Saturday, February 12, 2022

Bronx Chamber of Commerce - Bronx Business News You Can Use


Legislative Updates, New Grants, Events and Much More
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(Friday) Extra, Extra
Bronx Chamber President Lisa Sorin is back this week! Click here for the video.

  • NYS Mask Mandate Updates & what they mean for you & your business
  • New Member Welcome
  • Upcoming Event Highlights
  • Support Local Bronx Businesses on Valentine's Day
NYS Updates
Statewide Indoor Business Mask-Or-Vaccine Requirement Lifted
Governor Hochul announced that the statewide indoor business mask-or-vaccine requirement has been lifted as of Thursday, February 10, and will remain optional for businesses, local governments and counties to enforce. Counties, cities, and businesses will be able to opt into the mask-or-vaccine requirement if they so choose. Read the full press release HERE

What Does This Mean for New Yorkers?
For those in NYC, please note that Key To NYC vaccine requirements are still in effect. There have been a lot of changes and developments over the last few weeks - click HERE for an article with more informationincluding specifics for New York City.
Governor Hochul Announces Acceptance of Puerto Rico's COVID-19 Vacu ID Pass Through the Excelsior Pass Platform for Business Entry in New York State

On February 7, 2022 Governor Kathy Hochul announced digital COVID-19 vaccination credentials issued from Puerto Rico will immediately be accepted through New York State's Excelsior Pass Scanner application. Similarly, the State's Excelsior Pass Plus will be accepted through Puerto Rico's CESCO digital verifier application. This means fully vaccinated Puerto Ricans and New Yorkers can use their compatible vaccination credentials for business entry in New York State and Puerto Rico, respectively. Click here for the full press release.
Chamber In Action
Chamber In the News: BXCC President Lisa Sorin and Ed Domingo, President & CEO of Empire City Casino, spoke with BronxNet about how the Casino has helped create jobs for Bronx residents and how it can help revive a post-COVID economy.
As New York City advances along the road to recovery, Mayor Adams has formed a Recovery Roundtable comprised of representatives from public health, law, business, labor, disability affairs, real estate, technology, and media, including BXCC President Lisa Sorin who participated on a convening today, February 10.

The Roundtable will meet regularly, with agenda items to include: vaccine equity, economic recovery, implications on individual and community wellbeing, & workforce issues.
Save the Date: Bronx Chamber Signature Event
Women of Distinction Scholarship Luncheon
Women Providing Healing, Promoting Hope

Friday, March 25, 2022
11:30am - 2:00pm at Villa Barone Manor

Mistress of Ceremonies: Juliet Papa, 1010 WINS Radio

Click HERE for Sponsorship Packages

Email to purchase tickets and pledge your support!
MTA Call To Artists - New Bronx Metro-North Stations
Call to community artists! 
The MTA is now accepting submissions for new Metro-North stations at Co-op City, Morris Park, Parkchester/Van Nest, & Hunts Point
MTA Arts & Design is accepting examples of previous work for artists interest in being considered for creating site-specific proposals for the new Metro-North stations. For more information about the initiative, click HERE.

• Artistic merit as evidenced in previous work and exhibition history, awards, honors, and publications.
• Demonstrated proficiency and technical knowledge of the materials/techniques of the artist’s typical practice.
• Availability to work in New York during the required design and construction period

Grant Programs: Resource Guide
Our partner in the NYC Five Borough Chamber Alliance, Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, has compiled a Grant Program Resource Guide with publicly- and privately-funded opportunities.

Get the Guide HERE
More Upcoming Chamber Events
February 15 at 9:00am: Taxes for Business Owners
Part of our new BxCC How To Get Bankable Workshop Series
Got Tax Questions? You're not alone!
Join The Bronx Chamber and our member Tax-Focused Collab for an informative session. REGISTER HERE
February 24 at 11:00am: Doing Business With The Port Authority of NY and NJ

Join this virtual certification webinar for M/WBE and SDVOB who perform the following scopes of work:

-Concrete/Asphalt Related Materials
-Roadway Sweeping
-Cleaning Services
-Elevator Maintenance & Repair
-Weed Control
-Pest Control
-HVAC Systems Inspection/Maintenance/Repair
-Electrical Services
February 24 from 6:00 - 8:00pm
Black History Celebration & Speed Networking
Residence Inn Bronx
1776 Eastchester Road in the Hutch Metro Center
Bronx, NY 10461

Join us for our first networking event of 2022 and invite your business colleagues! Special guests to be announced

Member Tickets: $20
Future Members: $25

NYC Small Business Services Upcoming Webinars
Join the NYC SBS for their next certification workshop on Feb. 16 beginning at 10:00am to learn about the following.
  • SBS programs and services
  • Certification program overview
  • Registering in the Payee Info Portal
  • Registering for product service codes
  • Starting an MWBE certification application

Growing Your Business with M/WBE and BE NYC
Wednesday, February 23 at 6:00 PM 

Join the Division of Economic and Financial Opportunity and the Black Entrepreneurs NYC (BE NYC), along with an expert program associate from the Bronx Chamber, to learn how to start and complete your MWBE certification application. Hear from an M/WBE vendor who has had success, and get active on your goals to complete your application within a month.