill. “I think it is very important to touch base with the administration,” she said. The delegation went to the United States Capitol to meet with U.S. Senator Charles Schumer. He thanked the Chamber members for their service to their communities. Schumer is the Senate’s new minority leader and a native Brooklynite. “Brooklyn is in my bones,” he said. An afternoon of meetings with Brooklyn representatives in Congress followed; the delegation split into groups and met with U.S. Representatives Dan Donovan, Jerrold Nadler, Nydia Velazquez and Yvette Clarke, and the Office of U.S. Representative Carolyn Maloney. Then, the delegation went to the Kennedy Caucus Room to meet with U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand before Brooklyn Night began at 6 p.m. The senator toured the room, which was filled with Brooklyn-Made products the Chamber had transported to Washington. Brooklyn Night featured remarks from a variety of members of Congress; Senators Schumer, Gillibrand and Richard Blumenthal, and Representatives Clarke, Earl Blumenauer and Nita Lowey spoke throughout the night. The Legislative Trip’s second day began with a White House briefing, which was held in the Eisenhower Executive Office

The Chamber delegation meets with White House officials in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building

Building. The delegation met with four White House officials, all from the Office of Public Engagement. They were given a brief overview of the state of the economy by Zaid Hassan, who is assistant director of the White House Business Council. Then, Deputy Director of Private Sector Engagement Justin Vail described the administration’s ongoing efforts on criminal justice reform. Bess Evans, who is senior associate director of public engagement and senior policy advisor to the Office of Public Engagement and the Domestic Policy Council, gave an overview of the administration’s work on health care. The last speaker was Rob Diamond, who is special assistant to the president for public engagement and director of private sector engagement. “Always an honor and a pleasure to welcome the Brooklyn

Chamber to the White House,” Diamond tweeted later. “They are the best in the biz!” A final luncheon back at the hotel was hosted by MSNBC commentator Chris Matthews. Matthews spoke extensively about his views on the election and the state of the electoral college. He also focused on the benefits of developing U.S. infrastructure, particularly railroads. “Forget red and blue; unite the country by rail,” he said. “The Washington, D.C. trip is a fantastic opportunity for businesses and nonprofits to interact with government at a substantive level,” said Brooklyn Chamber Board Chair Denise Arbesu. “From the halls of Congress to the White House, we’ve been able to help our members get their concerns across at top levels of government.” Brooklyn Progress • VISIT ibrooklyn.com 7




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xplore Brooklyn is the Brooklyn Chamber’s tourism department, a brand and website that helps to promote the borough to the millions of people who visit each year. It is run by Mariela Estrella, who serves as director of Brooklyn tourism and business relationships, and supported by Walter Murillejo, who serves as project manager. “There’s no better borough than Brooklyn,” Estrella said. “My favorite part of my job is collaborating with businesses in the tourism and hospitality sector and generating awareness of their establishments.” Explore Brooklyn works to promote the borough through its website, explorebk.com. The site features Brooklyn dining options, events, shopping outlets and attractions. It also contains a business directory that includes Chamber members. It is consistently updated with new blog posts about upcoming events and programs throughout the borough. The department plans and executes initiatives that connect tourists in Brooklyn with local small businesses. It also promotes Brooklyn industries to draw more attention to them. Explore Brooklyn currently manages two major tourism partnerships; one with the Empire State Development Corporation, or ESD, and one with the home-sharing service Airbnb. The department partnered with ESD and Taste NY to launch Drink Local Week, a series of promotions at restaurants and bars throughout the borough. The week sought to promote the New York State craft beverage industry. Explore Brooklyn also organized and hosted two trips that connected Brooklyn businesses with vendors in the Little Finger Lakes region and Buffalo, N.Y. The trips provided opportunities for buyers to meet with makers, learn about products, and discuss distribution and market access issues. Another group went to the International Pow Wow (IPW) in New Orleans, La., the premier travel trade show in the United States. The department pre-scheduled 132 appointments with buyers from around the world to showcase Brooklyn products. Explore Brooklyn is currently partnering with Airbnb on AirbnBrooklyn, a neighborhood tourism project that connects tourists using Airbnb to small businesses operating near their hosts. It is the department’s second year of partnering with Airbnb. “I take pride in being able to support businesses in achieving their goals,” he said. “I like meeting local business owners who are making a difference and creating jobs in their communities.” Murillejo manages Explore Brooklyn’s website and communications, including email blasts and social media. Estrella also manages a borough-wide Tourism Council composed of non-profit promotional organizations, art entities, cultural attractions and destinations, tour operators and hotel operators. They work together to attract more tourists to the borough. “I have to say, my favorite part of the job is exploring Brooklyn,” Murillejo said. He manages and creates calendar event submissions, business directory listings, and neighborhood pages. Murillejo frequently connects with Brooklyn’s small businesses through social media and many of the visits the staff have made throughout the borough.

(Top) Explore Brooklyn Project Manager Walter Murillejo and Director Mariela Estrella. (Above left) Explore Brooklyn introduced 21 tourism experts from around the tristate area to local producers during the Brooklyn Familiarization Tour. (Above right) Project Manager Walter Murillejo at the kick-off of Drink Local Week. The event was hosted at Rooftop Reds in the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

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From our members

Eriksen Translations Inc. Celebrates 30th Anniversary with a Focus on the Future


his December, long-time Brooklyn resident Eriksen Translations Inc. celebrated its 30th anniversary. The company got its start in 1986 when, armed with a typewriter and a passion for language, Vigdis Eriksen launched a translation business. In the beginning, she worked out of an artist’s loft in Brooklyn with a handful of dedicated linguists. Eriksen Translations has since grown to become one of the top 40 language services providers in North America. Today, the company boasts an extensive network of translators and interpreters who work in more than 100 languages to offer a full range of language services across print, web, and multimedia to clients worldwide. Still a Brooklyn resident after 30 years, Eriksen is proud to use the borough’s language expertise to give back to the local community. The company works with agencies that support the education, health care, and social service needs of the borough’s multilingual residents, and provides translation and faceto-face interpreting services for hospitals, schools, and businesses throughout the New York metro area. To commemorate the company’s anniversary, Eriksen held a holiday bash at its office on Friday, December 9, 2016 and celebrated

the milestone with staff, linguists, clients, and friends. They were joined by Senior Advisor to the Brooklyn Borough President Ingrid Lewis-

Martin, who presented a proclamation honoring the company for 30 years in business. The recognition from the Borough Presi-

dent’s office coincides with another very meaningful award Eriksen received from the Business Owners Council, a regional membership organization for entrepreneurs. On November 21, 2016, the Council presented Vigdis Eriksen with its top award for company culture at the organization’s End of Year Bash and Member Awards Dinner. “Building a strong culture sometimes means doing things a little different,” said the Business Owners Council during the award presentation. “Eriksen Translations maintains an open, collaborative environment where there are ‘no doors,’ encouraging discussion and collaboration among team members. The team has a strong sense of shared purpose and values, working together not just to earn a profit but also to support the arts and build a more inclusive society through language.” “This award is especially meaningful as we celebrate our anniversary,” said Founder and CEO Vigdis Eriksen. “Developing a company culture that nurtures talent, promotes collaboration, and takes advantage of individual strengths has always been one of my top priorities. I am honored to have a dedicated, talented team, and we are excited to meet the future with expertise, creativity, and innovation.”

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A walking tour of Bed-Stuy Historic District The Bedford-Stuyvesant Historic District is quite easily one of the most picturesque neighborhoods that Brooklyn has to offer. From its humble beginnings as a Dutch settlement in the 1800s, to a neighborhood that has been home to countless personages from legendary baseball player Jackie Robinson to hip-hop artist and mogul Jay-Z, the area is a diverse landscape that invigorates the senses no matter the season. A walk through the district is an ideal way to spend a day, appreciating all of the wonders of the Bed-Stuy Historic District. The starting point: Take the A or the C train to the Utica Avenue station. Exit and make your way into Fulton Park, a neat space where many come to get some fresh air and meet near the statue of Robert Fulton, the famous engineer and steamboat builder. Veer slightly east and walk north along Stuyvesant Avenue to begin your walk through the district, which was created and appointed to the National Register of Historic Places in the 1970s. Lovers of architecture will marvel at the varied styles of many of the neighborhood’s buildings, which include Utilitarian, Queen Anne and Beaux-Arts. Make a left onto MacDonough Street, and you’ll be greeted by Akwaaba Mansion, an 1860s estate that is now a popular bed and breakfast inn. Walk over to Marcy Avenue and make a quick left, crossing over Fulton Street, and you will find The Billie Holiday Theatre, the centerpiece of the venerated Restoration Plaza and home to an artistic organization dedicated to the community since 1972. Walk west on Fulton Street, and make the left onto Nostrand Avenue, and feast your eyes on the grandiose Alhambra Apartments, erected in 1889 and designed by architect Montrose Morris. If you’re inclined to partake in some shopping, the Bed-Stuy Historic District offers an eclectic array of boutiques and shops. Breukelen Cellars, a boutique at the corner of Nostrand and Halsey, is notable for a choice selection of wines and for hosting art exhibi-

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A remarkably preserved slice of the Prohibition Era, Bedford Hall is the perfect combination of a bar, lounge, and events space. Transporting its guests through the ultimate luxuries of dining and nightlife inspired by the 1920’s. Authenticity of Bedford-Stuyvesant exudes off the walls featuring famous Brooklynites. For more information, visit http://explorebk.com/guide/eat/d57222cab103aa/ bedford-hall-bedford-stuyvesant-brooklyn-ny-11216/

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tions on an intermittent basis. Or, if you’re on the lookout for vibrant accents for your home, head northeast two avenues to Tompkins Avenue to check out the goods at Peace & RIOT. (Note: Peace & RIOT is scheduled to reopen in March 2017.) With all of that shopping and scenic walking, it stands to reason that you’d be a bit ravenous. The area has a slew of restaurants that reflect the simmering, melting pot of people that call the Bed-Stuy Historic Dis-

trict home. If you’re a newbie to Trinidadian food, don’t miss the A&A Bake and Doubles Shop at Nostrand Avenue and Macon Street. Or maybe you’re more in the mood for Southern comfort food — take Macon Street back east until you hit Lewis Avenue, then walk south two blocks. There you’ll find Peaches, a restaurant so popular that the wait for brunch can be up to 90 minutes. After a full day of exploring this rich and

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New Members Accounting/Tax Services




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Patricia Powers - New York Life Insurance 917-612-3459 120 Broadway, Suite 2900 New York, NY 10271 newyorklife.com

Repair Shops/Services

CBC Accounting and Tax Services 678-200-5137 887 Ocean Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11226 weblink.ibrooklyn.com/accountingtax-services/ cbc-accounting-and-tax-services-173505 REW, CPA 347-435-3433 4919 Church Avenue, 2nd Floor Brooklyn, NY 11203 rewcpa.com

Amusement/Recreation Wanderlust Festival 212-766-8040 23 Dobbin Street, 3rd Floor Brooklyn, NY 11222 wanderlust.com/festivals

Architects/Designers/ Engineers Hilt Projects, Inc. 917-674-7407 47 Hall Street Brooklyn, NY 11205 hiltprojects.com UPC Engineering D.P.C. 347-295-0655 4304 8th Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11232

Rhythm Nation Entertainment 347-470-8288 2006 East 61st Street Brooklyn, NY 11234 rhythmnationent.com

Event Management Alexandra Partow Events 646-436-1729 77 Sands Street Brooklyn, NY 11201 partowevents.com IC Summits - Greenpoint Chamber Member 347-657-9029 67 West Street, #401 Brooklyn, NY 11222 icsummits.com John Finen Productions 212-664-9395 457 Warren Street Brooklyn, NY 11217 weblink.ibrooklyn.com/Event-Management/ John-Finen-Productions-173474

Food Products (Manufacturers/Distributors) Buckwhat Foods 631-523-1529 50 Court Street, Suite 710 Brooklyn, NY 11201 buckwhat.com


Grocery Stores/ Supermarkets

brooklynONE productions 917-623-6709 1265 80th Street Brooklyn, NY 11228 bkONE.org

Boxed.com 917-328-6649 28 Mercer Street, 2nd Floor New York, NY 10023 boxed.com

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum 877-957-7447 Pier 86, West 46th Street and 12th Avenue New York, NY 10036 intrepidmuseum.org Releve 516-444-7578 Brooklyn, NY 11229 releve.us

Beverage Distributors Tom’s Lemon Coffee 860-558-8470 25 W 31st Street, Room 901 New York, NY 10001 tomslemoncoffee.com

Business Coaching/ Development Globally Bold LLC 347-661-8286 4107 Foster Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11203 torinperez.com

Career Counseling Sharon M. Combs Executive Coaching 718-857-3496 331 Park Place Brooklyn, NY 11238 sharonmcombs.com

Construction Supplies/ Services Cristom Construction Services 718-747-4747 151-01 14th Avenue Whitestone, NY 11357

Health Insurance Doctors Network 917-338-6136 719 Franklin Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11238 doctorsnetwork.com

Home Furnishings Express Furniture Warehouse Brooklyn 718-942-4964 2124 Utica Ave Brooklyn, NY 11234 expressfurniturewarehouse.com/brooklynstore.html

Home Health Care Caring People, Inc. 718-425-4600 118-35 Queens Blvd., Suite 1530 Forrest Hills, NY 11375 caringpeopleinc.com

Hospitality Supplies/ Services City CoPilot 866-340-4399 332 Hooper St Brooklyn, NY 11211 citycopilot.com

Interior Designers Flavor Paper 718-422-0230 216 Pacific Street Brooklyn, NY 11201 flavorpaper.com

Legal Services The Law Office of Andrew Isaac Cohen 516 330-9588 195 Montague Street, 14th Floor Brooklyn, NY 11201 aicohenlaw.com

Media The Bridge 917-972-5789 218 Kane Street Brooklyn, NY 11231 thebridgebk.com

Plumbing Frankie Plumbing & Heating 212-240-9522 754-A Manor Road Staten Island, NY 10314 212plumbing.net

Professional Services American Israeli Business Services 562-786-3800 1650 Eastern Parkway Brooklyn, NY 11229 weblink.ibrooklyn.com/professional-services/ american-israeli-business-services-173507 JB Riggins Consulting, Inc. 888-699-8198 300 Park Avenue New York, NY 10022 jbriggins.com

Publishing/Publications InLove magazine 347-599-2376 2 Northside Piers, Suite 30Y Brooklyn, NY 11249 inlovemag.com

Real Estate Keller Williams - Anthony Boxill Jr 347-687-1660 9102 4th Avenue, 3rd Floor Brooklyn, NY 11209 tonysellsbrooklyn.com

Real Estate Brokers Premier Firm, LLC 516-622-2244 1979 Marcus Avenue, Suite 210 Lake Success, NY 11042 nypremierfirm.com Reserved Realty LLC 212-785-1100 364 Rutland Road Brooklyn, NY 11225 reservedrealty.com

Information Technology

Real Estate Development/ Management

Project Management Implementation Consultants, LLC. 347-746-6138 4508 Kings Highway Brooklyn, NY 11234 implementprojects.com

Harrison Realty LLC 718-907-9315 116 Skillman Street, Suite #001 Brooklyn, NY 11205 weblink.ibrooklyn.com/real-estatedevelopment­management/harrison-realty-

Sun Light Fine Rug Care & Restoration 718 697-7374 390 Hooper Street Brooklyn, NY 11221 sunlightfinerugcare.com

Restaurants/Caterers Acquista Food Service 718-489-5204 180 Remsen Street Brooklyn, NY11201 acquistany.com Alegria Scratch Kitchen 718-388-1443 483 Grand Street Brooklyn, NY11211 alegriascratchkitchen.com Genuine Foods 646-402-4600 630 Flushing Avenue, Suite 200 Brooklyn, NY 11206 genuinefoods.com Lilia 347-244-9046 567 Union Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11211 lilianewyork.com Sweet Brooklyn Bar 347-425-0111 608 Nostrand Ave Brooklyn, NY 11216 sweetbkbar.com

Retail T-Mobile - Flatbush 347-522-4007 2166 Nostrand Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11210 wirelessvision.com

Security Combative Force and Protective Services LLC 347-500-2706 7319 Amboy Road Staten Island, NY 10307 combativeforceprotectiveservices.com Investigations and Security Solutions, LLC 347-413-6754 302 Marcus Garvey Blvd. Brooklyn, NY 11221 iandss.net

Travel Tourism Cruise Planners - Millennial Cruises 646-415-8601 1900 Quentin Road, Suite C9 Brooklyn, NY 11229 millennialcruises.com NYC Pocket Guide 212-684-6099 18 East 41 Street, #1504 New York, NY 10017 nycpocket.com

Website Design/ Development Treemarie LLC 347-737-7024 240 Kent Avenue, 2nd Fl. B7A Brooklyn, NY 11249 treemarie.com

Wine/Spirits (Retail) Bed-Vyne Wine 347-915-1080 370 Tompkins Ave Brooklyn, NY 11216 bed-vyne.com Brooklyn Progress • VISIT ibrooklyn.com 21

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Hungry Marketing 917-863-6270 159 20th Street, Suite 69 Brooklyn, NY 11232 hungrymktg.com

Rimini Pastry Shoppe 732-952-3447 6822 Bay Parkway Brooklyn, NY 11204 famousriminibakery.com

Recruiting Resources Unlimited, LLC 718-222-5600 480 Court Street Brooklyn, NY 11231 recruitingresourcesllc.com

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Bay Ridge Federal Credit Union 718-680-2121 1750 86th Street Brooklyn, NY 11214 brfcu.org

Plus Pool 646-847-9719 31 Perry Street New York, NY 10014 pluspool.org

Flushing Bank 718-836-8088 7102 3rd Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11209 flushingsavings.com

Deno’s Wonder Wheel Amusement Park 718-372-2592 1025 Boardwalk Brooklyn, NY 11224 wonderwheel.com

Banquet/Catering Halls The Brownstone 973-595-8582 351 West Broadway Paterson, NJ 7522 thebrownstone.com

Luna Park 718-373-5862 1000 Surf Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11224 lunaparknyc.com Prospect Park Zoo 718-399-7339 450 Flatbush Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11225 prospectparkzoo.com

Arts/Culture Brooklyn ARTery 1021 Cortelyou Road Brooklyn, NY 11218 brooklynartery.net

Beauty/Hair Salons Allegria Hair Salon 718-875-5500 335 Adams Street, Suite 1000 (Lobby) Brooklyn, NY 11201 weblink.ibrooklyn.com/beautyhair-salons/ allegria-hair-salon-171734 Brooklyn Attitude 718-398-0939 851 Carroll Street, Suite 9 Brooklyn, NY 11215 brooklynattitude.net

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Brooklyn Historical Society 718-222-4111 128 Pierrepont Street Brooklyn, NY 11201 brooklynhistory.org

ITO EN(North America) INC 718-250-4028 20 Jay Street, Suite 530 Brooklyn, NY 11201 itoen.com

Groundswell 718-254-9782 540 President Street, Suite 1A Brooklyn, NY 11215 groundswellmural.org

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The Art of Brooklyn Film Festival 917-538-1799 145 72nd Street, Suite A1 Brooklyn, NY 11209 aobff.org

Athletic/Fitness Clubs Brooklyn Sports Club 718-642-2720 1540 Van Siclen Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11239 brooklynsportsclub.com

Automobile Supplies/ Services American Automotive Lubricants & Fluids, LLC 718-628-4444 136 Morgan Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11237 weblink.ibrooklyn.com/automobilesuppliesservices/american-automotivelubricants-fluids,-llc-172847

Bakery Goods (Manufacturers/Distributors) Bay Ridge Bakery 718-238-0014 7805 5th Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11209 bayridgebakery.com 22 Brooklyn Progress

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Five Stars Childcare 2 917-500-0729 3415 Neptune Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11224 weblink.ibrooklyn.com/childrenfamilyservices/five-star-childcare-172819 Kids Dance Sport LLC 347-534-7980 279 Prospect Park West, #1L Brooklyn, NY 11215 kidsdancesportllc.com

Community Service Organizations Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger 718-773-3551 2010 Fulton Street Brooklyn, NY 11233 bedstuyagainsthunger.org/contact-us Federation of Italian American Organizations of Brooklyn 718-259-2828 7403 18th Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11204 fiaobrooklyn.org Jewish Board of Family & Children’s Services, Inc. 718-676-4253 135 West 50th Street New York, NY 10020 jbfcs.org JobsFirstNYC 11 Park Place, Suite 1602 New York, NY 10007 jobsfirstnyc.org

NIA Community Services Network 718-236-5266 6614 11th Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11219 niabklyn.org Team Management 2000 Inc 201-926-9963 84 Main Street Hackensack, NJ 7601 tm2kinc.org

Construction Supplies/ Services Excel Builders & Renovators, Inc. 718-624-5300 249 Smith Street, PMB 141 Brooklyn, NY 11231 excelbuilds.com KMS Contracting Inc. DBA Sure Iron Works 718-495-6500 86 Georgia Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11207 sureiron.com

Economic Development Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation 718-636-6930 1368 Fulton Street, 6th Floor Brooklyn, NY 11216 restorationplaza.org

Education/Training LIU Brooklyn 718-488-1014 School of Business, H-700 1 University Plaza Brooklyn, NY 11201 liu.edu Yury Gelman Foundation 917-331-9178 225 W. 39th Street, 2nd Floor New York, NY 10018 yurygelmanfoundation.org

Employment/Training Alphapointe 816-237-2045 3611 14th Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11218 alphapointeny.org Center for Employment Opportunities 646-267-5574 32 Broadway Ave, 15th Floor New York, NY 10004 ceoworks.org Osborne Association, The 718-707-2648 809 Westchester Avenue Bronx, NY 10455 osborneny.org

Energy/Utilities Nalane 718-285-0062 469 DeKalb Ave Brooklyn, NY 11205 Nalane.org

Entertainment Abel Intermedia LLC 718-403-0200 32 Court Street, suite 706 Brooklyn, NY 11201 abelintermedia.com Feld Entertainment 212-971-1488 350 Fifth Avenue, Suite 5119 New York, NY 10118 feldentertainment.com

Kings Theatre 718-856-2220 1027 Flatbush Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11226 kingstheatre.com TrivWorks 855-874-8967 9921 4th Ave, Apt. 3F Brooklyn, NY 11209 TrivWorks.com

Event Management Sublime Moments, LLC 347-406-1682 1884 Schenectady Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11234 mysublimemoments.com

Exporters/Importers Atlantic Export, Inc. 718-499-5385 141 Neptune Avenue, 1st Floor Brooklyn, NY 11235 atlanticexportinc.com

Exterminators/Pest Control Liberty Pest Control 347-967-5821 8220 17th Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11214 libertypestnyc.com

Film/Video Production Jauchem & Meeh, Inc. 718-875-0140 524 Sackett Street Brooklyn, NY 11217 jmfx.net

Food Products (Manufacturers/ Distributors) Acme Smoked Fish Corporation 718-383-8585 30 Gem Street Brooklyn, NY 11222 acmesmokedfish.com Brooklyn Brine 347-223-4345 67 35th Street, Suite 5-1C Brooklyn, NY 11232 brooklynbrineco.com Brooklyn Spice Company 718-349-0949 225 Eagle Street Brooklyn, NY 11222 brooklynspice.co Dell’s Maraschino Cherries Co. 718-624-4380 175 Dikeman Street Brooklyn, NY 11231 dellscherry.com Joseph Shalhoub and Son, Inc. 718-871-6300 1258 Prospect Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11218 joraycandy.com

Fuel Oil ExxonMobil - Greenpoint Chamber Member 718-389-8987 38 Varick Street Brooklyn, NY 11222 exxonmobil.com

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Government Agencies U.S. Army Recruiting Companies Brooklyn North and Brooklyn South 718-630-4369 253 Livingston Street Brooklyn, NY 11201 facebook.com/ ArmyRecruitingBattalionNewYorkCity

Health/Wellness/Beauty The Green Spa & Wellness Center 718-921-6100 8804 Third Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11209 greenspany.com

Heating/Air Conditioning Architectural Grille 718-832-1200 42 Second Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11215 archgrille.com

Information Technology/ Internet Leveldesk, Inc. 888-298-6015 26 Broadway, 8th Floor New York, NY 10004 leveldesk.com

Insurance Brownstone Agency Inc. 212-962-5620 423 Court Street Brooklyn, NY 11231 brownstoneagency.com

Walcott & Associates 917-346-7996 155 Prince Street Brooklyn, NY 11201 weblink.ibrooklyn.com/legal-services/ walcott-associates-172872

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Douglas Elliman - Terry Robison 718-840-2028 154 7th Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11215 prudentialelliman.com/tsr

Rolling Steel Industries 718-272-4444 693 Atkins Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11208 rollingsteeldoors.com

Medical Institutions NYC Health + Hospitals/Coney Island 718-616-4605 2601 Ocean Parkway Brooklyn, NY 11235 coneyislandhospital.com

Moving/Storage Moveway Transfer & Storage, Inc. 718-852-8505 46-35 54th Road Maspeth, NY 11378 moveway.com

Public Relations Connelly McLaughlin & Woloz 212-437-7373 233 Broadway, Suite 2310 New York, NY 10279 candm1.com Newtown Creek Group - Greenpoint Chamber Member 347-267-9617 2318 Atlantic Avenue, 2nd Floor Brooklyn, NY 11233 newtowncreek.info

National Allotment Insurance Agency, Ltd. 718-622-3888 491 DeKalb Avenue, Suite 2 Brooklyn, NY 11205 nationalallotmentinsurance.com


Janitorial Products

DBG MEDIA 718-599-6828 358 Classon Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11238 ourtimepress.com

SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn 917-612-6295 320 7th Avenue Suite 192 Brooklyn, NY 11215 servpronwbrooklyn.com

Law Firm/Legal Services Buchwald & Associates 212-729-8505 40 Wall Street, 28th Floor New York, NY 10005 buchwaldlaw.com Windels Marx Lane & Mittendorf, LLP 212-237-1024 156 West 56th Street New York, NY 10019 windelsmarx.com LegalShield 917-945-1934 122 Ashland Place, Suite 2C Brooklyn, NY 11201 dianellucas.legalshieldassociate.com

Brooklyn Daily Eagle 718-422-7410 16 Court Street Brooklyn, NY 11201 brooklyneagle.com

Real Estate Development/ Management

Educational Housing Services, Inc. 212-977-7622 55 Clark Street Brooklyn, NY 11201 studenthousing.org

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Pulp and the Bean 347-425-8642 809 Franklin Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11238 weblink.ibrooklyn.com/restaurantscaterers/ pulp-and-the-bean-171175 Queen Hams of Brooklyn, LLC 718-443-6463 992 Gates Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11221 weblink.ibrooklyn.com/restaurantscaterers/ queen-hams-of-brooklyn,-llc-172817


IBEC Building Corporation 212-747-0227 55 Broad Street, 16th Floor New York, NY 10004 ibecliving.com

CHP International 718-522-0144 10 Hanover Pl Brooklyn, NY 11201 jobcorps.org

LargaVista Companies, LLC 718-782-4200 275 Madison Avenue, 37th Floor New York, NY 10016 largavista.com


The Hudson Companies Inc. 212-777-9500 826 Broadway, 11th Floor New York, NY 10003 hudsoninc.com Triangle Equities 718-463-5757 30-56 Whitestone Expressway Flushing, NY 11354 triangleequities.com

Restaurants/Caterers Brooklyn Colony 718-781-4862 274 Fourth Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11215 brooklyncolony.com Caffe Buon Gusto 718-624-3848 151 Montague Street Brooklyn, NY 11201 caffebuongusto.net

airbnb 888 Brannan Street San Francisco, CA 94103 airbnb.com Big Bus Tours 646-783-9535 723 7th Avenue, 5th Floor New York, NY 10019 bigbustours.com New York Water Taxi 212-742-1969 499 Van Brunt Street, Section 8B Brooklyn, NY 11231 nywatertaxi.com

Waste Removal Waste Management of New York, LLC Greenpoint Chamber Member 646-208-7346 123 Varick Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11237 wm.com

Website Design/ Development

Emeline’s Diner 347-909-1168 373 Lewis Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11233 emelines.net

BlankSlate 347-384-2925 68 Jay Street, Suite 512 Brooklyn, NY 11201 blankslate.com

Corcoran - Lisa Lonuzzi 718-722-7808 1 Pierrepont Plaza Brooklyn, NY 11201 corcoran.com/nyc/agents/display/5995

Hugo and Sons 718-499-0020 367 7th Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11215 hugoandsons.com

DY Realty Services, LLC 718-729-7474 45-18 Court Square. Suite 403 Long Island City, NY 11101 dyrealty.com

Jay & Lloyd’s Kosher Deli 718-891-5298 2718 Avenue U Brooklyn, NY 11229 jayandlloydskosherdeli.com

Codacity LLC 718-715-4909 WeWork 77 Sands Street Brooklyn, NY 11201 codacity.com

Mary Kay Gallagher Real Estate 917-324-8016 561 Rugby Road Brooklyn, NY 11230 marykayg.com

La Bruschetta Restaurant 718-499-4994 256 7th Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11228 labruschettapizzapasta.com

Pan-Brothers Associates 212-255-2000 14 West 23rd Street, Suite 5

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