Manhattan Chamber of Commerce
In 1920, eleven prominent merchants founded The Yorkville Chamber of Commerce. After years of expansion, their efforts became the Mid-East Manhattan Chamber of Commerce and then the East Manhattan Chamber of Commerce. In 1997, the Chamber expanded once more, this time expanding to cover the entire borough and receiving its current name: the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce. Today, the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce represents the voice of more than 100,000 businesses in New York City.
The mission of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce is pretty simple: they help businesses succeed! And they do this with enthusiasm. Whether it’s providing high-level networking opportunities, promoting member exposure and credibility, providing educational resources,or advocating as a collective voice for businesses in public policy, the Chamber stands behind the interests of its member network.
The Chamber community includes sole proprietors, startups, neighborhood stores and large companies. Their efforts to support individual businesses, entrepreneurs and professionals also helps to drive broad economic prosperity in the borough of Manhattan. The city of New York is large and complex, and the Chamber organization’s actions to improve the business climate range from reforming the city’s commercial rent tax to testifying before a joint hearing of the New York City Council Committee on Small Business and Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises and New York City Council on Economic Development.