East Meadow Chamber Brainstorms for Ideas to Boost Business

Community leaders met to discuss upcoming opportunities for local merchants.

Small businesses are struggling to survive in East Meadow, but the continues to plan events and fundraisers for stores and the community.

Chamber President Millie Jones opened the June 6 general meeting at . In attendance were merchants representing diverse companies headquartered in East Meadow, from to .

After recapping last month’s agenda, Jones announced that the Chamber would celebrate new restaurant openings on June 19 with additional ribbon cuttings. 

“We’re really trying to promote each other’s businesses,” she said. “It’s tough out there… I can’t tell you how many businesses went out of business this week in East Meadow.”   

To raise awareness for East Meadow’s existing businesses, Treasurer Mitchell Allen said that the board had received a grant from Sen. Kemp Hannon, R-Garden City,  which allowed them to erect a new road sign displaying the names of several East Meadow businesses.    

“We are, as an organization, focusing on helping you grow your business and this is one of the ways we’re going to do it,” Allen said. 

The sign is located on Hempstead Turnpike by the Meadowbrook State Parkway.

Tom Vogel, who manages the Chamber’s website, added that the organization was also revamping its page to include more photos and help bring East Meadow businesses higher up on search engines.

“[The website] is a great tool,” Jones said. “And we really want to get it where it should be.”

The Board seeks to involve East Meadow residents as well, offering incentives for those who patronize the community’s businesses, Rose Fuger explained. She stated that the Chamber’s “Shop Local Program” was successful, allowing members of the local PTA to claim rebates on purchases from participating East Meadow businesses.  Additionally, the Chamber will prepare “welcome baskets” with business cards of local merchants to give to new homeowners. 

Fuger said that the Chamber is also in the process of preparing football cards, which the football team will sell; the profit will be split to benefit both organizations.

Then from June to August, the Chamber will host networking events open to all East Meadow professionals— including a Dave and Buster’s dinner in Westbury on June 19 and a wine tasting tour on August 12.

The next open meeting for East Meadow’s Chamber of Commerce is scheduled for September 5.

What else can the Chamber of Commerce do to help business thrive in East Meadow? Tell us in the comments.

paul June 12, 2012 at 02:49 PM
All sounds great on paper. But reality is what it is. If you can not find what you want locally guess what, you will have to go elsewhere to do it. Example: Just because there is a post office in East Meadow it does not mean I need to use that one. I will use another one because the service is better with smiling friendy employees.... And by the way, take your own advise: "Then from June to August, the Chamber will host networking events open to all East Meadow professionals— including a Dave and Buster’s dinner in Westbury on June 19 and a wine tasting tour on August 12..." Where is Dave and Busters in East Meadow? Guess nothing in East Meadow fits the need...??? Hmmm sounds odd to me..
paul June 12, 2012 at 03:01 PM
What else can the Chamber of Commerce do to help business thrive in East Meadow? Thrive is a BIG word to use. Not sure what the town and government offer, but: First: The town should have a business tax break for a set period of time for any new business opening in a new location. Ex if you open in two locations each one should be eligible for that tax break. Second: Since the chamber is involved obtain some free advertising in several of the periodicals, at which time after the free period, have a business discounted rate available for future advertising. Three: Sponsor a business week. If a merchant wants to be part of "Sponsor A Business Week" They will be the highlighted business by the chamber. And perhaps work out a discount program for that week or something similar.
Frank T June 12, 2012 at 03:33 PM
Isn't this the same chamber of commerce that opposed Sonic? What a joke and great job supporting Westbury business Dave and Busters.
paul June 12, 2012 at 04:24 PM
Not sure if the Chamber opposed Sonic. But not sure what they did to support it either..... Just throwing that out their... It was the TOH BZA that made a decision based on a club owner who may have testified to over occupancy at his locations and a want to be political figure that does not know politics...
Adrian Campodonico June 12, 2012 at 04:46 PM
Sonic issues, If I understood them correctly were the many many violations the PROPERTY has and the issue of WHO would be responsible to PAY,FIX and DEAL WITH THE VIOLATIONS. The Chamber reached out to the Business owners of Sonic and were supportive.
Adrian Campodonico June 12, 2012 at 04:55 PM
paul you are correct, There is NO Dave and Busters in East Meadow. As a networking event, it is used to bring together groups, business owners and people who may not have dealing with otherwise to BUILD RELATIONS and hopeful GROWTH. The wine tour will be heading to the Brotherhood Winery in Washingtonville NY. Again this is a networking event and will allow local restaurants to meet with a winery and try some new wines. Just as important it is for members to network on the bus ride up, at the winery and on the bus ride down. Also please do not forget that this event will be bring 55 people to Bagelicious who is a member and a local East Meadow business.
Adrian Campodonico June 12, 2012 at 04:59 PM
paul, You seem to have some good ideas and at the very least some thing you would want to discus.This is NOT a positive forum if you really want to be heard and helpful..BUT I can tell you where one is....The next open meeting for East Meadow’s Chamber of Commerce is scheduled for September 5. You can find out on the website OR the facebook page OR you can just ask me for the location. Again, I do not know who you are OR what business you operate here in East Meadow, BUT I would love to have you come down to our next meeting and share in the right forum. Thank you. Adrian Campodonico Board of Director East Meadow Chamber of Commerce.
marianne krause June 13, 2012 at 12:35 AM
@Adrian there surley re plenty of restaurants in the East Meadow area that could use the boost and seriously wine tasting enough with pushing the alcohol.
Adrian Campodonico June 13, 2012 at 06:02 PM
@Marianne- First I ask if your are a member? Second -If you are, do you ask these questions OR provide your advice at the monthly meetings?? The Chamber holds regular meeting AND networking events at members restaurants and businesses. Millie Grazie, Mama Theresa's, Elisa's, Sacramone's, Taste of Home, Jake's as well as Jakes Tavern, Life PT, and most recently Sunrise Senior Living. As far as the wine tasting and your issue with the alcohol at this or any other event, I do not see it. The Chamber and its members are ALL ADULTS OF LEGAL DRINKING AGE. We have never had an issue that I know of at ANY of Our events since I have been a member in 2009. It is not mandatory to have a drink at any event. Thank You for your Statement and If you are a member I hope to see you at the next meeting.
marianne krause June 13, 2012 at 06:40 PM
@Adrian my problem with alcohol relates directly to the use of bars and restaurants as places of meeting and as you say "networking" especially when it comes to using places like Elises since i live right across the street from that place as my block is used for parking i see the results of alcohol when used in a "networking " capacity just the other day someone used his fists to destroy his girlfriend and his car so so much for "legal drinking "as you can see thats the worst.
paul June 13, 2012 at 07:15 PM
Where they are going for the Wine Tasting is a group event. Many groups and families do a Winery Tour. I have gone to some and would not know the difference if I drank a $50.00 glass of wine or a $2.00 glass of wine. It is part of the camaraderie for the group having the trip... Some wine connoisseurs love wine tasting and do it on a regular basis. That's their thing. I would rather go to a sporting event.... It is a trip one must pay for it is not free. As they say it is good to go out and get away sometimes.. Local bars are another issue. We will save that for another venue...
Adrian Campodonico June 15, 2012 at 01:20 AM
@Marianne- The Chamber has used several of its members businesses NOT just Bars and Restaurants (That are ALL LEGAL Places of Business) Just Our last meeting was held at Sunrise Senior Living. The parking issues you have with Restaurants and Bars, ALL of that is taken into consideration when County or Town officials zone areas for commercial use. As far as your issue with alcohol at OUR Networking events- You point out a incident that you claim "someone used his fists to destroy his girlfriend and his car" THAT was NOT at OUR Event nor was it one of OUR members- THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE E.M.C.C. AGAIN I stand on my statement- I have NOT SEEN any issue or problem since I have been a member (2009) where alcohol caused a problem- Criminal or otherwise. Marianne, we are not throwing "FRAT" Parties here, I just do not see it. Thank you for your statement.
Adrian Campodonico June 15, 2012 at 01:24 AM
@ Paul- We did do an New York Islanders Night Networking event. This was a great night out and included a Buffet and Cash Bar. It was with other local Chamber members and allowed for positive networking. Stay on the look out for Our next Sporting Event Networking Night. You can follow us on Facebook at East Meadow Chamber of Commerce. Thank You for your Support.
Christine September 01, 2012 at 03:15 AM
Adrian, would love to come to open meeting on Sept. 5. Where is it taking place?
paul September 01, 2012 at 03:25 AM
The Chamber website still says: "Our monthly EMCC General Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, September 5, 2012 at a location to be announced at 6:30pm."
Adrian Campodonico September 05, 2012 at 10:06 PM
Majors Steak house at 6:30 the cost is $25.00. Look for or ask for myself or Millie. Thanks


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