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About the Chamber - Queens Chamber of Commerce | Queens, NY
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About the Chamber

Queens Chamber of Commerce offers a number of services to the borough's business community. Each of these activities helps business people by offering information and advice helpful to their business, as well as opportunities for meeting and working with other businesses and groups in Queens. We Educate, Advocate and Network

The Chamber sponsors frequent breakfasts with speakers of interest to the Queens business community. Past speakers have included New York City Mayors Michael Bloomberg and Rudolph Giuliani, New York State Governor George Pataki and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Speaker Christine Quinn. In addition to allowing business people to hear about current issues affecting business in the borough, the breakfasts also offer the opportunity for businesses to network in a relaxed setting.

Expositions and Trade Shows
Each year, the Chamber offers businesses the opportunity to display their products and services. The Chamber's annual Business Expo and Trade Show at Citi Field attracts over 100 exhibitors and over 1,200 attendees each year, and is open to both Chamber members and the general public.
Business Card Exchanges
The Chamber also holds frequent business card exchanges, hosted by member businesses. The host company gets to show its products and services to the Queens business community, while those attending the event have an informal atmosphere to meet and exchange information about their businesses. These events are rountinely attended by 80 to 125 businesspeople.
Queensborough Magazine
The Chamber's monthly magazine, Queensborough, reports on Chamber events as well as other developments of interest to the Queens business community and is available to Chamber members and other subscribers. The magazine also offers a unique forum for members to advertise their businesses to the 5,000 businesses that receive the magazine.
Membership Directory
The Chamber's website contains a directory of member businesses, sorted not only by company name, but also by type of business and by contact person. This invaluable resource of business contacts is available to Chamber members, and is updated throughout the year. Membership Directory
Throughout the year, the Chamber presents a number of seminars on specific topics of interest to the Queens business community. Employment law topics, Workers' compensation and doing business on the Internet are just some of the topics that recent seminars have addressed.
Chamber Committees
The Chamber maintains a number of committees, each devoted to a particular interest of the business community. For example, the Governmental Committee formulates the platform of positions on issues for which the Chamber advocates during the year, keeps track of legislative and regulatory developments and communicates the Chamber's positions on issues. The Information & Technology committee addresses IT issues as well as other "hot" topics relevant to business. The Communications & Public Relations committee focuses on cutting edge technology to get out the Chamber's message and solidify its branding.
Government Relations
Through the various Chamber committees, the Chamber maintains close relationships with federal, state and city officials and agencies.

The Chamber's Legislative breakfasts attract legislators from all levels of government and feature the unveiling of the Chamber's annual legislative agenda. The Chamber also maintains contact with Queens legislators throughout the year through smaller meetings with legislators and an annual trip to Albany.

The Chamber also maintains relationships with a variety of federal, state and city agencies, including the police and fire departments, transportation agencies, and the Social Security Administration. In addition to providing forums at which these departments can better coordinate their activities, the Chamber also assists members who encounter problems with these agencies.

Annual Building Awards
Starting in 1926, the Chamber has recognized outstanding construction in Queens through our Annual Building Awards. The winners, which are announced at the Chamber's annual dinner, each receive a large, bronze plaque for display in or on the honored structure. Awards are given in a variety of categories for both new construction and for exterior rehabilitations, alterations, "Green" standards or additions.
Annual "Business Person of the Year & Hall of Fame" Awards
Since 1994, the Chamber has recognized outstanding Queens business leaders and entrepreneurs through its Annual "Business Person of the Year" Awards. The winners of these awards are announced and recognized at a special Chamber cocktail party. Since 2002 the Chamber has also inducted individuals, companies and organizations into the Hall of Fame. The recipients are chosen for outstanding contributions to the community over a long period of time.
Sports Activities
Besides the formal events for Chamber members, the Chamber also sponsors annual sports events, including annual golf days and outings to Belmont Park. These events allow members to network in an informal setting.
Information Resource
The Chamber also offers information and resources to new and existing businesses in the borough, including information on exporting, business assistance programs (including federal, state and city incentive programs), energy savings and demographic and economic information about the borough of Queens and its many neighborhoods.
Promoting Queens
In addition to our services to members, the Chamber also promotes itself and its members at regional, national and international business groups and events. We also serve as a resource for information both to members and to others about the borough of Queens. Every day, the Chamber fields calls from around the country and the world looking for information about Queens and local businesses. When appropriate, callers are referred to Chamber members.

Major Corporate Sponsors

 Citi ConEdison Delta ExxonMobile Flushing Bank HSBC Mets  National Grid  New York Hopsital Queens The Port Authority of NY & NJ Plaza College Queens College Queens County Savings Bank Resorts World Casino Time Warner Cable Santander Bank TD Bank  US Poergen