Queens Gazette

Queens Chamber, Koo Host Flushing Business Walkabout

Queens Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Thomas J. Grech and NYC Council Member Peter Koo were joined by Dian Yu, Executive Director of Flushing BID, Queens Chamber of Commerce staff, and other members of the Queens business community during a walkabout in Flushing to spread the word about new business initiatives and offering support via the Queens Chamber’s signature resources.

Queens Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Thomas J. Grech and NYC Council Member Peter Koo were joined by Dian Yu, Executive Director of Flushing BID, Queens Chamber of Commerce staff, and other members of the Queens business community during a walkabout in Flushing to spread the word about new business initiatives and offering support via the Queens Chamber’s signature resources.

On Tuesday, August 17, the Queens Chamber of Commerce, Queens’ oldest and largest business association, partnered with New York City Council Member Peter Koo for a walkabout, visiting a number of businesses in Flushing to spread the word about new business initiatives and offering support via the Queens Chamber’s signature resources.

Queens Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Thomas J. Grech and Council Member Koo were joined by Dian Yu, Executive Director of Flushing BID, Queens Chamber of Commerce staff, and other members of the Queens business community during the walkabout.

Beginning at Bland Playground on the corner of Prince Street and 40th Road, the tour made its way up 40th Road to Flushing’s bustling Main Street and Roosevelt Avenue. Among the resources that were available for businesses to learn more about was the Queens Chamber’s new “Open + Online” program, which helps businesses build a new website and assists in SEO (search engine optimization), free of charge.

 

 

Open + Online is offered through the NYC Small Business Resource Network. Powered by the Peter G. Peterson Foundation and the Partnership for New York City, the NYC SBRN provides personalized guidance and assistance to small businesses through each borough’s Chamber of Commerce. Learn more about the SBRN at: www.nycsmallbusinessresourcenetwork.org/.

“Small businesses are the lifeblood of neighborhoods like Flushing, but they’ve had an incredibly challenging year and a half due to the pandemic,” said Thomas J. Grech, President and CEO of the Queens Chamber of Commerce. “We were delighted to join Council Member Peter Koo and the Flushing BID today to speak with business owners and let them know what resources the Chamber has available to them so they can reach more customers. Our Open + Online program can help businesses get back on their feet and thrive in the post-pandemic economy, and we encourage anyone who wants to learn more about the program to reach out to the Chamber.”

Council Member Peter Koo stated, “The pandemic changed shopping patterns for small business in many ways. There was a major shift toward online shopping, so we want to make sure our businesses know about the chamber’s capacity to help build websites for our community free of charge. Customers are coming back, and we want to make sure our businesses have every available resource at their disposal so they too can come back and thrive in this post-pandemic economy.”

The Queens Chamber of Commerce is the oldest and largest business association in Queens, representing more than 1,400 businesses and more than 150,000 Queens-based employees. Its mission is to foster connections, educate for success, develop/implement programs and advocate for members’ interests. www.queenschamber.org.

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