Wednesday, August 20, 2014

MCC Thanks July's Renewing Members

Name Company Website
Fred Dupiton ADL Technology Consulting Group
Victoria Drozdov Creative Environment Solutions (CES) Corp
Claudette Duff Integrity First Senior Care
Suri Kasirer Kasirer Consulting
Francois Roux New York Habitat
Bonnie Schnitta SoundSense, LLC
Katlyn Stratman Qdoba Mexican Grill
Agnes Peterson NY Hospital-Cornell Medical Center
Frank Apollo JP Morgan Chase - Frank Apollo
Michael Coopersmith Integrated Printing & Graphics, Inc.
Dean Gamanos Retele Co.
Deborah Farkash Living Well Inside N Outside
Stuart Holland Sygma Technology Solutions
Harriet Lehrer Imagine a New Image
Susan Katz A Guide Named Sue
Jack Kleinfeld Kleinfeld Technical Services, Inc.
Brock Barrett State Farm Insurance
Heather Markel The BullBuster Cafe and Boardroom
Jindan Lu USA T.S.V LLC
Jean-Claude Cantave Empire State ATM, LLC.
Clara Gutierrez ACC1O - Catalonia Trade & Investment
Valon Nikci Link NY Realty

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

MCC Member Testimonial: Ona Burns, The Print Buyer’s Resource, Consulair, Inc

I must tell you that of all the organizations I have options to join…the Manhattan
Chamber is the one I join and rejoin every year. You are doing an excellent job!
Needless to say, if I can help in any way, I’m happy to do so!

Continued success!

Ona Burns
The Print Buyer’s Resource
Consulair, Inc.
212.517.4930 Office
212.717.6459 Fax

MCC Silver Partner Progressive Computing Inc. Named One of Ingram Micro’s Fastest-Growing SMB Channel Partners in the U.S.

World’s Largest Technology Distributor Recognizes Progressive Computing’s Achievements and Success in Annual Ingram Micro SMB 500 List at Inaugural IMOne Event in New Orleans

New York, NY, July 29, 2014 – Progressive Computing Inc. announced it was named to the Ingram Micro 2014 SMB 500. The annual list recognizes the top 500 fastest-growing Ingram Micro U.S. channel partners serving the small and midsize business (SMB) market. Ranked at number 429, Progressive Computing expanded its business with Ingram Micro Inc. (NYSE: IM), the world’s largest technology distributor, by more than 21 percent in the past three years.

Channel partners named to this year’s SMB 500 list were identified recently at the Ingram Micro’s inaugural 2014 IMOne event, held in New Orleans. As part of the more than 20,000 U.S. solution providers and MSPs who work with Ingram Micro’s U.S. SMB Business Unit, these top-performing companies achieved a three-year compound growth rate of more than 42 percent.

Ingram Micro’s annual SMB 500 list is developed in close collaboration with channel research services firm The 2112 Group, Ingram Micro’s Business Intelligence team and U.S. SMB Business Unit. Criteria for selection to the list includes size, overall technology category revenue growth and innovation across SMB engagements.

"With every action we take, we're dedicated to helping clients improve productivity and keep costs down, while at the same time ensuring we provide the very best customer service experience possible. We're proud to be named to the Ingram Micro 500 list in recognition of our success in these efforts," said Robert Patterson, director of Sales and Marketing at Progressive Computer, Inc.

“The Ingram Micro SMB 500 is representative of solution providers who are focused on business excellence and recognize the value in teaming with Ingram Micro to deliver a superior customer experience and grow their business faster,” Jamie Ferullo, director of SMB sales, Ingram Micro U.S. “We congratulate this year’s SMB 500 and applaud their success.”

Performance metrics, trends, best practices and other key findings from the Ingram Micro 2014 SMB 500 list will be produced by The 2112 Group and noted on the Ingram Micro SMB 500 site: Additional information and research is available on 2112’s Channelnomics, a news and analysis website dedicated to channel business trends.
“The channel partners who earned a spot on the 2014 Ingram Micro SMB 500 are growing at rates that are three to four times the channel industry average and well above the channel average for SMB-focused resellers,” says Lawrence M. Walsh, CEO and chief analyst of The 2112 Group. “The SMB 500 shows how consistent execution and collaboration with a technology distributor with broad resources and support mechanisms, such as Ingram Micro, results in accelerated growth performance and business strength.”

A copy of the 2014 Ingram Micro SMB 500 list can be found at

More information about Progressive Computing is available at .

Nick Cannon Joins Office Depot Foundation to Donate 4,000 New Sackpacks To Help New York-Area Children Get Ready For School

National Backpack Program Has Made a Difference to 3.3 Million Kids

New York, N.Y., August 21, 2014  Most children look forward to the beginning of the new school year.  But for those in families where money is tight, this can be a challenging time.

To help deserving children like these start school on the right foot, the Office Depot Foundation is preparing to donate 4,000 colorful new sackpacks containing essential school supplies to nonprofit organizations, schools and agencies in the New York area.  The Foundation – the independent charitable giving arm of Office Depot® (NYSE:ODP) – will make the donations during a special Back-to-School Celebration beginning at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, August 22 (8/22) at the Office Depot store located at 1441 Broadway, In New York City.

For the second year in a row, Nick Cannon – the award-winning actor, comedian, host of “America's Got Talent” – will be the special guest for the Foundation’s Back-to-School Celebration and will personally give sackpacks to the children who attend.  Cannon also is participating in the Office Depot Foundation’s sackpack donation event in Los Angeles this summer.

In 2014, the Foundation will donate 350,000 sackpacks to children in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and a number of other countries through its National Backpack Program, which is now in its 14th year.  During the past three years alone, this award-winning initiative has made a difference to more than 12,000 New York-area kids.

By the end of this year, Office Depot and the Office Depot Foundation will have given away more than 3.3 million backpacks and sackpacks since the National Backpack Program began in 2001.

“Each and every year, the smiles on the faces of the children who receive our sackpacks and school supplies warm our hearts,” says Office Depot Foundation President Mary Wong.  “We are so proud to know that we will have made a difference to 3.3 million kids – and grateful to Office Depot and our many supporters for giving us the opportunity to continue this program for its 14th year.”

The nonprofit organizations, schools and agencies scheduled to receive sackpacks on August 22 include:

New York City Department of Education
Bronx Charter School for Better Learning
Grand Concourse Academy
Lighthouse Outreach Ministries
Twelve Baskets Community Outreach

Special guests expected to participate include:
Heidi Schmidt, Public Affairs Manager, Department of Homeless Services, representing New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio
State Senator Brad Hoylman
Nancy A. Conde, Chief of Staff, representing Senator Jose Peralta
Laura Bucko, Vice President of Communications, Manhattan Chamber of Commerce
Senator Ruth Hassell Thompson

The specially designed sackpacks come in seven bright and colorful designs that are new for 2014.  Each one includes a zippered pouch containing a pen, pencil, pencil sharpener, eraser, six-inch ruler and four crayons. The sackpacks do not have any Office Depot Foundation or Office Depot logos or markings.

To deliver sackpacks directly to children, the Foundation is hosting Back-to-School Celebrations in more than 35 cities across the U.S. and in Puerto Rico in July and August.

Thousands of sackpacks are being given to kids through the Office Depot Foundation’s continuing partnerships with nine nonprofit organizations serving children nationally and internationally. The Foundation is collaborating with the AARP Experience Corps, Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA), the National Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Association, Feed The Children, Food For The Poor, the Kids In Need Foundation, the National Foundation for Women Legislators, Operation Homefront and Samaritan’s Feet International.

Thousands more are being donated through Office Depot and OfficeMax stores in hundreds of local communities and in partnership with Office Depot’s Business Solutions Division in select cities. For the seventh consecutive year, children of the Navajo Nation in Arizona will receive sackpacks.

More information about the National Backpack Program can be found on the Office Depot Foundation’s Facebook page at To learn more about the Office Depot Foundation and its initiatives, go to You can follow the Foundation on Twitter @OfficeDepotFndn; the National Backpack Program’s hashtag is #ODFcares.  The Foundation is also on Instagram: @officedepotfoundation.

About the Office Depot Foundation
The Office Depot Foundation is an independent foundation − tax exempt under IRC Sec. 501(c)(3) − that serves as the independent charitable giving arm of Office Depot, Inc. In keeping with its mission, Listen Learn Care®, the Foundation supports a variety of programs that give children tools to succeed in school and in life; build the capacity of nonprofit organizations through collaboration and innovation; and help communities prepare for disasters, as well as recovering and rebuilding afterwards.  For more information, visit

Monday, August 18, 2014

MCC Welcomes July's New Members

Name Company Website
Emma Levin Jakob Pek Fund, LP
James Duignam Renaissance To Well-Being
Bethany Schlottman Oakwood Worldwide
Michael Schwartz Prana Telecom, Inc.
Louise Angelino Little Angel Media Group
Rita Ewing Massage Envy Spa-Midtown West
Teresa Tateossian Socialfix Media
Helena Sullivan Barnes Richardson & Colburn LLP
Jean-Claude Cantave Empire State ATM, LLC.
Eric Biderman Arent Fox LLP
Henry Cross Hosh Kids
Corey Rockafeler Palm National Partners
Hiawatha Colbert Capital Bankcard of New York
Natalie Muir The Out NYC
Sophia Sasina Liberty Health Share
Simon Feuer Apex Services
Nuray Tasangil The American Turkish Society
Franklin Pimentel Lee & Associates
Raymond W Cline The Bitcoin Center
Christopher Benesch LifeWorx, Inc.
Erek Tinker The Spry Group LLC
Tom Gilles NewDots.NYC www.NewDots.NYC
Donna David Donna David & Co. Ltd.
Anisha S Mittal Testing Mom LLC

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Scotwork Negotiation brings their Advancing Negotiation Skills Course to New York City

Date: 10/27/2014-10/30/2014
Location: TBD

Register here:

Learn the secrets to Win/Win deals!
With more than 35-plus years' experience, 35 offices worldwide and more than 120 seasoned negotiators, Scotwork will guide you through the complex, and at first sight, chaotic world of negotiation.

Actively participating in realistic negotiating exercises that are selected to replicate real life issues in commerce, industry and corporate business, participants will learn both theory and practice in team preparation and negotiation.

Training Points Covered?
Negotiate your way out of conflict
Consider 5 major issues in preparation
How to use constructive questioning
Create, pitch and respond to proposals
Handle deadlocks
Build or maintain relationships with clients or suppliers

Who should attend?
Our flagship course, Advancing Negotiation Skills, is guaranteed to take your skills to a new level whatever your starting point. Anyone who has the authority to negotiate or vary the terms of any arrangement should attend!

Why Scotwork?
The average ROI within the 1st three months is 1000% the course fee. Start saving money,
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AT&T Keeps New Yorkers Connected and Safe this Summer

Marissa Shorenstein
New York State President, AT&T

Dear Friends:
Summer is in full swing — and we couldn’t be more excited to offer New Yorkers several unique summertime initiatives to keep you safe and connected while you have fun in the sun!
Whether you’re relaxing in one of New York City’s many outdoor spaces or rushing through the streets to get to your destination, we are committed to providing you with the most reliable 4G LTE network whenever and wherever you are—keeping you connected to things that matter to you most.

Here are a few ways we’re keeping you connected this summer:
AT&T Street Charge
AT&T Street Charge solar powered mobile charging stations launched for a second year in a row in May. The initiative offers a solution to New Yorkers who are always on the go and need to remain connected, providing them with a free charge to their mobile device across the five boroughs.

We have set up charging units in more than 20 parks, beaches and outdoor gathering spots throughout the city, offering a quick charge to users’ phones, tablets and similar devices.

AT&T Street Charge grew out of a need for a sustainable power source in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and took on a life of its own when we deployed more than two dozen solar-powered units across the city last summer.

After receiving such positive feedback about last year's program, we doubled the number of units — 45 in total — to provide a sustainable solution to keep people connected while they enjoy the sun and summer months.
We made some additional upgrades to the units to make them more weather resistant, able to withstand higher usage and ensure users have the best experience possible while charging.
Learn more about AT&T Street Charge and where to find your nearest charging unit here.

WiFi in the Parks
Complementing AT&T Street Charge, AT&T’s Wi-Fi in the Parks initiative provides free Wi-Fi to New York City park goers — regardless of their provider — in more than 25 parks locations across all five boroughs.

We recently announced that free Wi-Fi is now available at the High Line between 14th and 16th streets as part of this popular initiative.
Connected Intersections
Building on AT&T’s national efforts to raise awareness about the dangers of texting while driving, we are committed to improving New Yorkers’ commutes across all modes of transportation, be it walking, riding, driving or using mass transit. Part of that commitment is helping to improve safety on New York City streets.

In June, AT&T, along with NYU Poly, NYC Media Lab and Challenge Post, launched Connected Intersections, a challenge focused on creating technological solutions to improve traffic safety on city streets and in other urban environments using the collective power of the city's transportation, technology and academic and advocacy communities.
The challenge focuses on making the roads safer by taking advantage of smartphone sensors, phone-to-phone communications and natural user interfaces, among other technologies, to help create smart and useable solutions.

To kick-off the initiative, AT&T and NYC Media Lab released a paper, titled “Exploring How Mobile Technologies Impact Pedestrian Safety,” which draws on research from around the country to examine smartphone distraction and other impediments to traffic safety.

According to the paper, recent statistics show New York City pedestrian fatalities in car crashes were four times greater than the national average. “Driver inattention” was cited by the NYPD as the cause of about a third of all crashes. In 2012, New York City experienced 10,925 crashes between pedestrians and cars, and in 2013, there were 14,845 pedestrian-car crashes. Researchers believe many of these types of crashes are occurring because pedestrians and drivers are distracted by their smartphones or other electronic devices instead of paying attention to the road.
We are looking for developers, designers, technologists and UX/UI/IxD professionals to create solutions to improve traffic safety and reduce collisions in NYC, and are looking forward to unveiling participants’ submissions at the end of the challenge in October.
Learn more about Connected Intersections and how to register for the challenge here.
Whether it’s a day at the beach, a picnic in the park or a trip across the city from one meeting to the next, AT&T wants to keep you safe and connected.  I am excited about our innovative summertime initiatives and hope to see New Yorkers getting a quick charge on the go, connecting online in a park or creating the next street-safety technology over the next few months!

Marissa Shorenstein
New York State President, AT&T