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The Friday Extra
In this week’s Friday Extra, Sara fills in for our fearless leader Lisa Sorin.
Topics are:
1. NYC Small Business Resource Network Mixer hosted at the Woodlawn Cemetery.
2. Brronx Chamber Annual Holiday Party
3. Congratulations to our newly elected reps!
What You Should Know
Plastic Straw Restriction
As of, November 1, 2021, New York City’s restriction on the use of plastic straws goes into effect. From today until October 31, 2022, the city will be in a warning period, however after this there will be violations issued for not complying.
For additional information CLICK HERE
City & State: 2021 Virtual Government Procurement Conference
When all rules changed for procurement during the pandemic many wondered how New York’s business would return. Over the last year or so we have been slowly returning to the city and state and this conference will talk about what it looks like. The Government Procurement Conference will foster business partnerships between the city and state level government, prime contractors, and small, minority, service-disabled veteran-owned, and women-owned businesses.
Join on November 18th to hear answers to all of your pressing procurement questions, discover unique opportunities, and create new business partnerships!
Verizon Small Business Digital Ready Program
The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) announced its plan to help bring a new online curriculum to small businesses across the nation: Verizon Small Business Digital Ready. In partnership with Next Street and Local Initiatives Support Corp (LISC), the Verizon Small Business Digital Ready online curriculum is designed to give small businesses the tools they need to thrive in today’s digital economy, including access to personalized learning plans, coaching from experts and networking opportunities with diverse, industry-specific businesses.
Self-Employment Assistance Program (SEAP)
The Self-Employment Assistance Program (SEAP) allows people who are out of work and meet certain requirements to start their own business while collecting Unemployment Insurance benefits. If you dream of starting your own business and qualify for the SEAP, you can have the financial support you need to pay your bills while you work on that dream!
  • You can work full time on your new business while collecting Unemployment Insurance benefits
  • You don’t have to look for jobs while you work on your business
  • Money earned from your business is not deducted from your Unemployment Insurance benefits
  • You stay on track for success with training and counseling
  • You get opportunities to build a network of support to launch your business
  • You must receive a written acceptance into the SEAP before you can start your own business while collecting benefits.
CCIA’s “Don’t Break Our Tech” campaign
Americans have overcome unprecedented challenges over the past year, but now Congress is playing politics with the products that helped us get through it. Before and during the pandemic, Americans turned to tech products to receive deliveries for their favorite products, find directions to local businesses, and to connect with loved ones. These bills could make all these things harder, more expensive, less convenient, and less secure.
We should ask Congress to answer a very simple question: what happens after you implement barriers to innovation in the one area of the economy where competition forces companies to introduce new consumer products and services daily?
Upcoming Events
Bronx Chamber Annual Holiday Party & Toy Drive
Join us to celebrate at our Bronx Chamber Holiday Party!
Thursday, December 9th
6:30pm – 10:30pm
Villa Barone Manor
Bronx Chamber Member Spotlight
Exclusive Smylen Dental Plan Offer for BXCC Members
Smylen is a new kind of dental plan that eliminates the hassle of seeking dental treatment. Our platform combines a network of top doctors, their absolute best prices, 24/7 customer care, Airbnb-style booking, flexible payments – we do it all and ensure the member experience is top-notch. Smylen provides a seamless interface that saves members money with transparent and comprehensive pay-as-you-go dental care.
Our special Chamber pricing is $7 (single) & $12 (family) per month. To celebrate this new partnership, the Smylen team is offering all Bronx Chamber members a $50 credit towards dental services – with no restrictions or expiration date. 🙂
Three Certified NYC Women-Owned Businesses Enterprises (MWBE) Take New Roots in The Bronx
Congratulations to our member JVPRNY & Janitorial Multi Services LLC on their Grand Opening.
Bronx Chamber of Commerce | 1200 Waters PlaceSuite 106Bronx, NY 10461
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