“We are the first Chamber of Commerce in New York City and only the third in the state to have our own mobile app,” said President Carlo Scissura. “Members can use this to promote their business and non-members can learn about the chamber and what businesses are doing.”
Scissura was speaking at the chamber’s annual trade show at the Brooklyn Naval Yard, which was held on Wednesday, October 24.
“This is an amazing opportunity for businesses to network,” he said. “It allows the chamber to continue to be at the forefront of business networking and connecting people together.”
Following the trade show, the chamber hosted its annual membership dinner and meeting. Almost 400 people attended.
Scissura is only in his sixth week as president of the chamber, but said in that short time the chamber has already grown.
“We’ve had a record number of new business joining, along with members returning to the chamber,” he said. “We’re creating new opportunities for business to grow.”
Scissura said the chamber helps businesses grow by helping members solve issues in areas such as transportation and health care, as well as acting as an advocate for industry.
Scissura said that the borough is a great place to do business.
“It’s one of the fastest growing places in America,” he said. “People are moving here, and business are coming here. It’s our job to connect all of these pieces together and make sure that they are all out there making money.”
One member of the chamber who has attended five of these tradeshows spoke about how important they are to business in Brooklyn.
Charles Archer, CEO of EDCSPIN, a nonprofit that helps people with developmental disabilities, is a member of the chamber and attended his fifth trade show. Through past chamber events, Archer said he met his company’s printer, a few advertisers, and a person to design fliers.
“I can personally tell you that there are at least seven or eight new companies that weren’t here last year, and that’s pretty exciting,” he said. “It’s really about showing people that Brooklyn is the place to do business.”