January 29, 2019

Dear Friends,

     I hope that today's message finds you well and keeping warm with this polar plunge upon us.  By now, I am sure that you are all settling into 2019 and beginning to plan for the upcoming year.  With the Super Bowl and Valentine’s Day around the corner, we hope that it marks the beginning of increased sales and customers to your businesses, whether it be purchasing chips, dips, and beverages from our local markets, like member business ShopRite of Massapequa, to beautiful floral arrangements for that special someone from our gifted member florists including Bayview Florist and Montage, Flower After Flower, and Pequa Park Florists. All our Chamber members are poised to greet you with appreciation!  

     We often say that the Massapequa Chamber is one of the finest Chambers and we continue to encourage you to help build your business in our community! You should have all received your reminders to renew your membership with the Chamber. We are close to 300 members strong and of course, our hope is to grow that number so that our voice is even stronger!  If you have not received your invoice, please call the office at 516-541-1443 and Shelley will be happy to send you the information.  We have e-mailed you the renewal information, but if anyone needs a mailed invoice, please do not hesitate to call and ask that one be sent.  Your dues help us to maintain our presence in the community and represent your voice throughout the county and beyond!

     This past month, we welcomed two new members to the Chamber: All Island Media and La Boutique by Rosa. Our weekly Constant Contact, which is sent out to over 400 businesses, serves to help us all promote our businesses, apprise you of local and county happenings and initiatives, and is also an opportunity for you to make announcements, etc. that will help to drive traffic to your business.  I encourage you to reach out to our office if you have news or promotions that you would like to share with our membership at no cost to you.  

     We have begun to plan for our upcoming Annual Street Fair, 2019.  Scheduled for Sunday, June 2nd on our downtown Broadway! It is a phenomenal day, with over 10,000 folks visiting our vendors. This is another great opportunity for you to market your business to the public for a nominal fee and meet your patrons and make new ones! The Fair will feature all the best that our community can offer from food, to homemade crafts, and new items!  And, equally important, is the opportunity to join us as a Sponsor for the Fair. We have several levels of sponsorship, all which can bring your business great attention, publicity, and recognition within our community!  Our Grand Marshal will be announced in the upcoming message! Our website will be updated shortly with the information for 2019, so please continue to check the Street Fair tab.

     Our Chamber Board is working hard to offer you opportunities and respond to your needs. Our Networking Committee Chairwoman, Susan Martin, and her committee members are working hard to ensure that you have opportunity to meet, network, and promote your businesses! Last month’s event at Ciao Baby was attended by over 60 businesses.  The crowd was great, food was delicious, and we had raffle prizes and giveaways that delighted everyone!  Special thanks to our restaurant members who graciously offer their facility and resources to us!!!  We are proud of their generosity, support, and membership!!!  We do hope that you visit them!!!  For a full list of our member restaurants, CLICK HERE! The committee is already hard at work planning the next networking event, so please continue to check your e-mails for details!

     We will look forward to seeing you at our February meeting - special to us as we honor members of our Massapequa fire department.  We hope you will come and join us on Thursday, February 28th at 12:00 Noon at Gusto Divino Trattoria on Sunrise Highway in Seaford to help us celebrate our local firefighters and heroes.  They potentially risk their safety to ensure ours and that is certainly worth our time and gratitude!!!

     Looking forward to seeing you all then!! In the meanwhile, stay warm and safe!!!


Warm Regards,

Jamie E. Bogenshutz, LCSW
President, Massapequa Chamber of Commerce