Former Presidents Obama and Clinton leave Chamber meeting
Mixed-use develpment Strivers Gardens
Where â€œThe Business of Business is Peopleâ€? HARLEM DAY on W. 135th Street
The Original Chamber Certificate of Incorporation in 1896
THE GREATER HARLEM CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
BOARD OF DIRECTORS O F F I C E R S
President & CEO
LM Resources, Inc.
Charles Warfield, Jr.
YMR Media Associates
Vice President for Programs
1st Vice President
Harlem Arts Alliance
Trusts & Estates and Tax Attorney
Enrique Riggs, DDS Dental Practitioner
E X E C U T I V E L. Benet McMillan, Esq.
Lion Holding Group
M E M B E R S
D I R E C T O R S David Banks, Esq. Eagle Academy Foundation
Kenneth J. Knuckles, Esq. NYC Planning Commission
Gregory Campbell Rainmaker, Inc.
Winston Majette HARLEM WEEK, Inc.
Faith Hope Consolo Douglas Elliman
Lucille McEwen, Esq. McEwen Consulting Solutions
Graham “Skip” Dillard Emmis Communications Rev. Dennis Dillon NY Christian Times Dr. Hazel Dukes NY State Conference of NAACP Branches Kimberly Hardy, Esq. NYC Department of Small Business Services Sandra Harris Chamber of Commerce of Washington Heights & Inwood
Robin Bell-Stevens Jazzmobile, Inc. Judge Milton Tingling New York County Clerk and Commissioner of Jurors Matthew Trebek Oso Harlem Restaurant
Leon Merrick, DDS Dental Practitioner
Keisha Sutton-James Inner City Broadcasting
Donald Notice West Harlem Group Assistance, Inc.
Paul T. Williams, Jr., Esq. Williams Strategy Advisors, LLC
John Palmer, PhD John Palmer & Associates
Mark Willis, Esq. NYU Furman Center
Betty Park Manna’s Restaurants
Karen Witherspoon The City College of New York
William Rogers Urbanology Systems
Cleston Lord, Esq.
Harlem Community Development Corporation
S T A N D I N G • Arts & Culture • Community Development • Economic Development • Education
C O M M I T T E E S
Executive Committee • Finance & Audit • Government Relations • HARLEM WEEK • Health
• International Initiatives • Programs • Public Safety • Technology • Tourism
The Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce (GHCC), originally incorporated in 1896 as the Harlem Board of Trade, is celebrating over 12 decades of service to Upper Manhattan and the greater New York region. In spite of periodic intervals of economic and social challenges, GHCC has continually served as an anchor for regional, city-wide and community stability and progress. We remain steadfast as we now enjoy times of greater prosperity. GHCC has worked diligently to focus on Harlem’s Second Renaissance and the revitalization of Upper Manhattan by: • • •
Supporting established businesses and institutions Attracting new businesses and state of the art industries Focusing on diverse retail, commercial and residential development Strengthening and enhancing the growth of the number, quality and diversity of professional services providers to our service areas Providing increased diverse, affordable, market rate and home ownership housing opportunities to our service areas Promoting the Greater Harlem area as a major destination with related business, employment and economic benefits Fostering job development and creation Promoting and developing technology, S.T.E.A.M. and Digital Literacy initiatives Sustaining and promoting Harlem’s arts, culture and history Collaborating and partnering with key regional and professional health service providers to improve the quality of life and health for area residents
GHCC aggressively promotes, contributes to and shares the advantages of Harlem’s world renowned vitality and recognition as an international mecca for tourism, religious institutions, diverse businesses, sports, arts and culture, entertainment, culinary, education, religion, technology and health services.
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT The Chamber annually spearheads a year round series of economic development business breakfasts, seminars, forums and conferences. We also partner with major Upper Manhattan, citywide, regional, national and international businesses and professionals to host various initiatives that focus on key topics including: • Traditional and non-traditional lending • Technology (S.T.E.A.M.) • MWBE initiatives • Health services and related initiatives • Tourism related initiatives • Community Services • E-marketing The annual NY City Economic Development Day (EDD) Conference, co-hosted by Columbia University in partnership with The City of New York, New York State and Federal agencies, exemplifies the totality of the Chamber’s year round commitment to the New York Business community. Each year, EDD highlights topical subjects of interest that include presentations by public and/or private developers of new projects in the tri-state region. It also promotes national and international business opportunities for local businesses and professionals. Participants receive valuable information from the conferences, workshops, business expos, loan pavilions, and other noteworthy exchanges. Five key components of the EDD Conference include: • Business Summits • Health Summits • Business & Public Services Expo • Basil Paterson Business Awards Luncheon • Technology Summits • Outdoor Farmer’s Market
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT SMALL BUSINESS & MWBE PARTNERSHIPS
Small businesses, MWBE’s, individual professionals, and entrepreneurships continue to be key components of New York’s economy. The Chamber promotes these relationships throughout the year by supporting and fostering multi-pronged approaches to create new jobs, increase business development and boost revenue. GHCC enjoys strong Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprises (MWBE) and Minority, Women, or Locally-owned (MWL) Business Enterprises and Small Business partnerships with: • AMENY (Association of Minority Entrepreneurs of New York • Columbia University Small Business Development Center • Harlem Business Alliance • Harlem Commonwealth Council • Harlem Community Development Corp. • Harlem Group Assistance • National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) • NYC Economic Development Corporation
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NYC MWBE Alliance NYC Small Business Services One Hundred Black Men of NY Silicon Harlem The City College of New York Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone West Harlem Development Corporation West Harlem Group Assistance Inc. Organizations that support small businesses and MWBE communities and increase access opportunities to capital.
Exhibiting, Promoting and Vending Our members are invited and encouraged to display, market, promote, sample and/or sell their products, goods, and services at the various year round indoor and outdoor events and venues, hosted in conjunction with our associate members including Circle of Sisters, NY Business Expo, HARLEM WEEK and Kwanzaa festivals, etc. Careers & Jobs We co-sponsor several career and job fairs throughout the year. GHCC members, associates and their respective networks are always in search of talented individuals to partner with, support, or to offer employment opportunities.
INTERNATIONAL PARTNERSHIPS The increasing global nature of our economies presents greater opportunities for the Chamber to build on and leverage its strong international relationships. Our goal is to provide our members and associates with increased access to the worldwide marketplace. On behalf of our Board of Directors, The GHCC International Relations Committee has undertaken partnerships with China, Jamaica, Barbados, Japan, Cuba, Martinique, Brazil, South Africa, England, Panama, Greece, Senegal, Dominican Republic, U.S. Virgin Islands and many other nations, to promote and encourage tourism, product awareness, “business-to-business” collaborations, familiarization trips, and international student exchanges.
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT In addition to constantly exploring ways to conduct business across borders, we also support worldwide humanitarian efforts. The Chamber and its partner organizations have led, participated in, and supported various disaster relief efforts by raising awareness, providing funds, medical supplies, equipment and materials.
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Abraham Lincoln Houses
Hansborough Recreation Center
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Harlem Hospital Center
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Henry Highland Garnet School (PS 175)
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Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
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Mural Pavilion Mural Pavilion of Harlem
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Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Center
John B. Russwurm Elementary School
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St. Phillips Episcopal Church (PS 92)
Mary McLeod Bethune School
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New The Heritage Dizzy Harlem Theatre Gillespie Greater Chamber of Group Mural Commerce Harlem Walk of Fame Plaques
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Last Stop 135th Street & St. Nicholas Avenue to the Bronx
Percy E. Sutton Educational Complex
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Thurgood Marshall Academy
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GHCC also actively supports and co-sponsors the Carib News annual Multinational Business Conference which convenes each November in a Caribbean or Latin American nation. We also partner with the East Mediterranean Business Culture Alliance and the American Foundation of the University of the West Indies to foster international business to business opportunities.
WEST 135TH STREET DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE GHCC in concert with Greater Harlem Housing Development Corporation, Silicon Harlem, The City College of New York, Harlem Arts Alliance, Harlem Community Development Corporation, and Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone will undertake the revitalization of the 135th Street Corridor from Convent Avenue at its west boundary to Fifth Avenue at its east boundary - beginning in the 3rd quarter of 2018, for a five year period. The project’s focus will be to preserve and promote the culture and history of the diverse and historic entities that align the corridor and to take advantage of the wide range of resources and assets that currently exist. Over the past two decades, major investments have been made to the 135th Street corridor's housing, small business, architectural, and cultural development. As the attraction to the 135th Street area has continued to grow, the assets are now prime for enhancement for the next generation of investment. GHCC will focus its attention on leveraging the business, cultural, educational, housing, technological, recreational, transportation and historical aspects of the corridor. The objectives of the West 135th Street Development Initiative are to: • Retain and increase foot traffic from residents, students, customers, and tourists • Infuse more dollars into local businesses and cultural institutions • Improve the infrastructure • Create a technology hub to measurably improve digital literacy for all • Build more MWBE’s • Train Harlemites for employment in the ever growing tourism related service industries • Strengthen our commitment to supporting education on all levels.
Whole Foods, Olive Garden, Burlington Coat Factory, TD Bank, Raymour & Flanigan, American Eagle Outfitters Retail Complex on 125th St. & Malcolm X Blvd.
GHHDC Affordable Housing /Commercial Site bet. 134th & 135th Sts. on F. Douglass Blvd.
Strivers Gardens Fitness Center at 300 W. 135th St.
Columbia University’s Manhattanville Project bet. Bdway and 12th Aves. & W. 125th to W. 133rd Sts.
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT The Chamber has been a leader in accomplishing key community development initiatives that have helped to positively change the landscape of Harlem. To achieve this goal, GHCC partners and collaborates with city, state and federal agencies, financial institutions, educational institutions, cultural entities and private developers.
GREATER HARLEM HOUSING DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION & STRIVERS GARDENS The Strivers Center Development Project anchors the heart of the Strivers Arts & Cultural District. This urban renewal undertaking was created by Greater Harlem Housing Development Corporation (GHHDC) in concert with the Office of the Mayor, the Manhattan Borough President, Manhattan Community Board #10, Harlem Community Development Corp., NYC Planning Commission, NY City Economic Development Corporation, Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone and NYC Department of Parks & Recreation. Extending from West 130th Street to West 141st Street from Fifth Avenue to St. Nicholas Avenue, the Strivers Center Development Project features: • Restaurants • Small businesses • Boutiques • Professional service providers • Libraries • Banks • Religious institutions • Housing options—affordable apartments, • Art galleries co-ops, condominiums, and townhouses — and includes the Chamber’s award • Recreational facilities winning “Strivers Gardens” • Cultural venues The Chamber is the Sponsor and Co-Developer of Strivers Gardens, a mixed use complex with 170 residential condominiums featuring underground parking and a recreational center. The complex also houses retail and office space for Chase Bank, Duane Reade, Harlem Children’s Zone and Subway restaurant. Greater Harlem Housing Development Corporation (GHHDC), The Chamber’s affordable housing entity, offers 117 units of affordable housing ranging from studios to 3 bedrooms, as well as, 12 retail and commercial spaces including major cultural service organizations and MCU Financial. Working with Harlem Arts Alliance (HAA), Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone (UMEZ), Harlem Community Development Corporation (HCDC), and Manhattan Community Board #10—specific attention is given to developing, supporting and preserving much needed affordable housing units for our community. Other key development initiatives that GHCC actively supports include: • • • • •
Harlem Community Development Corporation’s Victoria Complex Redevelopment of Harlem Hospital Center Columbia University Manhattanville Project Renovation of the Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. State Office Building The City College of New York Sophie Davis Medical Center
Youth participants in the Technology Hackathon
Youth Technology Hackathon program
Microsoft Exhibit at Technology Conference
GHCC Technology Initiative
TECHNOLOGY Technology has changed practically every aspect of our lives. For the foreseeable future, the advent of the digital age will be a catalyst to bringing our societies together – or, if not properly expanded, it may well divide us. Harlem has become a leader in closing the digital divide and encouraging the former teaching of S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) to the broader concept of S.T.E.A.M. “S.T.E.A.M. is an educational approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics to serve as access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking. The end results are students who take thoughtful risks, engage in experiential learning, persist in problem-solving, embrace collaboration, and work through the creative process. These are the innovators, educators, leaders, and learners of the 21st century!” The Chamber and Silicon Harlem in partnership with Harlem Community Development Corporation, The City College of New York and Columbia University, lead a year round S.T.E.A.M. initiative supported by City University of New York and The State University of New York. We have created a series of annual events designed to demystify technology and close the “digital divide” for our seniors and encourage our children and youth to actively participate in the learning experience. The tangible benefits of these programs allow participants to successfully navigate the digital age for their professional and personal benefit. Silicon Harlem and the Chamber offer the community: • Monthly Silicon Harlem technology “meet-ups” and regularly scheduled workshops to bring the latest information and experts in the field together with the business community. • Annual Small Business Technology Conferences highlighting trends in the industry, that reward and recognize industry leaders who advocate on behalf of small businesses. • The NY City Economic Development Day Technology Conference—featuring discussions on cyber security, digital development and inclusion for small businesses, professional service providers, and community-based service organizations. • Youth Education & Career Conference 2.0--for students and young adults ages 13 to 22 focused on 21st century careers. The conference features a “Hackathon” panel discussion and “app concept” competitions. • “Demystifying Technology” Conferences for New York City Senior Citizens. • NY City Children’s Festival back to school “Tech Games”-- designed to develop interest for children at earlier ages, stimulate their minds, increase tech proficiency, and make S.T.E.A.M. fun and challenging.
ARTS & CULTURE AR TS & C U LT U R E The Chamber places the artistic and cultural development of our communities among its highest priorities. The GHCC Arts and Culture Committee has formed a strong partnership with the Harlem Arts Alliance (HAA), which serves as the benchmark for regional arts service organizations. This important collaboration has brought about the annual creation and presentation of multiple events that highlight the enormous contributions being made by arts and cultural organizations, artists and related professionals to improve the quality of life in our service area and beyond. During Black Music Month (June) the GHCC Arts and Culture Committee partners with a number of major New York based music and cultural organizations to promote the vast array of music sounds that generate from the African Diaspora. The Committee recognizes and showcases great musicians and entertainers every year during HARLEM WEEK. A few of the past honorees include: Duke Ellington
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ARTS & CULTURE
The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
A number of outstanding cultural programs and activities that attract hundreds of thousands of spectators, visitors and residents, occur during HARLEM WEEK. These events are sponsored, promoted, and marketed by the GHCC Arts and Culture Committee and Harlem Arts Alliance, in concert with: • • • • • • • • •
Jazzmobile Apollo Theater Harlem Summer Stage Community Works Dance Theatre of Harlem Harlem School of the Arts National Jazz Museum in Harlem NYC Department of Cultural Affairs NJ Performing Arts Center
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Jazz at Lincoln Center Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone ImageNation Harlem Hospital Center NYC Dept. of Parks & Recreation National Park Service NYC & Company and others.
Harlem Arts Advocacy Month (HAAM): In October, the arts and business communities from throughout the region come together to emphasize the economic value, and the cultural and historic importance of the arts by celebrating Harlem’s many cultural assets. HAAM supports these resources by requesting additional investments in and production opportunities for artists, institutions, theaters, restaurants and cultural nightlife. The culminating event is jointly hosted by Harlem Arts Alliance, Harlem Community Development Corporation, Community Works, and GHCC at key culture institutions in Upper Manhattan including: • HARLEM WEEK • Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture • National Black Theatre • Harlem School of the Arts
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HarlemStage First Corinthian Baptist Church Dance Theatre of Harlem City College Center for the Arts New Heritage Theater Group
Other participating organizations include: • Alvin Ailey Dance Company • IMPACT Repertory Theatre
• Bill T. Jones Dance Company • Mama Foundation for the Arts
Harlem Hospital Mural Pavilion, Malcolm X Blvd. bet. 137th & 136th Sts.
GHCC Health Committee’s goal is to provide the residents, families, students, workers and businesses located in Upper Manhattan with information and resources to live healthier, happier and more productive lives. We recognize the positive economic impact that a healthy customer base, employees and managers have on local businesses.
Doctor shares family health tips.
“Healthy Eating & Healthy Living” is a year-round endeavor of the GHCC Health Committee. This initiative was created in partnership with the Chamber’s member hospitals, health plans, HMOs, health professionals, educational institutions, media partners, food service providers, recreational facilities, senior centers, elected officials, government agencies, and the Office of the Mayor of the City of New York.
Included among its many accomplishments, the GHCC Health Committee: • Created the National Urban Health Conference, held annually in the spring • Co-sponsors the Summer Harlem Health Village with Harlem Hospital Center • Launched International Wellness Week in conjunction with The New York Academy of Medicine and the World Health Organization. Other healthy initiatives we host annually include: • NYC Economic Development Day Health Summits • Percy Sutton Harlem 5K Run, Health Walk & Children’s Run • “Harlem Miles” of the NYC Marathon • Support of the NYS Office of General Services Summer Farmers Market on the plaza of the Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. State Office Building.
EDUCATION The Chamber aggressively maintains a focused commitment to supporting education on all levels including daycare, public and private schools, technical programs, undergraduate and postgraduate colleges and universities, and trade schools. The City College of New York
Over the decades, GHCC and our supporting members have awarded in excess of six million dollars in scholarships and internships to students attending trade schools, colleges and universities locally, nationally and internationally with a focus on CUNY and SUNY institutions and Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCU). We have also provided support grants to scores of community based educational and training programs. In addition, we annually identify and salute outstanding teachers and educators at selected events and activities. Each summer during HARLEM WEEK, we produce the annual Higher Education Fair and Expo to promote and encourage educational opportunities. The Expo is attended by thousands of students, parents, and educators. HARLEM WEEK also features the 2-Day NY City Children’s Festival, which provides educational activities focused on technology, reading, creative writing and “back to school” preparation. The Chamber is a proud partner of a coalition of corporate and community based organizations that, each year, provide support to the University of the West Indies.
The Cathedral Church of St John the Divine at W. 112th St. & Amst. Ave.
The World Famous Apollo Theater on W. 125th St.
U. S. Grant National Memorial Park at W. 122nd St. & Riverside Drive
TOURISM Tourism continues to be an ever growing major component of the engine that drives economic development, jobs, and business growth in the greater Upper Manhattan area. The Chamber, through its creativity and focus on the history and culture of Harlem, has developed a number of events and activities; collaborated with local, regional and national entities; and created destinations that offer once-in-a-lifetime experiences that attract local, national and international visitors.
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Harlem Restaurant Week “Harlem Eat Up” HARLEM WEEK Marathon Week in Harlem NY City Marathon (Harlem Miles) Percy Sutton Harlem 5K Run, Health Walk & Children’s Run
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NYC & Company Empire State Development Corporation I Love NY Harlem Arts Alliance Harlem Tourism Board Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Harlem Community Development Corporation
HARLEM WEEK crowd and vendors as viewed from St. Nicholas Ave. & 135th St. Stage
KEY HARLEM WEEK ACTIVITIES HARLEM WEEK and the Chamber join forces every year to offer an array of opportunities for members, sponsors, residents of Harlem and New York, regional visitors and tourists to experience multiple activities highlighting the rich cultural and economic vitality of our historic communities. The invitational HARLEM WEEK opening and closing receptions are annually co-hosted at various historic public and private institutions such as Gracie Mansion, the NY Philharmonic, Apollo Theater, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Aaron Davis Hall, The Russian Tea Room, Harlem Hospital Center, Lincoln Center, Columbia University and others. These receptions include live performances by Broadway theater companies; all-star bands playing great live music; the presentation of special congressional, gubernatorial, mayoral and other elected office proclamations, Chamber college scholarships, educational grants, and recognition of selected outstanding New York City community service providers and business honorees.
During HARLEM WEEK, The Chamber produces NYC Economic Development Day in partnership with Columbia University. The day includes the morning Indoor Business Expo, Business and Health Summits, Outdoor Farmers Market, the Basil Paterson Business Awards Luncheon, and an afternoon Technology Summit. In addition to attracting elected officials, senior representatives from government, civic and business organizations, NYC Economic Development Day draws thousands of local and regional attendees. The day also receives extensive media coverage including: print, radio, television, cable and social media. â€œA Great Day in Harlemâ€? takes place on the last Sunday in July. It is the first public event of HARLEM WEEK. Over 45,000 attendees gather at U.S. Grant National Memorial Park for a day of family activities including performances by local art institutions. The day also includes a regional gospel concert hosted by WBLSFM/WLIB-AM and the NY Amsterdam News.
Legendary Patti LaBelle at Harlem SummerStage
Fashion Flava Models
R&B Super Star Eric Benet at “Summer in the City”
Tennis great Serena Williams with Harlem kids
Highlights of “A Great Day in Harlem” are the Regional Gospel Caravan and the international “Fashion Fusion” showcase featuring local, national and global designers and models. The event concludes with a “Concert Under the Stars,” hosted by WBLS-FM with performances by some of the biggest names in the music industry. A few of the artists who have graced the stages in the past have included: Tito Puente Boyz to Men Lionel Hampton Hezekiah Walker Nancy Wilson Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes
Doug E. Fresh Stevie Wonder John Legend Eddie Levert Celia Cruz Eddie Palmieri
Mighty Sparrow Johnny Gill Ashford & Simpson Motown the Musical Ledisi Yolanda Adams
NY City Senior Citizens Day “Elders Jubilee” celebrates NY City’s senior citizen population with an extraordinary variety of activities including an expo featuring health information and screening, senior employment opportunities, the Elder’s Jubilee Awards Luncheon, award presentations, a grand senior hat and accessories fashion show, and a Demystifying Technology Summit. This event occurs the second week of August. “Summer in the City” — HARLEM WEEK’s second largest event attracts tens of thousands of attendees to West 135th Street for a wide variety of events for the entire family. Activities for the day include the first day of the NY City Children’s Festival, the Higher Education Fair & Expo, day one of the UpMarket Pavilion, the Main Stage of entertainment featuring local, national and international performing artists, the International Vendor Village, and the HARLEM WEEK/IMAGENATION Outdoor Festival.
HARLEM DAY takes place annually on the third Sunday in August and culminates the major outdoor events of HARLEM WEEK. It attracts over 100,000 attendees and includes four stages of music and entertainment, “Back to School” children’s fashion shows, technology programs, the Children’s Festival and Up Market retail goods and products.
Upper Manhattan Auto Show
Some of HARLEM DAY’s major attractions are:
The Upper Manhattan Auto Show
Draws the best of antique and vintage automobiles, and showcases new cars, motorcycles and hybrid /green vehicles. National and international auto manufacturers and dealers display their best buys of the year. The day begins with a parade of antique and specialty vehicles throughout the streets of historic Harlem.
Senior Citizens Hat Fashion Show
Harlem Health Village
A partnership with Harlem Hospital Center and GHCC Health Committee brings together major hospitals, health service providers, pharmaceutical companies, institutions of higher learning and health practitioners to offer free health screening, dissemination of health materials, and medical advice.
NYC Business Expo
Businesses, financial institutions and government agencies promote their goods, products, services and share information with thousands of attendees.
Appeals to thousands who purchase unique clothing, home decor, personal care products, art, music and great food.
HARLEM DAY Cultural Performance
Image Nation/HARLEM WEEK Outdoor Film Festival
The festival brings first run and Indie films to the community in an outdoor setting for the enjoyment of residents and visitors to Harlem. Percy Sutton Harlem 5K Run
Modern Greyhound Bus at Auto Show
NEW YORK CITY MARATHON
The start of the New York City Marathon on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.
NEW YORK CITY MARATHON The “HARLEM MILES” of the New York City MARATHON is a New York Road Runners initiative in concert with the Chamber and co-sponsored by Harlem Arts Alliance, WBLS-FM, WLIB-AM, WBGO.FM, Hot97-FM, WHCR.FM, NY Daily News, NY Amsterdam News and Harlem News Group. It occurs each year on NY City Marathon Day, which is the first Sunday in November. “HARLEM MILES” has become “the place to be” on Marathon Sunday. New Yorkers, regional, national and international visitors are invited to come out and join the marathoners and their guests. GHCC proudly hosts the “HARLEM MILES” segment of the NYC Marathon. This 42-block segment extends from 138th Street and Fifth Avenue to 96th Street and Fifth Avenue and promotes our “Healthy Eating & Healthy Living” initiative to tens of thousands. The extraordinary musical “Sounds of Harlem” are captured along the “HARLEM MILES” Marathon route at five stages: 5th Avenue at 135th Street; 125th Street; 121st Street; 117th Street; and 110th Street. The stages feature a variety of entertainers, musicians, dancers and DJ’s offering jazz, gospel, R&B, calypso, Latin, reggae, blues, dance, rock and hip hop. The live music is thoroughly enjoyed by tens of thousands of spectators who line the “HARLEM MILES” route, as well as 50,000+ runners who race the course. We also present an annual seven day tribute to the Marathon known as “Marathon Week in Harlem” which extends from the last Monday of October through the first Sunday of November. All New Yorkers and regional, national and international visitors are invited to “DISCOVER OUR HARLEM.” Marathon Week features unique experiences including specialty shopping, dining at distinctive international Harlem restaurants, open houses at historic cultural and religious institutions, and opportunities to encounter the musical “Sounds of Harlem” throughout the week at uptown restaurants, nightclubs and theatres.
NE W Y OR K CITY M AR A THON
Kenyaâ€™s elite runner Edna Kiplagat races past Harlemâ€™s 22 mile marker.
Marathon cyclist passes the 22 mile mark.
MEDIA & COMMUNICATIONS MEDIA & COMMUNICATIONS Technology & Social Media
By aggressively promoting and utilizing a myriad of inventive electronic media options, GHCC is able to regularly communicate directly with our members and associates. Our objective is to inform and update our members on new opportunities which are available to better market and promote their products, goods and services. They, in turn, will have a greater ability to reach a broader base of our members and associates, and the public and private sectors.
GHCC hosts strong websites including: GreaterHarlemChamber.com, HARLEMWEEK.com, and Harlem Arts Alliance--HarlemAA.org. Additionally, our activities and those of our members can now be accessed on Facebook, Twitter, and our very own HARLEM WEEK app available through the Apple Store or Google Play. Each is a vital part of our ever growing “TECH” strategy.
GHCC’s Media Committee hosts and co-produces two monthly radio shows. “Your Chamber in Action” airs on the last Tuesday of each month on WHCR-FM highlighting activities and initiatives of the Chamber. “Chamber Spotlight” airs on the last Sunday of each month, simulcast on WBLS-FM and WLIB-AM and features key international, regional and national subjects. Other radio partners include: WNYC, NPR, AURN, Hot-97, WBGO, 103.9, WINS and WBAI.
GHCC print partners include a diverse array of daily, weekly and monthly publications that reach a wide variety of audiences across demographics locally, nationally and internationally - NY Amsterdam News, NY Daily News, NY Christian Times, NY Carib News, Harlem News Group, The NY Beacon, The Positive Community Magazine, El Diario, Uptown Magazine, The Source Magazine and Jones Magazine.
The Chamber is regularly featured on topical programming on major stations, cable and public television. Some partners include NY1, WPIX, WABC, FOX, CBS2, My 9, Telemundo, What’s Eating Harlem?, Charter and Spectrum. Please visit our website at www.greaterharlem.com for a complete listing of radio, print and TV partners.
NYC Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill
NY County DA Cyrus Vance
PUBLIC SAFETY The Chamber has established a comprehensive Public Safety initiative to support our mission to improve the quality of life in the communities we serve. Partnering with leaders in the fields of law enforcement, education, health, government and community development, we focus on integrating public safety awareness in all of our activities. We maintain strong relationships with local law enforcement, the Office of the New York City Police Commissioner and New York State Police. This allows for an ongoing dialogue and opportunity to advocate directly on matters most important to our constituents. Members of the GHCC Board of Directors play a leadership role with several initiatives to keep this critical issue at the forefront. These endeavors include:
• Annual National Night Out - The first Tuesday evening in August, this national community-building campaign, in partnership with local law enforcement, promotes police and community camaraderie, increases communication and positive interactions, and provides access to information relevant to the entire family.
• All Lives Matter - An anti-violence campaign which includes educational forums, action meetings with elected officials, civic leaders and law enforcement. We also recognize leaders who are active in the fight against gun violence.
• Safe Streets Redesign - This effort includes timed crosswalks, wider pedestrian crosswalks, and traffic islands, designated turning lanes, and better street lighting.
• Youth Programs - Supporting the NYPD Cadets and Explorers, IMPACT Repertory Theatre, The Feathermen, Our Children’s Foundation and other programs that provide leadership and business training to youth and young adults.
• Gun Violence – The Chamber and collaborating partners including civic, humanitarian and law enforcement organizations are committed to addressing the unprecedented levels of gun violence through symposiums and informational materials distributed throughout the community. • Cyber Safety – The Chamber, in partnership with the Office of Manhattan County District Attorney Cy Vance, is addressing the increasing concerns around cyber security and safety throughout our community. We are actively exploring educating and advising on which techniques are most effective.
Vice President Ricketts, President Williams, Mayor DiBlasio and 1st Vice President P Rivers at a Chamber Membership meeting.
Rev. Al Sharpton, Congressman Charles Rangel, NY State Comptroller H. Carl McCall, Congressman Gregory Meeks, Assembly Member Keith Wright and former NYC Mayor David Dinkins collectively.
MEMBER SERVICES We provide our members and associates with a myriad of support services designed to assist in brand building, professional development, networking, business to business opportunities, advocacy and more. All this is achieved through multiple opportunities to meet and interact with like-minded business, civic and government representatives. • General Membership Meetings are held quarterly. • GHCC Business Breakfast Series are held three times a year. • Special Call Meetings with elected officials, civic leaders, and key business leaders are held as requested. We advocate on behalf of our members and associates by bringing issues pertinent to their interests, front and center, with key industry decision makers and influencers. Through our varied partnerships and collaborations, the Chamber offers members and associates valuable discounts on travel, entertainment, business equipment & supplies, and with professional service providers.
YOU ARE INVITED TO JOIN WITH US
We invite you to become a member or an associate of The Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce. For more information on membership, please call (212) 862-7200 and ask for Mr. Causey or Mr. Majette; or you can visit us online at www.greaterharlemchamber.com. To JOIN NOW, download the membership application from our website and pay online at www.greaterharlemchamber.com/join. You may also mail your membership application to: GHCC MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE 200A West 136th Street New York, NY 10030 Attn: Charles Warfield, Jr., Treasurer Include a check or money order payable to GHCC Membership Committee. The Chamber can also be found under the New York City domain campaign at www.greaterharlemchamber.nyc. We invite you to follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
5 story high Dizzy Gillespie Mural on West 135th Street.
Annual Basil Paterson Award Luncheon at Columbia University
Where “The Business of Business is People” Honda Exhibit at the Upper Manhattan Auto Show
2017 Marathon winner Shalane Flanagan and young 5K winner joins NYRR’s Michael Rodgers at the annual Percy Sutton Harlem 5K Run
The Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce 2018 - 2019 Brochure