Asian Americans for Equality (AAFE) and the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce (Chamber) announced the launch of Flushing’s new district marketing campaign to support small businesses. The campaign aims to showcase Flushing’s diverse community, special landmarks, and cultural amenities to attract visitors from New York and beyond. The campaign stems from the New York City Department of Small Business Services (SBS) Neighborhood 360° grant investment of $1.55 million to support commerce in Downtown Flushing through partnerships with local businesses and city agencies.
“As Flushing grows, it’s important to sustain the small businesses that started the neighborhood’s job-creating economic engine,” said Christopher Kui, Executive Director of Asian Americans for Equality. “This new marketing campaign will boost their bottom lines by helping the Flushing first-time and veteran shopper alike find something in the neighborhood they’re sure to love and keep them coming back for more.”
The launch event at the Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel kicked off with welcome remarks fromCouncilman Peter Koo and M. Blaise Backer, Deputy Commissioner for Neighborhood Development at SBS, Shurn Anderson representing Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, Peter Tu, Executive Director at the Flushing Chinese Business Association, and Dian Yu, Executive Director at the Flushing BID.
After a presentation by John Choe, Executive Director of the Chamber, Isabelle Leighton, Director of Equality Fund at AAFE, moderated a panel discussion with Rob MacKay, Director at Queens Tourism Council; Brendan Crain, Program Director at Open House New York; and, Joe DiStefano, Queens Food Critic and Culinary Guide at Chopsticks and Marrow.
“Strong neighborhoods are the backbone of our city, and the $1.55 million in investments to Flushing is going a long way towards revitalizing key commercial corridors,” said Gregg Bishop, Commissioner of the NYC Department of Small Business Services. “By working with Asian Americans for Equality and the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce, we are responding to local needs to support small business growth and build more vibrant neighborhoods for all New Yorkers.”
For more information, contact the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce at www.flushingchamber.nyc. The Chamber is a multicultural membership association of entrepreneurs, business owners, and civic leaders who foster the economic growth, inclusive diversity, and shared prosperity of our community through advocacy, networking, and education.
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