January 29, 2020

Dear Friends,

  It's hard to believe that the New Year has passed and we are at the close of January. As we get closer to celebrating Valentine's Day in the upcoming month, I do hope that you will keep in mind all of the amazing florists, restaurants, and jewelers in our Chamber that offer specials and wonderful opportunities for our community. I would encourage you to please visit our membership list (CLICK HERE) to see a full listing of those businesses. As you know, shopping local is what keeps all our businesses strong!!

  By now, I hope that you have all received your membership renewal application. In an effort to make sure that you have received the information, we have sent it both in an e-mail and through the mail.

  We would ask that you please complete the application and mail back your payment to our office by February 29th. We are excited to announce a new special Gold Package that will afford you with the opportunity to further promote your business through our website. With thousands of visits to our site per month, we are hopeful that this might be a very cost-effective way to advertise!!

  Additionally, we want to remind you of our signage program, where you can place your business signage underneath one of our Chamber’s visible Welcome to Massapequa signs located throughout the community. There are several locations available for rent, so please contact our office for a list of available locations and pricing. Your support allows our Chamber to display our signage throughout the community. We maintain these signs to proudly celebrate our businesses and welcome residents to the Massapequas. Sadly, several of our signs been vandalized over the months....and while you may not be directly affected, when vandals destroy property, it reflects on us all. Not only is it criminal, but it casts such a negative picture as to our character and sense of ethics. If you should witness anyone tampering with or destroying our signs, I would ask you to call the police, notify our office, and take pictures if you can. If caught, rest assured - we will prosecute these vandals to the fullest extent of the law.

  We are excited to announce that we have begun our planning for this year’s Annual Massapequa Community Street Festival to be held on Sunday, June 7th on lower Broadway! We encourage you to visit our website at www.massapequachamber.org and click on the Street Fair tab for updates regarding the applications for sponsorship and vendors. If you have not been a part of this extraordinary event, you have missed out on something very special! Each year, close to 10,000 people visit our Festival!! The streets along Broadway are lined with delicious food and other vendors who are selling their products or promoting their businesses. We are once again thrilled to announce that Massapequa Center Rehabilitation and Nursing will be our Main Event Sponsor. That said, we hope you might consider a sponsorship as well, as it is truly a great way to show the community who you are and what you have to offer. Over 100 vendors participate, and the entertainment will keep you smiling all afternoon. We will be sending out lots more information each month, but please feel free to reach out to Shelley at our office (516-541-1443) if you have any immediate questions!

  For those of you who may not know, your dues and support also allow our Chamber to offer four scholarships to our graduating seniors. One of those scholarship opportunities is specifically created to benefit a child or grandchild of a Chamber member. So, if you have a child or grandchild getting ready to graduate, please let us know. There is an application that needs to be completed, and then our committee will select the winner from those who apply. You can call or e-mail the office for more information!

  I trust that you have all received the information that we have been sending out regarding the recently enacted ban on Styrofoam products. Our restaurants and stores will no longer be permitted to send you on the way with these products. We know for some, it may be an inconvenience, but in the long run, we should be pleased that we are all doing a little something to protect our environment for us and our children. And while we are on the topic of protecting our environment, our Chamber is also proud to announce that, as part of our participation in MTAC (Massapequa Takes Action Coalition,) we are co-sponsoring a special training program called TIPS. TIPS stands for Training Intervention ProcedureS. The training, conducted by YES Community Counseling Center, provides both on- and off-premise businesses who sell alcohol with the skills to be more knowledgeable and confident in recognizing potential alcohol-related problems, including underage drinking, DWIs, and other related problems. If your business would like to register for this training, please contact MTAC at (516) 799 – 3203, and they will register you for the session that best fits your business. The training will be conducted on Monday, February 10th and Tuesday, February 11th at The Bristal at Massapequa (400 County Line Rd, Massapequa,) who have generously donated their venue to support the community!! Lunch will be served at no cost to those businesses who attend!

  There will be a Multi-Chamber Networking Event on Wednesday, February 12th at 7:00 PM at Lightbridge Academy (20 Carmans Road, Massapequa.) Mix and mingle with business professionals from several local Chambers. Complimentary light refreshments will be served. The event is free to attend, and registration is required, so please CLICK HERE to reserve your space today.

  And of course, we hope to see you all at February's General Meeting Luncheon. This is a very special meeting for us, as we celebrate and honor our firefighters!! We will be meeting on Thursday, February 27th at 12:00 Noon at Sal’s Place (1495 Hicksville Road, Massapequa.) Every year, with the help of our Fire Department, two of our finest are identified for special recognition by our Chamber. We hope that you will come and celebrate our local heroes who risk their own safety to ensure ours.

I will look forward to seeing you all in February. Enjoy President’s Day, and on behalf of our Board of Directors, we wish you all a wonderful Valentine’s Day....hoping you are surrounded by the special things that warm your heart!!

Warm Regards,

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