Flushing Chamber's John Choe Selected for 2019 Queens Power 100
Taehoon Kim, president of the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce stated the following in response to City & State’s selection of executive director John Choe on the “2019 Queens Power 100,” a list of the most influential people in New York City’s biggest borough. The list is available online at City & State.
“We congratulate our executive director John Choe for his dedication and commitment to improving our community … We welcome this recognition because it reflects all the hard work and impact made by our staff, led by John Choe, and our members and board in supporting and promoting the most diverse and dynamic community in America.”
People of all Faiths to Gather for 13th Annual Queens Unity Walk, First InPerson Since Pandemic, Featuring Buddhist, Muslim, Christian, Sikh
People of all faiths will gather for the first in-person (since the pandemic) Queens Interfaith Unity Walk on Saturday, October 15, starting at 1pm at the Sikh Center of New York, located at 3817 Parsons Blvd, Flushing NY 11354.
“The antidote to hate is love. With the rise of hate crimes and religious bigotry, it’s more important than ever to keep the flame of mutual support and peaceful coexistence alive,” stated John Choe, President of the Flushing Interfaith Council. “Our recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic must not only include material investments, but also spiritual support and interfaith solidarity to ensure our diverse community continues to thrive and prosper.”
Participants will be able to visit different houses of worship and learn about the faith of their neighbors. Those wishing to participate in the virtual Unity Walk, can register in advance at unity2022.eventbrite.com.
For more information, visit https://patch.com/new-york/flushing-murray-hill/new-yorkers-fight-hate-love-unity-walk
Are you an immigrant artist working in the Visual or Multidisciplinary Arts? There is still time to apply to be part of the Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program! Deadline: Friday, October 7 http://ow.ly/j1EV50KvOaJ
The New York Foundation for the Arts is accepting applications for the 2023 Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program for artists practicing both contemporary and traditional art. If you know any artists that might be interested in joining a community that supports immigrant artists, please share this opportunity with them!
Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program for Visual and Multidisciplinary Arts 2023: Call for Applications
Deadline: October 7; Free
NYFA’s Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program (IAP Mentorship) pairs immigrant artists with artist mentors who provide one-on-one support for their mentee, guiding them to achieve specific goals and providing them with broader access to the New York cultural world through an exchange of ideas, resources, and experiences. The mentoring program also fosters a community, providing opportunities to connect with other immigrant artists through group meetings, peer learning, and informal gatherings that include alumni from 2007 to the present.
Custom Collaborative is offering a free comprehensive 14-week program teaching the art, technique, and business of fashion design. Custom Collaborative specializes in teaching women how to construct made-to-measure clothing and personalized accessories for all body types. The training program includes extensive instruction in fashion business basics including marketing, sourcing, ethical manufacturing, and sustainability, along with personal finance. Students graduate equipped with the toolkit to begin a career in fashion.
To apply to the program or to get more information, visit the Custom Collaborative website or register for their upcoming Open Houses on September 21, September 23, September 28, September 29, October 5, and October 6 (see flyer below for details). If you have any questions, contact Doris Monsac, Operations Associate at Custom Collaborative, directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
GrowNYC Flushing Greenmarket Will Connect Residents with Fresh Fruit & Vegetables from Local Farms
GrowNYC and the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce are collaborating to launch the 2022 season of the Flushing Greenmarket at a new location in front of Bowne Playground and Public School 20 on Sanford Avenue, between Union Street and Bowne Street, in downtown Flushing, Queens.
Operated by GrowNYC, the Flushing Greenmarket will be open every Wednesday from 8am to 3pm, from July 27 to November 23, 2022. The Flushing Chamber partners with GrowNYC to promote the Greenmarket and coordinates programming with local businesses, cultural groups, and civic associations.
“We are delighted to re-open the GrowNYC Flushing Greenmarket for its 7th season,” said Marcel Van Ooyen, President and CEO of GrowNYC. “Providing all New Yorkers with access to the freshest, locally-grown fruits and vegetables is crucial for public health and central to GrowNYC’s mission; we’re grateful for our partnership with the Flushing Chamber who brings additional programming and support to the market.”
GrowNYC‘s Greenmarket works to preserve local farmland, while ensuring that New Yorkers have access to fresh, healthy food grown in our region. GrowNYC ensures product integrity: everything sold at its greenmarkets is 100 percent farmer grown, produced, caught, or foraged in the local region. Farmers interested in selling their products at the Flushing Greenmarket can get more information and apply at grownyc.org.
The Flushing Chamber will curate programming at the greenmarket, promoting environmental education as well as activities that support community wellbeing and health. Alice Lee, Chair of the Chamber’s Advisory Board, will be coordinating monthly programming with local artists to showcase their talents and encourage more people to visit the market.
“As we fight the pandemic and get back on our feet, we’re happy to present another year of healthy food options and cultural programming at the Flushing Greenmarket,” said Alice Lee, Chairwoman of the Chamber’s Advisory Board. “We will be featuring the work of local artists to showcase their innovative work and to encourage more people to visit our business community.”
The Flushing Greenmarket was originally launched at Maple Playground in the summer of 2016 to improve our community’s quality of life by expanding access to nutritious, locally-grown food and to support programming that empowers all New Yorkers to secure a clean and healthy environment for future generations. Maple Playground is currently slated for renovation and will not be available this year.
Participating farmers include R & G Produce Vegetables from Goshen, New York. Farmers accept cash, debit and credit cards, SNAP/EBT (food stamps), HealthFirst OTC cards (CC & LIP members only), WIC & Senior FMNP coupons as well as Health Bucks (Spend $2 in SNAP/EBT/P-EBT, get bonus $2 Health Buck, up to $10 per day). For updates throughout the season, visit the Flushing Greenmarket webpage or the Chamber’s Facebook page for up-to-date information on market activities throughout the season.
The Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce is launching a “Lunch & Learn” program starting on Wednesday, June 29, 12pm noon. The program will be conducted virtually via remote video conference and will feature industry experts presenting on a variety of topics important to small business owners and freelancers. The Lunch & Learn program is part of the Chamber’s continuing effort to support the Flushing community and help revive the local economy, which was devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic as well as a surge in anti-Asian hate crimes and scapegoating.
“We’re proud to be partnering with the Lili Banking for Your Business to bring highly informative and educational webinars for our business community,” stated Taehoon Kim, President of the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce.
The topic of the first Lunch & Learn webinar will be “Demystifying Taxes for Small Business with Lili” – a 1-hour session led by business expert Wendi Caplan-Carroll, who will walk participants through the core tools and information that make tackling taxes (and saving money) easier than ever.
“Lili Banking for Business’s commitment to solo business owners helps empower those building their businesses,” stated SMB expert (and solo business owner) Wendi Caplan-Carroll. “Taxes are one of the biggest challenges stressing out small business owners. This workshop helps alleviate some of that stress by simply breaking down what taxes one would be responsible for and how to make sure you account for all those business expenses that may help you reduce your tax burden and stay more organized.”
Attendees will learn about: Taxes 101: How self-employment and income taxes are calculated; Smart Tax Tools: Leverage Lili to ensure you only pay what you owe; and, Get Prepared: Avoid penalties and organize your finances before you file.
Lili Banking for Business was established in 2018 to empower entrepreneurs with the tools and services designed to save them time and money. Lili is redesigning banking to help the innovation economy – the freelancers and small businesses redefining work – to grow their business. For more information, visit lili.co.