Tuesday, February 9, 2016

MCC Partner News: Con Edison Implements ETIP 2016

As of January 1, 2016, Con Edison’s Energy Efficiency programs have entered a new operating cycle called the Energy Efficiency Transition Implementation Plan (ETIP) which focuses on updated strategies and initiatives for achieving energy reduction. The former EEPS programs; Residential Program, Multifamily Energy Efficiency Program (MFEEP), Small Business Direct Install Program (SBDI) and the Commercial and Industrial Program (C&I) will continue to operate under updated rules and guidelines.


Residential Program

  • The eligibility criteria for the Residential Program remains the same; offerings are to customers in residential buildings with 1 to 4 units 
  • The program has added new measures and appliances to the Appliance Rebate Program 


  • Customer eligibility has been expanded to include all residential buildings with more than 5 units (no longer capped at 75 units) 
  • The program will continue to give incentives for gas and electric direct-install and prescriptive measures. Additionally, the program will offer incentives for custom measures 
  • The program will no longer be offering free Common Area energy surveys to all building customers. 
  • Qualifying low-income customers will be offered additional benefits to participate, in the form of no- cost measures for building common areas. 


  • Eligibility has been updated to include service class 2, 9 and 51 customers who pay into the SBC with an average peak demand of up to 300kW (no longer capped at an average peak demand of 100kW) 
  • The program will continue to offer prescriptive electric measures in lighting and refrigeration; with an all LED offering for various lighting applications 


  • Program eligibility has been redefined to exclude Mulitfamily buildings and lighting projects for commercial buildings with an average peak demand of ≤ 300kW. 
  • The program will continue to offer incentives for both gas and electric prescriptive measures as well as custom measures 


Multifamily buildings with greater than 75 units were formerly eligible under the C&I program. SBDI projects with an average peak demand in the 100-300kW range were formerly eligible under the C&I program. As of January 1st 2016, these former C&I projects that were not officially sold to a customer (per a signed  agreement with a customer to proceed with a work scope), will be re-directed to qualify for incentives only in the Multifamily and SBDI Programs respectively, per the new eligibility rules.

Market Partners who have sold projects (i.e. have a signed work agreement with customers under the C&I Program as of Decemeber 31, 2015) will have a grace period to submit paperwork evident of that sold commitment. Such paperwork should be submitted to the C&I program on or before February 15, 2016 for
participation in the former C&I EEPS. Projects that do not meet this criteria (jobs signed on or after January 1, 2016), must be transitioned to MFEEP or SBDI to qualify for incentives. Market Partners are encouraged to do the following to begin the transition process:

For Multifamily projects, reach out to the current implementation contractor for MFEEP (The          Association for Energy Affordability), to initiate “Participating Contractor” status in this program,        and to work under the 2016 MFEEP guidelines.
       Program Contact: Jeff Laino, Program Manager
       Email: jlaino@aea.us.org
       Phone: 718-292-6733

For SBDI projects, reach out to the current implementation contractor for SBDI (Willdan Energy          Solutions) by February 15, 2016 to learn of opportunities to coordinate on projects that are now          incentivized in SBDI.
       Program Contact: Rachel Seraspe, Program Manager
       Email: rseraspe@willdan.com
       Phone: 646-604-4498

C&I Program Contact: Arthur W. Pearson, CEM, Manager, Business Development C&I                          Incentive
       Email: arthur.w.pearson@lmco.com
       Phone: 646 312 8910 x119

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

PlumBenefits February Entertainment Guide

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

MCC Press Release: Manhattan Chamber of Commerce selects Jessica Walker as its next President

MCC Press Release

Manhattan Chamber of Commerce selects Jessica Walker as its next President

Media Enquiries: ken@manhattancc.org or 212-541-6050

New York, NY, February 2, 2016. The Board of Directors of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce has selected Jessica Walker to serve as its next President effective February 22, 2016.

Ms. Walker comes to the MCC from the Partnership for New York City where she currently serves as the Vice President of Government Affairs. She will be taking the role from Nancy Ploeger who stepped down after 21 years as President of the MCC.

“Jessica is the perfect person to pick up on the great work that Nancy has done for the MCC. She brings a wealth of experience in government affairs and business advocacy, which will enable her to hit the ground running,” stated Ken Biberaj, Chairman of the Board of the MCC.  “We had an overwhelming response to our search with a wealth of capable candidates applying, but Jessica stood out to the committee as someone who could immediately step up to the job. She is a well-regarded public policy expert and someone who understands the challenges that face the entire business community in New York City. We look forward to the vision, advocacy and strategic planning she will bring to the MCC.”
“When I talked with Ken about leaving MCC, I suggested that Jessica would be a great candidate and I couldn’t be more excited that she is going to take over the leadership of our active and dynamic chamber,” notes outgoing president, Ploeger.

“I am thrilled to join the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce and eager to lead such a dynamic organization. It is an honor to follow in Nancy’s footsteps and build upon her many accomplishments. I look forward to working with Chamber staff, members, the local community and New York’s appointed and elected officials to ensure that Manhattan remains a great place to start and grow a business,” stated Jessica Walker, MCC President-designee.

The MCC currently has 15,000 members and subscribers and is a key voice in the city for the small and mid-size businesses in Manhattan.  Advocating for positive legislation at all levels of government is a major focus of the Chamber.  “Jessica’s experience and strength in government relations will help MCC continue to stand up for our community,” quotes Ronald Paltrowitz, Vice Chairman, General Counsel, and registered lobbyist for the Chamber.

Ms. Walker’s Professional Career:

Partnership for New York City - Vice President, Government Affairs (June 2012 - Present) Director, Legislative Affairs (June 2010 - June 2012)

New York Citizens’ Committee on Aging - Vice President, Board of Directors (October 2006 - December 2010)

New York Academy of Medicine - Policy Associate & Rudin Scholar in Urban Health (October 2007 - January 2009)

United Neighborhood Houses of New York - Senior Policy Analyst (August 2005 - October 2007) Policy Analyst (June 2002 - August 2005)
Multicultural Marketing Resources Public Relations Account Executive (June 2001-June 2001)

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

7 Days of Genius: Start-Up Challenge

We want you to tackle some of the biggest issues facing our communities. Take the challenge and showcase your genius — the bolder and more ambitious your idea the better.

In addition to a cash prize, winners will be connected to experts relevant to their idea and may have the opportunity to have their idea featured on MSNBC.

92Y and Impact Hub are partnering to unearth the next generation of social entrepreneurs. Do you have an idea that could impact communities, environments and cultures in an innovative way? We’re looking to accelerate the growth of early-stage companies with the potential to have a major positive impact on our world.

In addition to a cash prize, winners will be connected to experts relevant to their idea and may have the opportunity to have their idea featured on MSNBC.

In order to take part in the challenge, please click here.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

PlumBenefits January Family Fun Guide

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Great Getaways

Second Annual Microsoft Small Business Video Contest

The second annual Microsoft Small Business video contest is here!

Microsoft is launching their second annual Small Business video contest, and we need your help. Last year we launched our first small business video contest with a simple request for small businesses to share their business stories via a 2-minute video. We reached 21 million people and had over 175 entries.

Our 2016 contest, starting January 25, is a great opportunity for business influencers to help small businesses in the US.

We will recognize the best, most inspirational and original video that showcases a small business story. The grand prize winner will win $20,000, new Surface Pro 4s, and subscriptions to Office 365 for their business (up to 10 devices/seats) in addition to a publicity package.

In addition, this year we will award a prize to four business associations. When a business connected to your organization enters the contest, they can write in your organization name for a chance to win a Surface Pro 4 and one-year subscription to Office 365.

The 2015 grand prize winner was Citizen Frederick, a men’s retail clothing store. Other winners included an innovative technology product for pets, a women’s clothing boutique, an embroidery franchise and a frame shop. Among the dozens of entries we received there were many inspirational stories from non-profits, retail, and online businesses.

"It was great fun and more importantly, our small business was seen by a few more people…It is great for a large company like Microsoft to support the little guys and both Luke and I appreciate your help!” Custom-Wood-Urns

You can find more information and enter the contest by clicking here.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

MCC Welcomes our New Members from December 2015

Name Organization Name Website
Lauren Raimondi All Aces Promotional Staffing Inc www.acespromo.com
Benjamin Tyler An Evolving Lifestyle www.anevolvinglifestyle.com
Jared Epstein Aurora Capital Associates
Nilgun Foley Connector LLC www.connectorllc.com
Evan Salz Copio Payroll Inc. www.copiopayroll.com
Eileen Goldblatt Eileen Goldblatt
Matthew Knolwland eMazzanti Technologies www.emazzanti.net
Daniel Rosenfeld Empire Tax Professionals, Inc. www.empiretaxusa.com
Henry Lapidos Export Trade of America, Inc. www.export-sale.com
Donna Germain Germain Therapy Group www.reflective-parenting.com
Jeff Williams Guitar Center www.guitarcenter.com
Federico Montomoli It Productions Group, Inc.
Damian Kennedy Kennedy Cromwell www.kennedycromwell.com
Sham Malhotra king freeze mechanical corp. www.kingfreeze.biz
Mark DeGarmo Mark DeGarmo Dance www.markdegarmodance.org
Danielle Buchell Millenium Medical Billing www.MillMedBill.com
Michael Cala MJC Accounting Services www.mjcaccounting.com
Rick Reiman MJM Global Insurance www.mjmglobal.com
R B Shrestha OFFICE ABROAD, LLC www.officeabroad.org
Carlos Pujol P3 Global Management Inc. www.p3gm.com
Susan Poulakis Poulakis Design www.poulakisdesign.com
Jenet Levy Real estate agent at Halstead Property www.jenetlevy.halstead.com
Sebastian A Weiss, Esq. SEBASTIAN A. WEISS, ESQ., L.L.M., P.C. www.weiss-law.com
Miles Ramboyong SGU Consulting www.sguconsulting.com
Jacques Blinbaum SpotPog
Ryan Sasson Strategic Financial Solutions www.stratfs.com
LaTanya Martin The Back Office Guru
Lyonnel Hernandez THE HOUSE OF LH, LLC www.thehouseoflh.com
Rachel Batish Zuznow USA Inc. www.zuznow.com