Monday, July 27, 2015

MCC Testimonial from Eric Hrubant, President of CIRE Travel, A Division of Tzell

Eric Hrubant and CIRE Travel are featured in the VISA® Small Business Spotlight campaign.  Visit the CIRE Travel blog to view the commercial!


MCC often helps its members by alerting them of press opportunities. When MCC sent out a press opportunity in April, it led to a member being featured in a national campaign! Eric writes about his experience below.



Hi Laura,


Working with the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce has helped me land this great opportunity to be featured in this VISA Small Business campaign.  The email that was sent out, led to me working with the a booking agency for an audition and subsequent invitation to shoot the commercial


While my team and I prefer working behind the scenes to make travel far easier for our clients, Visa provided us an excellent opportunity to briefly encapsulate my story and discuss how I make it even easier for my team to deliver for our clients.  I’m particularly pleased that Visa chose to showcase the vibrancy of travel agencies, which are not just thriving, but booming.


The power of networking is extremely important as evidenced by my experience with the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce – you just never know where an opportunity to build your business can come from. It’s fundamentally important to spend and invest in your business as I continually do. The dividends it pays are worth every penny.


Thank you again!





Eric Hrubant, President

CIRE Travel, A Division of Tzell

119 West 40th St. | 14th Floor | New York, NY 10018

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MCC’s Press Opportunity Sent to Members on April 14, 2015:


Dear MCC Members:


A Casting Director from Vitamin Enriched, Maryann Driscoll, is looking for business owners in the NY Tri-State area for a Visa ad campaign and would like to reach the MCC members.


Vitamin Enriched is casting for Small Business Owners in the New York Tri-State area who will share their stories of how their businesses came to be.  It's a paid project and would offer some great exposure for the businesses that are booked.

More details about the project can be found here!


  • Auditions via Skype April 20 & 21, 2015
  • Callback - in-person in NYC on April 27th, 2015
  • Shoot day: May 01, 2015
  • Payment: This is a union (SAG) commercial. The shoot day pays over $600, plus additional compensation.


If you or one of your clients would be interested in applying, please contact Maryann directly.  


Maryann Driscoll

Vitamin Enriched





Thursday, July 23, 2015

Panel Discusses Higher Standards

By Zach Hutchins,

The Manhattan Chamber of Commerce last week hosted a panel discussion on higher education standards, the value of assessments and business engagement in education at the Microsoft Technology Center in New York City. The event—sponsored by the Public Policy Institute of New York State (PPI) and the Committee for Economic Development—featured a panel of local stakeholders: Cass Conrad, executive director of School Support and Development at CUNY; Tenicka Boyd, director of organizing at StudentsFirstNY; Neal Gorka a teacher at Democracy Prep Charter Middle School; and Robert Patterson, business development manager at Progressive Computing Inc.
Since its adoption by the New York State Board of Regents in January 2011, the Common Core has been conflated with a host of unrelated issues, namely teacher evaluations, which include a student-growth component centered on state and local assessments.
Boyd, who is a strong supporter of both the standards and Common Core aligned-assessments, told the audience about her background growing up in a low-income neighborhood in Milwaukee. There, Ms. Boyd told how she was inspired by her third-grade teacher, Mr. Smith, who made a huge impact on her life and the lives of her classmates. She also noted that the opt-out movement—which has been wrought with misinformation— was not prevalent in lower-income and minority communities.
In regard to the current workforce’s preparation for 21st century careers, Patterson noted that job applicants often lacked “soft skills,” including working in groups and critical thinking.
We would like to thanks the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce for partnering with us on this great event.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

The State of Development in Manhattan, East Side Rezoning

On Thursday July 16th from 8AM to 10AM, the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce hosted a Chairman’s Discussion with a special focus on the rezoning of Midtown East. New York City Councilmember Dan Garodnick, who represents Midtown East, gave the keynote address.
Garodnick’s remarks were followed by a panel discussion, moderated by Ken Biberaj, Chairman of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce.

The panelist featured experts in development, real estate, infrastructure and brokerage, including:

- Dr. Michael Horodniceanu, President, Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA)
- Chris Sameth, Head of Acquisitions, Kuafu Properties
- Dirk Hrobsky, Executive Vice President, DTZ United States
- Jeffrey Holmes, Director, Woods Bagot

To view the video, please click here:…/929f4fadeaaf42d4814b23cd510b792…

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Nominations Are Now Open For The 2016 NYC Venture Fellows

"We are pleased to announce that nominations are now open for the class of 2016! The NYC Venture Fellows is a world class year long fellowship program, designed to help potential entrepreneurs scale their ventures in New York City through mentorship, CEO Conversations, executive training seminars, and peer engagement.

As member of the NYC business community, you can play a pivotal role in helping us to identify founders of NYC startups that should be considered for our next cohort. If you know someone who should be considered as a Fellow, or if you yourself are a founder of a NYC startup, visit our website and learn how to submit a nominations today!

Have questions about the program? Please keep reading to get caught up on what the Fellows are up to and to see who's in our network of Mentors & Advisors.

Thank you for your support the City and the 92nd Street Y. Please contact us at with questions."


Wednesday, July 1, 2015

MCC Thanks June's Renewing Members

Contact Name
Company Name
Caroline van Scheltinga Blocadi Capital LLC
Joanna Anastasiadis Marathon Energy Corporation
Kishan Alexander A.Logan Insurance Brokerage
Melanie Gass  CenterPoint Solution, LLC
Torkan Maham Torkan USA Inc.
John Craven  John F Craven CPA LLC
Kamu Kilinc SKALA International Holding Inc.
R. Ashton Wall Colloquium Depot, LTD.
Lewis Gross
Alexa Adams Ohne Titel
Jeff Gorman SunEdison
Warren Davis Warren Davis - Human Resources Consulting
Chris Jones Promethean IT
Anthony Carro Point Vantage Employee Benefits

MCC Welcomes our New Members from June 2015

Contact Name Company Name Website
Matthew Roth Matthew Aron Roth Photography
Trung Truong Borough Construction LLC
Jessica Robinson PurePoint International
Steven Buchwald Buchwald & Associates 
Shoko Sekiguchi Ampleen LLC
Rise Hourani HVAC Mechanical Supplies & Solutions
Brittany Grando Grando Energy
Janet Falk Falk Communications and Research
Patricia Warmack PitaP's Productions, Inc.
Michael Cano Gateway VIP Services
Renee Leibler NotifyNeighbor
Michael Heiligenstein Fit Small Business
Irina Gubenko Fragrant Wellness
JoAnna Riggins JB Riggins Consulting, Inc.
Kishan Alexander A.Logan Insurance
Iren Gurarye ArtsInteractive
Liyah Eliyahu New York Life
Stephanie Rios Pop Squid Mkg
Anthony Constantinople Constantinople and Vallone Consulting
Angelique Kirton The Concept NYC
Michael Grove Nimzo Capital
Abraham Wilner
Alison Josephs Josephs Design, Inc.
Nora Campbell Execu|Search
Josh Fox Bottom Line Concepts

GREAT Tech Awards 2015

The third annual GREAT Tech Awards encourages high-growth technology companies in the Northeast USA to select the UK as destination of choice for international expansion.

Six innovative companies, selected by a panel of prestigious judges and advisors, will win a roundtrip flight to London courtesy of British Airways; five nights' accommodation courtesy of Corinthia Hotel London; and valuable professional services from lawyers Fieldfisher, accountants BDO, recruitment agents Propel Executive, and real estate advisors Knight Frank. In addition, there will be high-level meetings with mentors and government officials, attendance at the unBound Digital conference in London, and business development services provided by sector specialists.

Competition categories are:

CleanTech - e.g. Renewable technologies, smart grid and cities, energy efficiency, transportation technologies, biofuels, energy storage, built environment, waste management, water and waste water, air quality and advanced materials.
EdTech - e.g. multimedia learning, m-learning, digital education collaboration, technology/computer-based learning
FinTech - e.g. big data, financial platforms, mobile banking, crowdfunding
Health - e.g. medical devices, diagnostics, e-health, m-health, biotech
Lifestyle - e.g. retail, fashion, e-commerce, travel, food, social discovery, nonprofits, social good
Media - e.g. big data, digital media, technologies for video and game consoles, arts, TV content, music software, ad-tech, enterprise, publishing/content

Best of USA:

The Best of USA prize will be awarded to a US company from the Northeast USA established in the UK for less than 18 months. The winner will receive a return British Airways Premium Economy flight to the UK; five nights at Corinthia Hotel London; valuable professional services from lawyers, Fieldfisher; accountants BDO; and businesses development services from sector specialists.

The Best of British:

The Best of British prize will be awarded to a UK company established in the US using disruptive technology in their sector. The Prize will include an event in the US, professional services from lawyers and accountants, and business development services from sector specialists.

Applications close on 31 July 2015. Finalists will be announced in September and winners will be presented at a gala and ceremony on 29 October 2015.

Please click here to access the event page.