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Legislative Updates, New Grants, Events and Much More
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Click here for your updates from the President!
  • Celebrate Black History with the Chamber on 2/24
  • Other Upcoming Event Highlights
  • Artist opportunities
  • Chamber job openings
  • Hire a helping hand from local colleges
  • Chamber is closed Presidents’ Day (Mon. 2/21)
NYS Update – Part P
Governor Hochul is proposing to significantly reduce the number of Medicaid managed care plans that operate today in the Medicaid program through a competitive procurement (Part P of the Executive Budget). Today, there are 13 MMC plans — 7 of which operate in NYC — and 24 MLTC plans that operate in NYC.
If Part P is approved, the Department of Health would be required to select only two plans per region per business line, and up to 5 plans per region, if they choose; this means there could be only two managed care plans serving all of New York City under both MMC and MLTC, with hundreds of thousands of Medicaid members forced to switch plans and providers, and at least 10-15 plans put out of business in NYC, with thousands of lost jobs, creating ripple effects throughout local economies.
We are concerned about what this proposal could mean for our Bronx workforce employed in MMC’s, as well as overall community impact. Please stay tuned for more on this.
Funding Opportunities for Non-Profits
All NYC not-for-profit community-based organizations that wish to apply for discretionary funding for FY2023 must submit a NYC Council Application by February 22, 2022. You can access the application HERE.
Additionally, District 13 Council Member Marjorie Velázquez and the Bronx Delegation are requiring organizations to submit supplemental forms, which are both due February 22, 2022. You can access CM Velázquez’s form here, and you can access the Bronx Delegation form here.
 NBC 4 New York/WNBC, Telemundo 47/WNJU and the Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation’s Project Innovation grant challenge is returning for a fifth consecutive year. $315,000 in grants are available in this year’s Tri-State grant challenge. Applications accepted starting today, February 18, through March 25.
Don’t Miss Our First Networking Event of 2022!
February 24 from 6:00 – 8:00pm
Black History Celebration & Speed Networking
Residence Inn Bronx
1776 Eastchester Road (Hutch Metro Center)
Bronx, NY 10461
Join us for our first networking event of 2022 and invite your business colleagues! Hear from special guests including Phillip Grant, CEO of Hunts Point Produce Market, Rigaud Noel, CEO of New Settlement, & La Shay Green, owner of Soul Bites, our caterer for the evening.
Member Tickets: $20 Future Members: $25
Calls for Artist Submissions
The New York Botanical Garden has put out a call for artist submissions for its upcoming Around the Table exhibition.
Applications are due by Feb. 25, 2022.
Now through March 4, MTA Arts & Design is accepting examples of previous work for artists interested in being considered for creating site-specific proposals for the new Metro-North stations at Co-op City, Morris Park, Parkchester/Van Nest, & Hunts Point.
Need Access to Capital?
Small Business Lending Panel – March 3 at 11:00AM
Are you an existing small business owner or an aspiring entrepreneur in need of financing for your business? On March 3rd, 2022 at 11:00am this live Small Business Lending Panel will provide practical strategies to assess the source of capital that is best suited for your business needs, and introduce you to key contacts to help take your business to the next level. This session will be held in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) New York District Office.
Chamber Webinar Replay and Upcoming Event Registration Links
Taxes for Business Owners – Part of our new BxCC How To Get Bankable Workshop Series
Check out the replay of our 2/15 webinar presented by our member Tax-Focused Collab
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
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!
Now Hiring At The Bronx Chamber
We are hiring two Fellows to add to our outreach team! Please check out the available one-year Fellowship positions, and share with qualified applicants!
  • Click HERE for Restaurant-Hospitality Fellowship Position
  • Click HERE for Business Outreach Fellowship Position
NYC Small Business Services Upcoming Webinars
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.
Join the NYC SBS for their next certification workshop on March 2 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
Looking For A New Hire or Intern?
CUNY Summer 2022 – Internship To Employment Program
The CUNY I2E Program will connect graduating CUNY Seniors and recent CUNY grads to a wide range of work opportunities within small businesses across New York City.
I2E connects recent grads to small businesses according to their future career interests, skillsets, and educational background.
·       8 week internships starting in July.
·       Interns paid $15 per hour by CUNY.
·       Option to hire the intern as an employee and receive a partial wage subsidy for the first 6 months of employment.
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:
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 (collecting responses through 2/28)
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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