On Nov. 13, the Greater Chamber of Commerce announced its formation, giving entrepreneurs and business owners throughout the neighborhood a new agency that will offer assistance. With a focus on education, networking and advocacy, the organization will hold a launch party on Dec. 11 at Flushing Town Hall, from 6 to 8 p.m.
The Chamber grew out of One Flushing, a community organization started by Asians Americans for Equality in 2011. That group’s leader, John Choe, is now the executive director for the new chamber. The project has been in the making for two years, after the previous chamber closed in 2012.
Choe said that the Greater Chamber aims to educate business owners on where to get funding and resources as well as how to work with government agencies. It plans to host networking events frequently in an effort to create a close business network. It will also advocate for the business community at the City and State levels, not only making sure that the neighborhood gets the resources it needs, but also fighting against over-regulation or excessive fines.
Representatives of all of Flushing’s elected officials expressed their support for the new venture as well.
The Greater Chamber of Commerce is located at 39-01 Main St., Suite 511. For more information or for assistance, call (646) 820-5163, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit flushingchamber.nyc.
“We have shown that we are a very diverse group of people that represent many different industries, many different for-profit, nonprofit sectors of our community,” Choe said. “We’re going to be expanding this diversity.”
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