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Legislative Updates, New Grants, Events and Much More
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(Friday) Extra, Extra
Bronx Chamber President Lisa Sorin is back this week! Click here for the video.
  • NYS Mask Mandate Updates & what they mean for you & your business
  • New Member Welcome
  • Upcoming Event Highlights
  • Support Local Bronx Businesses on Valentine’s Day
NYS Updates
Statewide Indoor Business Mask-Or-Vaccine Requirement Lifted
Governor Hochul announced that the statewide indoor business mask-or-vaccine requirement has been lifted as of Thursday, February 10, and will remain optional for businesses, local governments and counties to enforce. Counties, cities, and businesses will be able to opt into the mask-or-vaccine requirement if they so choose. Read the full press release HERE
What Does This Mean for New Yorkers?
For those in NYC, please note that Key To NYC vaccine requirements are still in effect. There have been a lot of changes and developments over the last few weeks – click HERE for an article with more information, including specifics for New York City.
Governor Hochul Announces Acceptance of Puerto Rico’s COVID-19 Vacu ID Pass Through the Excelsior Pass Platform for Business Entry in New York State
On February 7, 2022 Governor Kathy Hochul announced digital COVID-19 vaccination credentials issued from Puerto Rico will immediately be accepted through New York State’s Excelsior Pass Scanner application. Similarly, the State’s Excelsior Pass Plus will be accepted through Puerto Rico’s CESCO digital verifier application. This means fully vaccinated Puerto Ricans and New Yorkers can use their compatible vaccination credentials for business entry in New York State and Puerto Rico, respectively. Click here for the full press release.
Chamber In Action
Chamber In the News: BXCC President Lisa Sorin and Ed Domingo, President & CEO of Empire City Casino, spoke with BronxNet about how the Casino has helped create jobs for Bronx residents and how it can help revive a post-COVID economy.
As New York City advances along the road to recovery, Mayor Adams has formed a Recovery Roundtable comprised of representatives from public health, law, business, labor, disability affairs, real estate, technology, and media, including BXCC President Lisa Sorin who participated on a convening today, February 10.
The Roundtable will meet regularly, with agenda items to include: vaccine equity, economic recovery, implications on individual and community wellbeing, & workforce issues.
Save the Date: Bronx Chamber Signature Event
Women of Distinction Scholarship Luncheon
Women Providing Healing, Promoting Hope
Friday, March 25, 2022
11:30am – 2:00pm at Villa Barone Manor
Mistress of Ceremonies: Juliet Papa, 1010 WINS Radio
Click HERE for Sponsorship Packages
Email to purchase tickets and pledge your support!
MTA Call To Artists – New Bronx Metro-North Stations
Call to community artists!
The MTA is now accepting submissions for new Metro-North stations at Co-op City, Morris Park, Parkchester/Van Nest, & Hunts Point
MTA Arts & Design is accepting examples of previous work for artists interest in being considered for creating site-specific proposals for the new Metro-North stations. For more information about the initiative, click HERE.
• Artistic merit as evidenced in previous work and exhibition history, awards, honors, and publications.
• Demonstrated proficiency and technical knowledge of the materials/techniques of the artist’s typical practice.
• Availability to work in New York during the required design and construction period
Grant Programs: Resource Guide
Our partner in the NYC Five Borough Chamber Alliance, Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, has compiled a Grant Program Resource Guide with publicly- and privately-funded opportunities.
Get the Guide HERE
More Upcoming Chamber Events
February 15 at 9:00am: Taxes for Business Owners
Part of our new BxCC How To Get Bankable Workshop Series
Got Tax Questions? You’re not alone!
Join The Bronx Chamber and our member Tax-Focused Collab for an informative session. REGISTER HERE
February 24 at 11:00am: Doing Business With The Port Authority of NY and NJ
Join this virtual certification webinar for M/WBE and SDVOB who perform the following scopes of work:
-Concrete/Asphalt Related Materials
-Roadway Sweeping
-Cleaning Services
-Elevator Maintenance & Repair
-Weed Control
-Pest Control
-HVAC Systems Inspection/Maintenance/Repair
-Electrical Services
February 24 from 6:00 – 8:00pm
Black History Celebration & Speed Networking
Residence Inn Bronx
1776 Eastchester Road in the Hutch Metro Center
Bronx, NY 10461
Join us for our first networking event of 2022 and invite your business colleagues! Special guests to be announced
Member Tickets: $20
Future Members: $25
NYC Small Business Services Upcoming Webinars
Join the NYC SBS for their next certification workshop on Feb. 16 beginning at 10:00am to learn about the following.
  • SBS programs and services
  • Certification program overview
  • Registering in the Payee Info Portal
  • Registering for product service codes
  • Starting an MWBE certification application
Growing Your Business with M/WBE and BE NYC
Wednesday, February 23 at 6:00 PM
Join the Division of Economic and Financial Opportunity and the Black Entrepreneurs NYC (BE NYC), along with an expert program associate from the Bronx Chamber, to learn how to start and complete your MWBE certification application. Hear from an M/WBE vendor who has had success, and get active on your goals to complete your application within a month.
BXCC New Member Breakfasts
We were thrilled to welcome our newest additions to the Bronx Chamber at back-to-back New Members Breakfasts on 2/9 and 2/10, geneously sponsored by our Chairman’s Circle member Orange Bank!
Bronx Chamber Foundation In Action
Bronx Chamber Foundation relief efforts on behalf of families impacted by last month’s Twin Parks NW apartment fire are still in effect; using funds raised from our business network, we respond to requests based on direct feedback from community members, so we can fulfill specific needs (such as the recent air mattress delivery, pictured here) throughout the families’ relocation.
Looking For A New Hire or Intern?
Employers from all industries are invited to virtually meet with talented Mercy College students to educate students on their organization, internship and job opportunities, how to succeed at their organization, etc. Employers will have the opportunity to actively recruit during this time.
Thursday, March 31st
1:00 – 4:00pm
For Profit: $75 Non-Profit: $50
The Virtual Career Fair platform offers:
  • Video, audio, and chat communication with students
  • Group meetings with up to fifty students
  • 1:1 student meetings scheduled in advance or after a group session
Questions: Email Sara Shepherd, Interim Director, Employer Relations:
New York City’s Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP)
  SYEP is the nation’s largest youth employment program, connecting young people (age 16 – 21) seeking internships with businesses who need a helping hand. SYEP participant wages are paid in full by the City of New York, so there is no cost to the hosting employer.
As an SYEP worksite, you can play an important role in NYC’s economic recovery.
Chamber Community: Our Surveys Are Still Open!
(These surveys are open to members and non-members alike)
General Chamber Survey
We are hard at work on our calendar of events, and making important changes to our internal processes in order to better serve our members and the Bronx business community at large – please click HERE to fill out our survey and provide your input on our programs, services, and events.
Mott Haven Consumer Survey
Through our Avenue NYC grant, the Bronx Chamber is doing a lot of work in the Mott Haven area of the South Bronx and we want to know what local area consumers think. Those who complete this quick survey will be entered to win a DoorDash Giftcard.
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