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.”
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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.
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The Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce and GrowNYC launched the fifth season of the Flushing Greenmarket located in front of Maple Playground at136-50 Maple Ave, Flushing, NY 11355. The Flushing Greenmarket operated by GrowNYC will be open every Wednesday from 8am to 3pm, from July to November 2020. The last day will be November 24, 2020. The Chamber partners with GrowNYC to promote the Greenmarket and coordinates programming with local businesses, cultural groups, and civic associations.
“The Flushing Greenmarket comes at a critical time in our community, which has been devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic and is struggling to find healthy and reliable food supplies,” stated John Choe, executive director of the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce. “When you buy at the Flushing Greenmarket, you know exactly who planted and harvested the food you give to your family — that’s the type of reassurance consumers are demanding and will be the key to helping our local economy recover and get back on our feet.”
The Chamber curates 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 Advisory Board of the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce. “We will be featuring the work of local artists every month to showcase their innovative work and to encourage more people to visit our business community.”
The Flushing Greenmarket was launched at Maple Playground in the summer of 2016 with the support of the Chamber and is operated by GrowNYC, which seeks to improve New York City’s quality of life through environmental programs that transform communities block by block and empower all New Yorkers to secure a clean and healthy environment for future generations. Located at the popular Maple Playground, the Greenmarket provides neighborhood residents access to farm fresh food from a regional farm every Wednesday from July to the week of Thanksgiving.
“We are so happy to return to Maple Playground this season. Not only is this year GrowNYC’s 50th anniversary, it’s also the 5th anniversary of our open-air Flushing Greenmarket,” said GrowNYC‘s Communication Specialist Catherine Crawford. “We’ve implemented a number of new safety protocols at all of our food access sites to keep shoppers safe, and we’re pleased to bring fresh, regional fruits and vegetables directly to Flushing residents.”
GrowNYC’s Greenmarket Program works to preserve local farmland while ensuring local residents have access to fresh, healthy food grown in the New York metropolitan region. A central component of Greenmarket’s mission and operations is product integrity: everything sold at market is 100 percent farmer grown, produced, caught, or foraged.
“Green Earth Urban Gardens started a local honey business to fund educational horticultural therapy programs for special needs students in the area,” stated Maureen Regan, founder of Green Earth Urban Gardens. “We applied to be a vendor at the Flushing Greenmarket and look forward to participating as a resource for our community.”
The Flushing Greenmarket is located on Kissena Boulevard and Maple Avenue (in front of Maple Playground) and is open Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. until November 25, 2020. Participating farmers include R & G Produce Vegetables from Goshen, New York.
Farmers accept cash, debit and credit cards, SNAP/EBT (food stamps), WIC & Senior FMNP coupons as well as Health Bucks (for every $5 spent in EBT, customers receive a $2 Health Buck coupon to purchase additional fruits and vegetables). For updates throughout the season, visit the Flushing Greenmarket webpage or the Chamber’s Facebook page for up-to-date information on at-market activities throughout the season.
Photos from this year’s Flushing Greenmarket are available online.
Queens, often celebrated as one of the most diverse places in the world, is home to hundreds of small, locally-owned businesses — many hit hard by Covid-19.
Join Open House New York on Wednesday, June 17 at 4pm for Conversations on the City | John Choe: On Commerce to learn how the economic development efforts in one neighborhood, Flushing, are responding to this moment.
As the executive director of the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce, John works every day to advocate for and mobilize a multicultural community of entrepreneurs, business owners, and civic leaders in one of the fastest-growing business districts in the United States. This conversation will explore how small business support and economic development is critical for the city’s recovery.
Join the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, June 2, 5pm, for a book reading and discussion led by Christina Chiu on her new novel, Beauty, as part of our celebration of Asian American Heritage Month.
Beauty by Christina Chiu, winner of the 2040 Book Prize
“Christina Chiu’s Beauty is beautiful in the way of a scalpel blade. It’s that sharp and precise, that lacerating, that true.”
– Michael Cunningham, Pulitzer-Prize winning author of The Hours
“I can’t think of novel more unflinching in its portrayal of lust, love, and parenthood. Christina Chiu has a unique gift as a storyteller for unflinching honesty, and the ability to see the transcendent in the details. Beauty is a novel of one woman’s life, epic in emotional proportion. I was captured by Beauty and gleefully held there through to the last page.”
– Mat Johnson, author of Loving Day and Pym
“Beauty immediately caught me with its propulsive force and kept me mesmerized with its lyrical writing, insight and humor as we watch the sweep of a woman’s life, from young to old, through loves, lies, children, marriages, artistic promise and failure, and the changing meaning of ‘beauty’. I couldn’t put this book down, and I was so sad when such a richly described world came to an end.”
–Marie Myung-Ok Lee, author of The Evening Hero
About the Webinar Presenter:
Christina Chiu is the author of Troublemaker and Other Saints. Her stories have appeared in Tin House, The New Guard Literary Review, Washington Square, The MacGuffin, Charlie Chan is Dead II, World Wide Writers, and elsewhere. Troublemaker won the Asian American Literary Award and was chosen for the Alternate Section of the Bookof-the-Month Club & QPB. Chiu is Fellows Council President at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, a board member of the New York Writers Workshop, and is one of the founding members of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop. She is also a shoe designer. Find her at christinachiu.org.
About the Series Organizer:
Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce
The Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit membership association that fosters the economic growth, inclusive diversity, and shared prosperity of #Flushing #Queens through advocacy, networking, and education: “We envision a community that is a beacon for economic opportunity, mutual respect, and solidarity. As we overcome challenges and reach for our dreams, we transform ourselves and redefine what it means to be an American.”