Wednesday, March 4, 2015

MCC Member Testimonial: Elizabeth Kim, Welcomemat Services NYC

Hi Laura,

I've only been to 2 MCC events so far and I have already signed up a client who I met at one of the events, and received a call from a lead that got my information from another MCC member. Thank you for organizing these events, and I am so glad I joined the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce!

Elizabeth Kim
Welcomemat Services NYC

MCC Thanks February's Renewing Members

Organization Main Contact Website
Sayles & Winnikoff Communications Alan Winnikoff
The CHS Group Kristina Iulo
Mad River Bar and Grille Michael Mastellone
Huntington Learning Center Michael Gangi
NorthEast Community Bank (@ First Avenue) George Chiffriller
Quadlogic Controls Corp. Phil Fram
Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt LLP Ralph Siciliano
True Identity Branding Faith Kinslow
Larocca, Hornik, Rosen, Greenberg, & Blaha LLP Eric Blaha
(I V & C) Internet Video and Communications Jorge Guano
Lesia M. Ruglass, Ph.D. Lesia Ruglass
Watch Repair & Co. Eric Abraham
Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. Joseph Kirk

MCC Welcomes February's New Members

Organization Main Contact Website
The New York Public Library - SIBL Kristin McDonough\sibl
TLN Worldwide Enterprises, Inc. (DBA: The Leading Niche) Tamara Nall
The Pen and Brush Inc Janice Sands
DSI SVA Aubrey Hays
Business Outreach Network Christophe Le Gorju
DSI SVA jill teckenbrock
Reinhardt IP Gerard Reinhardt
DB Management Consulting Services LLC Dina Bologa
SUM Innovation Alexandra Breines
Gavin Brown's Enterprise Gavin Brown
SLG Construction Johnathan Burrus
CBIZ MHM, LLC J. Terence MacAvery
JMH Education Inc., dba CarrotNY Janice Hamilton
Morgan Barrington Associates of NY, Inc. Ken Biberaj
St Jude Medical Joia Spinelli
T.Williams Group Bernadette Conaty
InnerPC Computer Solutions Dan Fusco
Merchant Cash and Capital, LLC Lindsey Rodriguez
Allied Barton Security Services Steve Sacchetti
Century First Credit Solutions William Nowottny
BELLMARC Frances Wilson
Better Brokers, LLC Nick Petkoff
Popular Health Care Solutions Joanne Joseph
Lucent Partners Jeffrey Lin
Butler Equities, LLC Angel Cuevas
United ARTs Press Jack Schursky
HudsonPlatte Roger Bacon
Seth Heine Seth Heine
Carter Burden Center for the Aging Funmilayo Brown
The Connected Hearts, Inc Nelly Niyonzima
Welcomemat Services NYC Elizabeth Kim
Andrew Richards Andrew Richards
ElderCareGiving Joanna Leefer
Tutor the People, LLC Eliza Morrison
Corage Dina Gardner
QCoefficient, Inc. Vincent Cushing
Airbnb, Inc. Max Pomeranc
Scott Wigley Business Coachmg Scott Wigley
LBR PR Lauren Banyar Reich
AXA Advisors Mindy Dunnigan
Jen Slaw Speaks Jen Slaw
Blueprint Technologies Ilana Yaari
Morgan Stanley Wealth Management Benjamin Mihalik

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

MCC Partner News from Microsoft: The business of cybercrime

Newsletter Blurb

The business of cybercrime

Cybercrime is a rapidly growing criminal business, impacting millions of people and organizations around the world. Cybercrime costs the global economy up to USD$500 billion annually. Consumers will spend USD$25 billion and 1.2 billion hours dealing with security issues from counterfeit software in 2014. And one in five small- and medium-sized businesses have been targeted by cybercrime.

Microsoft launched the Digital Crimes Unit (DCU) to proactively work with law enforcement to combat cybercrime. Picture an international dream team of technology, legal, and forensics experts, working with top organizations around the world -- including Europol, the FBI, Interpol, academia, global governmental agencies, and nongovernmental organizations -- to combat some of the most widespread, intricate, and organized cybercriminals.

For more information
Make employees your (security) knights in shining armor
Cybersecurity terms and tips
The business of cybercrime
Allstate and Microsoft: Fraud protection

• Cindy Bates: Four ways to spot online fraud
• Cindy Bates: 5 ways to protect small biz from data breach

Video & Webinar
Cyberspace 2025: Today’s Decisions, Tomorrow’s Terrain
Help Protect your Member against Online Fraud

Wells Fargo Names Lead Region President for the Northeast

Larisa Perry assumes responsibility for 4,700 team members, 461 retail banking stores

Feb. 17, 2015 – Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) has named Larisa Perry the lead region president (RP) for the Northeast, which serves customers in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut through 4,700 team members, 461 retail banking stores, 747 Wells Fargo ATMs, and other tri-state locations to provide financial solutions to individuals and small businesses. The 25-year banking industry veteran will relocate from Florida, where she previously served as the company’s regional president for Central Florida.

“This job is rewarding because we are in the business of helping individuals and families manage their money today and plan for their futures whether it’s purchasing a car or home, saving for college or planning for retirement,” Perry said. “We also provide solutions to business owners so they are positioned to grow their companies and create new jobs. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to lead the Northeast team so we can continue helping New York, New Jersey and Connecticut residents at a time of increased optimism and when the economy is rebounding.”

Perry succeeds and reports to Michelle Lee, who was recently appointed Wells Fargo’s lead community bank president for the Eastern Region. “A top focus of Larisa’s is helping our customers succeed financially and ensuring that they have an outstanding experience in every interaction with us,” said Lee. “I am thrilled that she will bring her invaluable banking experience as well as her passion for community involvement with her to the Northeast.” Reporting to Perry is Brenda Ross-Dulan, Southern New Jersey RP; Fred Bertoldo, Northern New Jersey RP; and Joe Kirk, New York/Connecticut RP.

Perry joined SouthTrust Bank, a Wells Fargo predecessor company, in 1992 as a branch manager in Georgia and she afterwards worked in various roles in Alabama. Following the SouthTrust merger with Wachovia, her career took her to Florida where she held leadership positions, including North Florida community bank president. A community leader throughout her career, Perry will be joining the board of directors of Junior Achievement of New Jersey. In Florida, she previously served on the boards of the Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission, The Children’s Home Society of Florida, the Boys & Girls Club of Central Florida, and the Shelter House, a home that houses victims of domestic abuse. In former roles, she served on the board of the American Heart Association, the Kiwanis Club and is a past chair of the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.

A native of Alabama, Perry received her Bachelor of Science degree in management from the University of South Alabama. She is also a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Retail Bank Management. Perry will be based in Summit, N.J. and will be moving to Northern New Jersey in the coming weeks with her family.

About Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.6 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 9,000 locations, 12,500 ATMs, and the internet (, and has offices in 36 countries to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 265,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 29 on Fortune’s 2014 rankings of America’s largest corporations. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy all our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. Wells Fargo perspectives are also available at Wells Fargo Blogs and Wells Fargo Stories.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Making Travel Plans for Your Business in 2015? Contact MCC Member BSC Travel

Welcome to 2015! Now that 2014 is in our past it’s time to look ahead to the New Year and all of the opportunities that beckon us.

Is travel in your future? If so then BSC Travel would like to be your travel concierge. What exactly does that mean? It’s simple really. We offer you peace of mind and confidence that all of your travel needs will be met regardless if they are domestic or international, corporate or personal. You name it and we can make it happen.

Here are a few of the things that make us different:

Personal attention. We’re a boutique agency but are affiliated with ALTOUR, a large international agency with extensive resources. Hands-on attention coupled with the clout of a big player in the industry translates into the best of both worlds for you.

I have 27 years in the industry with the experience and personal contacts to make certain that your travel is stress free, your trip flawless and built around your personal wants and needs.

You’ll have 24/7 access to our call center so that there is never a time when you will be left without access to help and answers.

We pride ourselves on attention to detail and have hundreds of satisfied business and personal clients that consistently turn to us when they have travel needs. We’d love for you to be one of them!

We’d welcome the opportunity to chat with you about your travel needs. Whether they are frequent or not, BSC Travel can make your travel a better and more satisfying experience.

We’ll be contacting you in a few days and if you happen to have an immediate need please call me directly at 212-897-5190

I invite you to view my video bio below.

Warmest Regards 

Louise Shohet
BSC Travel/Affiliate ALTOUR
1270 Avenue of the Americas 15th floor
New York, N.Y. 10020
Tel 212 897 5190
Fax 212 897 5084

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Microsoft Server 2003 End of Life – We can help!

Microsoft has officially announced that it will retire all support on the Server 2003 operating system on July 14, 2015.

That means any business with this operating system still running will be completely exposed to serious hacker attacks aimed at taking control of your network, stealing data, crashing your system and inflicting a host of other business-crippling problems you do NOT want to have to deal with.

As the US Department Of Homeland Security has already issued an official warning, we here at Progressive Computing, your local Microsoft partner and trusted IT Provider for the MCC, have set up a FREE Threat Assessment for MCC Members!

Go to to find out how to stay protected from attacks that could shut down your business for good.

Robb Patterson
Progressive Computing, Inc.