FOREST HILLS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
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Members Enjoy one Free Spot at each of our Street Fairs
In June & September
Our Street Fairs Are Back & We Can’t Wait To See You There!
Sunday September 19, 2021 on Austin Street from 69th Road to Ascan Avenue
11AM to 6PM
The things you know and love about the fair …making new connections, meeting all your customers, friends and neighbors, promoting your business and being able to support other Forest Hills local small businesses, is all happening on Sunday September 19th! Please don’t miss out on joining us at the September 19th Fall Fair. We will be following all the guidelines of the state and city to have a safe fair.
Let your customers know the Forest Hills Fall Festival will have the great vendors, great food, rides, fun and more.
Hello Members & Friends:
It has been over a year that the pandemic has affected the way we do business and conduct our day to day lives. Just like all of you, the chamber has been struggling to stay afloat and continue to serve all the members and small businesses of the Forest Hills community and beyond. I made an easy decision at the start of the shut down to suspend the 2020 yearly membership dues. I knew it would be an additional hardship to pay dues. We were not able to offer all the benefits during 2020 that we normally offer. And so, I have worked hard to keep the chamber going without any revenue for 14 months.
Happily, we have vaccines available, the Covid-19 infection rates are way down in Forest Hills and there is hope for a brighter future as we can open our businesses to larger or full capacities and get more customers through our doors.
Here are the accomplishments that the chamber achieved in 2020 & 2021 to keep you informed and to share all helpful information for you and your business:
PPP- sending out information for assistance with and information on webinars, zoom meetings, SBA Programs and advising members on PPP and other grant/revenue funding streams.
EDIL-shared all EDIL Loan information with members and opportunities at the SBA including webinars, zoom meetings etc.
Shared NYC business operation guidelines regarding Covid-19
Obtained funding for Holiday Lights
Promoted the US Census to our community
Administered Open Restaurants on 70th Road and Austin Street
Produced the Virtual Street Fair
Produced the Virtual Jazz Concert
Shared info on SBA loans, grants webinars
Shared individual member info that you provided about your business
Membership outreach on community and other important info
PPE- Shared guidelines and opportunities to get free PPE
Shared info on SBA loans, grants webinars
Please sign up to become a 2021 chamber member and to meet, greet and promote your business at the Fair with the free spots membership offers.
Forest Hills Chamber
WHY BECOME A MEMBER?
The benefits are truly endless...
Forest Hills Chamber President
I’m Leslie Brown, President of the Forest Hills Chamber of Commerce. It is my pleasure to serve as chamber president, to have owned a business in Forest Hills and to be a life-long resident here. I understand what it is like to run your own company and I know what the challenges that being self-employed entails. My mother opened a children’s clothing store in the 1980’s selling unique often handmade clothing. The store turned into a second generation owned business when I became involved in the 1990’s. We sold our store in early 2004 and I am proud to say that today it is still a family run children’s store on Austin Street! Through the decades of being in business I watched generations grow and I really felt part of the families here. And I still do today.
The Forest Hills Chamber offers the opportunity to network with over 230 Forest Hills based business owners and to get to know the people living and working in our community. I think of our members as being part of the fabric of Forest Hills and what I call the 3 C’S: Commerce, Community & Culture. Commerce makes the community thrive and culture brings the community together.
The Forest Hills Chamber Of Commerce wants to network with you!
How valuable is it to be able to network with Forest Hills Chamber members, tell them about your great business and reach their employees so they know about your business too?
It is invaluable! Business to business networking is an essential element in promoting and growing your business. With nearly 150 local chamber members, your networking opportunities are limitless when you become a Forest Hills Chamber Member.
Our member’s businesses serve all aspects of our community and include restaurants, yoga studios, bakeries, financial services, health related companies, dentistry, insurance agencies, fitness centers, chiropractic care, urgent care, veterinarian care, real estate and so many more. And there is more. We successfully network with the Forest Hills community and beyond.
The Community events equal more networking opportunities. Our members have the opportunity to showcase their business at the Forest Hills Festival held in June. This event attracts tens of thousands visitors from all over NYC. Love free outdoor concerts? Love Jazz? Come network with us at Jazz Thursdays in August. These free concerts bring in well over 1000 people to each concert. The Shop Forest Hills Fall Festival in September offers another chance to bring your business to the community and to again reach tens of thousands of people. But we’re not done yet! Join us at the Celebrate Winter festivity held on the Monday after Thanksgiving. This fun event draws hundreds of people and serves as a kick off to the holiday season.
When you join the chamber you become part of the network of Forest Hills Chamber members that are offered outstanding sponsorship opportunities to further highlight your business and brand it with the events we hold throughout the year. Chamber members receive a free spot at The Forest Hills Festival of the Arts and at the Shop Forest Hills Fall Festival, free business listing on our website and discounted advertising options for your business.
The Forest Hills Chamber meets monthly on the last Wednesday of the month and presents interesting speakers, topics and issues concerning the business community. As a member you can network at the monthly meetings and at our networking/business card exchanges.
Join the Forest Hills Chamber of Commerce today and become a valued member of our business community!
Forest Hills Festival - Sunday June 13, 2021
Shop Forest Hills Fall Festival - Sunday September 19, 2021